The town’s name is derived from the Old English Fulbaechop meaning muddy valley by a ridge and the earliest reference to the area was in 1200. The market is in the centre of the town with shops surrounding it on all sides and supermarkets further out. It was heralded as one of the best-preserved cotton towns by English Heritage.
Many of the town centre buildings are within a Conservation Area and a five-year lottery-funded project to renew the shop fronts and public realm began in 2013. The town hosts a number of antique and collectable shops, independent retailers and businesses, several cafes, takeaways, a restaurant and pubs. The historic 140-year-old Bacup Natural History Museum boasts a collection of artefacts that capture the town’s past.
Bacup is famous for the Britannia Coconut Dancers, a Morris-type troupe known as the ‘Nutters’ – a group of men with blackened faces who perform dances. The town’s Royal Court Theatre dates back to 1893 and its stage has been graced by Dame Nellie Melba. It is now run by a not-for-profit organisation. High above the town, in the village of Weir, is what is reported to be England’shighest War Memorial.
In the Bacup Guide
- Anna’s Cafe Bar
- Icing On The Cake
- Mario’s Pizzaria Ristorante
- Perfect Party Cakes
- The Crown Inn
- The New Inn
- Twos and Threes Hideaway
- Ye Olde Hillbilly Bakery
Also visit in Bacup
- Bammy’s 2 StJames’ Square, Bacup OL13 9AA
- Brian’s of Bacup 21 Union Street, Bacup OL13 0AA
- Hare and Hounds, 391 Newchurch Rd, Stacksteads, Bacup, OL13 0NB
- Rose ‘N’ Bowl Carvery, 264 Newchurch Rd, Stacksteads, Bacup OL13 0UG
- Happy Valley Takeaway 76 Burnley Road, Bacup OL13 8AE