Mawdesley is a small, pretty village with a population of just under 2,000. The village has two churches serving the community, St Peter and St Peter’s CE Church.

There is a small convenience store, a village hall, the Red Lion pub which serves high-quality food.  Cedar Farm hosts monthly farmers markets has boutiques selling handmade crafts, a salon, a yoga studio and animals feeding with goats and ducks for children to visit.

The Village Hall is run by volunteers, providing a variety of events including scouts and rainbows, amongst many other activities.

Mawdesley has the Millennium Green, a public green space created in 2000 to mark the Millenium.

Mawdesley has two small primary schools, Mawdesley St Peter's C of E School and Paul's Catholic School, which both have a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating.

 Interesting Facts about Mawdesley

  • The village gained its name as part of a dowry of Matilda-Mawde when she married – and the village was born
  • Mawdesley is a past winner of the title “Best Kept Village in Lancashire”
  • Mawdesley has a small hall on the back road leading into the village. It was built by William Mawdesley in 1625.

We spoke to local resident Mark and asked them what they love about the area.

What do you really love about Mawdesley?

For us, living here is like stepping back in time. There are rural and country pubs, it ticks all the boxes for us.

What are your favourite streets and why?

It’s hard to choose as the whole village is quaint, tranquil, and friendly. Wherever you go there are scenes that wouldn’t be out of place pictured on a chocolate box or a Christmas card.

Where is the best place to go for a walk in the area?

The Moss is a great walk. There are varied routes taking you across the fields to neighbouring villages such as Croston or Rufford. It’s perfect for walking or cycling and you can make it as long or short as you like.

What is Mawdesley’s best-kept secret?

That would be telling…. Mawdesley is one of those places that keeps on revealing secrets no matter how long you’ve lived there.

Why should someone move to Mawdesley?

It offers the perfect way of life for anyone who likes a quieter relaxing lifestyle and likes to get outside in the fresh air.

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