Withnell is a village in between Chorley and the village of Brinscall. It has a population of just under 3,600. It was originally called 'Withinhull', later appearing as 'Withinhulle', meaning 'a hill where willow trees grow'. Withnell borders the villages of Brinscall and Abbey Village which are part of the parish.

There are two churches, a salon, a pharmacy and a car sales garage.

There is one school, St Joseph’s Catholic School which has a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating.

The nature reserve is free to the public is spans 12 acres and hosts a large number of wildflowers, native trees and heathers.

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