Through the 20th century, especially the latter half, Chorley suffered the loss of much of its manufacturing capacity with great losses in or the completely disappearance of its coal, textiles, motor vehicles and armaments industries.

Watch out for Chorley’s exciting line up of fun-packed events held throughout the year including the spectacular floral displays at Chorley Flower Show after its huge success 30-31 July and the rip-roaring Theare in the Park presenting The Tempest 21 August in the wonderful surroundings of Astley Park's Walled Garden.

Chorley’s Prinknash Abbey Park Near Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL4 8EU

The Chorley Parliament constituency is a constituency in the House of Commons, and until recently it was coterminous with the borough. Through boundary changes, Croston, Eccleston, Bretherton and Mawdesley were transferred to the South Ribble constituency. The current Member of Parliament for Chorley is Lindsay Hoyle, who was first elected to the seat in 1997.

In the 1970s Chorley was designated as part of Central Lancashire new town, together with Preston and Leyland. The original aim of this project was to combine the three settlements into a single city with a population of around half a million. Although this never came to pass, and the project has since been abandoned, Chorley benefited from the urban renewal commonly associated with new towns. Examples include a bypass of the town centre, and the Market Walk shopping centre.

Chorley town centre is the main location of shopping facilities in the town. The town centre in recent years has seen the new Market Walk development and the building a new town centre Booth's supermarket.

A £20m development, Market Walk Phase Two, is planned to add four shop units and a multi-storey car park to the existing Market Walk shopping centre. As of January 2008[update] this is on hold until the council finds another developer.[26]

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The Borough of Chorley is a local government district with borough status in Lancashire, England. The population of the Borough at the 2011 census was 104,155.[2] It is named after its largest settlement, the town of Chorley.

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The Member of Parliament for the Chorley constituency since 1997 is Lindsay Hoyle of the Labour Party. He has been Chairman of Ways and Means and Deputy Speaker since 2010.

In 1998 Chorley saw the completion of the largest Latter-day Saints temple in Europe. Known as the Preston England Temple, it is a prominent landmark next to Junction 8 of the M61 motorway

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The present non-metropolitan Borough of Chorley was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the then existing Municipal Borough of Chorley with the urban districts of Adlington and Withnell, and Chorley Rural District.

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Chorley is the hometown of Lee in the BBC sitcom Not Going Out.

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The principal river in the town is the Yarrow. The Black Brook is a tributary of the Yarrow. The name of the River Chor was back-formed from "Chorley" and runs not far from the centre of the town, notably through Astley Park.

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The town is home to many amateur football, rugby and cricket teams. There are also several grass football pitches, bowling greens and tennis courts in the town. A public outdoor swimming, formerly as Astley Park, was demolished in the 1990s for Health and Safety reasons.

The first signs of industry as with many towns in Lancashire was mining, evidence of which can be seen by the various abandoned quarries on the outskirts of the town. One of the most beautiful of these is Anglezarke Quarry, between Chorley and Horwich. Remnants of mining include an old railway bridge from the Duxbury Mine on Wigan Lane. Eventually the mining industry was replaced by cotton mills.

Chorley boasts of being home to some of the country's most successful track cyclists including Olympic gold medal winners Jason Queally and Bradley Wiggins, and Paralympic silver medallist Rik Waddon. The presence of these well-known cyclists is due in part to the proximity of the town to the Manchester Velodrome. Chorley is also the home town of Paralympic gold medallist Natalie Jones.

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The town's bus station, Chorley Interchange, opened in 2003, replacing an older bus station also in the town centre. Bus services are provided by several operators:

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CHORLEY FOOTBALL CLUB is a non-league football club based in Lancashire that is steeped in history.

Chorley was not listed in the Domesday Book, though it is thought to be one of the twelve berewicks in the Leyland Hundred.[8]


Chorley Harriers Running Club regularly compete in road, cross country, fell and athletics events. Chorley Cycling Club was formed in 2011, resurrecting a club which had disbanded around 1953. The club caters to both leisure and racing members and runs regular training and social rides on local roads.[29] Chorley JKS Shotokan Karate Club established a club in the town 2012.

As well as Phoenix Nights, comedian Dave Spikey based his comedy series Dead Man Weds in, and filmed most of it in, Chorley. Steve Pemberton, the creator of The League of Gentlemen, based most of its characters on folk from Adlington.[citation needed]

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Located at the foot of the West Pennine Moors, the market town of Chorley has a wealth of history dating back to the Bronze Age, 3,500 years ago!

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The Arts Partnership is a youth arts charity that operates from their own venue on Railway Street in the town centre. They run a number of arts and creative schemes with a diverse range of young people. The murals at the railway and bus stations were produced as part of projects from the registered charity.

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