Croston village has a population of just over 3,000, situated close to Chorley, the River Yarrow running through it.
Croston began in the 7th century when St Aidan arrived at the riverside settlements and the name is unique as there are no other Croston's in the UK. The name is derived from the two Old English words 'cross' and 'tūn'.
Croston Old School is a Grade II listed building, originally built in 1660, with substantial rebuilding taking place in 1827. The building is now used as a community resource centre with a reference library and reading room. The building now hosts the village pre-school.
This picturesque village is one of Lancashire’s most frequently photographed and is surrounded by beautiful countryside with an abundance of walks. Croston has a host of village pubs, a convenience store and a tennis club. Croston railway station is on the Ormskirk line, perfect for commuters heading to Liverpool, Preston and Manchester. Croston has bus connections to nearby Leyland, Chorley, Southport and Preston.
The primary school in Eccleston, Trinity and St Michael's CE and Methodist school has an Outstanding Ofsted rating. The last inspection report was in March 2016.
Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy is situated within the village and has an Outstanding Ofsted rating. The last inspection report was in 2007.
Interesting Facts about Croston
- Croston Coffee Day stretches back to the early 1800s.
- Croston has a train station with trains running through to Preston and Ormskirk
- Church Street in Croston has been described as one of the best-preserved rows of 17th-century cottages in Lancashire.
Resident Cathy, shares with us the best things about living in Croston and what she loves most about the area.
What do you really love about Croston?
After spending over ten years living in London, I returned to the Northwest and settled in Croston. This village has an amazing community spirit that received national media coverage during the 2015 Christmas floods. The community continues to pull together throughout the year, putting on many events for everyone to enjoy, regardless of age.
What are your favourite streets and why?
Town Road and are steeped in history.
What is your favourite pub or restaurant in the area and why?
My favourite pub and bi-annual beer festivals. The Wheatsheaf also provides a seasonal menu packed with a range of delicious food. I’d highly recommend a visit!
Where is the best place to go for a walk in the area?
The ‘Moss’ in Croston, is approximately a mile circular route, surrounded by farms and is mostly undisturbed by traffic, as part of the route is for pedestrians only. The ‘Moss’ has stunning views, especially early morning or at sunset. It is an ideal spot for dog walking, for a Sunday afternoon ramble, or for the more energetic, it is a great location for a morning jog!
Do you have a favourite shop?
Croston has a couple of convenience stores, a bank, a chemist, two hairdressers and a new coffee shop offering sandwiches to eat in or out. A great new addition to the village!
What is Croston's best-kept secret?
There are many hidden gems, my favourite is The Croft. The Croft may not be a secret to those who live here but for visitors, or those new to the village, it is a hidden gem with many surprises.
One area of The Croft has wooden swings and get back to nature!
Why should someone move to Croston?
Croston is a beautiful village, with pretty streets and find your perfect home, in what I believe is a perfect village!
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