Rawtenstall has an interesting heritage from its part in cotton production during the Industrial Revolution to the many shoe manufacturing factories from the mid-nineteenth century. Some of this important heritage can still be viewed today at The Whitaker, a fantastic museum and gallery housing paintings and Victorian natural history collections, as well as a great café.

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We also have a section on the history of the market from when it opened back in 1906 for you to have a read through, and then check out the old photos in the gallery. 

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In search of something a little more active? Pull on your boots, ski boots that is, and hit the slopes at Ski Rossendale. One of the best snow sport venues in the North West, Ski Rossendale provides dry ski slope facilities for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing.

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Plus, we have the flagship Manchester Evening News - Britain's largest circulating regional daily with up to 130,485 copies and the free morning newspaper, The Metro, published every weekday which delivers more than 200,000 readers in Greater Manchester.

He has 15 years' experience as a journalist in a career that has spanned Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire, and he has been nominated for a number of press awards as an editor.

Famous fashion boutique Sunday Best is situated on Bank Street. Sunday Best won the Daily Telegraph magazine's best shop in Britain award for women's fashion in 2011 whilst Roland's Florist on Bacup Road was runner up in the best florist category. The awards were judged by TV shopping guru Mary Portas.

Festivals were held in Helmshore, Haslingden and Bacup

Rawtenstall Cricket Club, who compete in the Lancashire League, have their home ground, Worswick Memorial Ground within the town.

The historian and antiquarian George Ormerod lived in Rawtenstall for a brief period in 1808.

Rawtenstall also has a public library, built in 1906 with Carnegie funding.[8]

The shop and café at Rawtenstall are located on the platform, ideal for a quick refreshment some souvenirs to remember your day out on the ELR. 

The town has a number of primary and secondary (high) schools, including Alder Grange Community and Technology School and All Saints' Catholic High School. Though located in Waterfoot, rather than Rawtenstall, the traditional grammar school, Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School takes part of its name from the town.

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Welcome to Rawtenstall Markets website. On here you will find details of most of the traders (but not all) and we will endeavour to keep you informed with new traders as they join our successful market.

In 1993 the first professional beauty salon in Rawtenstall opened in Ormerod Street and still trades today as Polished Beauty Clinic.

We get involved in a wide range of activities and celebrations, so keep an eye on your local newspaper, in market ads. website and facebook page for future events. Become a friend of Rawtenstall Market facebook page to receive regular updates.  

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The Irwell Sculpture Trail also runs through the town, where four of the sculptures are located; the Whispering Wall, the Gateway, the Willow Tree and the Bocholt Tree. The last, by sculptor Bernard Tindall, celebrates Rossendale's twinning links with the town of Bocholt, Germany. The Shoe Trail also hits the outskirts of the town, and goes through nearly places such as Whitaker Park.

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Finding Rawtenstall Market in Rossendale is very easy and parking is close by. We have a car park adjacent to us on Newchurch Road, as well as one opposite and a large one just over the road with FREE 3 hour parking!

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Its neighbouring communities in the valley are Bacup, Haslingden and Ramsbottom. The area is bounded to the north by Loveclough and Whitewell Bottom, to the east by Waterfoot and Cowpe and to the south by Townsend Fold and Horncliffe. The River Irwell passes through the town on the first part of its route between Bacup and Manchester. Over recent years the area has become increasingly popular with visitors, attracted by historic buildings, dramatic landscapes and fine walking country.

Nathan Wright was caught after leaving his footwear marks and fingerprints at the scene

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Like most of the United Kingdom, Rawtenstall has an oceanic climate.

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It is also home to the traditional herbalist and temperance bar Fitzpatrick's Herbal Health, who claim to be the oldest brewers of sarsaparilla and dandelion and burdock in the country. Fitzpatrick's gained television acclaim in April 2005 when managers Gareth "G" Hawden and Chris Law won the Famous Sarsaparilla taste-off on ITV. It is the last bar of its kind in England.

All our libraries will be closed on bank and public holidays and some extra statutory dates.

There is a ramp and an internal lift for easy access to all levels.

Work your way down Bank Street for some great independent retail therapy; make sure you call into Fitzpatricks, Britain’s last remaining temperance bar, for some light refreshments and to sample the non-alcoholic delights of a Sarsaparilla cordial. For something a little stronger, a visit to the railway’s own Buffer Stops Bar is a must for real ale aficionados.

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Police facilities in Rawtenstall were one of five sites used for the training of new recruits to the Lancashire Constabulary. In late 2011, due to funding cuts, Rawtenstall Police Station, along with various other stations in the area, closed down.[12] Rawtenstall is also the location of the area's county and magistrates' courts.