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Clayton Brook shown within Lancashire
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|Postcode district||PR5 / PR6|
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Clayton Brook is a large residential estate in Lancashire, between the city of Preston and the town of Chorley. It forms part of the Clayton-le-Woods civil parish, and is in the Clayton-le-Woods North ward of the borough of Chorley. Lying next to the industrial estate of Walton Summit, one-time terminus of a branch of the Lancaster Canal, it also neighbours Clayton Green, Hoghton and Brindle, and is not far from the small town of Bamber Bridge. Clayton Brook Village as it is often termed, is bounded by the A6 road and the M61 and M65 motorways, and is conveniently near the M6 motorway.
The highest land point of the Clayton Brook estate found in the playing fields between Woodfield, Croft Meadow and Carr Barn Brow is the previous summit site of the now defunct Walton Summit stretch of the Lancaster Canal. The canal summit was once linked to the Preston terminus of the said canal via the Lancaster Canal Tramroad. The demise of this stretch was brought on by the onset of the M61 that now runs alongside Clayton Brook at its eastern edge.
Reminders of the areas navigable past remain however, with the nearby Tramway Lane linking the estate to junction 2 of the M65 and 9 of the M61. Bridge 10 of the canal stretch also remains, albeit ruined and amongst overgrowth, It ran up behind Woodfield where skate board hill is now, that was the tramway with the terminus at the top near Carr Barn brow where now stand Briary Court, in nearby farmland across the motorway from the summit. The whole area was once owned by Houghton Tower which was the main hall that owned all the land around Clayton brook and Chorley and some of South Ribble.
Clayton Brook is was built in the In the Late 70's early 80's by Central Town Development and they brought people from all over england to work on Walton Summit which is an industrial estate then it got affected by the recession in the late 80's early 90's. Then in 2011 everything changed and it started to turn around and is Now known: as the Best example of Asset Based Community Development there is ....
It has also set a precedent for many other areas and fields to follow ;how a community can come out the dark into the light and turn completely around.
May 2013 was when the Clayton Brook Pub started to be knocked down from the picture you can see the change it made to the Village. Also in 2013 Clayton Brook/Community House won Community Futures for being the best self developed Community out of 39 Organization
in the Central Lancashire Area (we come 1st). History of Clayton Brook Changed forever.
There is a good mix of residential properties. Approximately half the 4,000 plus properties are rented, with the landlord now being the housing association group Places for People. Clayton Brook was originally built in the late 1970s and early 1980s. There has also been recent developments on the estate including 'Radburn Park' on Sandy Lane which contains a number of terraced association houses as well as a development of brand new Two, Three, Four and Five bedroom houses in the vicinity.
It hosts several primary schools, including Clayton-Brook Primary School, Westwood primary School and St Bede's Primary School. Although Westwood Primary School and St Bede's actually fall under Clayton Le Woods.
There are three churches in the parish of Clayton Brook, one being Clayton Brook Community Church across from the village Centre. The other being St beds and St John the Evangelist in Whittle-Le-Woods, The village Centre is only 10 minutes walk from the large Asda supermarket in Clayton Green. The local wildlife preserve is Cuerden Valley Park (the grounds of Cuerden Hall) - and there are several public footpaths within the vicinity taking walkers to a variety of green destinations. Other good walks are to the Quarry Denham Hills, Also not far from Top Lock on of the main locks of the Leeds and Liverpool canal.
It also hosts the 1st Clayton Brook Scouts in Clayton Brook Community House,Clubs, Beavers in the Clayton Brook Village Hall.
- H. Potter, The Last Boat to Walton Summit, Pp. 96-98 (Lancashire Canal Trust, 2008) 
- Places for People, Chorley Borough Council
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