Eccleston is a village in the borough of Chorley, situated beside the River Yarrow, with a population of nearly 5,000.
Historically, Eccleston combined an agricultural heritage, with several orchards providing fruit for the local community, and a weaving industry from the two textile mills. A few of the orchards remain but both mills are now closed. One mill building is now ‘Bygone Times’, selling antiques and collectibles, and the site of the second mill has been redeveloped into a small shopping centre with a Sainsbury’s, a post office, village library, chemist, coffee shop, beautician and bakery, amongst others.
Eccleston has two pubs, The Farmers Arms, and The Brown Cow, a Micropub – The Cock T’Ale House and Verdes Italian Restaurant and Ice Cream parlour. Eccleston also has a Working Men’s Institute Club and Eccleston Cricket Club. For families, the village has a popular children's play area situated adjacent to football pitches, a basketball court, and a small skate park.
Eccleston has two primary schools, Eccleston County Primary with a ‘good’ Ofsted rating, and Eccleston St Mary’s School with an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating.
Eccleston St Mary’s C.E Primary School www.ecclestonstmarysprimary.org
St Mary’s is an outstanding school. Pupils thoroughly enjoy school and thrive in a warm and supportive atmosphere that is underpinned by strong moral values.
Eccleston County Primary www.eccleston.lancs.sch.uk
Eccleston Primary School is a happy, vibrant, and welcoming place, with high-quality education. All children are valued, and encouraged to develop their potential, academically, socially, physically, creatively, and emotionally.
Interesting Facts about Eccleston
- Eccleston has two churches and St. Mary's Church dates to the 14th century AD.
- Eccleston was mentioned in theDomesday Book of 1086
- Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins lives in Eccleston
Wendy, shares with us the best things about living in Eccleston and what she loves about the area.
What do you really love about Eccleston?
Eccleston has a lovely feel and a great community spirit. The amenities are fantastic, especially now that the Carrington Centre has been developed and there is virtually everything on your doorstep. There are amazing walks you can go on which is ideal if, like me, you have a dog.
What are your favourite streets in Eccleston and why?
My favourite street would have to be the one where I live! I love the views from my house over the meadow where I go walking and all the neighbours are lovely. We all look out for each other.
What is your favourite pub or restaurant in the area and why?
I have always been a big fan of Verdes. The food is always excellent and the staff are so friendly. Also, the fact that they now do a takeaway service is handy...probably too much so at times! Its great in the summer when you can sit by the duck pond with an ice cream watching the world go by!
Where is the best place to go for a walk in the area?
I love walking my dog and really enjoy taking her up on the meadows near Larkfield. You really feel like you are in the middle of nowhere with the open fields and streams. It’s especially beautiful on a crisp winters morning and lovely on a warm summers day too.
Do you have a favourite shop in Eccleston?
I have a few favourite shops in Eccleston! The bag boutique is a favourite of mine, there's a lovely range of clothing, jewellery, and other accessories. Another fantastic shop is Pepperberrys which is relatively new. They have lovely items for your home and are great for gifts and decorations.
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Why should someone move to Eccleston?
I have lived in Eccleston now for three years. It is a great village to bring up a family, my daughter and myself have been really happy and lots of new friends have been made! There are also some lovely properties to consider, a lovely mixture of old and new. There are two good primary schools and a bus route which takes you straight to Bishop Rawstorne High School, which is great.
As I stated previously, the amenities are fabulous too with a supermarket, chemist, and a florist. There is also a hairdressers and beauty salon for when a bit of pampering is called for! In fact, you wouldn't have to leave the village if you didn't want, as everything is virtually within walking distance.