Oswaldtwistle is a small town in Lancashire, 4 miles east of Blackburn and just south-west of Accrington. James Hargreaves, inventor of the Spinning Jenny and one of the most influential figures of the Industrial Revolution, was born and lived here.

Things to See

Oswaldtwistle Mills, once a textile factory, is now an impressive shopping and leisure village drawing and each year welcomes more than 1½ million visitors from across the North West. The 100,000 square foot facility features than 80 retail concessions, 3 restaurants, a garden centre, fishery, local heritage centre, play centre and more.

Oswaldtwistle Civic Theatre is the town’s 473-seat entertainment venue. In 2011 a complete refurbishment saw the addition of a new bar, foyer, box office, and lighting and sound system.

Rhyddings Park in the town centre features a children’s zoo and aviary, bowling green, formal garden, sports area, tennis court, and bowling green.

Oswaldtwislte Moor, part of the West Pennine Moors


Church and Oswaldtwistle train station lies on the East Lancashire Line. Northern Rail Services between Colne and Blackpool South stop at Burnley, Accrington, Church and Oswaldtwistle, Blackburn, Preston, Lytham, St Annes-on-Sea, Squires Gate, and Blackpool Pleasure Beach.