This is the second largest town in Rossendale with a population of around 16,000 and its name means valley of the hazels.
The town’s main streets of Upper and Lower Deardengate have benefited from an influx of new independent shops, bars, restaurants and cafes which complement the more traditional shops and businesses. Haslingden was granted its market charter in 1676 and the market still exists although it has been relocated over the years and is now off Blackburn Road. On the outskirts of the town is Grade II Listed Sykeside Country House Hotel, once home to composer Alan Rawsthorne and Coronation Street stalwart William Roache, aka Ken Barlow.
Sedimentary rock quarried above the town is reported to have been used in Trafalgar Square while the picturesque reservoirs off Grane Road are a popular destination for walkers and families.
High on the hill above the town stands a panopticon, a modern art structure called The Halo that courtesy of a wind turbine, glows blue as the sunsets. The town boasts 10 commemorative blue plaques, which pay tribute to its famous sons and daughters.
From the Haslingden Guide
- DT Law Butcher
- Holden Wood Tearooms
- Kismat Indian Takeaway
- Room Deardengate
- Sykeside Country House Hotel
- The Dearden Tea Rooms
- The Spice Room
Also visit in Haslingden
- Anar Kali, The Farmers Glory Inn, Roundhill Road, Haslingden, BB4 5TU
- Haslingden Bar & Grill 125 Blackburn Road, Haslingden BB4 5HL
- Holden Arms, Grane Road, Haslingden, BB4 4PD
- The Real Lancashire Black Pudding Company, Unit 4, Pudding Mill, Waterside Road, Haslingden, BB4 5EN
- The Woolpack, 488 Manchester Road, Haslingden, BB4 6LN
- Sun Dragon Restaurant Blackburn Road, Haslingden BB4 5AZ
- The Live Lounge 73 Deardengate, Haslingden BB4 5SN