A report on Lancashire

The Countie Pallatine of Lancaster Described and Divided into Hundreds, 1610, a map of Lancashire engraved in around 1627 by John Speed. The map features a street plan of the county town, Lancaster, and side panels containing portraits of kings from the House of Lancaster and the House of York.
The historic county palatine boundaries in red and the ceremonial county in green
Topography of Lancashire
Council logo
Lancashire, County Palatine shown within England
County Hall, Preston
Cattle grazing on the salt marshes of the Ribble Estuary near Banks
The M6 near Carnforth
The Red Rose of Lancaster
The Beatles began in Liverpool before the city's county was changed from Lancashire to Merseyside
Lancashire hotpot
Lancashire cheese
Ashton Memorial, Lancaster
Bank Hall, Bretherton, a Jacobean mansion house, awaiting restoration. Home to Lancashire's oldest Yew tree and one of the two fallen sequoia in the UK.
Blackpool Tower, completed in 1894
Clitheroe Castle
Rivington Pike, near Horwich, atop the West Pennine Moors, is one of the most popular walking destinations in the county; on a clear day the whole of the county can be viewed from here.
Queen Street Mill, the world's only surviving steam-driven cotton weaving shed, located in Burnley

County in North West England.

- Lancashire
The Countie Pallatine of Lancaster Described and Divided into Hundreds, 1610, a map of Lancashire engraved in around 1627 by John Speed. The map features a street plan of the county town, Lancaster, and side panels containing portraits of kings from the House of Lancaster and the House of York.

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Former weavers' cottages in Wardle. The development of Greater Manchester is attributed to a shared tradition of domestic cloth production, and textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution.

Greater Manchester

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Metropolitan county and combined authority area in North West England, with a population of 2.8 million; comprising ten metropolitan boroughs: Manchester, Salford, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

Metropolitan county and combined authority area in North West England, with a population of 2.8 million; comprising ten metropolitan boroughs: Manchester, Salford, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

Former weavers' cottages in Wardle. The development of Greater Manchester is attributed to a shared tradition of domestic cloth production, and textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution.
Greater Manchester lies at the conjunction of the ancient county boundaries of Cheshire, Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire.
The Greater Manchester Exhibition Centre (better known as the G-Mex centre and now rebranded as Manchester Central) was the converted former Manchester Central railway station in Manchester city centre used for hosting the county's cultural events.
Stockport Bus Station in 1988. Greater Manchester Transport (later GM Buses) operated bus services throughout the county, from 1974 to 1993.
GMC County Hall (now known as Westminster House) in Manchester housed the Greater Manchester County Council until its abolition in 1986.
An aerial photograph of Greater Manchester, looking west
The Greater Manchester Urban Area, as defined in 2001, highlighted in red against the boundaries of the Metropolitan County
A view over the borough of Tameside, towards Manchester city centre circa 2008.
Common cottongrass (Eriophorum angustifolium), seen here at Light Hazzles Reservoir near Littleborough, was voted the county flower of Greater Manchester in 2002
Andy Burnham has served as the inaugural Mayor of Greater Manchester since May 2017.
A bus stop in Denton bearing the logo of Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). TfGM is a functional executive body of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and has responsibilities for public transport in Greater Manchester.
The population of Greater Manchester increased from around 328 thousand in 1801, to 2.68M in 2011, peaking in 1971 at 2.7M.
Much of Greater Manchester's housing stock consists of terraced houses constructed as low-cost dwellings for the populations of local factory towns.
Population density map
Oldham, painted during the Industrial Revolution by J. H. Carse. Many towns in Greater Manchester were built around the mills.
The Trafford Centre in Trafford is one of the largest shopping centres in the United Kingdom.
The M60 motorway, seen here at Failsworth, is an orbital motorway in Greater Manchester.
A Metrolink tram in Radcliffe, part of Greater Manchester's light rail network.
First Greater Manchester operate bus services in northern-Greater Manchester.
Old Trafford, home to Manchester United F.C.
Bolton Wanderers F.C. are based at the University of Bolton Stadium, in Horwich
The main entrance of Old Trafford Cricket Ground
The City of Manchester Stadium, the main venue of the 2002 Commonwealth Games and home to Manchester City F.C.
Eccles cake is a small round flaky pastry cake filled with currants, sugar and spice. It is native to Eccles.
The Imperial War Museum North in Trafford Park was designed by Daniel Libeskind, and is one of the Imperial War Museum's five branches.
The Lowry is a combined theatre and exhibition centre at Salford Quays, and is Greater Manchester's most visited tourist attraction.
The arms of the Greater Manchester County Council, depicted here, became redundant with the abolition of the council in 1986 (though similar arms are used by the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service).

