Chorley is a popular and historical Lancashire market town, with its wealth coming primarily from the cotton industry. Residents  of Chorley can enjoy easy access to Preston, Manchester, Wigan, and Southport. The M61 and M6 motorways are just minutes from the centre and the historic Roman A6 road running through the middle. This is a thriving market town with a population of approximately 34,000.

There is a bus station and a railway station in Chorley centre, used by the Trans Pennine Express and the Northern Manchester to Preston Line.

Chorley town centre is the main location of a variety of independent shops and well-known national stores, Indeed there’s a Booths supermarket, Asda and Morrisons also situated in the town centre.


Chorley’s Flat Iron Market has been established for hundreds of years and takes place every Tuesday with a wide range of market stalls and remains at the heart of the town. There are plans underway to extend the market and to boost other shopping facilities to include a cinema complex, new retailers, and restaurants.

A popular destination is the Leeds and Liverpool Canal that runs parallel to Chorley with several locks and marinas located throughout the Chorley area.

Chorley is located at the foot of the West Pennine Moors and is overlooked by Rivington Pike, a beautiful landmark, and a popular place to visit for walkers and bikers alike.

There are numerous primary schools in Chorley. Both council and church are supported and five high schools, with Runshaw College being the local further education facility.

Chorley is home to the semi-professional football team, Chorley F.C. and boasts several cricket clubs.


Chorley first appears in historical records in the mid thirteenth century as part of the portion of the Croston Lordship acquired by William de Ferrers, Earl of Derby, around 1250. The Earl established Chorley as a small borough comprising a two-row settlement arranged along what later became Market Street.


Interesting Facts

  • Chorley is the home of the Chorley cake.
  • A market has been held every Tuesday in Chorley, since 1498.
  • Chorley played an important role during the Second World War. Indeed, it was home to the Royal Ordnance Factory, a large munitions manufacturer in the adjacent village of Euxton.
  • In the 1970s, Chorley was set to be part of the ‘Central Lancashire New Town’, with Preston and Leyland. The aim was to combine the three towns into one single city with a population of around half a million, however the project was abandoned.
  • Chorley 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.


If you’re from Chorley…

1) ‘Where are you from?’

You know that Chorley is a little town up t’North,  so you assume when you go abroad that nobody has heard of it.  So when you’re asked ‘where are you from?’, you answer with ‘near Manchester’,  However, if you ever have mentioned the name Chorley, you’ll have more than likely have heard the two words… ‘Chorley FM?!’

2) Chorley Market

You know to avoid visiting the town centre on a Tuesday!  Grandmas are on a mission to get their shopping done at the market.

3) Beltin’ nightlife

You complain about the nightlife yet you will always return and you know there’s a 95% chance that you’ll end up in AJs.  The question is Nile kebab or McDonalds’ nuggets?

4) Camelot

If you’re under the age of 30, you’ll have enjoyed many school trips to Camelot Theme Park and now it’s closed down, you’ve realised that your childhood is well and truly over.

5) Award winning pies

One of your hardest life choices is choosing between Greggs, Bowens or Greenhalghs?!

6) It’s haunted

You’ve been told stories about how Astley Hall is haunted.  You laughed it off but when you went to visit it as a child, you were actually slightly terrified.

7) Great shopping

The town centre is a great place for shopping… if all you need is a mobile phone or an e-cigarette!

8) Puddletown Pirates

This was only the one place to hold a party when you were a child, but… were you brave enough to climb up into the skull?!

9) Lovely scenery

You realise how lucky you are to have Rivington on your doorstep and it’s tradition to walk up to t’Pike on Good Friday!

10) Grammar is bob on!

You overuse pronouns without even thinking about it (‘I like that, me’) and people become possessions (‘our Bob’s coming toneet!’)

11) Posh shoppers

As a school kid you were too embarrassed to shop at Netto, or you’d risk it and swap your groceries into a Tesco bag in case anybody saw you.  However, now thinking back, you’ve realised what a little snob you were and actually wish it was back because, let’s face it, you’re not posh enough to shop at Booths.

12) Chorley Then and Now

Chorley is also home to the most opinionated people!  You know Chorley Then and Now is the place to go to express your thoughts about things you feel strongly about like Joe Bloggs not picking up his dog’s poop.

13) Fredericks Ice Cream

You know there’s only one place to go for ice cream in Chorley.  Although, you also know that if the temperate is over 10 degrees, the queue will be a mile long!  

14) Chippy Tea

It’s the law to have a chippy tea on a Friday!

15) Friendly folk

You complain about it but you know  it’s home and even though it’s been voted the ‘unhappiest place to live’, there’s no other people quite like the people of Chorley.  And with things like Chorley cake and people like Bradley Wiggins putting the little town on the map… what’s there to complain about?!