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Arts and crafts in Lancashire

Lancashire (including Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Wyre) is in the North West of England. It has a population of around 1,460,000 and covers approximately 307,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Cumbria, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire.

County flag of LancashireLancashire is named after the city of Lancaster, which is its county town, although the county council is in Preston. The area was once home to a Celtic tribe called the Brigantes and during the Roman Period towns such as Lancaster and Manchester were Roman forts. During the following centuries the land formed parts of various kingdoms and counties, until it came into existence as a county in its own right during the twelfth century. The Industrial Revolution began in Britain during the late eighteenth century and Lancashire became an important industrial and commercial region. The counties location, growing population and natural resources, such as fast flowing water and coal mines, fuelled the growth of textile production in the Lancashire Mill Towns and by the 1830s they manufactured more than eighty percent of the worlds cotton. Today visitors to Helmshore Mills Textile Museum can see demonstrations of carding and spinning and learn how raw wool and cotton were made into into yarn, to then be woven into cloth. During the Victorian era and the growth of the railways, the coastal town of Blackpool became a tourist resort for the counties workers and the town remains famous for attractions such as Blackpool Tower, the trams, piers, beaches and the illuminations, which are switched on each autumn. Away from the industrial areas, farming and fishing were important parts of the local economy. Performing arts venues in Lancashire include the Grand Theatre in Blackpool, the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, Lowther Pavilion in Lytham St Annes, Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn, Preston Guild Hall and the Grand Theatre in Lancaster.

Lancashire ports were part of Britains global trade network in raw materials and manufactured goods, but with industrial decline the once busy docks have mostly been converted to none commercial uses and other industries have replaced them. Following boundary changes during the twentieth century, the borders of Lancashire shrank and the county no longer includes cities such as Manchester and Liverpool or areas that are now within Cumbria or Yorkshire counties. The Harris Museum is located in Preston and in addition to housing important local historical and archaeological artefacts and decorative arts, has an art collection which includes works by artists such as Stanley Spencer, George Frederic Watts and Lucian Freud. The artist perhaps most associated with Lancashire is L.S. Lowry, who painted scenes of local life peopled by figures often called matchstick men, though he was born and mostly lived and worked in Manchester which is no longer part of Lancashire. Visitors to Lancashire can also travel along the Irwell Sculpture Trail, which is Englands largest public arts scheme, running for thirty miles from Salford Quays to the Pennines and includes twentyeight works of art created by British and International artists. Other places you might like to visit in Lancashire include Samlesbury Hall, Lancaster Castle, the Museum of Lancashire in Preston, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Astley Hall in Chorley, Pendle Heritage Centre, Gawthorpe Hall, the Ribble Valley and the Trough of Bowland.

Craft and Gift Marquee within Food Festival Lowther Gardens

Craft and Gift Marquee within Food Festival Lowther Gardens

Lowther Gardens, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire

Saturday, 28 August 2021 (3 day event)

Craft and Gift Marquee within Wrea Green Steam Fair

Craft and Gift Marquee within Wrea Green Steam Fair

The Villa Wrea Green, Wrea Green, Preston, Lancashire

Saturday, 4 September 2021 (2 day event)

Craft and Gift Marquee within Lancashire Game Festival

Craft and Gift Marquee within Lancashire Game Festival

Woodacre Lodge Farm, Scorton, Nr Preston, Lancashire

Saturday, 11 September 2021 (2 day event)

Craft and Gift Fair Dobbies Clifton

Craft and Gift Fair Dobbies Clifton

Dobbies Garden World, Clifton, Preston, Lancashire

Friday, 15 October 2021 (3 day event)

Craft and Gift Marquee within October Festival Lowther Gardens

Craft and Gift Marquee within October Festival Lowther Gardens

Lowther Gardens, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire

Friday, 29 October 2021 (3 day event)

The Beady Jewellery Boutique

The Beady Jewellery Boutique

Leyland, Lancashire

I started wire knitting as a hobby. I like to create bracelets, necklaces, chokers and ...

Unbridled Art

Unbridled Art

Manchester, Lancashire

Unbridled Art was launched as a business by artist Julie Brown in the summer of 2018. ...

Karens musings

Karens musings

Carnforth, Lancashire

I am influenced by the area I live. I up cycle and recycle everyday objects using resin ...

2174

2174

Preston, Lancashire

I have always enjoyed working with wood and now that I have retired my wife and I have ...

