Rishton /ˈrɪʃtən/ is a small town in the Hyndburn district of Lancashire, England, about 2 miles (3 km) west of Clayton-le-Moors and 4 miles (6 km) north east of Blackburn. It was an urban district from about 1894 to 1974. The population at the census of 2011 was 6,625.[1]

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Rishton High Street
Rishton is located in the Borough of Hyndburn
Shown within Hyndburn
Rishton is located in Lancashire
Location within Lancashire
Area0.44 sq mi (1.1 km2[1]
Population6,625 (2011) [1]
• Density15,057/sq mi (5,814/km2)
OS grid referenceSD725305
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBB1
Dialling code01254
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament


Rishton was the first place that the cloth calico was woven on an industrial scale. Its name means “village (or farmstead) where rushes grow”.[2][3]


The two tiers of local government are Hyndburn Borough Council (a non-metropolitan district with borough status) and Lancashire County Council. Prior to the creation of Hyndburn district in 1974, Rishton had been an urban district, with its own council. It is not within a civil parish. Rishton currently has six elected representatives, all of whom are Labour: Graham Jones MP, two County Councillors (Miles Parkinson and Jenny Molineux) and three Borough Councillors (Michael Miller, Jeff Scales, Kate Walsh).


Rishton is situated in an area of low moorland north east of Blackburn and north west of Accrington. Its elevation above sea level varies from 250 feet (76 m) in the east, where Norden Brook flows into the River Hyndburn, to 785 feet (239 m) on Rishton Height, north west of the town.[4]


Around 0.7 miles from the town is a former sandstone quarry, known locally as Star Delph Quarry. Its use as a sandstone quarry ended in 1897. Part of the quarry contains rocks formed around 314 to 315 million years ago in the Carboniferous period, These rocks contain an imprint from where the roots of a Lepidodendron, which are known as Stigmaria. This quarry is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and so it is protected by law with those that damage the site facing fines. The exposed rock layers are Fletcher Bank Grit, this is a subgroup of the Millstone Grit.


The 2001 census recorded a population of 7,350, in 2,973 households. 97% of the population were in the White British ethnic group.[5][6]

The 2011 census recorded a population of 6,625 - a decrease of 9.8% from ten years earlier. 96% of the population were in the White British ethnic group. 74.8% of residents identified only as English , while 11.2% identified only as British, and 10.9% identified as British and English. A majority of residents identified as Christian (76.6%), with 16.4% identifying as irreligious, as well as small minorities of Muslims (1.0%) and Buddhists (0.6%) existing in the town.[1]


The main road through Rishton is the A678 Blackburn to Burnley Road; there is also the B6535 (formerly A6064), which connects the town to Great Harwood.[7] The Blackburn Southern Bypass section of the M65 motorway opened in December 1997, bypassing the A678.[8]

In the 19th century, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal was a major transport route in the area. The section of the canal through Rishton was completed in 1810.[9] Rishton Reservoir, which provides water to the canal, was built in 1828.[10] The East Lancashire Railway, which was opened in 1848, crossed the reservoir on a viaduct until 1858; it is now on an embankment.[11]

Rishton railway station, south west of the town centre, is on the East Lancashire line. As of 2018, the route is operated by Northern, and consists of one train per hour between Blackpool South and Colne. Bus services are more frequent, and include the Hyndburn Circular routes and Route 152, both operated by Blackburn Bus Company.



Rishton has over the years been famous for its cricket team, based at Rishton Cricket Club. Notable professionals who have played for the club include Viv Richards in 1987. Other former professionals include former England coach Duncan Fletcher, Michael Holding (former West Indies international), Aussie fast bowler Jason Gillespie, former South African cricket captain Allan Donald and Sri Lankan right-handed batsman and right arm offbreak bowler Kumar Dharmasena.

See Rishton Cricket Club


Rishton United FC provides junior and senior football for over 20 teams for both children and adults. The football club is currently developing its own ground known as the Primtetime Project located next to the canal behind Hyndburn Academy. This will see the club have its own grass pitches and in time, clubhouse and parking. The club has teams ranging from nippers (U7s) through to U16s and men's senior teams.


Rishton Golf Club is located off Petre Crescent, and is an eleven-hole course.


Sailing has taken place on Rishton Reservoir since the start of the 20th century.[12] East Lancashire Sailing Club is based at the reservoir, and is a RYA Recognised Training Centre.


Leisure and tourism

The facilities at Cutwood Park, between Blackburn Road and the reservoir include a football pitch and a children's playground.[13]



There are three primary schools in Rishton: St. Peter and St. Paul's Church of England Primary School, St. Charles' Roman Catholic Primary School and Rishton Methodist Primary School. There is also one high school: Norden High School and Sports College.

