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Clayton-le-Woods is located in Lancashire
 Clayton-le-Woods shown within Lancashire
Population 14,528 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SD560222
Civil parish Clayton-le-Woods
District Chorley
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PR5, PR6, PR25
Dialling code 01772, 01257
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Chorley
List of places

Coordinates: 53°41′50″N 2°39′37″W / 53.697116°N 2.660309°W / 53.697116; -2.660309

Clayton-le-Woods is a large affluent village and civil parish of the Borough of Chorley, in Lancashire, England. According to the United Kingdom Census 2001 it has a population of 14,528.[1]


Situated to the north of the town of Chorley, Clayton-le-Woods is only a few miles from the city of Preston and next door to the small towns of Leyland and Bamber Bridge. The villages of Whittle-le-Woods, Brindle and the new Buckshaw Village are also located next to Clayton-le-Woods.

The village is divided in two by Cuerden Valley Park and the River Lostock, the western part bordering Leyland and the eastern bordering Whittle-le-Woods. The village is close to different junctions of the motorway network, junctions 28 & 29 of the M6, junction 8 of the M61, and junction 2 of the M65. There's also a smaller area called Wood End, West of the village, close to Leyland. It was built between 1960's and 1980's.


The village has six primary schools in its vicinity. The primary schools are, Clayton-le-Woods CE, Lancaster Lane, Westwood, Clayton Brook, Manor Road and St Bedes RC. A library was built in the village in 1985, located in Clayton Green next to Cuerden Valley Park.[2]

There are a number of pubs, a large supermarket, a sports centre and two hotels all located within the village. The village is split into 5 areas; Cloverfield, Wood End, Leyland, Cuerden and Clayton Brook.

Charcoal burning is still being carried out by coppicing the woods, in the grounds of nearby Cuerden Hall.[3] There are also linen hand weaver's cottages which are located on Sheep Hill Lane[4]



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