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View of Northgate looking north towards King Georges’Hall, 1963

Historically, Northgate was the principle northerly route out of Blackburn and is believed to follow the course of a Roman road that ran northwards between Manchester and Ribchester. This road was later crossed, now Church St and it was around this junction that medieval settlements of Blackburn began to form; the area is now the historic heart of Blackburn town centre.

The Northgate Conservation Area covers a significant part of the town centre with approximately one hundred and fifty properties including many municipal buildings such as the former Central Police Station and Courthouse, King Georges Hall Theatre, and the Central Library. A number of other buildings within the area are also listed including the former Cotton Exchange and Town Hall, whilst several are unlisted yet are historically and/or architecturally significant.


Looking south, former Mercers shop can be seen on the right. Photos by John Eddleston courtesy of

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