Belmont, Lancashire

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Coordinates: 53°38′26″N 2°29′43″W / 53.640505°N 2.495238°W / 53.640505; -2.495238

Belmont
Belmont is located in Lancashire
Belmont
Belmont
 Belmont shown within Lancashire
OS grid reference SD673161
Civil parish North Turton
Unitary authority Blackburn with Darwen
Ceremonial county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BOLTON
Postcode district BL7
Dialling code 01204
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Rossendale and Darwen
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Lancashire

Belmont is a village in Lancashire, England. It is close to Darwen. It has around 500 inhabitants and lies within the civil parish of North Turton in the unitary authority area of Blackburn with Darwen.

History[edit]

Before 1804 Belmont was known as Hordern[1] and was part of the upper part of the township of Sharples in the parish of Bolton le Moors.[2][3] The township contained cotton-mills, a large dye works owned by Thomas Rycroft that had a landmark chimney (which has been demolished), and a printworks; there was a paper works at Spring Side in Folds.

Following a factory fire several years ago a housing estate was developed with houses designed to look traditional.

The parish church of St Peter was built at the end of 1849 and consecrated on 1 April 1850. It was built in a neo-gothic style from local stone on the site of an ancient farm.

Governance[edit]

Belmont is in the borough of Blackburn with Darwen.[4]

Tockholes is part of the Rossendale and Darwen constituency.  Jake Berry has been the Member of Parliament for Rossendale and Darwen since 2010.

Geography[edit]

Belmont is a linear settlement in moorland in the West Pennine Moors, built along the old Bolton to Preston road, the A675. It lies about 5 miles (8.0 km) northwest of Bolton in a valley between Anglezarke Moor and Turton Moor. There is a minor road to Rivington to the west.

The Winter Hill transmitting station stands on Winter Hill about a third of a mile (0.5 km) southwest of the village.

Belmont Reservoir, built by Bolton Waterworks in the 19th century, occupies the valley to the north of the village, and is home to Bolton Sailing Club.[5] The smaller Ward's Reservoir, built in the early 19th century to supply water to the former Rycroft Dye Works[6] and known locally as the Blue Lagoon, was drained in 2010.[7]

Economy[edit]

The village has two public houses, a post office/newsagent's and a restaurant/bar.

Education[edit]

Primary education is provided by Belmont Primary School.[8]

Religion[edit]

St Peter's Church Belmont is a Church of England parish church was built in 1849 and consecrated on 1 April 1850. The church today continues to serve the local community of Belmont Village.[9] The church operates a Sunday school.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Freethy, Ron (19 February 2007), "Belmont walk", Lancashire Telegraph (Newsquest Media Group), retrieved 11 March 2008 
  2. ^ Greater Manchester Gazetteer, Greater Manchester County Record Office, Places names – S, archived from the original on 18 July 2011, retrieved 11 March 2008 
  3. ^ Farrer, William; Brownbill, J., eds. (1911), "Sharples", A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 5 (British History Online): 260–262, retrieved 20 November 2010 
  4. ^ "BWDBC". 
  5. ^ "Information About Belmont Reservoir", Waterscape, retrieved 5 January 2010 
  6. ^ Winter Hill Scrapbook (pdf), Dave Lane, p. 26, retrieved 30 January 2011 
  7. ^ Thorpe, Julian (27 May 2010), "Plug is pulled on Blue Lagoon", The Bolton News (Newsquest Media Group), retrieved 30 January 2011 
  8. ^ "Blackburn with Darwen District Council". 
  9. ^ "St Peters, Belmont". 
  10. ^ "St Peters Church, Belmont". 

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