View of Edgworth from Crowthorn
Edgworth shown within Lancashire
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||North Turton|
|Unitary authority||Blackburn with Darwen|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
|UK Parliament||Rossendale and Darwen|
Edgworth is a small village within the Blackburn with Darwen borough of Lancashire, England. It is north east of North Turton between Broadhead Brook on the west (expanded artificially to form the Wayoh reservoir) and Quarlton Brook in the south east. The ground ranges from 650 feet (200 m) to 1,100 feet (340 m) above sea level.
Edgworth is of Anglo-Saxon origin, denoting a village in the hills and has had many spellings, from 'Eggwrthe' in 1212, Egewurth in 1221, and in 1277 Eggeswrth and Edgeword and Eggeworth in the year 1292. In the 19th century the preferred spelling was "Edgeworth", although "Edgworth", as used by the Post Office, is now the standard spelling.
The village is especially rich in the number of 'Folds' formed in the 17th century. The title usually indicates the enclosure of a farmstead and associated cottages. Isherwood Fold, off Blackburn Road is a good example. Other examples are Horrocks Fold, Thomasson Fold and Brandwood Fold.
Although the character of Edgworth has always been rural, during the 19th century a number of textile mills were built around the village. Most industry has now left the area and since the 1970s a number of suburban housing developments have expanded the core of the village.
Barlow family 
During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Barlow family showed great generosity to the village. The industrialist James Barlow (1821–87) funded the new Methodist Church, opened in 1863, and the children's home at Crowthorn. The Edgworth Home, opened in 1872, was the first National Children's Home and closed in 2002.
James Barlow was proprietor of textile manufacturers Barlow & Jones Ltd and was also Mayor of Bolton 1867-1869.
Edgworth is renowned to walkers as it is very picturesque. Two large reservoirs, the Wayoh Reservoir, and the Turton and Entwistle Reservoir, are located north-east of the village, and the Jumbles Reservoir is near Turton Bottoms. They supply water to the Bolton area.
The village has many fine pubs/restaurants and Bed and Breakfast establishments.
Edgworth has a cricket team, Edgworth Cricket Club, in the Bolton Association. Formed in 1902, they now play continuously in the season on the Recreational Ground adjacent to the Barlow Institute.
Another successful recreational club competing in two leagues is of course the Edgworth Village Institute Bowling Club. Founded in 1900, they play crown green bowls on the green adjacent to the Barlow Institute.
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- "Edgworth Heritage Trail Map & Guide". Lancashire County Council/Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. Retrieved 2010-06-27.
- "Walking - Entwistle Reservoir". Lancashire Evening Post. Johnston Publishing. 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2010-06-27.
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