Walmer Bridge

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Coordinates: 53°42′44″N 2°47′23″W / 53.712360°N 2.789645°W / 53.712360; -2.789645

Walmer Bridge
Walmer Bridge Methodist church - geograph.org.uk - 158090.jpg
Methodist Church (demolished in 2011)
Walmer Bridge is located in Lancashire
Walmer Bridge
Walmer Bridge
 Walmer Bridge shown within Lancashire
Population 1,815 [1](Little Hoole parish, 2001)
OS grid reference SD4797924283
Civil parish Little Hoole
District South Ribble
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PRESTON
Postcode district PR4
Dialling code 01772
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament South Ribble
List of places
UK
England
Lancashire

Walmer Bridge is a small village in Lancashire, England. Surrounding villages are Much Hoole and Longton.

History[edit]

Walmer Bridge is first recorded in 1251 in the chartulary of Cockersand Abbey as Waldemurebruge.

Walmer Bridge was once home to a large working mill which was working during the early 1900s. The factory closed in 1931 due to lack of funds. Three decades later, it was controlled demolition, in 1979. It is now a sheltered housing estate called Old Mill Court.

The West Lancashire Railway used to run through some parts of the village. Little Hoole Primary School is situated on Dob Lane, however it used to be located on the corner of School Street where it was opened in the 1930s.

The Wilkins brothers, W & R Wilkins, owners of the malting down Marsh Lane in Longton, originally owned the Walmer Bridge Inn and the Longton Arms. Being a wealthy family, the Wilkins opened the new Methodist chapel in 1894, situated next to the modern day Spar shop.[2] The chapel was knocked down in 2011 in favour of space for new retail outlets.

Industry[edit]

The local businesses are small compared to that of surrounding villages, although the village does occupy: a ladies lingerie factory, mushroom, dairy and poultry farms, two motor service stations, a dressed poultry factory, a cellophane and polypropylene packaging firm and a luxury car distributor. There is a local ambulance station and a post office.

Village Hall[edit]

The village hall serves as a community hall. It has had an unfortunate past, including a fire that took place when propane canisters accidentally ignited, causing a lot of damage.

It stands today as a brick building on Gill Lane. The fields at the back of the hall continue on over a small brook (part of the River Douglas) through to Dob Lane.

Geography[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Walmer Bridge at Wikimedia Commons