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Great Harwood

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Great Harwood is a township in the Hyndburn district of Lancashire, England, located 4.5mi north east of Blackburn and adjacent to the Ribble Valley. Great Harwood is the major conurbation of the 'Three Towns'; the three towns being Great Harwood, Clayton Le Moors, and Rishton.HistoryGreat Harwood is a town with an industrial heritage. The Mercer Hall Leisure Centre in Queen Street, and the town clock, pay tribute to John Mercer (1791–1866), the 'father' of Great Harwood, who revolutionised the cotton dyeing process with his invention of mercerisation. An agricultural society is also maintained.The town was once on the railway line from Blackburn to Burnley via Padiham – The North Lancs or Great Harwood Loop of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. The last passenger train ran in November 1957 and goods traffic in 1964. The Martholme Viaduct on the line remains about one mile north east.Public transport links were further curtailed in 2016 when the direct bus link to Manchester was axed by Harrogate-based Transdev.The town football team, Great Harwood Town, closed in July 2006. Great Harwood Cricket Club, was a member of the Ribblesdale Cricket League, winning the senior division in 2008, and has seven teams, ranging from under 9s through to senior level. In 2016, the club accepted an invitation from the Lancashire League, and played in that league from the 2017 season.
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