During the nineteenth century, Lancashire was at the centre of the industrial revolution in Britain, particularly in relation to the manufacture of cotton. In 1860, there were more than two-and-a-half-thousand cotton mills in Lancashire alone, producing half of the world’s cotton.
The decline of this and other industries took place following the First World War, but evidence of Lancashire’s industrial past remains clear – particularly in the southern half of the county in towns and cities that include Manchester, Oldham, Wigan and Bury.
The north and east of the county rises towards the Pennines, with many beautiful areas that are not yet part of the established tourist trail. By contrast, the flatter coastal resorts on the western side of the county include what is perhaps Britain’s best known seaside location – Blackpool – famous for its Tower, lights, amusements and its tramway (one of the oldest electric tramways in the world.)
Places of interest
With thanks to the following for the images of Lancashire:
Manchester Town Hall © Mark Andrew
Fish Dock, Fleetwood © George Robinson
Blackpool © Keith Hardy
Colloway Farm, Overton © Ralph Rawlinson