Marsh House, Darwen

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Marsh House, Darwen
Marsh House, Darwen is located in Lancashire
Marsh House, Darwen
Marsh House, Darwen
Marsh House, Darwen shown within Lancashire
OS grid reference SD695225
Civil parish
  • Darwen
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
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
List of places
53°41′53″N 2°27′40″W / 53.698°N 2.461°W / 53.698; -2.461Coordinates: 53°41′53″N 2°27′40″W / 53.698°N 2.461°W / 53.698; -2.461

Marsh House is an area of Darwen, Lancashire, England.


The Marsh House area itself was used for industrial purposes in the 19th and 20th centuries. The main industry was mining and, due to the after-effects of this, certain parts of Marsh House cannot be built on for safety reasons even to this day. Parts of the mine at Ellison Fold still remain in Bailey's field next to Avallon Way.

The ward once had a railway station known as "Sough". This station was situated between the main Darwen Station and the Entiwstle Station. However this was closed after the number of people using the station fell. In recent years, there has been a push to reopen the station and the case for this is improving year on year because of a number of factors.

The ward also has the listed Turncroft Hall within its boundaries.[1]

Modern Day[edit]

Over the past 40 years or so, the area has had large amount of investment put into it. Most of the money has gone into building housing on Green Belt land. However, there is an area where houses have been built on land previously used for factories.

Local government[edit]

The result of the 2014 local government election in Marsh House ward was as follows:[2]

Name Party Votes
Kevin Connor Conservative 650
John Roberts Labour 658
Mark Westall Liberal Democrat 851

Traditionally, the area had been a Conservative stronghold but all councillors now represent the Labour Party (UK) Sadly John Roberts passed away in 2017 at the subsequent by- Election the seat was re taken by the Conservatives


Marsh House has several pubs - The Borough, The Craven Heifer (named for the eponymous Craven Heifer), The Crown and Thistle, The Victoria and The Greenfield. The area also has a Working Men's Club.


The ward is served by a primary school called St Peter's Church of England. The area has no secondary education institutions but the town of Darwen has two secondary schools (D.A.C.A and Vale). Many parents decide though to send their children, out of the town to one of the following-(a) Q.E.G.S- Independent (b) Westholme- Independent (c) Lords- Independent (d) Canon Slade-Bolton State (e) St Bede's RC - Blackburn State (f) St Wilfrid's- Blackburn State or (g) Turton- Bolton State.


In recent months, there has been a big move towards restoring the heritage of the area. Things such as stone walls, field gates for the abandoned farm land, the Rosehill Riverbed, the original Blacksnape gates and the mining history have all been brought to the attention of both local community groups and the council.

There is also going to be a big push towards tourism for the area over the next year alongside the rest of Darwen.

Areas of the ward[edit]

Due to most of the housing being built in the north of the ward, areas have been split up according to their position in the north of the ward.

North Marsh House[edit]

  • Avallon Way and Lisbon Drive
  • Bailey's Field

East Marsh House[edit]

  • The Housing areas of Chapter Road, Pole Lane and Priory Drive
  • The Village of Clear Water
  • The Woodland and Fields of Rosehill
  • Half of The Village of Blacksnape and playing fields

West Marsh House[edit]

  • Ashton Park
  • The Sidings
  • The Hall of Turncroft and surrounding housing area
  • The Housing area of Highfield

South Marsh House[edit]

  • The housing area and fields of Sough
  • The housing area and fields of Cranberry
  • Spring Vale Garden Village
  • Part of the West Pennine Moors (including the rural area of Grimehills)