Hawkshaw, Greater Manchester

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Hawkshaw from Affetside
Hawkshaw is located in Greater Manchester
Location within Greater Manchester
OS grid referenceSD758149
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBURY
Postcode districtBL8
Dialling code01204
PoliceGreater Manchester
FireGreater Manchester
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
Greater Manchester
53°37′48″N 2°21′54″W / 53.630°N 2.365°W / 53.630; -2.365Coordinates: 53°37′48″N 2°21′54″W / 53.630°N 2.365°W / 53.630; -2.365

Hawkshaw is a village in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, in Greater Manchester, England. Historically a part of Lancashire, it has a population of around 1,000 people. The village has a small shop and 2 pubs called The Red Lion and The Waggon and Horses.[1]

On the A676, west of Greenmount, the road changes its name from Bolton Road to Ramsbottom Road after it crosses Kirklees Brook.[2]

The village school is called St Mary's Church of England Primary School. It currently educates around 100 pupils and employs 6 teachers. The school is also connected to St Mary's Church, which is also Church of England.

There is a large playing field known to the locals as "the rec". There is a large football pitch, which is currently unused. The children's play area has both adult and toddler swings, a large slide, rocking chairs, and roundabout and a see-saw. The park is enclosed by a low fence. At the end of "the rec", there is a large tennis club, with a club house and 5 tennis courts, 3 of which are under flood-lights.

Hawkshaw has an Army Training Camp used as the HQ of the Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force.[3][4][5] The adjoining Holcombe Ranges is one of the shooting ranges in the United Kingdom. The Physical Ability round of The Krypton Factor was filmed at the base's Assault Course on Holcombe Moor, north of Hawkshaw.[3]

The A676 road passes through Hawkshaw.


  1. ^ http://www.waggonandhorseshawkshaw.co.uk/
  2. ^ "109" (Map). Bolton & Warrington (C2 ed.). 1:50,000. Landranger. Ordnance Survey. 2016. ISBN 9780319262078.
  3. ^ a b http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/domesday/dblock/GB-376000-414000/page/13
  4. ^ http://www.192.com/places/bl/bl8-4/bl8-4jj/
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2012-09-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)