Christ Church, Charnock Richard
|Population||1,748 (2011 Census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
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. The village is situated on the A49 road which leads from Preston to Wigan. The manor house Park Hall dates from the 10th century.
It was the home of Henry de Lea, who was beheaded with Adam Banastre on Leyland Moor in 1315, after the abortive Banastre Rebellion.
Charnock Richard Pasture is just off Freemans Lane, and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. 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.
Right next to the service station, stands the now derelict Camelot Theme Park, with the “Knightmare Roller Coaster” still visible from the motorway. The park closed in November 2012, due to a lack of visitors and financial problems. The site has become a famous spot to explore for “urban explorers”. Christ Church, a church of the Church of England, was built in 1860.
The village football club Charnock Richard FC plays at Mossie Close and currently competes in the North West Counties League. In June 2007, the club began work on re developing its ground to bring it up from West Lancashire League standards up to the higher 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. These improvements helped the club join the North West Counties League in 2016, from the West Lancashire League.
The club then saw success, progressing to the North West Counties Premier Division in 2017. This was due to them finishing second in the First Division, thus gaining promotion at the first time of asking.
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 July 2013, after being bought by sports tracksuit seller Dave Whelan.
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