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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
Cuerden shown 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
EU ParliamentNorth West England
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 700 persons 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 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 2011-04-30
  3. ^ Workhouse,, archived from the original on 5 June 2011, retrieved 2011-04-30
  4. ^ Cuerden Township Boundaries, GenUKI, retrieved 2011-05-01

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