Blackburn’s handsome cathedral was the town’s parish church until 1926, when its status was elevated. The current building mostly dates to the early 19th century, and was designed by John Palmer. The distinctive modern, octagonal lantern tower was added by architect Laurence King in 1961, with a dramatic crown of thorns hanging inside, above the sanctuary. The cathedral became the focus for the regeneration of the town centre in the early 21st century, creating a Cathedral Quarter and new buildings for church offices.
Facilities – at a glance
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Induction loop, ramp; wheelchair; contact in advance for disabled parking
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily 7am–6pm
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About the area
Lancashire was at the centre of the British cotton industry in the 19th century, which lead to the urbanization of great tracts of the area. The cotton boom came and went, but the industrial profile remains. Lancashire’s resorts, Blackpool, Southport and Morecambe Bay, were originally developed to meet the leisure needs of the cotton mill town workers. Blackpool is the biggest and brashest, celebrated for it tower, miles of promenade, and the coloured light ‘illuminations’. Amusements are taken very seriously here, day and night, and visitors can be entertained in a thousand different ways.
The former county town, Lancaster, boasts one of the younger English universities, dating from 1964. Other towns built up to accommodate the mill-workers with back-to-back terraced houses, are Burnley, Blackburn, Rochdale and Accrington. To get out of town, you can head for the Pennines, the ‘backbone of England’, a series of hills stretching from the Peak District National Park to the Scottish borders. To the north of the country is the Forest of Bowland, which despite its name is fairly open country, high up, with great views.
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