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ a b c d UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Rishton Built-up area (1119882908)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D. (2011) [first published 1991]. A Dictionary of British Place Names (First edition revised 2011 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 391. ISBN 9780199609086.
  3. ^ Simpson, David (2002). Northern roots: who we are, where we came from and why we speak the way we do. Sunderland: Business Education Publishers. ISBN 978-1-901888-35-5. OCLC 59292921.
  4. ^ "Townships: Rishton, A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 6". University of London & History of Parliament Trust. 1911. pp. 344–348. Retrieved 26 February 2009.
  5. ^ "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Key Figures: Area: Rishton (ward)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 31 October 2008.
  6. ^ "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Ethnic Group (KS06): Area: Rishton (ward)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 31 October 2008.
  7. ^ "Ordnance Survey New Popular Edition Map: Sheet 095". Ordnance Survey. 1947.
  8. ^ Yeadon, Harry L. (2005). The Motorway Achievement: Building the Network: The North West of England. Chichester: Phillimore & Co. ISBN 978-1-86077-352-5.
  9. ^ Clarke, Mike (2003). The Leeds & Liverpool Canal : a history and guide. Lancaster: Carnegie Publishing. p. 120. ISBN 978-1-85936-013-2. OCLC 54881773.
  10. ^ Clarke, Mike. "The Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Hyndburn" (PDF). Hyndburn Borough Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 April 2011.
  11. ^ Clarke, Mike (2003). The Leeds & Liverpool Canal : a history and guide. Lancaster: Carnegie Publishing. pp. 161, 191. ISBN 978-1-85936-013-2. OCLC 54881773.
  12. ^ Clarke, Mike (2003). The Leeds & Liverpool Canal : a history and guide. Lancaster: Carnegie Publishing. p. 241. ISBN 978-1-85936-013-2. OCLC 54881773.
  13. ^ "Hyndburn Life: Cutwood Park". Hyndburn Life. Retrieved 17 June 2008.
  14. ^ a b Watkinson, David (18 June 2007). "Three arrested over church vandalism". Lancashire telegraph.
  15. ^ stringer, phil. "St Charles Borromeo, Rishton – Roman Catholic". Genuki UK & Ireland Genealogy. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  16. ^ Blackburn Diocese: WHALLEY Deanery
  17. ^ GENUKI: St Peter and St Paul Church of England, Rishton, Lancashire genealogy
  18. ^ a b GENUKI: Rishton, Lancashire genealogy
  19. ^ Ruth follows in George's steps

External links

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1979 Hyndburn Borough Council election

Following the merger of several Urban District Councils (Rishton, Gt Harwood, Accrington, Church, Oswaldtwsitle) and the Parish of Altham there followed ward boundary changes to equalise the seats. 1979 was the first election on the new boundaries with an all out election.

2007 Hyndburn Borough Council election

Elections to Hyndburn Borough Council were held on 3 May 2007. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council. Labour had held one by election (Spring Hill) and won another from the Conservatives (Rishton) in Autumn 2006.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 18

Labour 15

Independent 2

2010 Hyndburn Borough Council election

Elections to Hyndburn Borough Council were held on 6 May 2010. One third of the council was up for election. Since there was also the General Election being held on the same day, overall voter turnout was much higher than usual, for such local elections.

2011 Hyndburn Borough Council election

Elections to Hyndburn Borough Council were held on 5 May 2011. One third of the council-seats were up for election.

Badalte Rishton Ki Dastaan

Badalte Rishton Ki Dastaan is an Indian television drama series which premiered on 18 March 2013 on Zee TV.The series in the country Iran with named رابطه ها to the January 9 to 14 July 2015 20:00 night was broadcast networks GEM Bollywood... The series is a Hindi version of Zee Bangla's show Khela, and is produced by Ravi Ojha. The show was first aired on 18 March 2013.

Great Harwood Power Loom Weavers' Association

The Great Harwood Power Loom Weavers' Association was a trade union representing cotton weavers in the Great Harwood area of Lancashire, in England.

The union was founded in 1858, as the Harwood Branch of the East Lancashire Power Loom Weavers' Association, the association being the early name of the North East Lancashire Amalgamated Weavers' Association, or "First Amalgamation". Initially, it met in secrecy, in a delph, and its members were locked out, but thanks a donation of £846 from the Blackburn Weavers' Friendly Society, it survived. By 1863 it was operating on a firmer footing, and affiliated in its own right, as the Great Harwood and Billington Power Loom Weavers' Association, covering not only Harwood, but also Billington, Rishton, Whalley and York. The Rishton Weavers' Association split away from the Harwood union in 1878.In 1884, the Amalgamated Weavers' Association was formed, and the union was a founder member, although it remained active in the First Amalgamation until 1900. By then, it had a membership of 4,123, roughly evenly split between men and women. Although membership dropped to only 3,800 in 1910, it then grew again, peaking at 5,382 in 1920.From the 1930s, the cotton industry in Lancashire began to decline, and the union lost members. This was partially offset in 1932, when the Sabden Weavers' Association merged in, and in 1962 remaining members of the dissolved Clayton Weavers' Association. Despite this, by 1964, membership was down to 1,080. The following year, the Rishton Weavers' Association finally rejoined. At some date after this, the Harwood union appears to have merged into the Blackburn and District Weavers', Winders' and Warpers' Association.


