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The Plough Inn, Grimsargh - - 466797.jpg
The Plough
Grimsargh is located in the City of Preston district
Shown within the City of Preston district
Grimsargh is located in Lancashire
Grimsargh shown within Lancashire
Population2,653 (2011)
OS grid referenceSD585345
Civil parish
  • Grimsargh
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPRESTON
Postcode districtPR2
Dialling code01772
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
53°48′18″N 2°37′52″W / 53.805°N 2.631°W / 53.805; -2.631Coordinates: 53°48′18″N 2°37′52″W / 53.805°N 2.631°W / 53.805; -2.631

Grimsargh is a village and civil parish in the City of Preston, Lancashire, England. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 2,164, increasing to 2,653 at the 2011 census.[1] The parish is part of the electoral ward of Preston Rural East.


The village lies between Preston and Longridge, and south of Goosnargh. Notable features include St. Michael's Parish Church (CE) and a large parkland area to the west of the village. Several large reservoirs can be found to the east and these were previously used extensively by local anglers. Savick Brook flows just north of the village. The village is also along the route of the Ribble Way.


The village has one public house, The Plough, situated in the village centre. The pub has won several county-wide awards for its food and service but has since changed owners. There is also a private members social club in the village.

Grimsargh was once a stop on the now dismantled Preston to Longridge railway line. A junction and platform to the north east of the station allowed passengers to board trains to the nearby Whittingham Hospital via the private Whittingham Hospital Railway.


The parish was formed on 1 April 1934 from the merger of the parish of Elston with half of the parish of Grimsargh-with-Brockholes, both of which were formed in 1866.[2][3] The parish was part of Preston Rural District until its abolition in 1974,[4] and in turn part of the much larger Amounderness hundred, in which Preston was also included. In 1974 the parish became part of the Borough of Preston, which became a city in 2002.

Oliver Cromwell's Roundhead army came through Grimsargh en route to what is now Walton-le-Dale in Preston, on what became known as the Battle of Preston on 17 August 1648.

The name Grimsargh is said to derive from an Old Norse name Grímr with Norse erg. One reference lists it as coming from the Domesday Book's Grimesarge, "at the temple of Grimr" (a name for Odin).[5]


Grimsargh now contains a bowls club, cricket club and pavilion. The cricket club has 5 senior teams. 1 playing on Wednesdays in the Boddington's Village Cricket League. 3 playing on Saturdays in the Moore & Smalley Palace Shield league structure (Divisions 3,4 & 6), and also a Sunday XI playing in the Moore & Smalley Palace Shield Sunday League. Training is held on Tuesdays at the club's home ground on the village green, and the club welcomes new players of all abilities and ages. Grimsargh St. Michael's Church, St. Michael's Primary School and pre-school are all located near the village hall.

Grimsargh Village Hall is a popular and thriving venue for public activities and private events, run by the Grimsargh Village Community Association. The hall also hosts the monthly Grimsargh Farmers' Market which is a well-established and popular market offering a wide range of local produce and crafts.

Grimsargh also has an active parish council, with nine councillors and a clerk.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  2. ^ Grimsargh With Brockholes Ch/CP/Hmlt, Vision of Britain, accessed 9 June 2014
  3. ^ Elston CP/Tn, Vision of Britain, accessed 9 June 2014
  4. ^ Preston RD, Vision of Britain, accessed 9 June 2014
  5. ^ Taylor, Isaac (1896). Names and Their Histories: Alphabetically Arranged as a Handbook of Historical Geography and Topographical Nomenclature. London: Rivington, Percival & Co. p. 390.

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