Church Cottage Museum, Broughton
Broughton shown within Lancashire
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Broughton is a village and civil parish in the City of Preston, Lancashire, England, about 4 miles (6 km) north of Preston city centre. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,735. The parish is included in Preston Rural East ward of Preston city council, and the Preston Rural division of Lancashire County council.
The parish (historically also known as Broughton-in-Amounderness) was part of Preston Rural District throughout its existence from 1894 to 1974. In 1974 the parish became part of the Borough of Preston, which became a city in 2002.
There are 3 schools in Broughton: Broughton Pre-School was founded in 1968 and caters for children aged 2–8. Broughton Church of England Primary School is voluntary-aided and next to St John's Church. It was founded in 1590 and is the oldest primary school in the UK. The Church Cottage museum can be found in its grounds. Broughton High School caters for children aged 11–16 and is situated on Woodplumpton Lane.
Broughton and District Club
Situated on Whittingham Lane, the club has on-site, flood-lit facilities for tennis and bowls. The stage in the main hall is used by for performances by the Broughton Players. The club hall also hosts parish council meetings.
There is evidence that the village has been home to a football club since the early 1900s. However the current club, Broughton Amateurs AFC, was formed in 1947 and they now play in the Mid-Lancashire Football League. During their 'glory years' of the late 1970s through the 1980s they were managed by ex-Preston North End & Birmingham City striker Eddy Brown. For more information view the Club's own website .
The Parish Church of St John Baptist is the centre of a large and busy Anglican community, with two satellite worship centres and a parish hall in Fulwood. The current vicar is Rev. Sidney Fox.
The church choir of approximately 30 men and 30 boys is directed by John Catterall MBE. They sing at two Sunday services and on other occasions, except when on their annual tours to France and the Isle of Man.
The church steeple dates from 1533 and is the oldest working building in Preston. It is currently undergoing restoration. The nave was replaced in 1826, while the choir was added in 1906. There is evidence of a church having been on the site before the sixteenth century, and the font is thought to be Saxon.
The civil parish also contains the Roman Catholic Church of St Mary's, Fernyhalgh.
Broughton telephone exchange was the UK's first Crossbar exchange. The current exchange building, which was extended at the front in the 1980s, was built for a field trial of Plessey's new 5005A crossbar exchange in 1964 replacing Broughton's manual exchange. The village was chosen due to its relative proximity to the Plessey factory and research centre at Edge Lane Liverpool.
Broughton has several unique claims. The Broughton C of E primary school is the oldest in the country, being built in 1590 and it is the only parish in the UK to have a fire, police and ambulance headquarters within its own boundaries.
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Preston Retrieved 26 July 2010
- Preston RD, Vision of Britain, accessed 9 June 2014
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