About Littleborough

Littleborough aerial view

Littleborough as we know it today is a product of the industrial revolution. Before then the area contained a number of hamlets, but none of any size. The 19th Century saw the development of the modern centre at the junction of a number of roads at Church Street. The Canal and the coming of the railway reinforced this concentration as the new industrial concerns clustered around these more efficient forms of transportation.

As a Pennine edge town, it was built from local stone, which gives it its attractive appearance. Littleborough bears comparison with other small Pennines towns of the area, such as Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.

Today, the town retains its character, particularly in its centre and on its eastern side. But the town has lost much of its manufacturing base and like many places within reach of major conurbations sees considerable in- and out-commuting.


For further information on Littleborough you could read:

'The Story of Littleborough' by John Street (1999) Published by George Kelsall

'Looking back at Littleborough' by George Kelsall and Keith Parry (1981) Published by George Kelsall

'Trans-Pennine Heritage' by Keith Parry (1980) Published by David and Charles

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'Littleborough Town Design Statement and Littleborough Heritage Statement' by Littleborough Civic Trust and the People of Littleborough and the Littleborough Historical & Archaeological Society (2005) Published by Littleborough Civic Trust on behalf of the Littleborough Community in conjunction with Littleborough Historical & Archaeological Society and with the assistance of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council.