Stacksteads

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Stacksteads
Acre Mill Baptist Church, Stacksteads, Bacup. - geograph.org.uk - 633326.jpg
Acre Mill Baptist Church
Stacksteads is located in Lancashire
Stacksteads
Stacksteads
Stacksteads shown within Lancashire
Population 3,789 (2011, ward)
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BACUP
Postcode district OL13
Dialling code 01706
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
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Lancashire
Coordinates: 53°41′31″N 2°13′12″W / 53.692°N 2.220°W / 53.692; -2.220

Stacksteads is a village between the towns of Bacup and Waterfoot in Rossendale, Lancashire, England. The population of this Rossendale ward at the 2011 census was 3,789.[1] Stacksteads includes a quarry called Lee Quarry which has also been transformed into a mountain bike trail.

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

History[edit]

In the 19th century it was home to several cotton mills along the banks of the River Irwell. These expanded after the ending of the American civil war. During the 1870s agricultural labourers moved from across the UK - including many from East Anglia - to drive this expansion.

During the 20th century, as the cotton trade decreased in the face of overseas manufacture, some of the mills were adapted to more modern purposes such as footwear - notably the Bacup Shoe company in the former Stacksteads Mill. In the 1980s, the village featured in a number of episodes of the long running BBC drama - Juliet Bravo - set in a fictional part of the Rossendale Valley between Rawtenstall and Bacup. It was also the location for the filming of Laurence Olivier Presents: Hindle Wakes, a 1976 version of the famous play, directed by Laurence Olivier.

Today[edit]

The area is today noted for a high number of reported UFO sightings and featured in one episode of a 2008 Five TV series on British cases. Reports have focused on the quarry and the wider steep valley either side of Newchurch Road. This area has even been locally dubbed - 'UFO Alley'.

Stacksteads has a Rosso Bus 464 going through it every 10 minutes via the main road through the village, Newchurch Road. There is a high school called Fearns. It offers a lot of sports including trampolining, a climbing wall and two football pitches.Cricket Club

Stacksteads is home to the famous Kimberley Club formed in 1897 as a drinking club for quarry workers. Lit and warmed by gas (no electricity), it is still going strong and sells real ale direct from the barrel.

From 1903 until 2011 Stacksteads Cricket Club played on Waterbarn Recreation Ground adjacent to Waterbarn Baptist Church. The Club moved to New Hall Hey cricket ground in Rawtenstall after difficulties with the landlord who also owns the Type 2 listed Waterbarn Baptist Chapel on Brandwood Road built in 1847.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rossendale Ward population 2011". Retrieved 14 January 2015.