infobox UK place
country = England
latitude= 53.770110
longitude= -2.418703
official_name= Rishton
population =
shire_district= Hyndburn
shire_county = Lancashire
region= North West England
post_town= BLACKBURN
postcode_district = BB1
postcode_area= BB
dial_code= 01254
os_grid_reference= SD725305
constituency_westminster= Hyndburn

Rishton is a small town in the Hyndburn district of Lancashire, England, about 2 miles west of Clayton-le-Moors and 4 miles east of Blackburn. It constituted an urban district from 1894 to 1974.

Rishton was the first place that the cloth calico was woven on an industrial scale.fact|date=December 2007 Its name means "village amid the rushes". [ [http://www.btinternet.com/~johnhglen/lancashire_s_hill_country.htm Lancashire ] ]

Leisure & Tourism

The facilities at Cutwood Park, between Blackburn Road and the reservoir include a football pitch and a children's playground. [cite web | url=http://www.hyndburnlife.co.uk/roundabout/opencms/Residents/Sport_and_Leisure/Parks/Cutwood_Park.html | title=Hyndburn Life: Cutwood Park | publisher=Hyndburn Life | accessdate=2008-06-17 ]

Local Pubs/Clubs

*The Rishton Arms, at the end of Station Road and locally known as The Station because of its proximity to the railway station.
*The Roebuck, High Street
*Walmsley Arms, High Street


*The Conservative Club, Cliff Street
*Free Gardeners Working Men's Club, Parker Street
*Rishton Legion Working Men's Club, Walmsley Street
*Rishton Workmen's Club, Commercial Street



Rishton has over the years been famous for its cricket team. Its more notable professional was Viv Richards in 1987. One of Rishton's finest has to be Peter Sleep who has been involved with the club for many years and set a new amateur batting record of 1080 runs in a season.Other former professional include, former England Coach Duncan Fletcher, Sky Sports' very own Michael Holding former West Indies international, Aussie fast bowler Jason Gillespie, former South African cricket captain Allan Donald and Sri Lankan right-handed batsman and a right-arm offbreak bowler Kumar Dharmasena.

See Rishton Cricket Club

East Lancs Sailing Club

Located on Rishton Reservoir at the side of Cutwood Park, East Lancs Sailing Club sails Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. ELSC is also a RYA training establishment.


Rishton Golf Club is located off Petre Crescent and is a 9 hole course.


*Rishton Christian Fellowship, Commercial Street.
*Rishton Baptist Church, Commercial Street [ [http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/hyndburn/ ] ]
*Rishton Methodist Church, Albert Street [Lancashire Telegraph [http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/hyndburn/Rishton/ ] ]
*St Charles Borromeo RC Church, St Charles Road [ [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LAN/Rishton/StCharlesBorromeo.shtml GENUKI: St Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic, Rishton, Lancashire genealogy ] ]
*St Peter and St Paul Church (Anglican), Blackburn Road [ [http://www.blackburn.anglican.org/diodir/whadean.htm Blackburn Diocese: WHALLEY Deanery ] ] [ [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LAN/Rishton/StPeterandStPaul.shtml GENUKI: St Peter and St Paul Church of England, Rishton, Lancashire genealogy ] ]
*Primitive Methodist Church, School Street [ [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LAN/Rishton/ GENUKI: Rishton, Lancashire genealogy ] ]
*United Methodist Church, Mary Street [ [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LAN/Rishton/ GENUKI: Rishton, Lancashire genealogy ] ]

Notable Rishtoners

* George Tomlinson - Education Minister to Clement Attlee's Government and MP for the Farnworth constituency in Bolton [ [http://archive.theboltonnews.co.uk/2005/1/27/447241.html Ruth follows in George's steps ] ]

* Ernest Marsden - Assistant of Ernest Rutherford
* Sam Haworth - Got into a fight with Adam Hosker off The Apprentice
* Eric Whalley - Accrington Stanley Chairman
* Brett Ormerod - Preston North End Striker
* Peter Sleep - Former Australian International Cricketer
* Christine Walkden - Celebrity Gardener [cite web | url=http://archive.clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk/2007/3/26/247500.html | title=I’m a gardening celebrity? Then get me out of here! | date=2007-03-26 | work=Frinton & Walton Gazette | publisher=Newsquest Media Group | accessdate=2008-06-17 ]


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