Chorley is a popular and historical Lancashire market town, with its wealth coming primarily from the cotton industry. Chorley’s residents enjoy easy access to Preston, Manchester, Wigan, and Southport, with the M61 and M6 just minutes from the centre and the historic Roman A6 road running through the middle. This is a thriving market town with a population of approximately 34,000.
Chorley’s Flat Iron Market has been established for hundreds of years and takes place every Tuesday with a wide range of market stalls and remains at the heart of the town. There are plans underway to extend the market and to boost other shopping facilities to include a cinema complex, new retailers, and restaurants.
A popular destination is the Leeds and Liverpool Canal that runs parallel to Chorley with several locks and marinas located throughout the Chorley area.
Chorley is located at the foot of the West Pennine Moors and is overlooked by Rivington Pike, a beautiful landmark, and a popular place to visit for walkers and bikers alike.
Interesting Facts about Chorley
- Chorley is the home of the Chorley cake
- A market has been held every Tuesday in Chorley, since 1498
- Chorley played an important role during theSecond World War, when it was home to the Royal Ordnance Factory, a large munitions manufacturer in the adjacent village of Euxton
- In the 1970s, Chorley was set to be part of the ‘Central Lancashire New Town’, with Preston and Leyland. The aim was to combine the three towns into one single city with a population of around half a million, however the project was abandoned
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