Hyndburn is a local government district with borough status in Lancashire, England, whose council is based in Accrington, and the district is named after the River Hyndburn. The population of the Hyndburn non-metropolitan district taken at the 2011 census was 80,734.It was formed in 1974, by the amalgamation of the Borough of Accrington, the Urban Districts of Church, Clayton-le-Moors, Great Harwood, Oswaldtwistle and Rishton, and part of the Burnley Rural District.

In March 2010, Hyndburn was voted the 10th best council in The Times "Best Public Sector Places to Work". The borough also made it to The Times Best Companies Guide.

Martin Dobson

Martin Dobson, popularly known as "Sir Dobbo", was born on 14 February 1948 in Rishton, Lancashire, England. He is a former professional footballer and England international who played as a midfielder. He was the first player to be transferred for £300,000 when Everton bought him from Burnley in August 1974.

He had a long and successful playing career, playing for almost 20 years and totalling over 600 league appearances while playing for Burnley, Everton and Bury. He won 5 England caps overall, 4 while at Burnley and 1 at Everton. His first England cap was given to him on 3 April 1974 in a 0-0 draw against Portugal by manager Sir Alf Ramsey because of FA Cup commitments of other players. However, he impressed enough to win 4 more caps throughout the year.

As well as finishing his playing career with Bury, Dobson became their manager until 1989. During this period they were promoted from the old Fourth Division and became an established Third Division side.Dobson was appointed manager of Bristol Rovers in July 1991, however he was sacked after only 12 games in charge in October of the same year. On 10 January 2010 he was appointed joint caretaker manager of Premier League side and former club Burnley, with Terry Pashley, after Owen Coyle left the club for Bolton Wanderers. However, Dobson and Pashley never managed a game due to the rapid appointment of Brian Laws.

Brian Laws, the Burnley manager at the time kept Dobson on his coaching staff in the short-term as he built up his backroom staff. Dobson had then returned full-time to his role of Director of Youth Development at Burnley.

Dobson left his post as director of Youth at Burnley in October 2011 after his contract was not renewed by manager Eddie Howe instead appointing his reserve team manager Jason Blake, from former club Bournemouth, as academy manager.

Norden High School and Sports College

Norden High School is a high school situated in the small town of Rishton, Lancashire, England. The most recent headteacher was Mr Tim Mitchell, whom replaced Mr Bob Flood, who was appointed headteacher in February 2007. Mr Flood took over from his predecessor, Mrs Denise Parkinson, whom left her position citing ill health. Mr Mitchell announced his resignation in April 2017, in order to pursue opportunities elsewhere.The school was placed in special measures by Ofsted in July 2016. The watchdog said the school "required improvement" in June 2014.The school provides secondary education for 667 children aged 11 to 16,

who live in the towns of Rishton, Great Harwood, Clayton-Le-Moors and Accrington. In most recent GCSE results, the percentage of students who got 5 or more A* to C grades were 41%. in 2012 it was 51% of students, and in 2011, it was 50%. In 2011, fifty of the students taking their GCSEs achieved five or more grades of A* to C including English and Mathematics.This compares with 56% in 2010, 41% in 2009, 39% in 2008, and 30% in 2007. The school became a sports college in July 2004. The school launched the bid in November 2003, and reached their fundraising target in February 2004.

Parul Chauhan

Parul Chauhan Thakkar is an Indian television model and Indian Television actress who played Ragini in the serial Bidaai. She has also participated in the Sony TV dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa with choreographer Deepak.

She was nominated in the Indian Television Academy awards in 2009. She replaced Shalini Chandran as the lead in the television series Rishton Se Badi Pratha. Parul joined cast of Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai as Swarna Goenka in 2016.

Rishton, Uzbekistan

Rishton (Uzbek: Rishton, Tajik: Рештон, Russian: Риштан, alternative spellings Rishtan, Rishdan, Roshidon, previously called also Kyubishev by Russians) is a town (pop est 22,580) in Fergana Region, in Uzbekistan, located about halfway between Kokand and Fergana. It is located at latitude 40°21'24N longitude 71°17'5E, and at an altitude of 471 meters.

