Leyland is a Lancashire town with an estimated population of 35,600 and lies south of the city of Preston. Leyland has seen a growth in industry and population due to Leyland Motors and several housing developments.
Leyland is famous for the bus and truck manufacturer Leyland Motors, which between the 1950s and 1970s expanded and grew to own several British motor manufacturers, including Rover. The truck business still operates today as Leyland Trucks.
Leyland has several superstores and retail outlets including several large supermarkets, Argos, The Range and more. There are many independent shops and there is a popular indoor market in the centre of the town.
Leyland has several pubs and restaurants catering for most tastes and the beautiful Worden Park is a popular destination, with woodland, a large children's play park, a Victorian garden and maze, café, and small community theatre.
Leyland is a convenient town for commuters, with easy links to the M6 and M61, a train station on the West Coast Main Line and several bus routes.
There are several primary schools within Leyland, four high schools and further education college, Runshaw College.
Interesting Facts about Leyland
- The name Leyland means"untilled land"
- Leyland is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1085
- The large stone Leyland Cross is thought to date back to Saxon times
- 2015’s The Voice winner and previous Liberty X band member, Kevin Simms comes from Leyland
Elaine, shares with us the best things about living in Leyland and what she loves about the area.
What do you really love about Leyland?
I love the fact that although I have lived here all my life, when I go away on holiday abroad and come back, I still feel glad to be back in my home town.
It is not too big and there are some nice shops on the main shopping street; Hough Lane. Some of the shops sell a Leyland Calendar now (for the last 2 years) for £5 and this goes towards the lovely lights at the roundabout and through Hough Lane and Towngate. They give Leyland a lovely Christmassy feel from the beginning of December onwards.
What are your favourite streets in Leyland and why?
Fox Lane and Worden Lane because they are old streets and have not really changed for years. Fox Lane has so much character if you take time to walk down and look at the houses, and Worden Lane has Leyland Cross and a lovely walk down to Worden Park.
What is your favourite pub or restaurant in Leyland and why?
Antonellos on Hough Lane because it is not too big upstairs and the atmosphere when it Is busy reminds me of being in Italy and the food is good.
My favourite pub is the Eagle and Child on Church Road. This is a 16th Century pub that is lovely and has so much character. You can go in for a drink or a meal and the atmosphere is welcoming.
Where is the best place to go for a walk, in Leyland?
Cuerden Valley and Worden Park are both beautiful and we often go for walks through both.
Do you have a favourite shop in Leyland?
Not really, but the Pine Shop on Hough Lane is nice for a browse, as is Thorntons as it has a lovely gift side as well as chocolates! Also, Woman is a nice boutique for both men and women. Finally, Grandad Jim’s sweetshop is a must for people who like sweets buying from an ‘Olde Worlde’ shop.
Why should someone move to Leyland?
There are good motorway links to the M6, M55, M65 and M61 for commuters and there are a range of independent shops on the high street where it is nice to walk through the town and just browse. Also, you don't have to go far for a walk at Worden Park; a beautiful park that is also great for kids with the big play park on offer, and Cuerden Valley is also a lovely beauty spot to visit and enjoy.