Charnock Richard

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Charnock Richard
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Christ Church, Charnock Richard
Charnock Richard is located in Lancashire
Charnock Richard
Charnock Richard
Charnock Richard shown within Lancashire
Population 1,748 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SD555155
Civil parish
  • Charnock Richard
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CHORLEY
Postcode district PR7
Dialling code 01257
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
LancashireCoordinates: 53°38′02″N 2°40′26″W / 53.634°N 2.674°W / 53.634; -2.674

Charnock Richard is a small village and civil parish in the borough of Chorley, Lancashire, in England. The population of the civil parish taken at the 2011 census was 1,748.[1]


The village was named in the early 13th century by the local landowner, who gave the township his first name of Richard, to distinguish it from neighbouring Heath Charnock[citation needed]. The village is situated on the A49 road which leads from Preston to Wigan.

The manor house Park Hall dates from the 10th century.[2][3] It was the home of Henry de Lea, who was beheaded with Adam Banastre on Leyland Moor in 1315 after the abortive Banastre Rebellion.

Local amenities[edit]

Charnock Richard Pasture is just off Freemans Lane, and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.[4]

Charnock Richard services probably the area's most famous landmark, is a motorway service station, between junctions 27 and 28 of the M6 motorway. It was the first service station on the M6 motorway when it opened in 1963 and is operated by Welcome Break.[5][6]

Christ Church, a Church of England church, was built in 1860.[7]


The village football club Charnock Richard FC plays at Mossie Close and currently competes in the West Lancashire League. In June 2007 the club began work on re-developing its ground to bring it up to the standard required for the North West Counties League and for the higher Northern Premier League. The first phase included a new pitch, largely enclosed with a spectators' stand, at a cost of about £60,000; the second phase will include new changing rooms and ultimately the ground will have a capacity of between 400 and 500.[8]

Charnock Richard Golf Club, which opened in 1994, is a parkland golf course on the main A49 Preston Road and is set in 140 acres (0.57 km2). It closed in 2013 after being bought by sports tracksuit seller Dave Whelan.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Charnock Richard". Chorley Council. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  3. ^ "Parish Council Details: Charnock Richard Parish Council". Lancashire Parish Portal. 2008. Archived from the original on 28 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  4. ^ "SSSI unit information: Charnock Richard Pasture - Unit 1". English Nature. 2002. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  5. ^ "Charnock Richard Services". msatrivia. Archived from the original on 18 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  6. ^ "Services List: Charnock Richard information". motorwayservicesonline. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  7. ^ "Christ Church, Charnock Richard - Church of England". GENUKI. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  8. ^ "Charnocks £120,000 grounds revamp starts". Lancashire Evening Post. 2007-06-14. Retrieved 2007-09-07. [dead link]

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