Dominated by patronising attitudes from traditional politicians, Bacup claims to be one of the best preserved mill towns in Northern England, but the shoe and slipper industry died off and only mill left is the Bacup Sock Company
Plenty of the towns shops are boarded up too. Much of the 1980s cop show Juliet Bravo was filmed here, including the frontage of the real Bacup cop shop which is now– you guessed it – boarded up. Also filmed here were many scenes of that series about daft locals, the League of Gentlemen.
Bacup also long claimed to have the shortest street on Britain – Elgin Street – but recently lost the title to Ebeneezer Place an even shorter street in Wick, to the fury of locals, who complained to the local press that the Scottish rival was only “a corner.”