A market town in Lancashire with a population of around 31,000, Darwen is situated in a large valley and has had human habitation since the Bronze Age but its initial construction took place during the mid-1800s. Darwen was visited by Mahatma Ghandi in 1931 and many famous residents have come from there such as author James Watson.
Darwen has been regenerated extensively since the opening of the M65 motorway in the late-1990s. Many businesses have been attracted to Darwen's good travel links and its large workforce. Any fan of Mother Nature will revel in Sunnyhurst Wood which has been a public park since the early 20th century. Although it was formerly used by the aristocracy to hunt stag, the people of Darwen can now enjoy a relaxing walk through its peaceful surroundings.