Greater Manchester is formed of parts of the historic counties of Cheshire, Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire.

2012 Preston Guild roadside emblem

Preston, Lancashire

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2012 Preston Guild roadside emblem
Plaque in Fox Street commemorating the work of Reverend Joseph Dunn in bringing gas lighting to the town
Preston in 1774
Fishergate and the Town Hall clock tower in about 1904
Harris Museum
Preston Town Hall, completed in 1934
Moor Park
Regions of Preston
St. John's Minster on Church Street
Jamea Masjid close to Preston City Centre
St. Walburge's Church
Fishergate, Preston's main shopping district
Construction of UCLan's new student centre and public square
The newly opened Student Centre and University Square
North Road approaches the city centre from the north
The M6 Motorway at Junction 29
Preston Railway Station
The River Ribble, with the dock entrance to the left
A narrowboat on the Lancaster Canal at Ashton-on-Ribble
Preston bus station
Harris Building, University of Central Lancashire
Deepdale Stadium, home of Preston North End F.C.
Preston North End in 1888–89, the first Football League champions, subsequently doing 'The Double'
The old Park Hotel overlooking Miller Park in autumn
Preston Market Hall and Covered Market at night
Locomotive no.20, on loan from the National Railway Museum Shildon, operating on the Ribble Steam Railway
The old windmill on Cragg's Row
The Corn Exchange in Lune Street, entrance to the former Public Hall with the Martyrs' Memorial at the front right
thumb|Tulketh Mill and its chimney, as seen from the Lancaster Canal
Deepdale Hall
The interior of Miller Arcade at Christmas
The Cotton Reel in Avenham Road
"The Splash", depicting Tom Finney, at Deepdale Stadium
Wallace and Gromit bronze sculpture at the Preston Market Hall
Preston Martyrs' Memorial (the troops)
Preston Martyrs' Memorial (the victims)

Preston is a city on the north bank of the River Ribble in Lancashire, England.

Burnley wharf on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal


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Burnley wharf on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Burnley Town Hall on Manchester Road
The River Brun as it flows through Burnley
Burnley Market, Charter Walk
St Peter's Church, Church Street
The Singing Ringing Tree, overlooking Burnley
Towneley Hall in Towneley Park on the eastern edge of town
Burnley bus station
Turf Moor, the home of Burnley F.C.
Burnley Mechanics Theatre, originally a Mechanics' Institute
Hammerton Street, one of Burnley's main areas for nightlife
Sir John Thursby Community College
Burnley rock band Chumbawamba in 2012

Burnley is a town and the administrative centre of the wider Borough of Burnley in Lancashire, England, with a 2001 population of 73,021.


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City in Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 547,627 in 2018.

City in Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 547,627 in 2018.

Manchester Cathedral, a grade I listed building which is the Anglican cathedral and parish church of Manchester and the mother church of the Diocese of Manchester
Cotton mills in Ancoats about 1820
The Peterloo massacre of 1819 resulted in 15 deaths and several hundred injured
An oil painting of Oxford Road, Manchester in 1910 by Valette
Corporation Street after the Manchester bombing on 15 June 1996. There were no fatalities, but it was one of the most expensive man-made disasters. A large rebuilding project of Manchester ensued.
Oxford Road, one of the main thoroughfares into Manchester city centre
Manchester Town Hall in Albert Square, seat of local government, is an example of Victorian era Gothic revival architecture
The City of Manchester. The land use is overwhelmingly urban
The population of Manchester shown with other boroughs in the Greater Manchester county from 1801 to 2011
The Great Jackson Street skyscraper district under construction in Central Manchester
Neo-baroque Lancaster House. Manchester is known for opulent warehouses from the city's textile trade.
Map of tram lines, railways and main bus routes in Greater Manchester
Manchester Piccadilly railway station, the busiest of the four major railway stations in the Manchester station group with over 32 million passengers using the station in 2019/20.
Manchester Metrolink is the largest tram system in the UK, with a total route length of 57 mi.
Free buses operate on three Manchester Metroshuttle routes around Manchester city centre
The Gallagher brothers of Oasis
The Manchester Arena, the city's premier indoor multi-use venue and one of the largest purpose-built arenas in Europe
The Opera House, one of Manchester's largest theatre venues
Manchester Art Gallery
The Science and Industry Museum
Gaskell House, where Mrs Gaskell wrote most of her novels. The house is now a museum.
Canal Street, one of Manchester's liveliest nightspots, part of the city's gay village
Whitworth Hall at the University of Manchester. With approximately 44,000 students, it is the second largest university in the UK in terms of enrolment.
The Etihad Stadium is home to Premier League club Manchester City FC and host stadium for the 2002 Commonwealth Games
The 1930s Daily Express Building, Manchester, a remnant of Britain's "second Fleet Street"
Granada Studios, the former headquarters of Granada Television

