Lostock Hall

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Coordinates: 53°43′30″N 2°41′17″W / 53.725°N 2.688°W / 53.725; -2.688

Lostock Hall
Lostock Hall is located in Lancashire
Lostock Hall
Lostock Hall
 Lostock Hall shown within Lancashire
Population 3,948 [1]
OS grid reference SD546257
    - London  188 mi (303 km) SE 
District South Ribble
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PRESTON
Postcode district PR5
Dialling code 01772
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Ribble Valley
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Lancashire

Lostock Hall /ˌlɒstɒk ˈhɔːl/ is a suburban village within the South Ribble borough of Lancashire, England. It is located on the south side of the River Ribble, some 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Preston and 2.5 miles (4 km) north of Leyland. It is bordered on its southeastern side by the interchange for the M6, M61 and M65 motorways. At the time of the United Kingdom Census 2001, the central Lostock Hall area had a population of 3,948.[1]

Lostock Hall traces its origins to James de Lostock who in 1212 built Lostock's Hall in the then rural area of Cuerden Green in the township of Walton-le-Dale. A settlement expanded outwards from Lostock's Hall, taking its name from the Hall. The former separate community of Tardy Gate is now for all intents and purposes a part of Lostock Hall - it used to be the farming community linking one part of rural Lancashire to another.[2]

History[edit]

Early History[edit]

The estate of Lostock's Hall in the rural area of Cuerden Green was built by James de Lostock.[3] The grounds which surrounded Lostock's Hall got renamed as Lostock Hall, after the death of James by his daughter Magote.[2]

In 1662 Andrew Dandy paid a rent of 12d to the lord of Clitheroe for his lands called Lostock, and in 1666 William Dandy paid tax upon three hearths here. He died in 1676. Andrew Dandy and William, his son, were out-burgesses at Preston guild in 1682. To this day, a small section of the River Lostock, is known by locals as “Dandy Brook”, in honour of the Dandys.[2]

Lostock's Hall was destroyed by a fire. Some of the main brick work not affected by the fire were reused in 1764, to form structure of a new building on the original site, as part of a regeneration project by William Clayton Esq. William's son, George Clayton inherited the hall following the death of William Clayton. George went on to living in the hall for many years with his wife Dolly, until he died in 1829, at the age of 86. George's second son, William became the new inheritor of the property, until he relocated to the South of England in the late 1840s. The trend of inheriting the hall continued for many years through such owners as Robert Orrell Esq. (cotton spinner and manufacturer, Cuerden Mills) 1847-61; John Bashall Esq. (cotton manufacturer, Lostock Hall), 1861–71 and Robert Jackson 1871-81.[3]

Modern History[edit]

The trend of inheriting the hall ceased, when the founders of the a cotton thread works, purchased the property in the early 1880s by Harry Dewhurt; who remained living there until 1918, when he relocated to Cheshire after World War I and gave the Hall and its 6 ½ acres of grounds, to the Preston Royal Infirmary so that it could be used as a continuation hospital. Alteration work began, and by June 1922, the Lostock Hall Continuation Hospital formally opened its doors for women and children, continuing to do so until 1982, when the Lancashire Area Health Authority ceased to exist, and forced the hospital to closed down.[3]

During the final months of the hospital's existence, a group of Trustees had established St. Catherine's Hospice (Lancashire) Limited, in the Lancashire area, and were looking for a building to serve as a hospice base for people in the Preston, Chorley, and South Ribble Boroughs. The lands and building of the Lostock Hall Continuation Hospital were purchased, as this was positioned geographically central to all three Boroughs. The building was renovated, and the first service at the Hospice started in 1984. The first Day Care service took place on 29 April 1985.[3]

Ward Street bombings[edit]

Lostock Hall fell victim to bomb attacks during the Second World War. The most serious of these attacks to effect the village was when the Leyland Motors factory in Leyland came under attack by a single bomber on 27 October 1940. Although fire from army gunners drove the bomber from his target, three bombs were dropped in the vicinity. Many terraced homes were destroyed and 27 people died.[4] After the war a dance-hall was built on the site, subsequently used industrially by the Bacup Shoe Factory. After the shoe factory's closure in 1982, Calvary Christian Fellowship bought and developed the building and established a centre of worship and community activity.[5]

Governance[edit]

Lostock Hall was split between two parliamentary constituencies - Preston and South Ribble. Following the latest boundary changes, the village now under an extended Ribble Valley constituency. Any main issues surrounding Lostock Hall are still governed by South Ribble district council.[6] Following the local council elections in June 2009, South Ribble district council (which Lostock Hall is a part of) came into leadership of Councillors Mrs. Kath Beattie and Mr. Donald Parkinson, both of the Conservative Party.[7] However, the main Ribble Valley Constituency, parliament member is Mr. Nigel Evans, also of the Conservative Party.[8]

