Many researchers see 'HARTLEY Country' as the area around the Lancashire and Yorkshire borders, especially north and east of Burnley, and up through the Pennines to Cumbria, separated by the Yorkshire Dales.
The southern area includes the towns and parishes of Marsden, Colne, Todmorden, Wycoller, Trawden, Bacup and Haworth as well as Burnley itself, and Manchester, Oldham, Nelson and Backburn in Lancashire and Leeds, Halifax, Bradford, Wakefield, Sheffield, and Barnoldswick in Yorkshire.
The social enterprise, based in Lytham St Annes, has received £50,000 from The Health Lottery to expand its work.
If events go well in Hyndburn it hopes to offer the service across East Lancashire.
The northern area includes the village of Hartley in Cumbria.
Throughout the 19th C, Yorkshire and Lancashire were the counties most populated by HARTLEYs.
He said: “Part of the problem is we do not get a fair crack of the whip in terms of police resources. There has been a call for roundabouts or traffic lights.
People have been airing these views at the community forum.” Cllr Loraine Cox, county councillor for Accrington North, said when she was campaigning for election in May this was an issue that kept coming up.
Halifax, Bradford Wakefield, Sheffield and Barnoldswick were the most populated parishes.
In 1851 it was Yorkshire, with Leeds, Bradford, Keighley, Stanley and Bigley as the top parishes.
In 1861, Lancashire took the No.1 position from Yorkshire though more HARTLEYs were still being born in Yorkshire.
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The first ‘no-pressure’ event will be a disco held at the Civic Arts Centre and Theatre in Oswaldtwistle on Friday, August 19, from 6.30pm until 10pm.