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Cuerden Hall 30-06-2009.JPG
Cuerden Hall
Cuerden is located in the Borough of Chorley
Shown within Chorley Borough
Cuerden is located in Lancashire
Location within Lancashire
Population77 (2001)
OS grid referenceSD565235
Civil parish
  • Cuerden
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPRESTON
Postcode districtPR5
Post townLEYLAND
Postcode districtPR25
Dialling code01772
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°42′22″N 2°39′36″W / 53.706°N 2.660°W / 53.706; -2.660Coordinates: 53°42′22″N 2°39′36″W / 53.706°N 2.660°W / 53.706; -2.660

Cuerden is a village and civil parish of the Borough of Chorley, in Lancashire, England. It is situated between Bamber Bridge and Leyland, and had a population of 77 in 2001.[1]


The name speculatively derives from the Welsh cerdin, the plural of cerdinen, "rowan", although the nearby Cuerdale derives from an Anglo-Saxon personal name. It could also be a derivation of 'coeur de lion' or Lionheart. The manor was given to Vivian Molyneux by Roger de Poitou and devolved to the Banastres, Charnocks, Langtons, and Fleetwoods.[2]

The manor house, Cuerden Hall, is a country house begun in the 1717 on the site of a 17th-century house, and extended between 1816-19 by Lewis Wyatt. During the Industrial Revolution, two cotton mills were built by the river by William Clayton and William Eccles, and employed more than seven hundred people in 1848.[2]

St Saviour's Church was built in 1836–37, to a design by the architect Edmund Sharpe.


Cuerden was a township in the ancient ecclesiastical parish of Leyland and the Leyland hundred.[2] It became part of the Chorley Poor Law Union, formed in 1837, which took responsibility for the administration and funding of the Poor Law and built a workhouse in that area.[3]


Cuerden covered 800 acres about 4½ miles south east of Preston on the River Lostock on the road between Preston and Wigan.[2][4] Cuerden Valley Park, south of the M6 and M65 junction, covers 650 acres, half of which is used for agriculture. The park has a lake and was once the estate of Cuerden Hall.

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  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Chorley Archived 12 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 6 February 2010
  2. ^ a b c d Lewis, Samuel (1848), "Cuerden", A Topographical Dictionary of England, British History Online, pp. 746–751, retrieved 30 April 2011
  3. ^ Workhouse,, archived from the original on 5 June 2011, retrieved 2011-04-30
  4. ^ Cuerden Township Boundaries, GenUKI, retrieved 1 May 2011

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