Bits from Barrowford
There’s a bit of Barrowford in Japan. A Japanese businessman took such a liking to the 1890 Methodist Chapel that he had it shipped, stone by stone, to Hachioji where it is now The Grand Victoria Chapel Hotel.
Roger Bannister, the first person to break the four-minute mile, once lived at what is now the Pendle Heritage Centre.
It has two rivers, Pendle water and Colne Water and it’s not uncommon to see trout and salmon, especially as a fish pass has been built to allow them easy access up river to spawn.
Mike Phelan, footballer and former assistant manager of Manchester United, was brought up in Barrowford.
The first Jelly Babies were made here. They were originally supposed to be Jelly Bears but the mould maker wasn’t quite on message. They looked more like babies and it proved easier to change the name than make a new mould.
ABOVE: Pendle Heritage Centre was saved by the community