Parish Church of St Nicholas with St John and St Michael
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It was the home of semi-professional football club Rossendale United until they dissolved in 2011. Their home ground Dark Lane was set on fire in January 2012. The derelict site is currently being considered for 50 new family homes.
The village has a mixture of large detached houses and farmhouses, and smaller semi-detached housing on Staghills Council Estate where the majority of the villages population lives. There are two large manor houses, Heightside, a nursing home for those with mental disorders and Ashlands, a care home for the elderly.
Newchurch is one of the earliest settlements in the Rossendale Valley. The township of Newchurch stretched from Bacup to Rawtenstall and in 1511 it was recorded as having a population of 1,000 people. Before the building of St Nicholas in 1511, the village was called Kirk.
The village is built on a hill, Seat Naze. On this hill there is a stone circle with many rumours circulating about its original use. A mobile phone mast was erected on top of Seat Naze in the 1990s.
The original building for Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School was in Newchurch, on Turnpike. This site was used between 1701 until 1913 until they moved to their current site in Waterfoot. The site was then used as St Peter's RC Primary School until they moved to a new site in the 1970s. It remained derelict until 2000, when it was demolished and the land was used to build a house.
After World War II the village was expanded with the construction of new homes, including a council estate at Staghills, and during the 1960s many of the historic buildings were demolished to make way for newer bungalows.
Most of the local village shops and the post office have closed in the last couple of decades due to increased transport making it easier to reach local supermarkets in nearby Rawtenstall. A takeaway, general store and hairdressers are the only remaining ones, as well as the last remaining local pub, the Boar's Head, which has been open since 1674. The other pub in the village, the Blue Bell, closed in 2013 and the empty building is currently for sale
- http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/rossendaleunitedfc/%7C Rossendale United FC
- "Bus Times: Bus number 273" (PDF). Transport for Greater Manchester. 4 September 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
- "Rawtenstall Newchurch St Nicholas C of E Primary School". Retrieved 2011-09-08.
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