Bamber Bridge is a large suburban village in Lancashire, England, 3
miles (5 km) south-east of the city of Preston, in the borough of
South Ribble. The name derives from the
Old English "bēam" and
"brycg", which probably means "tree-trunk bridge". It is mentioned in
an undated medieval document.
Bamber Bridge is often referred to as
"the Brig" by residents. People born in
Bamber Bridge are known as
"Briggers". The total population for the 3 active
Bamber Bridge Wards
was 12,126 at the 2001 census, increasing to a total of 13,945 at the
3 Culture and recreation
3.1 Public houses
3.2 Clubs and associations
8 Notable people
9 See also
11 External links
1845 map of Bamber Bridge.
By 1764 calico printing had been established in what was then a
village; this was the first example of calico printing anywhere in
Lancashire. Previously had been mainly carried out in the south of
England, before spreading to
Scotland and the northern counties.
In 1857, as a result of the downturn in the cotton trade, a large
manufacturer and spinner in te village (
Bamber Bridge SP & WN Co.)
reported liabilities estimated at £40,000 to £60,000, and were about
to go on short time.
On 31 October 1859, the Withy Trees Mill in the village, owned by
Eccles and Company, burnt down. It was reported that the
spinning-master and engineer had stayed on after the mill had closed
at 6:00 pm to repair some machinery on the third floor. A spark from a
lamp is said to have dropped on some cotton waste, igniting it. Nobody
was killed or injured, but between 16,000 and 17,000 spindles and 270
looms were destroyed and 250 people lost their jobs.
On 7 June 1862,
The Times stated that 600 hands had been thrown out of
work with the stoppage of Dewhurst's Mill. The same report described
the economic problems of the village: 1 in 5 people in Bamber Bridge
Walton-le-Dale and the surrounding area were now reduced to
A petition against the recognition of the Confederate States of
America was presented to the House of Commons on Monday, 29 June 1863,
by a villager, a Mr Barnes. No mention is made of his first name or
whether he represented any organisation.
The trade unionist
George Woodcock was born in
Bamber Bridge on 20
October 1904. He was a voluntary official of the
Bamber Bridge branch
of the Weavers' Association after a spell of tuberculosis. He won a
TUC scholarship to Ruskin College,
Oxford in 1929. He was awarded the
CBE in 1953 and appointed a member of the
Privy Council in 1957. He
was General Secretary of the TUC in 1960 and a member of the Royal
Commission on Trade Unions and Employers' Associations in 1965 and
served as chairman from 1969 to 1971. He died on 30 October
During the Second World War,
Bamber Bridge was home to the 1511
Quartermaster Truck regiment. The unit was racially segregated, and
all of the soldiers except the officers were African American.
Tensions in the wake of the
1943 Detroit race riot
1943 Detroit race riot caused a major
fight, known as the
Battle of Bamber Bridge
Battle of Bamber Bridge to break out between white
American military police on one side, and black American soldiers and
townsfolk on the other.
Top of the tower, all that remains of Orr's Mill, School Lane. This
was originally the top part of the tower of the
Bamber Bridge Spinning
& Weaving Company mill, Wesley Street (image shown in this
collection). A similar dome had adorned Orr's Mill.
These cottages on Withy Trees Road were constructed for the hands at
Withy Trees Mill
Handloom weavers' cottages, Church Road
Spinners' cottages, Spinners Square
Bamber Bridge Spinning & Weaving Company Mill, Wesley Street,
prior to its demolition in 2015
Bamber Bridge Spinning & Weaving Company Mill, Wesley
Street, prior to its demolition in 2015
The first railway through
Bamber Bridge was the horsedrawn Lancaster
Canal Tramroad, which connected two parts of the Lancaster Canal, and
crossed Station Road.
The steam-hauled railway came to
Bamber Bridge around the same time as
the first cotton mills. A line was built connecting
Blackburn with the
West Coast Main Line
West Coast Main Line at Farington, with a branch connecting Bamber
Bridge directly to Preston. A station was built where the railway
crossed Station Road at a level crossing.
The stretch of track through the village was first owned by the East
Lancashire Railway, then the
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
following incorporation in 1847.
In March 1859, a Hurricane engine bolted off the rails at Bamber
Bridge, ran across the level crossings and caught the end of a house,
knocking down the gable end. The accident did not end with any death
or injury, even though a woman was washing in the kitchen of the
The railway was then amalgamated into the London and North Western
Railway in 1922, and twelve months later became part of the London,
Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS). The LMS plaque was still in
existence on the station subway buildings before their demolition in
2005 due to dilapidation. The railways were nationalised in 1948,
becoming part of
British Railways (later rebranded as British Rail).
