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Gawthorpe ward includes much of Padiham’s busy town centre.

There is a good mix of residential areas and properties, as well as great areas for walking and getting into the countryside. As well as the Padiham Greenway, there are lovely walks from Grove Lane, along the river and out through the woods into the countryside towards the bottom of Ightenhill and the sloping hills going out north towards Higham, Fence and Pendle Hill.

The area looks north towards the Ribble Valley and Pendle and includes the first part of the Padiham bypass, and to the south looks towards Burnley.

Key statistics:

Gawthorpe’s population is 6,148 (2011 census figures) - an increase of 0.4% since the 2001 census.

The majority of housing in this ward is terraced properties, though there is a widespread choice of housing in area.

The average age of Gawthorpe residents is 39.5 years. In terms of change over time, Gawthorpe broadly witnesses the same age group trend as all the comparator areas.  

98% of residents are white/white British.

61% of residents are employed, which compares with a borough wide employment rate of 58%. The increase in number of people claiming benefits in this ward is the lowest in Burnley.

Reported crime in Gawthorpe increased by 22% between 2010-12, but anti-social behaviour fell by 35%.

76% of residents do not consider themselves limited by their health problems.  41% of Gawthorpe people rate their health as very good. Life expectancy is 74.6 years for men, and 79.9 years for women.    


Padiham Library, Riley Street 

Schools and colleges:


Padiham Primary School, Burnley Road, BB12 8SJ: 01282 772496 


Shuttleworth College, Burnley Road, BB12 8ST: 01282 682300 

Your ward councillors are:


For more detailed information about Councillors, please click here



Community groups and centres:

Padiham Archives Group, Mr & Mrs Clark,

Padiham Town Council,

Fairweather Tenants Association

Perseverance Area Residents Association: Contact Cath Forrest or Ian Hargreaves. 07549 855887;

Places of Worship:

Padiham Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, High Street

St. Leonard’s Church

Doctors, dentists and pharmacies:

Padiham Medical Centre, Burnley Road

Fairmore Medical Practice, Station Road

Padiham Dental Practice, Burnley Road

Lloyds Pharmacy, Burnley Road

Did you know?

The Grade I listed Elizabethan country house Gawthorpe Hall is a short walk out of Padiham town centre, through the woods or along the entrance road off Padiham Road.

History books give different interpretations for the ward’s name. Some say it might mean ‘cuckoo farm’, or enclosure where a cuckoo lives, from Olde Danish 'gaukr' meaning cuckoo, and 'torp', an enclosure or farm. Others say it means ‘outlying farmstead’ – but they agree on the Danish origin of the words.

Find out more

If you’d like more information on statistics or issues in Gawthorpe, or to find out more about the community groups and facilities in the area, contact the local ward councillors, or the community engagement officers at the town hall, Manchester Road, Burnley BB11 9SA.

Tel: 01282 477198


Contact us on this email, too, if there is anything you’d like to see added or changed on this page.

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