Looking down on Accrington from the surrounding hills, one gets a tremendous sense of the enormous expansion of the town that took place during the nineteenth century by looking at the identical rows of workers' houses laid out over the area north of the town centre. Much of this housing is now occupied by families from a Bangladeshi background who originally came to Lancashire in the post-war period to find work in the cotton mills. By comparison the housing to the south tends to be grander and surrounded by parkland - and this was where the middle class and managers built their houses.
The town's other famous association is with Accrington Stanley football club, the butt of many affectionate jokes. The club's name is often invoked as a symbol of British sport's legion of plucky but hopeless causes.
The small towns of Baxenden and Oswaldtwistle (say ozzle-twizzle) are located nearby.
county town of Lancashire, England
town in Lancashire, England
upland area of the Pennines in Northern England
town and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
major city in Greater Manchester, England, UK
Pendle Hill is just a few miles north of Accrington near Clitheroe.
The Lancashire Pennine hills surround Accrington.
Blackpool - visit the seaside, and see the British on holiday!
Manchester is arguably Northern England's hub city, vibrant with nightlife and architecture, but still with a measure of history to explore.