27 November 2015 is Lancashire Day! See some interesting facts about our County below:
- Lancashire was established in 1183
- The county covers an area of 3,075 sq km – making it one of the largest shire counties
- Dunsop Bridge in the Ribble Valley is the centre of the British Isles
- 80% of Lancashire is officially classed as rural
- The mill towns of Blackburn and Burnley were the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century
- You can see Blackburn and Burnley from the famous Pendle Hill… Pendle Hill is only 165ft shy of also being called a mountain
- Preston is one of England’s newest Cities and in 2012 it celebrated the Preston Guild, which only happens every 20 years and is England’s oldest festival
- The Lancaster Canal has the longest lock-free stretch of man-made waterway in the country
Some famous facts about Lancashire…
- Stonyhurst College and the surrounding Ribble Valley is said to be the inspiration for Tolkien’s Middle-earth from `Lord of the Rings` – his son boarded at the college which he visited regularly
- The trial of the Pendle Witches in Lancaster in 1612 is the UK’s most famous witch-hunt and in 2012 Lancashire marked its 400th Centenary
- Squires Gate, now known as Blackpool International Airport, was the UK’s first airport
- Blackpool’s permanent electric street tramway was the world’s first when it opened in 1885
- Sirloin beef is said to get its name after a visit by James 1 to Hoghton Tower near Preston, where he enjoyed a piece of beef so much – that he knighted it!
Happy Lancashire Day!