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Introduction to Ramsbottom
Welcome to Ramsbottom, a small friendly town founded in the Georgian era from scattered farmsteads and the hamlet of Nuttall.
The fast flowing river Irwell which bisects the town, ushered in the Industrial Revolution when hand-loom weaving gave way to the many mills along it's banks; making wool, cotton, paper and metal goods which took advantage of the clean and plentiful water.
Today the town looks back with pride, recalling many famous names, the Ashton brothers ( who introduced cotton spinning), Peel and Yates ( calico printing) and the Grant Brothers, later immortalised by Dickens in his book 'Nicholas Nickleby'
The best of our past can be seen in the Georgian and Victorian architecture, the steam railway complete with old-fashioned level crossing.
Ramsbottom is set in wonderful walking country with magnificent views. the Irwell Sculpture Trail in the town and along the river attracts many visitors, as do the many interesting small shops. The community also benefits from the town's own live theatre, the home of the highly acclaimed "Summerseat Players"
Ramsbottom is becoming known as a Festival town, hosting the Chocolate Festival the week before Easter, a music festival in September, and Cake and Pie festivals.
It has also hosted the World Black Pudding throwing championships for many years in September
The Ramsbottom Business Group also holds the Christmas Markets