The railways were privatised in 1994 by the Conservative government.
The line from
Blackburn is now part of the East
The direct route to Preston was closed by
British Rail in the 1970s,
and most of the route is now a cycle route, forming part of the
National Cycle Network.
Station Road is the main road through Bamber Bridge, and most of the
shops are on this road. It crosses the railway at a level crossing
next to the railway station. It was formerly part of the A6, until a
bypass was built in the 1980s.
The village is also at the northern end of the A49, where it meets the
The section of the
M6 motorway around the village is part of the
Preston Bypass opened in 1958, the first motorway in Britain, and
includes the junction with the M61 from Manchester. More recently the
M65 has been extended to join the A6, also in Bamber Bridge.
Culture and recreation
Ye Olde Hob Inn, Church Road
Black Bull, Station Road (Now closed as public house. Now business
Hospital Inn, Brindle Road
Ye Olde Original Withy Trees
'Ye Olde Hob Inn, Church Road. 17th century coach house, built c. 1616
and originally smaller than its present dimensions. Before it was
known as the Hob, it was called the 'Black Horse'.
Black Bull, Station Road - now closed
Mackenzies In Brig bar (formerly the Mackenzie Arms), Station Road -
now closed - now demolished
Lancs & Yorks, Station Road - now closed - currently used by
White Bull, Station Road - now closed
Punch and Truncheon (chain-pub formerly known as 'The Blue Ball' then
'Last Orders'. The building was also the old police station), Station
Ye Olde Original Withy Trees (formerly Withy Trees Farm), Station Road
Withy Arms (formerly the Top House and prior to that 'Shifty
O'Shea's', an Irish theme bar and prior to that the Withy Trees),
Pear Tree, Station Road
Peters Bar (formerly Tommy Tuckers), School Lane
Woodsman, School Lane - now closed
Hospital Inn, Brindle Road
Walton Arms (formerly School Lane Working Men's Club)
Poachers, Lostock Lane
Walton Fox, South Rings Business Park
Clubs and associations
Trades Hall (formerly the Liberal Club), Station Road
Bamber Bridge & County Catholic Club, Aspden Street
Bamber Bridge Band Club, Station Road
Bamber Bridge Conservative Club, Cranbourne Street
Trades Hall, Station Road (formerly the Liberal Club) - famous for the
Burial of the Coffin
Bamber Bridge & County Catholic Club, Aspden Street
Bamber Bridge F.C., Irongate, Brownedge Road
Bamber Bridge Scooter Club, Station Road
2376 (Bamber Bridge) Squadron ATC (Air Cadets), Mounsey Road
Bamber Bridge is an unparished area within
South Ribble District.
Following boundary reforms in 2015 it has been represented on the
Borough Council by two councillors for each of two wards. Bamber
Bridge West is currently represented by Paul Foster and Caleb
Bamber Bridge East is represented by Ian Watkinson and John
Michael Higgins. All four borough councillors are members of the
Bamber Bridge is covered by two electoral divisions on Lancashire
County Council. The first,
Lostock Hall & Bamber Bridge, covers
the majority of
Bamber Bridge and is represented by Jim Marsh. The
South Ribble East, covers part of the south and east of Bamber
Bridge and is represented by Barrie Yates. Both county councillors are
members of the Conservative Party.
Following their review of parliamentary representation in Lancashire,
the Boundary Commission for
England created a modified Ribble Valley
seat and the three
Bamber Bridge electoral wards -
Bamber Bridge East,
Bamber Bridge North and
Bamber Bridge West - moved into this
constituency at the 2010 UK general election. This means that Bamber
Bridge is currently represented in the House of Commons by Nigel
Evans, the Conservative Party MP for Ribble Valley. The wards were
transferred despite objections raised by the Labour Party in Bamber
Bridge. Prior to the 2010 UK general election, the three Bamber
Bridge electoral wards were in the Preston parliamentary constituency
and were represented by
Mark Hendrick MP.
Population. The 2001 Census data for the three wards that make up
Bamber Bridge listed the entire population as 12,126. Of this number,
5,882 are listed as male and 6,244 as female.
Age. The population was divided into the following age groups; 0–4
years, 5.86%; 5–15 years, 14.64%; 16–19 years, 4.19%; 20–44
years, 34.34%; 45–64 years, 25.21%, and; over 65 years, 15.75%.
