Blackburn lies to the north of the West Pennine Moors and is a large town in the county of Lancashire. It has a population of over 105,000 people. Blackburn resides near Preston, which is just 9 miles away and the town, is also around 27 miles from Manchester.
Blackburn's history rests in milling and Blackburn was a mill town from the thirteenth century onwards. The inventor of the Spinning Jenny, James Hargreaves, was a weaver in Blackburn when textile manufacturing became a prominent industry within the town.
The Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is a key employer within the town of Blackburn. Key industries within Blackburn are now found within the service sector, following on from the town's industrial roots. East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust is another big employer in Blackburn creating many job opportunities in the town.
Blackburn's town centre is currently undergoing a period of regeneration, and there has been significant investment aimed at improving facilities within Blackburn. The town has a market which operates six days a week, Monday to Saturday. It is situated below the main shopping centre, The Mall Blackburn, which is home to many high street retailers.
Blackburn is a popular place to live and work. There are many jobs within the town and its close proximity to Preston provides even more job opportunities. The town has a number of parks and open spaces and has some notable architecture, including Blackburn's town hall which was built in a Renaissance style in 1856, costing around 35,000 at the time.