St Leonard’s Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School, Moor Lane, BB12 8HT: 01282 771470 

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St John’s Catholic Church, St John’s Road

Hapton was once a township in the ancient parish of Whalley. This became a civil parish in 1866, forming part of the Burnley Rural District from 1894 (until 1974). However in 1894, the Padiham Green area of the parish transferred to Padiham and Clowbridge to Dunnockshaw.[a][b] There were further boundary changes in 1935 when the parish lost another small area to Padiham but gained a detached part of Dunnockshaw.[8]

Hapton Church of England Primary School, Manchester Road, BB11 5RF 01282 771657 

The village gives its name to the Hapton with Park ward of the Borough of Burnley.[9] In recent years this ward has shown high levels of support for the British National Party, electing a BNP councillor in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. After the 2010 elections, the borough’s only remaining BNP councillors were those elected by this ward.[10] Sharon Wilkinson lost the final seat in 2012, a decade since the far-right group were first elected to the council.[11]

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal and M65 motorway both pass through the village.[3][4]

If you’d like more information on statistics or issues in Hapton, or to find out more about the community groups and facilities in the area, contact the local ward councillors, or the community engagement officers at the town hall, Manchester Road, Burnley BB11 9SA.

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78% of residents do not consider themselves limited by their health problems. 45% of Hapton people rate their health as very good. Life expectancy is 75 years for men, and 78.6 years for women.    

62% of residents are employed, which compares with a borough wide employment rate of 58%. However the increase in number of people claiming benefits in this ward is one of the highest in Burnley.

In his will dated 1627, Richard Townley (1566-1629) left all his armour at Whalley to his son Richard. The will of Richard's wife Jane, dated 1633, provides the last recorded instance of the Townleys at Hapton Tower.[5]

Hapton with Park Parish Council,

Shuttleworth Hall is about 1 mile (1.6 km) north-west of the town along the A6068 road toward Padiham. The house dates from 1639 and is a working farmhouse.[12]

Hapton is a village and civil parish in the borough of Burnley, in the English county of Lancashire. The village is 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Burnley town centre, and has a railway station on the East Lancashire Line. According to the United Kingdom Census 2011, the parish has a population of 1,979,[1] a decrease from 3,769 in the 2001 census.[2]

The history of this settlement takes us back many centuries and may well have been settled in the Iron Age. Castle Clough Gorge, signed just off Accrington Road, was carved out as the ice ages melted some 10,000 years ago and glaciers ground out a valley. This produced impressive rock formations which can be explored overlooking a nature trail.

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St John the Baptist RC Primary School, St John’s Road, BB12 7BN:  01282 771146

Route planning around the station including maps and platforms

Nearby are a few bits of masonry, all that remains of Hapton Castle.This was not so much a castle as a fortified manor house built in 1242. From the 14th century this was the house of the de-la-legh family. Later this passed by marriage into the Towneley family.   Later in the 16th century, Sir John Towneley built Hapton Tower on the top of Hambledon Hill. This was the base for his huge hunting park, but by the 18th Century all the deer hunters had gone and the tower was demolished.

A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 6. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1911.

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Hapton has a railway station on the East Lancashire Line.


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Burnley’s big business parks, Network 65, Shuttleworth Mead and Burnley Bridge are all in the ward..

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For information on the regular surgeries held by Hapton with Park ward councillors, where you can raise questions and concerns directly with your elected representatives, click on the download on the right.

The proportion of terraced housing in Hapton with Park is high, however detached properties appear to be on the increase.

Padiham Green Church of England/Methodist Primary School, St Anne’s Street, BB12 7AX: 01282 776855: 

You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.

Memorial Park boasts a skate park, rose garden, tennis courts and much more

The average age of Hapton residents is 38.2 years. The biggest changes in the age distribution over the last decade relate to an increase in the 65+ age group. 

Reported crime in Hapton decreased by 6% between 2010-12, and anti-social behaviour by 27%. There was a large decrease in drugs offences.

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