18 of 108 photos
Bacup housing

Bacup housing

I do feel sorry for Bacup. It is stuck at the far end of the Rossendale Valley at the foot of the climb over to Todmorden in Yorkshire. It is not a wealthy place. The centre of the town has been described as the 'best preserved cotton town in England' (English Heritage). However, it is now on the Heritage's "At Risk" register and is "expected to deteriorate".

You can pick up a leaflet describing its historical trail at the library, although when I went I was greeted initially by a blank stare (they were most helpful though). I don't think it has many takers.

Its other main claim to fame is the Britannia Coco-nut Dancers troupe - clog dancers with blackened faces. Poor old Bacup - go and visit it. I enjoyed my wander round (I normally drive straight through).