Like any other district area, South Ribble (including its ward of Lostock Hall), has a local mayor and mayoress, who is known as the first citizen of the borough and has precedence within the borough boundaries over all except royalty and the Lord Lieutenant. The South Ribble mayor and mayoress for 2011/2012 are Councillor Jim Marsh and his wife, Mayoress Susan Marsh.[9]

Geography[edit]

Lostock Hall's main road to the north, Leyland Road leads to the district of Penwortham in the north-west, and onto the City of Preston in the north, this boundary being on the junction between B5254 (Leyland Road) and Flag Lane. To the north-east is the residential estate of Walton Park which leads onto the rural village of Walton-le-Dale, with this boundary being the old railway bridge on Wateringpool Lane (just after the gas works). The main road to the east, Brownedge Road, links it to Bamber Bridge, the boundary between the two is the 'Old Railway Bridge' situated on the B5257 (Brownedge Lane). The roundabout junction of B5254 (Watkin Lane) and A582 (Lostock Lane - eastbound), in the south-east, is the boundary which separates Lostock Hall and Cuerden.[1]

Demography[edit]

According to the Office for National Statistics, at the time of the United Kingdom Census 2001, Lostock Hall had a population of 3,948, with 1,959 being males, and 1,989 being females. The 2001 population density for inhabitants per square mile (2,065 /km²) was unknown. Lostock Hall's 1,675 households owner occupied statistics, 30.57% owned the house outright, 55.4% owned their houses with a mortgage or loan, 0.9% shared ownership, 0.78% rented from council (local authority), 7.16% rented from housing associations/registered social landlords, 3.7% rented from private landlord or letting agencies, and 1.49% rented from another source.[10]

Population change[edit]

Population growth in Lostock Hall since 1891
Year 1891 1901 1911 1921 1931 1939 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001 2011
Population 3,772 3,827 3,859 3,874 3,877 3,877 3,896 3,903 3,928 3,936 3,935 3,948 TBA
 % per year - 1.43% 0.84% 0.39% 0.09% 0.00% 0.48% 0.18% 0.64% 0.20% -0.01% 0.32% TBA
Source: Lancashire County Council, South Ribble Records[11]

The next census is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 27 March 2011.[12]

Economy[edit]

Tardy Gate Mill c. 1920

Industrial mills[edit]

Tardy Gate Mill on Coote Lane was built in 1908 by the Tardy Gate Manufacturing Company it was bought out and greatly expanded by Thomas Moss & Sons in 1920 and produced calico and linen until its demise in the late 1970s. The mill also owned the local cricket pitch and sponsored the cricket team. There was also a Ladies' hockey team for many years that was originally made up mainly of workers from the weaving sheds and offices. The mill and a moderately large railway repair depot are now gone, with most inhabitants commuting to work, mainly in Preston. Tardy Gate Mill was then bought by Mr & Mrs Todd, and now houses Todds Motorhomes & camping accessory shop, a snooker hall, a printing business, a car repair garage, and many other small businesses.[13]

Modern day industries[edit]

Lostock Hall in the modern era is slowly developing itself, with many small businesses, shops, public houses, take-away facilities, and restaurants, providing a variety of goods, amenities, and meeting places, for the locals and travellers alike. The public houses in Lostock Hall are The Anchor Inn, The Pleasant Retreat Inn, The Tardy Gate, and The Victoria. There are also a number of social clubs that serve alcohol: Lostock Hall Conservative Club, Our Lady & St Gerrard's Catholic Club and The Royal British Legion. The Lostock Hall Labour Club, used to operate as a social club until it was demolished to provide extra parking space for the nearby caravan business. The village of Lostock Hall has rapidly gained numerous take-away and restaurants over the years; with a selection of American, Chinese, English, Indian, Italian, and Turkish cuisines.[citation needed]

Culture and community[edit]

Memorial Band[edit]

