PARBOLD is a large commuter village and civil parish in
* 1 Local government
* 2 Location
* 3 History
* 4 Amenities
* 5 Local sport
* 6 Notable residents
* 7 See also
* 8 References
* 9 External links
Parbold had a population of 2,582 at the 2011 Census.
Lancashire is divided into 19 parish councils, the first tier of
Parbold is bordered by Hilldale to the north,
Wrightington to the east, Dalton to the south and Newburgh to the
Until the late 19th century,
Parbold was part of the parish of
Eccleston and the Leyland Hundred , or Leylandshire, an ancient
Lancashire that included Brindle ,
Penwortham and Standish . From 1894 to 1974
Parbold was part of the
Wigan Rural District , along with Dalton , Haigh ,
Sign at the top of
Parbold Hill showing which landmarks can be
seen in different directions
Parbold lies in the valley of the River Douglas , at the bottom of
Parbold Hill, about three miles west of junction 27 of the M6 motorway
on the A5209. The village can also be reached by rail on the line from
Southport . Close to the village centre the Leeds and
Liverpool Canal passes over the River Douglas. The nearest sizable
Skelmersdale (about 3 miles away),
Burscough (3½ miles),
Ormskirk (6 miles), and
Chorley (7 miles).
The village is dominated by
Parbold Hill which rises to 400 feet
above sea level. On the hill lies the famous "
Parbold Bottle", now
restored. This is a stone monument about 6½ feet high, so called
because it vaguely resembles a giant bottle. Built in 1832 to
commemorate the Reform Act , the Bottle is visible from the canal.
Wood Lane, just off the main road, also has views of the surrounding
View of the
Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Leeds and Liverpool Canal through the village.
Parbold Hill can be seen in the background.
The earliest known reference to
Parbold is in the late 12th century,
where grants of land were made to nearby
Burscough Priory (pronounced
Bursk-owe). After the Norman conquest ,
Parbold was part of the
Manchester . Little development occurred from this time to
the mid 18th century.
Parbold became a civil parish in 1894.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, a number of coal mines worked
nearby, rather meagre, seams; hard sandstone was also quarried. Both
coal and sandstone could be exported over the waterways; boatbuilding
was a minor economic activity in
Parbold around this time. The old
windmill that is located next to the canal replaced an earlier water
cornmill which once stood on Alder Lane, and was in use until 1985.
Parbold railway station , built in the mid 19th century by the
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway , radically altered the village; it
allowed middle class workers to live in
Parbold and commute to urban
areas throughout the north-west . In recent years a direct hourly
service has operated to
Manchester Airport railway station giving
quick access (less than 1 hour and 15 minutes journey time) to flights
Manchester Airport . The railway station also provided a natural
centre for the village which it still is today.
Parbold's war memorial is in the local
Anglican church, Christ
Church, near the top of
Parbold Hill. The village's other church –
Our Lady and All Saints – was consecrated by Bishop Robert
Cornthwaite on 28 May 1884.
Parbold has two churches, two primary schools and a nursery, a
library built in 1989, a purpose-built village hall which doubles as
a cinema and community centre, a telephone exchange, a doctor\'s
surgery, a bank, a sub post office and a number of other shops
including a pharmacy , a newsagent, an estate agent, two hairdressers
and both Chinese and Indian takeaways plus a greengrocery . There are
three pubs along the main road through the centre of the village –
the Railway, the Windmill and the Stocks Tavern. The windmill in the
village was built in 1794 but has not milled since about 1850 and is
now a gallery for James Bartholomew. The bank is a branch of "The
Royal Bank of Scotland " (having been formerly "Williams border:solid
Listed buildings in Parbold
* ^ "Civil Ward population 2011". Retrieved 17 January 2016.
* ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 17 January 2016.
* ^ "Greater
Manchester Gazetteer". Greater
Record Office. Place Names T to W. Archived from the original on 18
* ^ Welsh, Mary (2013). Walking in Lancashire: 40 Walks around the
County. Cicerone Press Limited. ISBN 978-1849658232 .
* ^ Parbold. Information Britain
* ^ A B C D E Virgoe, J. M. (1994). A History of Parbold. Carnegie.
ISBN 978-0948789779 .
* ^ "Parbold". West
Lancashire Borough Council.
* ^ Beattie, Gordon (1997). Gregory's Angels. Gracewing Publishing.
ISBN 978-0852443866 .
* ^ History of
Parbold Library, County Library and Information
* ^ James Bartholomew RSMA. jamesbartholomew.co.uk
Parbold FC - 2006/07. webteams.co.uk.
Parbold FC - 2009/10. webteams.co.uk.
Parbold Hill Race at skemboundaryharriers.co.uk
* ^ The Times. Obituary. 24 July 2014
* ^ Hugh Wood, Music