Lea, Lancashire

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Coordinates: 53°46′16″N 2°48′11″W / 53.771°N 2.803°W / 53.771; -2.803

Savick Brook navigation weir; Ribble Link - geograph.org.uk - 949603.jpg
Navigation weir on Savick Brook
Lea is located in Lancashire
 Lea shown within Lancashire
Population 5,962 (2001)
OS grid reference SD4930
Civil parish Lea
District Preston
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PRESTON
Postcode district PR2, PR4
Dialling code 01772
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Fylde
List of places

Lea (/ˈl.ə/ LEE) and Cottam are villages in the City of Preston, Lancashire, England. Together they form the civil parish of Lea, which has a population of 5,962.[1]


The area is an electoral ward with Preston, represented by three councillors; the area is part of Fylde constituency.


Lea and Cottam form part of the Preston West division of Lancashire County Council, represented by one councillor.


The area is represented by Lea and Cottam Parish Council. Cottam is a former farming community now almost entirely consisting of new build housing.

Lea is also the name given to two areas of the western extremities of Preston; Lea Town (a village, despite its name) on the Fylde border, and the suburban sprawl of Lea along the Blackpool Road through the city.


From the last census, in 2001, over 83% of the population regarded themselves as Christian, whilst the figure of 11.5% for retired people is one of the highest in the city.


There are several churches in Lea including Lea Methodist and St. Christopher's. St. Christopher's is home to 2nd Lea Scout Group.


The area was served by Lea Road railway station between 1840 and 1938.