Craft Fair at the Cottage


This weekend is our second annual Craft Fair at the Weavers Cottage. Where we hope to showcase traditional arts and crafts from around Lancashire and North Yorkshire.

This year we have lace makers, stone masons, glass carvers, wood workers and even iron forgers. All demonstrating their skills for the visiting public.

Come on down and see whats happening. Doors open 11 am on Saturday and Sunday!


Rawtenstall Town Centre September 2016 Update


For the last few years there has been a slowly developing project to redevelop Rawtenstall’s town centre. At the heart of these plans is the demolition of existing buildings, including the historic Town Hall and the construction of a new, more modern, bus station in the town square.

While we would be the first to agree that the current Rawtenstall Bus Station is in desperate need of an upgrade the planned bus station is, in our opinion; unfeasible, impractical, out of keeping with the town. In turn we strongly oppose any demolition of the old Town Hall, which is one of the few remaining icons of the classic Rawtenstall townscape. We believe this action would be for the worse.

Both ourselves and national historical groups have protested against this development and through hard work, dedication and some intensive campaigning have been able to save part of the old Town Hall. Forcing the developers to re-think their plans, however the battle is not won yet. Nearly half of the landmark building is still scheduled for, what we feel is, needless destruction. The only thing gained by this act would be a handful of parking spaces, already earmarked for private use.

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Heritage Open days


Heritage Open days ( ) is the celebration where historical buildings around the country are open to the public and it’s this weekend!  Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th 2016

In Rossendale we’ve got a lot of  buildings opening their doors and taking part this year!

Including Grane Mill, Haslingden, Quaker Meeting House, Crawshawbooth and Stubbylee Hall, Bacup

As always we’re also open from 12.30 to 5 so come on down!


New website, new phone number

Google is still directing people to the old website, we’d just like to confirm that this is the new, current, website for the Rossendale Civic Trust.

There are still some rough edges but we’re here to stay, for the foreseeable future that is. On that note the new phone number for the Weavers’ Cottage is 01706 531550 and we once again have full service.

We also have our monthly committee meeting this Monday (August 8th 2016). All members are, as always, welcome.

Weavers’ Cottage Phoneline

We’re very sorry, but at the moment our phone and internet service at the Weavers’ Cottage is down. We will try and keep you up to date with any developments and perhaps the new contact number when possible.

We are still open as usual Weekend afternoons over the summer.

If you need to contact us please E-mail or post and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible.