Based at the foot of the West Pennine Moors. Chorley is a thriving market town with a population of approximately 34,000.
There is a bus station and train station serving the Northern Manchester to Preston Line.
The town centre has a variety of independent shops along with a Morrisons, Asda, Aldi, Marks and Spencer food Hall and Booths. Chorley’s Flat Iron Market has been established for hundreds of years and restaurants.
A popular destination is the Leeds and marinas located throughout the Chorley area.
Chorley has numerous primary schools, both council and five high schools, with Runshaw College being the local further education facility.
Home to the semi-professional football team, Chorley F.C. and boasts several cricket clubs.
Interesting Facts about Chorley
- It is the home of the famous Chorley cake
- A market has been held every Tuesday since 1498
- Chorley played an important role during the Second World War when it was home to the Royal Ordnance Factory, a large munitions manufacturer in the adjacent village of Euxton
- It is home to the largest Latter-day Saints temple (informally known as the Mormon Church), in Europe. It is known as the Preston England Temple
Mark, shares with us the best things about living in Chorley and what he loves about the area.
What do you really love about Chorley?
I love the friendly people, the fact that it's easily accessible to Manchester city life and that we’re surrounded by beautiful countryside.
What are your favourite streets in the area and why?
Rotherwick Avenue, Isleworth Drive and Collingwood Road are my favourite local streets as they are nice residential areas where we all grew up.
What is your favourite pub or restaurant in the area and why?
I like Papa Luigi’s in Euxton. They have great food and I’ve been going in for nearly 40 years! I’m also enjoying all of the Micro pubs that are appearing all the time now.
Where is the best place to go for a walk in the area?
The best walk in my opinion is from White Coppice Cricket Ground to the Yew Tree Inn at Anglezarke (and out into the countryside.
Do you have a favourite shop?
Yes, Nigel Clare’s Menswear can’t be beaten for clothes, the food stalls on Chorley Market are steeped in history and pies.
What is Chorley's best-kept secret?
The countryside around White Coppice, Heapey and Anglezarke
Why should someone move to Chorley?
Chorley is a traditional market town. It’s full of nice people, there are good schools and Manchester with easy access to beautiful countryside.
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