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Clayton-le-Moors is located in Lancashire
 Clayton-le-Moors shown within Lancashire
Population 4,725 (2011.Ward)
OS grid reference SD745315
District Hyndburn
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BB5
Dialling code 01254
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Hyndburn
List of places

Coordinates: 53°46′45″N 2°23′18″W / 53.779200°N 2.388444°W / 53.779200; -2.388444

Clayton-le-Moors is a village in Hyndburn in Lancashire, England. The village is locally referred to as 'Clayton'. There is also a ward with the same name in Hyndburn. The population of this ward at the 2011 census was 4,725.[1] To the west lies Rishton, to the north Great Harwood, and two miles to the south, Accrington. Clayton-le-Moors is situated on the A680 road alongside the M65 motorway.


It is thought that the village developed while the Leeds Liverpool Canal was being built. The half-way point of the Leeds Liverpool Canal is Clayton-le-Moors. A mural that depicted this fact has been demolished. The village's main thoroughfare is Whalley Road, which still has some canal workers' cottages.

Mercer Park, once the grounds of Mercer House, is freely open to the public, and contains an updated war memorial. The house was previously Oakenshaw Cottage, where John Mercer lived towards the end of his life. Mercer, a self-taught chemist born in Great Harwood, invented the mercerisation process for treating cotton which is still in use today. He was also a pioneer of colour photography.

Clayton-le-Moors is said to be a village of two halves. Residents were 'top-enders' or 'bottom-enders', depending on which side of the Load O'Mischief pub they lived. The Load O'Mischief has since been demolished to make way for the M65 motorway. The two communities had firm opinions about each other and rarely mixed.[2] There was, however, an annual football match between them at the running track at Wilson's Playing Fields, which sit behind woodland in Whalley Road close to Sparth House. The synthetic running track is surrounded by football pitches, a cricket pitch and changing rooms.

In 1987 with house building in the area, builders stumbled upon mass adult & child graves around Pickup Street, Sparth Road and Barnes Square. Upon further inspection and a 14 week excavation of the area, they found over 1000 skeletal remains thought to date back to the sixteen hundreds.


Clayton-le-Moors was once a township in the ancient parish of Whalley, with Dunkenhalgh in the south-west and Hyndburn Brook forming the boundary with Rishton and Great Harwood as far as the River Calder. This became a civil parish in 1866.[3] Between 1894 and 1974 the area was administered by an Urban District.[4] It has since become an unparished part of the borough of Hyndburn.


Clayton Le Moors Harriers [5] founded in 1922, is one of the largest athletic clubs in the North of England, catering for cross-country, fell and road running.

Kuon Ji Ju Jitsu Association [6] is a martial arts club established in October 1982, by Sensei Tony Gregson under the guidance of Sensei Thomas Duckett it meets at the Civic Library on Pickup Street.

Hyndburn athletics club is the biggest track and field club in the area and is a successful club winning midlands championships back to back also has many Lancashire champions, combined event champions, English school competitors and competitors for Lancashire



There are a few pubs: The Albion, Hare and Hounds, Hyndburn Bridge, Forts Arms, The Royal Oak, Old England Forever, Wellington Hotel, Sparth Manor - built at an unknown date but sold for the first time in 1556, and Conservative Club. There were three Working Men's Clubs, known colloquially as Top Club. Come and Welcome is the middle club and bottom (Park View) club. The top closed in the 1990s and is now an eating house, the middle is no longer functioning, but the bottom – Park View – remains open. The Load O' Mischief was well known throughout Lancashire and gave its name to a bus stop outside its location in Whalley Road and for bus routes from Accrington. It was closed and bulldozed to make way for the M65 motorway but is still referred to as a way of referencing that stretch of Whalley Road.


Hotels include the Dunkenhalgh in Blackburn Road, Maple Lodge in Blackburn Road, and Sparth House in Whalley Road.

Sparth House Hotel main house was built in 1740 with parts of the building dating back to 14th century. The Georgian architecture runs throughout the property. It also is the home to furniture from Titanic's sister ship RMS Olympic. Sparth House Hotel began as a family home, then became as an antique shop and now is a hotel owned and ran by family.

The Dunkenhalgh is a four-star hotel built around a 700-year-old house – the manor of Dunkenhalgh. The manor was recently renovated. Maple Lodge offers four-star accommodation. The house was built in the early 1700s and retains many original features.

Notable People[edit]

  • Jack Simmons the Lancashire and Tasmania off-spinner was born in Clayton.
  • Alan Ramsbottom was a professional racing cyclist from Clayton-le-Moors, and rode the Tour de France, finishing 16th in 1963 was his best achievement. He later moved to Great Harwood, where there is a road named after him.
  • Comedian Eric Morecambe, of the double act Morecambe and Wise, lived in Clayton while working in a mine as a 'Bevin Boy'.
  • Alex Higgins lived in the town after his arrival from Northern Ireland. East Lancashire had a thriving snooker scene and Higgins was keen to learn from great players in the area.
  • Nicholas Freeston (1907-1978) was an English poet who spent most of his working life as a weaver in cotton mills near his home at 79 Barnes Street, Clayton-le-Moors. He published five books of poetry, occasionally writing in Lancashire dialect, and won fifteen awards including a gold medal presented by the president of the United Poets' Laureate International. He was listed in the third edition of Who's Who in the World. He appeared on television and radio reading his own work[7] and a UK national newspaper, the Daily Mirror, referred to him as 'The Cotton Mill Bard'.[8]
  • Vicky Entwistle, the actress who played the factory worker Janice Battersby in Coronation Street, has a link to Clayton-le-Moors. Her parents ran a newsagent shop close to the M65 bridge in Whalley Road.[9]
  • Originally from Great Harwood, Netherwood Hughes, one of the last surviving veterans of World War I, died at the Woodlands Home for the Elderly in 2009, aged 108.

Notable Businesses[edit]

Karrimor International, a world-renowned manufacturer of backpacks, footwear, and other outdoor pursuit equipment, was founded in Clayton-le-Moors in 1946.[not in citation given] Prior to receivership and disposal of its UK manufacturing business and retail operations in 2004, it was considered to have a "tremendous tradition", a history that included "legendary" products, and a "very strong brand name",[10] and past owner Industrialinvest stated in 2002 that the company had an "international reputation for outstanding [products]".[11] A 1996 review of top British manufacturers by The Independent had also described Karrimor as "a leader in its... field" and one of Britain's great post war manufacturers, albeit one that it felt had (like other businesses) "failed to invest and expand".[12] The brand and product lines still exist as of 2013, and are owned by the Sports Direct group.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hyndburn Ward population 2011". Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Visit Lancashire: Official Guide for Short Breaks, Days Out and Places to See in Lancashire - Visit Lancashire". 
  3. ^ "Clayton-le-Moors Tn/CP through time". GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Clayton-le-Moors UD through time". GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Clayton-le-Moors Harriers". 
  6. ^ "Kuon Ji Ju Jitsu Association". 
  7. ^ Leaver, Eric. "Looms were mill poet's muse". Lancashire Evening Telegraph (Blackburn). 8 February 1978. Front page.
  8. ^ Gagie, Michael. "The man who cut his teeth on tears..." Daily Mirror (London). 18 December 1963
  9. ^ "Vicky Entwistle". Retrieved 28 February 2008. 
  10. ^ "Karrimor Saved From Liquidation". 
  11. ^ InvestIndustrial's description of its investment in Karrimor
  12. ^ British manufacturing: the best thing since sliced bread - The Independent, 1996-08-18, David Bowen