Ethnicity. According to census returns, the ethnic make-up of the
village was; White, 98.10%; Mixed, 0.50%; Asian or Asian British,
0.66%; Black, Black British, 0.23%, and; Chinese or other ethnic
Religion. The percentage of people listing themselves as; Christian,
86.68%; Buddhist, 0.10%; Hindu, 0.32%; Jewish, 0.00%; Muslim, 0.21%;
Sikh, 0.11%; Other religions, 0.07%; No religion, 7.91%, and; Religion
not stated, 4.60%.
Housing. In 2001, there were a total of 5,027 households in the three
wards. Of the total 84.14% were owner occupied and 15.86% were rented.
Expressed as a percentage of the total; 34.50% owned their property
outright; 48.47% owned their property with a mortgage or a loan, and;
1.16% of householders had shared ownership of their property.
Expressed as a percentage of the total; 0.86% rented their home from
the local authority; 10.22% rented from a housing association; 3.05%
rented from a private landlord or a letting agency, and; 1.73% rented
from another source.
Health. In 2001; 67.28% of people were listed as 'in good health';
22.89% in fairly good health; 9.83% not in good health, and; 19.74% of
people were listed with a limiting long-term illness.
Bamber Bridge railway station
Bamber Bridge railway station has hourly direct trains to Preston,
Lytham St Annes, Blackpool South, Blackburn,
Accrington and Burnley
and various railway stations in between. Trains to Bradford, Leeds,
York and Blackpool North that pass through the unmanned station
normally require a change at either
Blackburn or Preston, except for
one service each way daily which calls at Bamber Bridge. On Sundays
between April and October, the "Dalesrail" service operates from
Blackpool North to Carlisle via Blackburn,
Clitheroe and the
Settle–Carlisle Line, calling at Bamber Bridge.
The Stagecoach Merseyside & South
Lancashire 125 bus route from
Preston runs through
Bamber Bridge en route to
Chorley and Bolton.
Stagecoach's 113 service between Preston to
Wigan links Bamber Bridge
Gregson Lane and Leyland. The
Lancashire County Council tendered
112 service from Preston to Leyland, operated by Preston Bus, also
operates through the village.
Bamber Bridge has two Anglican churches, both are parish churches in
the Diocese of Blackburn. The first to be built was St.Saviour's
Church, on Church Road at the south end of the village, was built in
1837 on land given by Mr. R. Townley Parker (Guild mayor of Preston in
1862) and was considerably altered and enlarged in 1886/87, when the
altered church was opened by Lord Cranbourne. The land for the
churchyard was donated by Mr. R. A. Tatton of
Cuerden Hall. It is
a Grade II listed building. St. Aidan's Church, on Station Road,
was founded in 1895.
Roman Catholic church, St. Mary's Church, is on
Brownedge Lane, and was built in 1826, as a replacement for a chapel.
A spire was added in 1866, and the church was partly rebuilt by Peter
Paul Pugin in 1892. The church has a neo-gothic altar. Bamber
Bridge is in the Diocese of Salford.
Methodist Church is on the corner of Wesley Street and
Station Road, and was opened in 2006, as a replacement for an older
building on the same site.
Bamber Bridge is also home to Valley Church which meets in
Fourfields House on Station Road. The church was planted in 2007 by
Pastors Ed and Michele Carter, with the vision of 'empowering a new
generation'. Valley Church is a church plant from Fulwood Free
Methodist Church and originally met in
Walton-le-Dale Arts College
and High School before outgrowing the facilities there and moving to
Fourfields House in 2011. The church meets twice every Sunday for
services with vibrant music and life-relevant teaching.
Altar designed by Peter Paul Pugin. Located within Brownedge St.
Mary's & St. Benedict's RC Church, Brownedge Lane
St. Aidan's Anglican Church, Station Road
St. Saviour's Anglican Church, Church Road
St. Mary's RC Church, Brownedge Lane
Methodist Church in Bamber Bridge, completed in 2006
Kevin Brown (born 1950), an English blues musician was born in Bamber
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Places adjacent to Bamber Bridge
Lostock Hall, Farington, New Longton, Hutton, Longton
Gregson Lane, Hoghton, Brindle, Feniscowles, Blackburn
Cuerden, Clayton-le-Woods, Leyland, Chorley
Geography of the Borough of South Ribble
Lancashire Coastal Plain