Hoddlesden

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Coordinates: 53°41′46″N 2°25′52″W / 53.696°N 2.431°W / 53.696; -2.431

Hoddlesden
Hoddlesden is located in Lancashire
Hoddlesden
Hoddlesden
 Hoddlesden shown within Lancashire
Population 1,300 
OS grid reference SD715222
Unitary authority Blackburn with Darwen
Ceremonial county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DARWEN
Postcode district BB3
Dialling code 01254
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Rossendale and Darwen
List of places
UK
England
Lancashire

Hoddlesden is a village in the unitary borough of Blackburn with Darwen, in Lancashire, England. The village has a population of approximately 1,300.[1] It is in the borough's East Rural ward, and is situated east of Darwen. To the north there are the parishes of Eccleshill and Yate and Pickup Bank, to the east there is Haslingden Grane, part of the West Pennine Moors, and to the south-west there is Blacksnape, a small hamlet.

Although the village is now a residential area, with its residents commuting to places such as the nearby towns of Blackburn and Darwen, in the 19th and early 20th century, local industries included weaving and coal mining.

Between 1901 and 1936 the village was also on a tram route operated by the local authorities of the two towns.[2] Hoddlesden was also served by a railway line, a branch of the Ribble Valley Line north of Darwen. The line, opened by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in 1876, only had goods trains, as petitions by local residents for a passenger service were unsuccessful.[3] The section that served Hoddlesden closed in 1950.[4]

A mill was operated by Vernon Carus, a manufacturer of healthcare products, until 2003. There had been plans to convert it into apartments until, in 2008, the building was destroyed in a fire.[5]

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

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