Historically part of Lancashire, areas of Cheshire south of the River Mersey were incorporated into Manchester in the 20th century, including Wythenshawe in 1931.

North West England

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Liverpool Chinatown is the oldest Chinese community in Europe.
The Jodrell Bank Lovell 76-m radio telescope in Lower Withington, built in August 1957, is the world's third largest steerable telescope, and was the largest until 1971. It was designed by Sheffield's Sir Charles Husband and built of steel from Scunthorpe
General election results in 2017
Lancaster city centre
Proposed flag for the region designed by Peter Saville
Exhibit of ICI's Fluothane (Halothane), discovered at Widnes, at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, near Spike Island in Widnes
Rainhill Skew Bridge in 1831
The World of Glass museum in October 2006
Calder Hall in 1973
A Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR2 (HS 801), built at Woodford (former Avro) and designed in Manchester in the mid-1960s, with XV148 (former Comet 4C) making its first flight on 23 May 1967, flying from Chester (Broughton, which had built many de Havilland fighter jet aircraft) to Woodford; 49 Nimrods were made for the RAF, entering service with 201 Sqn on 6 November 1970, serving until March 2010 with 38 Sqn
JLR at Halewood
Statue of John Lennon of The Beatles at The Cavern Club, Liverpool
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, the largest religious building in the UK
Queensway Tunnel, Liverpool under the River Mersey to Birkenhead, Wirral peninsula
The M6 motorway is one of the North West's principal roads
Warning signs at Hardknott Pass
Old meets new at the Stockport Viaduct; designed by George W. Buck, it is the largest free-standing brick structure in the UK, built in 1840 when it was the largest viaduct in the world; it features in many L. S. Lowry paintings
A sign marking entry to Scotland located on the M6 motorway crossing the border of Cumbria.
Manchester Airport aerial view
Manchester's Piccadilly station is the largest and busiest railway station in the region.
Regional profile of the North West
Essar Energy's Stanlow Refinery, the 
UK's second largest refinery after Fawley, looking north-east from Wervin
Vauxhall's plant in Ellesmere Port exports 88% of its cars, although many of the components are imported, and has made over 5 million since 1962, also making the Vectra from 1995 to 2008; it makes 686 a day (two a minute, 100,000 a year) and the latest model was designed by Mark Adams and Malcolm Ward. Three million Astras have been sold in the UK since 1979, and featured on the Top Gear test track until 2015; the production is split with the Opel Manufacturing Poland site at Gliwice in southern Poland; the Corsa is made at Opel Zaragoza in north-east Spain, with 3-door versions at Opel Eisenach; the Insignia is made at Opel Rüsselsheim
Ineos ChlorVinyls at Runcorn in 2006; the UK chemicals industry is worth £57bn, with 180,000 people in around 3,000 companies
English Electric Canberra gate guard at BAE's Samlesbury site
Heinz, although based in Hayes in Middlesex, has the largest food processing complex in Europe at a 55 acre site at Kitt Green in Wigan, which produces 1.4 billion cans of food each year; it is accessed to the east of the Orrell Interchange of the M6 (A577); the 38-acre Heinz NDC is next door
Head office of Warburtons in Bolton in April 2006
Kelloggs in Manchester, looking north along the A5181 next to GMFRS's Stretford Area Command HQ; the site is the largest producer of cereals in Europe
JD Sports (in Belfast), the largest company in Bury
The 1938 Littlewood's Building next to Wavertree Technology Park, on Edge Lane, looking east from Liverpool Cathedral
Cereal Partners UK (Nestlé) make Cheerios and Golden Nuggets on the A41 opposite Port Sunlight at Bromborough, also the base of CSM UK, the baking ingredients company based at a former Unilever Stork margarine site.
Unilever Research Laboratory at Port Sunlight (Bebington) looking west, next to the Wirral Line
Former head office of the Girobank in Bootle; it closed in 2003; it was taken over by Alliance & Leicester in 1990; it was established in Bootle in the late 1960s with help from Hugh Baird; it was the first financial institution in Europe to be fully computerised from the start
Winstanley College
Clitheroe Royal Grammar School
Sir John Deane's College
Carmel College
Blackburn College
Trafford College
Manchester City College, Didsbury
Victoria Building, University of Liverpool
Manchester Metropolitan University's Hollings Campus – the Toast Rack
ITV Granada former studios in Castlefield, Manchester
MediaCityUK being built at Salford Quays
Liverpool Echo building
1939 Sir Owen Williams Daily Express Building, Manchester
Grand National, Aintree Racecourse
Mersey Ferry Royal Daffodil
Liverpool Cruise Terminal
Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Isle of Man Steam Packet
Isle of Man Steam Packet route map
Manchester Ship Canal
MS Norbay operates Liverpool to Dublin

