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About Walton le Dale

The village of Walton le Dale (Walton-le-Dale) is in South Ribble Borough, Lancashire, England. It is positioned on the south bank of the River Ribble, and the south side of the city of Preston, adjacent to (the North of) Bamber Bridge. More About Walton le Dale...

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The village of Walton le Dale (also known as Walton-le-Dale) lies to the south of a major bridging point of the River Ribble, near the city of Preston. The village of Walton le Dale’s early beginnings were founded on its strategic location.
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Walton-le-Dale is a primarily residential suburb to the south of the city of Preston, Lancashire, England. It is located to the south east of Preston, adjacent to Bamber Bridge.

The local council is South Ribble Borough Council, based in Leyland, and the local MP has been Lorraine Fullbrook (Conservative) since 2010. Notable residents include Ian McCulloch, 2005 World Snooker Championships Semi-Finalist.

The church of St Leonard, situated on an eminence to the east of the town, was originally erected in the 11th century. The earliest portions of the present building are the Perpendicular chancel and tower, the nave having been rebuilt in 1798, while the transepts were erected in 1816. There are a number of interesting old brasses and monuments. Cotton-spinning is carried on, and there are market gardens in the vicinity. Roman remains have been found in Walton le Dale, and there was perhaps a roadside post on the site. The manor of Walton was granted by Henry de Lacy about 1130 to Robert Banastre. It afterwards passed by marriage to the Langtons, and about 1592 to the Hoghtons of Hoghton.

Walton was the principal scene of the great battle of Preston, fought on the 17th of August 1648 between Cromwell and the duke of Hamilton.

In 1701 the duke of Norfolk, the earl of Derwentwater and other Jacobites incorporated the town by the style of the mayor and corporation of the ancient borough of Walton. In 1715 the passage of the Ribble was bravely defended against the Jacobites by Parson Woods and his parishioners of Atherton.

This section incorporates text from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica, which is in the public domain.

Changing the World... freecycle.org

The Freecycle Network™ is a grassroots, and entirely nonprofit movement, of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their local towns. Freecycle, is all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of rubbish tips and landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers and membership is free, so please sign up and find your community 'Group'.

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Cuerden Valley Park

Lancashire's Premiere Country Park

Cuerden Valley Park is spread over 650 acres in rural Lancashire, close to Preston, Leyland and Chorley. The Park allows people who live in the Preston area to have the countryside on their doorstep. Have a look at our facilities and events pages to see what Cuerden Valley Park can offer you.

Visitors to Lancashire and local residents are welcome to visit the Park, for free, 365 day a year, although parking charges now apply in three of the five car parks.

What the park has to offer to visitors to Preston and Lancashire

...more than meets the eye


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Walton le Dale History

Benjamin Franklin (one of the Founding Fathers of the United States) visited the home of General John Burgoyne, Preston M.P. 1768-92, at Cooper Hill, Church Brow, Walton-le-Dale in 1771 and 1775. It is believed that he fixed the first lightning conductor in England to the wall of this house.

The Unicorn Inn, a 17th century building (now known as Pinocchio's Restaurant) was the posting station used by Parliamentary troops during the English Civil War. The Unicorn Inn was said to be the headquarters of Oliver Cromwell during the battle of Preston. It was later the meeting place of the Jacobites in the area. Thomas Cowpe, a Walton man who joined the Jacobites in 1715, was later hanged at Gallows Hill in Preston. His grave is in St Leonard's churchyard.

Walton le Dale Today

There are very few industries now left in the village of Walton le Dale. Massy Feeds, who acquired their Mill from Dalgety in 1999, being the largest employer. Well known firms such as Atkinson's Vehicles, Haworth and Airey, J. A. Ley, Calvert's Cotton Mill and Hankin's Haulage have changed, closed down or left the area. Some of the old buildings are being used for new enterprises and the new complex of stores (The Capitol Centre) along the new London Way bypass has altered the area significantly in recent years.


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