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The population in 2011 was 20,067 of

which 9,777 were males and 10,290

were females.*

The highest point in Horwich is 1,452 ft.,

(approx.442.6 m) whilst the lowest is

330 ft., (approx. 110.6 m)

The name Horwich means either “grey

witch elm” or “village on stony ground”

and the earliest settlement in the town

was probably around the River Douglas

near the border with Anderton.

Horwich nestles on the slopes of

the West Pennine Moors, surrounded

by natural beauty, with delightful

panoramic views of the hills. Horwich

is twinned with Crowborough in East


*Source 2011 Census (Key Statistics for Local

Authorities), Crown Copyright 2004. Crown

copyright material is reproduced with the

permission of the Controller of HMSO.


Horwich forms an integral part of Bolton Metropolitan

Borough. The Town occupies approximately 5 square miles

(3,254 acres).