There are several famous people who have studied at Bishop Rawstorne. The footballer Mark Bonner who played professional for a number of years at local club Blackpool. Bonner had a stint and some other clubs however has since retired. Andrew Sprake the bassist from the band Failsafe, who featured in an episode of Inbetweeners, also studied here. Dave Dawson who used to DJ in Manchester at the well known club Sankeys Soap also studied here.

Although these establishments are modern and forward-looking inside, their exteriors take us back more than a century when lives were conducted at a slower pace.

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Croston is twinned with the French town of Azay le Rideau, just south west of Tours, France.[4] Azay boasts a French Renaissance chateau, one of the famous chateaux of the Loire, and is a popular tourist hotspot.

This was replaced first by a Norman structure around 1100 and, although a doorway of this period remains, there was a rebuild in the 16th century.

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Look at the junior school, which is on the site of one founded in 1372 by John of Gaunt, who virtually governed England on behalf of the boy King Richard II.

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Set on the river Yarrow, there was a preaching cross set up before AD651.

The cost of the bridge was, for the time, a massive £30.

Croston was a hard-working village but it did look after its poor, as sets of alms houses prove.

These were funded by the Masters family who were landowners and rectors of the church.

There was a major restoration in the year 1887 but much of the original character has been retained.

Until the construction of coach roads in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Croston was set at a vital crossroads.

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All that remains today is the excellent bird resort run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, which is well worth a visit.

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The present structure dates to 1682 and is a single span composed of sandstone.

The base is thought to be 17th century, built on the site of the original cross.

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Some legends suggest that Martin Mere was the lake into which King Arthur's sword Excalibur was thrown after his death.

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Croston used to have a large brick police station which has recently been refurbished. It was replaced by a smaller police station in the 1970s. It is similar in style to those in the surrounding areas, notably Bamber Bridge and Leyland police stations, however considerably smaller. This police station has recently closed.

At that time there was a huge lake reaching from Southport almost to Chorley and Preston.

On Station Road is the Henry Croston Alms House, which dates to 1692, while on the opposite side of the Yarrow and reached by turning left at the modern bridge is another set of houses built for the poor.

As if all this rich history was not enough, Croston has much to offer those who love good food and drink, plus some excellent shops.

On the opposite side of the church is the fine old rectory, built in 1772 but which is now residential.

Also well worth exploring is Drinkhouses Lane, which has three-storey handloom weavers' cottages dating mainly to the 18th century and a reminder of Croston's industrial heritage.

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The parish church is dedicated to St Michael, and is a Grade II* listed building.[6] It appears to be based on a 15th-century design, but was reworked in the 16th century, and altered in the 17th. A partial rebuilding took place in the 18th century, and it was substantially altered in the 19th century. It consists of a nave and chancel with north and south aisles, mostly built of red sandstone with stone tiles.[7]

Now surrounded by farmland following massive drainage projects around Martin Mere, Croston's history is very ancient.

Croston began in the 7th century when St. Aidan arrived at the riverside settlements. In the absence of a church, a cross was erected as a place of worship. Croston literally means 'cross-town' and is derived from the two Old English words 'cross' and 'tūn' (town/homestead/village). The name is unique as there are no other Crostons in the UK.

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Take in Croston’s picture postcard cottages, historic homes, a church that dates back to William the Conqueror and a cobbled packhorse bridge, erected in the 15th century, which crosses the River Yarrow.

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