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Market Street, Shawforth.jpg
Market Street, Shawforth
Shawforth is located in Lancashire
Shawforth shown within Lancashire
Population 3,586 (2011. Ward of Facit and Shawforth)
OS grid reference SD892207
• London 173 mi (278 km) SSE
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ROCHDALE
Postcode district OL12
Dialling code 01706
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
53°40′59″N 2°09′58″W / 53.683°N 2.166°W / 53.683; -2.166Coordinates: 53°40′59″N 2°09′58″W / 53.683°N 2.166°W / 53.683; -2.166

Shawforth is a suburban village within the Rossendale borough of Lancashire, England. It lies amongst the South Pennines along the course of the River Spodden and A671 road. It is 1.9 miles (3.1 km) north-northeast of Whitworth (where population details are included), 5.2 miles (8.4 km) east-southeast of Rawtenstall, and 14.2 miles (23 km) to the north-northeast of Manchester. The appropriate Rossendale ward is called Facit and Shawforth. At the 2011 census it had a population of 3,586.[1]

Shawforth in the Middle Ages was a hamlet within the township of Spotland and parish of Rochdale.[2]

Shawforth railway station served Shawforth from 1881 until its closure in 1947.

It is part of the Rossendale and Darwen constituency, with Jake Berry having been the Member of Parliament since 2010.


  1. ^ "Rossendale Ward population 2011". Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Clarke 1830, p. 156.
  • Clarke, Stephen Reynolds (1830). The New Lancashire Gazetteer: Or, Topographical Dictionary, Containing an Accurate Description of the Several Hundreds, Boroughs, Market Towns, Parishes, Townships, and Hamlets, in the County Palatine of Lancaster. H. Teesdale and Co. 

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