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Hoddlesden Village Store
Hoddlesden is located in Blackburn with Darwen
Shown within Blackburn with Darwen
Hoddlesden is located in Lancashire
Location within Lancashire
OS grid referenceSD715222
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDARWEN
Postcode districtBB3
Dialling code01254
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°41′46″N 2°25′52″W / 53.696°N 2.431°W / 53.696; -2.431Coordinates: 53°41′46″N 2°25′52″W / 53.696°N 2.431°W / 53.696; -2.431

Hoddlesden is a village in the borough of Blackburn with Darwen, in Lancashire, England. The village population at the 2011 census was 1,239.[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.[2]

Between 1901 and 1936 the village was on a tram route operated by the local authorities of the two towns.[3] 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.[4] The section that served Hoddlesden closed in 1950.[5]

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.[6]

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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  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Hoddlesden Built-up area (E34001450)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Village appraisals" (PDF). Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
  3. ^ "Brief History of Trams in Blackburn and Darwen". Cottontown.org. Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. Archived from the original on 31 October 2007. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  4. ^ "North West Geography, Volume 1, Number 1, 2001" (PDF). North West Geography: 63. 2001. ISSN 1476-1580. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
  5. ^ "England & Wales: closed railways". Archived from the original on 5 September 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
  6. ^ Cruces, Emma (24 November 2008). "Darwen mill completely destroyed in inferno". Lancashire Telegraph. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 16 December 2008.

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