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Church & Oswaldtwistle

Church & Oswaldtwistle station serves the Accrington suburb of Church and the small town of Oswaldtwistle. Church village stands on the Leeds Liverpool canal and three structures associated with the canal are listed at Grade 2, two bridges and a disused warehouse. Also listed at Grad 2* is St. James’ Church.

Legend has it that Oswaldtwistle is named after Saint Oswald, King of Northumbria who passed through the area and ‘twistle’ which is old English for ‘brooks meet’ giving Oswald’s Twistle, which in time came to be Oswaldtwistle. However, it is more likely derived from the name of an Anglo-Saxon who farmed the land.



Oswaldtwistle Mills – is a notable attraction; a textile mill converted into a craft fair and with an exhibition about life in the milla hundred years ago. It is also home to world’s largest pear drop manufactured by Stockley’s Sweets.

Civic Theatre – recently refurbished the theatre holds an audience of 450 and host many plays and concerts.