Longridge is a medium-sized town and civil parish in the borough of
Ribble Valley in Lancashire, England. It is situated 8 miles
(13 km) north-east of the city of Preston, at the western end of
Longridge Fell, a long ridge above the River Ribble. Its nearest
Grimsargh and the Roman town of Ribchester
(Bremetennacum), 3.5 miles (6 km) to the southeast. The parish of
Longridge had a population of 7,546 recorded in the 2001 census,
increasing to 7,724 at the 2011 Census.
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The Battle of Preston started from Longridge, Cromwell halting there
before taking on Monarchist forces from Scotland.
Longridge initially developed outwards from an area around St.
Lawrence's Church, at the boundary of the townships of Dilworth and
Alston and to the south of the modern-day town centre. Though there
was a thoroughfare called 'Market Place', there was no development
around that area. Most of the development of the town occurred after
1800. After this time, development occurred at a much faster pace,
with expansion northwards including a mill to the north of Kestor
The demand for stone from Longridge's quarries led to the opening of
Preston and Longridge Railway
Preston and Longridge Railway in 1840 to carry the stone away, for
use in such places as Lancaster
Town Hall and Liverpool Docks. The
arrival of the railway led to the opening of several cotton mills and
the town grew considerably larger from the mid-19th century. The mills
and quarries have now all closed, although stone quarried in the town
was used to construct the
M55 motorway in the 1970s. One of the
quarries was used as
Longridge motor-racing circuit between 1973 and
Longridge railway station closed to passengers in 1930, and the
railway was dismantled in 1967. The station buildings were then used
as offices for the parish council until 2010 when the
Council began a project to renovate and reopen the buildings to the
public with help from the Lottery Heritage Fund.
station is now managed by
Longridge Social Enterprise Company and is
home to a heritage centre, the Old Station Cafe and has various
business facilities available.
The appearance of the town centre has changed little from when it was
first built. Many of the buildings are built of locally quarried
sandstone and despite more modern developments the town centre remains
largely as it was when it was first developed. The town itself has
expanded since the closure of the quarries with the building of new
housing estates, as well as council housing.
The town is home to 11 pubs, several restaurants, a public library,
and a number of primary and high schools. It is also home to an Air
Training Corps squadron  and an
Army Cadet Force
Army Cadet Force detachment.
Longridge is also the location of Alston Hall, a residential adult
education college operated by
Lancashire Adult Learning. The local
Town F.C., has two senior teams and plays in
Lancashire Football League. Its ground and clubhouse are
situated off Inglewhite Road, behind the Alston Arms. As of 2011,
Longridge has its own monthly farmers' market but has recently
Longridge Field Day is a long-standing annual event that consists of a
parade through the town and various attractions being held on the
town's recreational playing field. It donates money to a different
local charity each year. The Field Day organisers also run a pram race
through the town, usually on
Boxing Day each year, to raise funds for
both the Field Day and a local charity.
John Farnworth, a freestyle footballer; Alan Kelly, footballer who
played for the Irish national team along with Preston North End;
Andrew Miller, who currently plays cricket for Warwickshire (all of
which were pupils at the local Catholic high school, St Cecilia's RC
High School). Actress
Christina Chong lived here and
trained at the Sutcliffe School of Dance.
Ernest Tomlinson lived close to
Longridge until his death in
2015. His library of light orchestral music was housed in his
Listed buildings in Longridge
^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report –
(1170215115)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2
^ "Parish headcount" (PDF).
Lancashire County Council. Archived from
the original (PDF) on 2006-12-10. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
Lancashire County Council (June 2006). "
Longridge Historic Town
Assessment Report" (PDF). www.lancscc.gov.uk.
Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-10-25. Retrieved
^ County Library and Information Service:
Longridge Home Page Archived
2008-04-19 at the Wayback Machine.
^ "143 (Longridge) SQN".
^ "Our Detachments -
Lancashire ACF - Army Cadet Force".
^ "Christina's acting star is rising".
Longridge News. 8 August 2011.
Retrieved 27 February 2013.
^ "Light music concert for composer's 90th".
^ "Classical Music magazine -
Ernest Tomlinson (1924-2015) has died at
90 - Classical Music". classicalmusicmagazine.org. Archived from the
original on 2015-06-14.
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