Rishton is one of the most famous and oldest centers of ceramics in Uzbekistan. Legend claims that the art is over 800 years old, passed down from generation to generation. A fine quality reddish-yellow clay deposit 1-1.5 meters deep and 0.5-1.5 meters thick underlies almost the whole Rishton area. The clay can be used without refinement or addition of other types of clay from other regions. Besides clay, the potters of Rishton extracted various dyes, quartz sand, and fire clay from the surrounding the mountains.

One of the most popular Islamic Scholar Burhan al-Din al-Marghinani author of Hidaye was born in this small town and grew up in Margilan, a neighbor city in Fergana.

The history of producing ceramics here goes back to the seventh century. In the late 19th – early 20th centuries, almost all the population of Rishton were potters. Its clay is suitable for making the whole variety of ceramic goods and the repertoire of ornamental patterns in the Rishton ceramics is one of the richest. Today, over 2000 craftsmen use both traditional techniques and modern machinery to produce over 5 million items per year. The traditional design has a blue-green glaze, called “iskor”. In the 1960s, this technique had almost died out, but has now recovered, thanks to the efforts of the artisans themselves.

Main languages spoken in this area are Tajik and Uzbek.

Rishton Cricket Club

Rishton Cricket Club is a cricket club in the Lancashire League, which plays its home games at Blackburn Road in Rishton. For the 2017 season their captain is Matt Lambert and professional is Shaun von Berg.

The club was formed in 1865 and became a founder member of the Lancashire League in 1892. The club has won the League on eight occasions. The club has employed many well known cricketers as professionals including Sydney Barnes, Allan Donald, Michael Holding and Viv Richards.Former Accrington Stanley chairman and local businessman, Eric Whalley, was club captain of Rishton.

Rishton District

Rishton is a raion (district) of Fergana Region in Uzbekistan. The capital lies at Rishton.

Rishton railway station

Rishton railway station is in the southern part of the village of Rishton, Lancashire, England. The station is 3 3⁄4 miles (6.0 km) north east of Blackburn railway station. This two platform station is on the East Lancashire Line, operated by Northern.

Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka

Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka (Sequence of Changing Relationships) is an Indian Hindi television drama series, which premiered on 4 June 2018 on Colors TV. It is produced by Sunjoy Waddhwa under Sphere Origins. The show focuses on changing relationships, love triangles and extra marital affairs. From 2018 to 2019, the story revolved around Mauli, Nandini, Kunal, Rajdeep and Ishaan played by Aditi Sharma, Drashti Dhami, and Shakti Arora, Abhinav Shukla and Kinshuk Mahajan. In March 2019, the show took a generation leap and now focuses on Mishti, Pari and Ruhaan played by Tejasswi Prakash, Aneri Vajani and Kunal Jaisingh.The show is about childhood friends Nandini and Mauli who get separated and after seven years they met. Later, Nandini falls in love with Kunal, Mauli's husband. The series also shows domestic violence against women by focusing on Nandini's husband, Rajdeep. The show moved from Colors TV to digital platform Voot on 26 November 2018.

Sony SAB

Sony SAB (formerly SAB TV) is an Indian pay television channel owned by Sony Pictures Networks and specialising in comedy shows and soap operas.

Swaragini - Jodein Rishton Ke Sur

Swaragini — Jodein Rishton Ke Sur (English: Swaragini — Joins the Melody of Relationships) commonly abbreviated as Swaragini is an Indian television series, which premiered on 2 March 2015 and aired Monday to Friday on Colors TV. It has also been dubbed in Arabic and aired on MBC Bollywood under the name ومن الحب ما قتل (Translation: And There is Murderous Love)

This serial has been dubbed in Tamil on Raj TV as Ganga Yamunaa and premiered on 6 June 2016 replacing the longest-running Tamil serial Sindhu Bhairavi. It has also been remade in Bengali as Kajallata which airs on Colors Bangla.

Swaragini is based on the bittersweet relationship between two half-sisters, Swara and Ragini. Helly Shah, Tejaswi Prakash, Varun Kapoor, and Namish Taneja play the lead roles of Swara, Ragini, Sanskaar, and Lakshya respectively.This show ended on 14 December 2016, completing 469 episodes.

Tejaswi Prakash

Tejaswi Prakash is an Indian television actress known for playing Ragini Maheshwari in Colors TV's Swaragini, and Mishti Khanna in Voot's Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka.

Varun Kapoor

Varun Kapoor is an Indian television actor who became known by playing the role of Sanskaar Ram Prasad Maheshwari on the Colors TV series Swaragini - Jodein Rishton Ke Sur. He is also known for his performance as Danny in Saraswtichandra. He also portrayed the lead role as Dr. Veer Malhotra in Savitri Devi College & Hospital.

At the Golden Petal Awards 2016 (the annual Indian television awards) he was awarded Best Actor (male) for his lead role in Swaragini - Jodein Rishton Ke Sur.

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