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      17.03.2001 16:11
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      Barrowford [Background: I would be grateful to the readers of Dooyoo for understanding in advance if I am being slightly self-indulgent for once, but I would like to share the lowdown on the village where I live. I appreciate that it is unlikely that most of you will ever visit this particular corner of Lancashire, but if you are nearby for any reason then there is much to see and plenty to do in the immediate vicinity and also the surrounding area.] It is difficult to believe that on the outskirts of the Burnley-Nelson-Colne conurbation in the former industrial heartland of East Lancashire, there is a picturesque village with breathtaking views of the local environs and an interesting history as well. First and foremost, from the heights of the village, Pendle Hill, which is famous for its witches, can be clearly seen just a few short miles away. It is also possible to see for miles over into the rest of the Pennines, including a good view of the Three Peaks to the East on a clear day. Barrowford has been my home for the past eighteen months now, and I can honestly say that my research into the area enabled me to make the right move. Barrowford is one of the most sought after locations in the borough of Pendle, and as such has undergone an important transition in the last fifteen years, with over 500 new houses being built. The census in 1991 recorded a population of just over 5,500 for the village, although I suspect that the figure will have grown by the time the general statistics from the 2001 census are released. The village itself is much like any other with a variety of small independent local shops. However, Barrowford has a few other surprises with some good designer clothes shops including The Last Trading Post and Velvet for women and Scruples for men. It also has a specialist chocolate shop, Hudson & Gray, but if you can't find the time to visit, you can buy online at www.chocolates-online.co.uk. Farmhouse Biscuit s, based in Barrowford, are also a supplier to Harrods. An essential visitor attraction is the Pendle Heritage centre, with its tea-rooms and shop stocking a variety of local goods. There is also a museum here as well as beautiful gardens and a woodland walk, all of which are available to visitors for a small nominal entrance fee. The famous White Bear Inn in the centre of the village was established in the early 17th century, and is famous for John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement having preached from its steps. Other drinking establishments include the Thatch and Thistle, with an authentic thatched roof, although expect it to be packed out, in particular on a Friday or Saturday night. The annual Barrowford show takes place each year in August and is a showcase for farmers and other local producers, as well as being a fun day for all the family. This event takes place at Barrowford Park that runs alongside Pendle Water, the river that flows through the heart of the Barrowford. Living in a small village is not to many people's personal taste. Many prefer the convenience and amenities afforded to them by a large town or city, but I feel that I am able to enjoy the best of both worlds here. The town of Nelson is within a fifteen minute walk and has several shops, a small shopping centre and an indoor market. There are few 'major' chains of shops here, although it is blessed with a reasonably sized Woolworths plus a small Boots and an Argos store. There are also many other small local shops that offer a variety of goods for sale. A new Morrisons supermarket in Nelson complements other food stores such as Iceland, Kwik Save and Lidl plus a variety of independent local food shops. Burnley is just a five mile drive away and has a wider variety of shopping and other amenities including a cinema and bowling alley plus several bars and a few nightclubs. Transport links to Barrowford from the west are excel lent with the M65 running from Colne, just to the East of Barrowford right through to the intersection of the M6, close to the outskirts of Preston. There are good bus links to larger towns and cities, including Blackburn, Preston and Manchester as well as a train link, although this does involve changing trains in many instances. Links over to the East are not quite as good, with only a minor 'A' road (the A56) and very little in the way of public transport. There again, I personally prefer to spend my time in Lancashire than traverse the border over to the white rose county. I grew up in the local area, less than ten miles from where I live now, although I knew little about Barrowford before I moved back to the area. Hopefully I have been able to share some of the knowledge I have gained over the last year and a half with you, and perhaps some of you may decide to visit in the future. As further background, for anyone who would like to find out more, a quick search for Barrowford on Google (www.google.com) results in over 1,500 links. I have tried to highlight some of the more interesting ones below. These may be of use to anyone who would like to find out even more about what is on offer in the area, including details of where to eat and drink plus other activities: http://www.pendle.net/Barrowford/ http://www.itown.com/europe/uk/england/barrowford/ http://www.ukvillages.co.uk (then search for Barrowford) http://www.htnw.co.uk/pencont.html Remember, if you do come here to stay, then be sure to pop into on of the local hostelries in the evening and say hello to me, won't you! {An original Dooyoo opinion © Blackjane 2001}

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