Carramea Fashion

Carramea Fashion

Blackpool, Lancashire

I create gemstone and fashion jewellery and design silver jewellery which is created ...

D Royle Pens

D Royle Pens

Ribchester, Lancashire

All items are hand turned by myself at home in the village of Ribchester. These items ...

Crystal Bliss

Crystal Bliss

St Annes on Sea, Lancashire

We make and design suncatchers for the home and garden. The suncatchers cast beautiful ...

Crafty Witches

Crafty Witches

Colne, Lancashire

I set up Crafty Witches to make bespoke pieces of wax tarts and candles in and colour ...

Beautify Life Art Elzbieta Bielecka

Beautify Life Art Elzbieta Bielecka

Nelson, Lancashire

Apparently nothing in Life happens without a reason and Buddhists say that good karma ...

Furrever and Ever

Furrever and Ever

Bolton, Lancashire

Commissions undertaken of pet portraits, mostly cats, dogs and horses, although I have ...

JW Crafts and Gifts

JW Crafts and Gifts

Shevington, Lancashire

JW Crafts and Gifts sources hand-made products from local and international artisans. ...

Nuliving Therapy

Nuliving Therapy

Darwen, Lancashire

Being a therapist in alot of disciplines i decided to put my knowledge into therapy candles ...

Jane Elisabeth Embroidered Textiles

Jane Elisabeth Embroidered Textiles

St Annes, Lancashire

I studied fashion design and embroidery in the sixties so I have been creating clothes ...

BLYNKI BOUTIQUE

BLYNKI BOUTIQUE

Carnforth, Lancashire

I had to take early retirement from being a Cancer Nurse and having being used to be ...

Qwyrky Krafts

Qwyrky Krafts

Burnley, Lancashire

Lucy K Bespoke Handmade gifts, finished and presented to a high spec standard . Affordable ...

Snowdon Art

Snowdon Art

Nelson, Lancashire

I do abstract designs using watercolour or acrylic on quality acid free card or canvas. ...

Marleys of Preston

Marleys of Preston

Preston, Lancashire

We sell Hand Blended and poured Soy wax Candles and Melts - Highly Scented” Marleys ...

Flowers by Annette

Flowers by Annette

Chorley, Lancashire

My own silk flower designs that are designed by myself with attractive containers and ...

Fabric art by Aruna Mene

Fabric art by Aruna Mene

Bolton, Lancashire

I produce fabric collages on canvas with heat bonding. These are framed under glass. ...

Glow wax works

Glow wax works

Darwen, Lancashire

Hi everyone, my name is Lisa and I live in Lancashire with my family and 3 dogs. I am ...

Marvell Creations

Marvell Creations

Bury, Lancashire

We are a father and daughter run business and have been making soft furnishings for many ...

Tarn Candles and Melts

Tarn Candles and Melts

Milnrow, Lancashire

Tarns are beautiful mountain pools, just as candles are alluring pools of light. We produce ...

Silver Spring Jewellery

Silver Spring Jewellery

Rawtenstall Rossendale, Lancashire

Silver Spring Jewellery - I’m a Silversmith creating individual, handmade and bespoke ...

The Coffee Collective

The Coffee Collective

Wigan, Lancashire

Alex is a disabled veteran who has built his business from a simple love of coffee. ...

Lushious Scents

Lushious Scents

Blackpool, Lancashire

We are a mother and daughter run business we sell handmade bath bombs and hand poured ...

Cooksons Crafty Creations

Cooksons Crafty Creations

Chorley, Lancashire

Hi I decoupage many different items such as slate coasters and placement mats. Vases. ...

Jo MyOwn Candles

Jo MyOwn Candles

Bury, Lancashire

I was given a candle making course for my Birthday and instantly fell in love with the ...

Lonis Bonny Bows

Lonis Bonny Bows

Bolton, Lancashire

Hello my name is Avalon and I am based in Bolton, I design and make hair bows using a ...

Sunstorm Photography

Sunstorm Photography

Lancaster, Lancashire

I sell high quality professional landscape photographs of the Lake District, Yorkshire ...

Artistic Fleur

Artistic Fleur

Lytham St Annes, Lancashire

Creating unique pieces of art, crafts and jewellery from the finest paints, mediums and ...

Recycled Riches

Recycled Riches

Buckshaw Village, Lancashire

A home run, hand crafted business offering home decor, jewellery, bags and accessories, ...