North West England is one of nine official regions of England and consists of the administrative counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.


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City and metropolitan borough in Merseyside, England.

City and metropolitan borough in Merseyside, England.

Liverpool in 1680, the earliest known image of Liverpool.
A map of Liverpool's original seven streets (north to the left).
Liverpool's Lime Street area pictured from above in 1946
Inaugural journey of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830, the first-ever commercial railway line.
Lime Street, Liverpool, in the 1890s, St.George's Hall to the left, Great North Western Hotel to the right, Walker Art Gallery and Sessions House in the background. Statues of Prince Albert, Disraeli, Queen Victoria and Wellington's Column in the middle ground.
Liverpool was the port of registry of the ill-fated ocean liner Titanic. The ship sank on its maiden voyage in April 1912, with the loss of 1,517 lives (including numerous Liverpudlians). A Memorial to the Engine Room Heroes of the Titanic is located on the city's waterfront.
Mathew Street is one of many tourist attractions related to the Beatles, and the location of Europe's largest annual free music festival.
The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the first such school in the world
Oriel Chambers, the first "modern" building in the world
The late Georgian Liverpool Town Hall
Satellite imagery showing Liverpool Bay, Liverpool and the wider Merseyside area
Chinatown Gate, Chinatown, Liverpool
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King
The Al-Rahma Mosque in the Toxteth area of Liverpool
Apartment buildings within Liverpool's new commercial district
Liverpool One has helped move the city into the top five retail destinations in the UK
The Range Rover Evoque is manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover's plant at Halewood.
Liverpool's Three Graces, the Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building at the Pier Head
The Albert Dock contains the UK's largest collection of Grade I listed buildings as well as being the most visited multi-use attraction outside London
Bluecoat Chambers, the oldest building in Liverpool city centre
Victoria Street like many streets in the city centre is lined with dozens of listed buildings
The neo-classical St George's Hall
Municipal Buildings
Speke Hall Tudor manor house is one of Liverpool's oldest buildings
West Tower has been the city's tallest building since completion in 2008
Liverpool Cathedral is regarded as one of the greatest buildings of the twentieth century and is one of the largest church buildings in the world
The Wallasey entrance to the Kingsway Tunnel. Liverpool's skyline is visible in the background
Liverpool Lime Street Station
Liverpool John Lennon Airport terminal building
The Merseyrail network has extensive underground sections within the city centre. Liverpool Central is the UK's busiest underground station outside London
MV Royal Iris of the Mersey is one of three ferries that provide cross river services between Liverpool and the Wirral
The Beatles statue in their home city Liverpool. The group are the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in popular music.
Philharmonic Hall, home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
William Brown Street, also known as the Cultural Quarter was a World Heritage Site consisting of the World Museum, Central Library, Picton Reading Room and Walker Art Gallery
Nelson Monument at Exchange Flags. The other British hero of the Napoleonic Wars is commemorated in Wellington's Column
The Empire Theatre has the largest two-tier auditorium in the UK
University of Liverpool's Victoria Building
Liverpool John Moores University's James Parsons Building
Liverpool Community College's Arts Centre
The Merseyside derby is the football match between the two biggest clubs in the city, Liverpool in red and Everton in blue.
Anfield, home of Liverpool F.C.
Goodison Park, home of Everton F.C.
The Earl of Derby Stand at Aintree Racecourse; home of the Grand National
The Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake
The M&S Bank Arena hosts numerous sporting events and was formerly the home of British Basketball League team, the Mersey Tigers
Radio City Tower, home to Radio City and a number of subsidiary stations