After the War Memorial Project, which erected a large memorial cenotaph in Lostock Hall, enough funds remained unused to launch the Lostock Hall Memorial Brass Band, though it took an additional donation of £100 for the band then known as "Four Lane Ends Band" to acquire instruments. During the early years, the band played for a number of local carnivals and church processions. The band started to grow in capacity, as more and more players from other local bands started to join. The band's solo euphonium, Ron Heyes, took over as conductor for the brass band in 1963, and took the band to many contests before his 1998 retirement as Musical Director, although he did take up the baton again from 2004 to 2006. Although at first the band did not show well, gradually it began to improve. Following subscription of many young players from local schools and colleges, the band qualified for the 1984 National Brass Band Finals at London's Royal Albert Hall. Out of the 16 bands that participated in the finals, the Lostock Hall Memorial Band managed to finish a respectable 7th place. This was to be followed with more final qualifications in 1995 and 2006. Several of the band players have moved onto other areas over the years, with some pursuing their musical careers by joining the HM Forces. 2008 represented a special year for the band as they celebrated their Diamond Jubilee, and also were crowned the 4th section National Champions at the Finals in Harrogate, playing Peter Yorke's "The Shipbuilders" under their current conductor, John Wood. The band have recently relaunched their website, www.lostockhallband.com.[14][15]

Lostock Hall Carnival[edit]

Lostock Hall's annual carnival is held on the first Saturday in July. It consists of a parade of floats and people, which travel around a designated route, collecting money for local charities. There is a fête on the main grass field area of Lostock Hall (situated at the back of the main shops on Hope Terrace). Many locals from Lostock Hall, and surrounding towns and villages, decorate floats and themselves to a theme which is selected months in advance by the Lostock Hall Carnival Committee. After the main procession, people congregate on the nearby field, where there are a wide selection of stalls, fairground rides, and an arena which shows a variety of dance exhibitions, and a ceremony for the best-dressed float. The carnival Queen and Princess also sit in a special VIP area and watch the entertainment in the arena.[16]

Education[edit]

Schools[edit]

There are four schools in Lostock Hall. Lostock Hall Academy, located on Todd Lane North, is the local secondary school.[17] Lostock Hall Community Primary School is situated on Linden Drive, and covers Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum.[18] Our Lady And St Gerard's Roman Catholic Primary School is situated on Lourdes Avenue, and covers curriculum for Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Moor Hey School is a special school.[19]

Library[edit]

During the late 1950's and early 1960's, plans were made to create a purpose built library facility in Lostock Hall. Construction took place between 1961 and 1962, and Lostock Hall Library was officially opened by Sir Harry Pilkington on 28 January 1963. The original library consisted of two buildings, which were divided by a central garden area. The central garden area later became roofed in the 1980s to provide a much larger reference library area, with the original reference area being converted into a private office area for the staff to use. A few years passed, and the building came across a few subsidence problems, which were rectified by 1999 when work began on new foundations to cure this problem.[20]

Transport[edit]

Trains[edit]

Lostock Hall maintains a railway station. The East Lancashire Line on which the station stands is frequently used by railway companies as a bypass for the main West Coast Main Line when that is being closed for engineering works, as it links with the Settle-Carlisle Line. For this reason, excursions frequently travel through the station, attracting railway enthusiasts to the many ideal viewing places.[21] Lostock Hall Locomotive Shed was one of the final steam sheds housing and servicing steam locomotives up to the end of the steam era in Britain in August 1968.

Buses[edit]

Several bus services operate through Lostock Hall, providing good services for commuters travelling to nearby towns and villages, as well as to the City of Preston.[22]

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Farrerr, William; Brownbill, J., eds. (1911). "Townships: Walton-le-Dale". A History of the County of Lancaster 6. pp. 289–300. 

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  3. ^ a b c d "St Catherine's Hospice - History of the Hall". St. catherine's Hospice. 
  4. ^ "Remembering when the bombs dropped". South Ribble Borough Council: Forward. 
  5. ^ "History of our building". Calvary Christian Fellowship. Retrieved 2011-06-26. 
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  11. ^ "Lostock Hall Area 1891 - 2001 Census". Lancashire County Council. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  12. ^ "2011 UK Census Day". 2011 Census. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  13. ^ "Tardy Gate Manufacturing Company, Lostock Hall". geograph.org.uk. 
  14. ^ "Lostock Hall Memorial Brass Band". Lostock Hall Memorial Brass Band. 
  15. ^ "Lostock Hall Memorial Brass Band". Lostock Hall Memorial Brass Band History. 
  16. ^ "Lostock Hall Carnival". Calvary Christian Fellowship. 
  17. ^ "Lostock Hall Community High School & Arts College Home Page". Lostock Hall Community High School and Arts College. 
  18. ^ "Lostock Hall Community Primary School Home Page". Lostock Hall Community Primary School. 
  19. ^ "Edubase". Department for Education. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  20. ^ "Lostock Hall Public Library". Lostock Hall Library. 
  21. ^ "Station facilities: Lostock Hall (LOH)". National Rail Enquiries. 
  22. ^ "Bus Services in Lancashire" (PDF). Transport for Lancashire. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 

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