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St Augustine's Church
Huncoat is located in the Borough of Hyndburn
Location in Hyndburn
Huncoat is located in Lancashire
Location within Lancashire
Population4,418 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSD775305
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBB5
Dialling code01254
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°46′12″N 2°20′24″W / 53.770°N 2.340°W / 53.770; -2.340

Huncoat /ˈhʌnkt/ is a small village in Lancashire, England; situated in the North West. It is located to the east of Accrington. It is a ward of Hyndburn where the population taken at the 2011 census was 4,418.[1]

Huncoat railway station is on the East Lancashire Line.


The name is of Anglo-Saxon origin where Hun, or Hunna was a family name and Cotte is an Old English name for a shelter for animals.[2] The brief details of the Blackburnshire hundred in the Domesday survey, mention Huncoat with King Edward holding two carucates of land here.[3][4]

Huncoat Colliery 53°46′23″N 2°20′49″W / 53.773°N 2.347°W / 53.773; -2.347 (Huncoat) on the Burnley Coalfield was sunk by George Hargreaves and Company between 1890 and 1893. Before 1930, the company had linked its Calder and Scaitcliffe Collieries to Huncoat underground and it wound the coal from all three pits. The colliery was nationalised in 1947 and closed after its coal was exhausted in 1968.[5] The coal-fired Huncoat Power Station was located at the eastern end of the village, off Altham Lane and operated from 1952 to 1984.[6][7]

A manufacturer of Accrington brick, the Huncoat Plastic Brick and Terracotta Co was established in Yorkshire Street in 1894. The bricks carried the REDAC trademark and they also made other Fireclay-based building products, and closed in 1992. By 1909 railway sidings here connected to a mineral railway network servicing the two plants of the Accrington Brick and Tile Co on Whinney Hill in Altham.[8][6][9]


Huncoat was once a township in the ancient parish of Whalley, this became a civil parish in 1866, forming part of the Burnley Rural District from 1894. However, in 1929 the parish was abolished and the area became part of Accrington Municipal Borough (until 1974).[10] It has since become an unparished part of the borough of Hyndburn.


A grassroots junior football club called Huncoat United was formed in 1984 and became an FA Charter Standard Club in 2005. FA Charter Standard clubs must meet and keep standards of child protection, coaching and administration. Huncoat United has many teams playing in the Accrington and District JFL (ADJFL), East Lancashire Football Alliance (ELFA), North Bury JFL (NBJFL), Bolton & Bury DFL (BBDFL), West Lancs Girls FL (WLGFL) and North Valley & Burnley Unity Youth League (NVBUYL). The club has teams from U7's through all age groups up to U18's. All coaches are FA qualified to minimum Level One and all members CRC cleared. The club also runs a turn up and play Mini-League every Saturday morning for boys and girls aged 5–9.[citation needed]


See also


  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Huncoat Ward (E05005212)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  2. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1922). The place-names of Lancashire. Manchester University Press. pp. 91, 9. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  3. ^ Farrer, William; Brownbill, John, eds. (1911), The Victoria History of the County of Lancaster Vol 6, Victoria County History, - Constable & Co, pp. 409–411, OCLC 832215477
  4. ^ "Domesday Book Online". Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  5. ^ Huncoat Colliery, Northern Mine Research Society, retrieved 8 November 2020
  6. ^ a b Chetham, Roy (2018). "History of Huncoat Post 1900". Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  7. ^ Lancashire and Furness (Map). 1 : 2500. Plan. Ordnance Survey. 1961–1962. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  8. ^ Chetham, Roy (2018). "History of Huncoat Pre 1900". Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  9. ^ Lancashire and Furness (Map). 1 : 2500. County. Ordnance Survey. 1909–1910. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Huncoat Tn/CP through time". GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  11. ^ "X Factor star to tour". Accrington Observer. MEN Media. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2010.


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