Mummy Makes Crafts

Mummy Makes Crafts

Thornton Cleveleys, Lancashire

I make resin items such as coasters, trinket dishes and bookmarks and more. My personalised ...

Phil Stutt

Phil Stutt

Clitheroe, Lancashire

I began wood turning a few years ago, introduced to it by a friend who is a professional ...

Nathalie

Nathalie

Rochdale, Lancashire

I am new to this and would like to share my hobbies and learn from others. I have made ...

Madebyandrewwillis

Madebyandrewwillis

Preston, Lancashire

I use a wood turning lathe to produce different types of pens, made from wood, acrylic ...

Designing Decor

Designing Decor

Preston, Lancashire

My business is my hobby, I work full time at a law firm. I make a range of baby / nursery ...

New Fragrance Launch by Carramea Fashion

New Fragrance Launch by Carramea Fashion

Blackpool, Lancashire

I am so pleased to announce the arrival of my new ladies fragrance range, Carramea, Goddess ...

Clitheroe at the weekend

Clitheroe at the weekend

Preston, Lancashire

We will be at the Clitheroe Craft Fair this Saturday, a first for us and we are really ...

Lowther Pavilion busy busy busy

Lowther Pavilion busy busy busy

Preston, Lancashire

Just had a great day on Sunday at the Lowther Pavilion craft show. it was a really busy ...

Lytham St Annes Assembly Rooms

Lytham St Annes Assembly Rooms

Preston, Lancashire

here is our stall all ready for the craft fair at Lowther Pavilion at the weekend. come ...

Lowther URC here we come

Lowther URC here we come

Preston, Lancashire

Come along, have a chat and meet us at the United Reform Church in Lowther on the 24th ...

Lytham St Annes Assembly Rooms

Lytham St Annes Assembly Rooms

Preston, Lancashire

Just been to our very first craft fair, a whole weekend at the Assembly Rooms in Lytham ...

2174 new member

2174 new member

Preston, Lancashire

Well we have finally done it and got ourselves up and running making our handmade wooden ...

Christmas gift ideas from original art

Christmas gift ideas from original art

Manchester, Lancashire

Happy Friday everyone! I am planning a weekend of painting my latest commission of a ...

New Member

New Member

Lancaster, Lancashire

From The She Shed I have done it!! At long last I have got myself started in my new exciting ...

Recent craft fair

Recent craft fair

Leyland, Lancashire

I have recently been busy attending a fair at Smithills Fair, Bolton and making new items ...

Agate beaded necklaces and matching bracelets

Agate beaded necklaces and matching bracelets

Leyland, Lancashire

lovely striped blue agate stone bracelet to match necklace above

New Year Plans

New Year Plans

Leyland, Lancashire

I noticed the evenings are slowly becoming lighter and the sun actually shone today. ...

Choker Trend

Choker Trend

Leyland, Lancashire

It seems to be the season of a choker trend and so I decided to create a few of my own, ...

Latest fair

Latest fair

Leyland, Lancashire

I had looked forward to my recent local fair, but it was quieter than expected. It was ...

Recent display

Recent display

Leyland, Lancashire

Bracelets, chokers and necklace displayed

Latest creations

Latest creations

Leyland, Lancashire

Currently enjoy knitting in the garden when I can, although looks like the Summer has ...

Summer fairs

Summer fairs

Leyland, Lancashire

Busy looking at new ideas, will be attending the Makers Market at The Chapel Gallery, ...

New creations for Spring

New creations for Spring

Leyland, Lancashire

Now the long month of January is over, its good to reach February and look forward to ...

Christmas Fair

Christmas Fair

Leyland, Lancashire

I attended an event in my local village. I was very pleased to sell quite a few items ...


Dorothy Whipple

(Born 1893 in Blackburn in Lancashire), Fiction

Whipple was a popular author, writing around eighteen novels. Two of which were made into film just after the Second World War 1945/46 - They Were Sisters highlighting marital abuse - They Knew Mr. Knight dealing with crime and dealing with coming out of prison.

Arthur Devis

(Born 1712 in Preston in Lancashire), Painting

Born in 1712 he was an English portrait painter and is known for a type of portrait called a conversation piece. In 1735 his first commission was Hoghton Towers from Duxon Hill, Lancashire. This showed his interest in landscape but two years later he became established as a portrait painter having a studio in Great Queens Street London.