Emerging as a hunting chase for the wealthy Manchester Barons in the middle ages, transformed as water power was harnessed for the cotton industry, and as a major engineering employer after the construction of the locomotive works in 1884, Horwich later became the location for De Havilland, Hawker Siddeley then British Aerospace, all important in supporting our military manufacturing industry. As these industries declined, a major regeneration project has resulted in the arrival of a number of new employers and a major retail and commercial park, located around the site of the iconic Macron Stadium. Despite these changes, Horwich has managed to keep its town centre alive with local businesses, pubs and restaurants and a weekly outdoor market which all add to the charm of the town.