Accrington Library has level access via the side entrance, and a lift inside allowing access to all levels.

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Accrington has a cricket ground. Cricket is also played in parks.Schools nearby have shown major interest in cricket and have held cricket training and tournaments.

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Sixth Formers at Accrington Academy are celebrating after receiving their A Level results. This year has seen a rise in the number of top grades gained by the academy’s Year 13s, with 19% of A Level entries awarded A* or A. Students are also celebrating some excellent...

All the secondary schools compete each other to achieve better results which resulted in The Hollins Technology College winning an award from SSAT for fantastic progress as well as Accrington Academy. The college in the town centre is Accrington and Rossendale College; nearby universities include University Centre at Blackburn College, and the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. There is also a library near the town centre where books and internet are available.

Gareth Tidman has been the editor of the Accrington Observer since 2011.

Accrington Library, on St James Street, is a Carnegie library that opened in 1908. It is noted for its stained glass window designed by Gustav Hiller and as a place of inspiration for the young Jeanette Winterson.[27]

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You can visit us at our office in Accrington Market Hall, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

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The name Accrington appears to be Anglo-Saxon in origin. In the records it variously appears as Akarinton in 1194; Akerunton, Akerinton and Akerynton in 1258; Acrinton in 1292; Ackryngton in 1311 and Acryngton in 1324.[2][3]

Two new phases are being built, the first one called the Acorn Park, where new houses are being built with balconies and greener spaces, and Phoenix Place, which will also include new housing and the building of a new mosque to help the overcrowding of nearby mosques.[citation needed] The wood nook area has the highest amount of abandoned housing in Hyndburn, which is also being refurbished and extended for sale to new families.[citation needed]

Industrialisation resulted in rapid population growth during the nineteenth century, as people moved from over north-west England to Accrington,[7] with the population increasing from 3,266 in 1811 to 10,376 in 1851 to 43,211 in 1901[6] to its peak in 1911 at 45,029.[8]

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The indoor market was opened in 1869 and the Market Hall is now a listed building; in 2010 it was refurbished and the following year it was named as best indoor market in a National Association of British Market Authorities competition.[36][37] The outdoor market, with 37 stalls, is next to it and opens most days[38]

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Near the Tesco supernarket, there is Accrington Skate Park which is popular during the school holidays. On Manchester Road, Accrington Police Station serves the Borough of Hyndburn. In April 2003, Hyndburn Community Fire Station opened, also serving the Borough of Hyndburn.

The borough of Hyndburn as a whole has a population of 88,996. This includes Accrington Urban Area and other outlying towns and villages such as; Altham, Baxenden, part of Belthorn, Huncoat, Rishton and Stanhill.

Conditions were such that a Local Board of Health was constituted in 1853 and the town itself incorporated in 1878 allowing the enforcement of local laws to improve the town.[5][6]

Accrington was first represented nationally after the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 after the 1885 general election by Accrington (UK Parliament constituency). This seat was abolished in the 1983 general election and replaced with the present constituency of Hyndburn (UK Parliament constituency).

There was once a rail link south to Manchester via Haslingden and Bury, but this was closed in the 1960s as part of cuts following the Beeching Report. The trackbed from Accrington to Baxenden is now a linear treelined cycleway/footpath. A train service to Manchester via the Todmorden Curve on the Caldervale Line is planned to start in 2014.A new bus station is being built in Accrington too.[25]

Bus operators Pilkington Bus and M&M Coaches are based in Accrington, and Holmeswood Coaches, Rosso and Transdev Blazefield subsidiaries Transdev in Burnley & Pendle and Blackburn Bus Company also provide bus services in the town; routes serve places such as Blackburn, Oswaldtwistle, Rishton, Burnley and Clitheroe.[26]

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Accrington became incorporated as a municipal borough in 1878. Under the Local Government Act 1972, since 1974, the town has formed part of the larger Borough of Hyndburn including the former Urban Districts of Oswaldtwistle, Church, Clayton-le-Moors, Great Harwood and Rishton.

Accrington Stanley Football Club has officially had its own pub in the town, the Crown, since July 2007.[30]

After the war and until 1986, Accrington Corporation buses were painted in the regimental colours of red and blue with gold lining. The mudguards were painted black as a sign of mourning.[citation needed]

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Parking is available on surrounding streets. The main parking area in Accrington is the multi storey car park in the centre of town.

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In the early 1860s the Lancashire cotton famine badly affected Accrington, although less so than the wider area due to its more diverse economy,[16] with as many as half of the town's mill employees out of work at one time.[17]

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Peel Park is a park in Accrington which was opened by William Peel on 29 September 1909. The Coppice is a hill within the park, and provides a 2.2 mile scenic walk around the park. There was a centenary celebration marking 100 years from the Coppice being handed over to the people of Accrington on 26 September 2009. There was also a refurbishment of the paths and monument at the top of the Coppice at this time.[32]

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Accrington is a former centre of the cotton and textile machinery industries. The town is famed for manufacturing the hardest and densest building bricks in the world, "The Accrington NORI" (iron), which were used in the construction of the Empire State Building and for the foundations of Blackpool Tower; famous for Accrington Stanley F.C. and the Haworth Art Gallery which holds Europe's largest collection of Tiffany glass.

Half of Blackburn Road is being refurbished and is now being made into a more attractive shopping street, upgrading shops, adding more trees, and repaving the pavements.[citation needed]

There is an hotel called The Dunkenhalgh Hotel, which is owned by Mercure. In May 2012, Queen Elizabeth II stayed at the hotel, during her visit to Lancashire.