Lovely Lancashire is an area we’re more than familiar with here at Great Hardwood Windows. After all, we are based in Blackburn and we supply our products right across the county. We wanted to find out some interesting facts about our area – Did you know that Lancashire did not exist in the Domesday Book in 1086? Well, if you didn’t, you do now and here are 6 other facts about this ‘young’ county.

1. Preston is the home of Britain’s first motorway

Opening in 1958, the 8.5 mile Preston bypass was built as the first motorway in Britain. Although very small compared to modern motorways, it’s now a part of the M6, the deadliest motorway in the UK. So if you find yourself travelling on this road for any reason, please do so cautiously! We regularly use it to supply flush sash windows, bi-folding doors, conservatories and more across Lancashire and Greater Manchester, so we will be doing the same.

2. Blackpool Tower takes seven years to paint!

Blackpool tower sunny day

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Directly inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris and arguably Blackpool’s biggest tourist attraction, Blackpool Tower takes an amazing 7 years to repaint from top to bottom. Considering it’s 158m tall, perhaps this isn’t that surprising.

3. Morecambe Pier’s role in British theatre history

Despite being one of the most recognisable structures in the town, a lesser well-known fact about Morecambe Pier is that it was actually the location where John Osborne wrote the realist play Look Back in Anger. Osborne reportedly spent 17 days in a deck chair on the pier, writing the play, which premiered in 1956. Look Back in Anger was later adapted into a film of the same name, starring Richard Burton and Mary Ure, which was released in 1959.

4. The Pendle Witches

black witch figure with moonBack in 1612, twelve people living near Pendle Hill were charged with the murders of ten people via the use of witchcraft. Although one of them died in prison before their trial began, 10 of the 11 that were tried were found guilty and hung, leaving only one to be deemed innocent.

5. The first sirloin steak?

Although scholars consider this more myth than fact, Hoghton Tower near Preston has been described as the site where King James I enjoyed a piece of beef loin so much that he knighted it. Therefore, causing it to be referred to as ‘Sir loin’ from then on. The more likely explanation, however, is that the word sirloin comes from the Old French word surloigne, with sur meaning ‘above’ and loigne meaning ‘loin’.

6. A Brief Encounter at Carnforth Station

Brief Encounter (1945) is one of Britain’s best known and highly acclaimed films. It was voted the second greatest British film of all time by the British Film Institute in 1999. But did you know that part of it was shot at Carnforth Station? In fact, the majority of the platform scenes were shot in the train station of this quaint Lancashire town.

Great Harwood Windows supply and install home-improvement solutions right across the Lancashire area. If you require high-performance windows, doors, conservatory or orangery products for your next project, give us a call on 01254 690009 or contact us online.

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