Blackburn has a long history stretching back to Roman times. Blackburn lay on the ancient military way leading from Mancunium (Manchester) to Bremetennacum (Ribchester).
The establishment of Blackburn as a textile centre goes back to the 13th Century, when prosperity was based on wool but by the middle of the 17th Century, cotton became the the regions only dominant industry. The area was at its peak at the start of the 20th Century. However, its dependence on just the one industry caused major problems for the town when the decline of that industry started. However, Blackburn has reinvented itself over the last thirty years and it has become known as the gateway to Lancashire’s beautiful hill country. There is also a diverse variety of manufacturing industries based in Blackburn such as the towns breweries.
Blackburn has many attractions and qualities – as well as being home to a famous football team – Blackburn Rovers, Lancashire’s only Anglican cathedral is situated in Blackburn.
King George’s Hall is one of the region’s top concert venues and the town centre includes a transformed shopping centre, refurbished markets and much improved bus and railway links.
The M65 link has given a boost to communications to the town and means easier access to the borough’s trading estates where many companies have located and prospered. The entire North West motorway network is now within easy reach and Manchester International Airport is just 40 minutes away.
The borough is situated approximately 35 miles from Manchester, the region’s major city, and some 30 miles from Blackpool.
As a modern town, changes are on-going and in 1998, Blackburn with Darwen Council, became a unitary authority, a self governing local authority, responsible for its own services.
Among its famous past and present residents are Samuel Crompton, inventor of the spinning mule, world champion motorcyclist Carl Fogarty and Baroness Barbara Castle.
Blackburn is now very proud to boast a modern, successful, multi-cultural community which bristles with activity.