On the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary, Liverpool historically lay within the ancient hundred of West Derby in the county of Lancashire.

River Ribble

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Ribble estuary
Tidal bore on the Ribble, between the River Douglas and Preston

The River Ribble runs through North Yorkshire and Lancashire in Northern England.

Blackburn Skyline with the Cathedral and Town Hall Tower.


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Blackburn Skyline with the Cathedral and Town Hall Tower.
Blackburn's old clock tower in 1906 with time ball at the top of its mast
Strike of cotton mill workers in 1920 in Cowell Street in the Nab Lane area
Workers producing shuttles for the textile industry, c. 1920. Rowland Baguley and Company, based on Addison Street, produced a wide range of shuttles for the home textile industry and for export before it closed in the early 1930s.
A typical weaving shed at Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, Burnley
Duke Street Mill being destroyed
Albion Mill photographed in 2008. The mill ceased production in 1975 and was demolished in 2010.
Arms of the former Blackburn Borough Council on display in the Town Hall.
Blackburn and the southern town of Darwen as viewed from space by the Landsat 7 satellite in 2000 (false colour image)
View north over Lammack and Pleckgate from one of the highest points in Blackburn at the site of the old water tank at Revidge.
Blackburn railway station
Blackburn Cathedral sits in the middle of the town centre
Blackburn's Statue of Queen Victoria with the cathedral in the background
The Italianate 19th-century Old Town Hall and its 1960s counterpart—the reclad New Town Hall
Blackburn's 19th-century Technical School
Wainwright Bridge, in October 2017
King George's Hall
Corporation Park's conservatory, which dates from 1900
The main lake in Queen's Park.
Ewood Park's Jack Walker Stand
John Morley, British Liberal statesman, writer and newspaper editor, was born in Blackburn in 1838

Blackburn is an industrial town and the administrative centre of the Blackburn with Darwen borough in Lancashire, England.

View of Blackpool, 1784


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View of Blackpool, 1784
Blackpool sands in 1895
Photochrom of the Promenade c. 1898
Promenade steps at high tide in 2017
Blackpool Town Hall (1895–1900) by Messrs Potts, Son & Henning
TVR employed 250 people in Blackpool
Overlooking Central Pier
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
The Tower and Illuminations
Blackpool's Central Pier in winter
Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Blackpool's regenerated Promenade
Unique street lighting on Birley Street
Blackpool Tower, a Blackpool landmark.
Blackpool's famous Winter Gardens
A Blackpool Transport bus en route to Fleetwood
Interior of Blackpool North station
A map of the tram network
Flexity 2 tram, No 011 at Tower tram station in April 2012
An unmodified double-decker English Electric Balloon tram on the Promenade at Bispham
View from the tower, looking south
Bloomfield Road Stadium, home of Blackpool F.C.
Sacred Heart Church

Blackpool is a large town and seaside resort in Lancashire, England.

Hundreds of Cheshire in Domesday Book. Areas highlighted in pink became part of Flintshire in Wales.


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Historic and ceremonial county in North West England.

Historic and ceremonial county in North West England.

Hundreds of Cheshire in Domesday Book. Areas highlighted in pink became part of Flintshire in Wales.
Map of Cheshire in 1577.
Wilmslow Church
A resident of Knutsford sanding the street in celebration of May Day in 1920
Lewis Carroll memorial window (featuring the Hatter and March Hare)
Alderley Edge in 1951
Anderton Boat Lift
Chester Weir on the River Dee
Canal cutting by Chester city walls
Manchester Ship Canal from Ellesmere Port Dock towards Stanlow

In 1182, the land north of the Mersey became administered as part of the new county of Lancashire, resolving any uncertainty about the county in which the land "Inter Ripam et Mersam" was.