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The Plough Inn, Grimsargh - - 466797.jpg
The Plough in 2007
Grimsargh is located in the City of Preston district
Shown within the City of Preston district
Grimsargh is located in Lancashire
Location within Lancashire
Population2,653 (2011)
OS grid referenceSD585345
Civil parish
  • Grimsargh
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPRESTON
Postcode districtPR2
Dialling code01772
AmbulanceNorth West
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. located 5.7 miles (9 km) east of Preston.


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).[1]

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.

In 1868 by E. G. Paley was contracted to rebuilt the nave and added a tower to an existing chapel in the village. Known today as St Michael's Church it is in sandstone with slate roofs, and consists of a nave, a north aisle, a chancel, a northeast vestry, and a west tower. The tower is in three stages, and has a southeast stair turret, angle buttresses, an embattled parapet, and a pyramidal roof.[2][3]

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.[4][5] The parish was part of Preston Rural District until its abolition in 1974,[6] 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.



The village was once served by Grimsargh railway station on the now dismantled Preston to Longridge railway line. The station closed to passengers in May 1930, before being closed completely in 1967.[7] 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, which closed in 1957.


The village is served by #1 operated by stagecoach with frequent services to Preston and longridge. #99 & #842 also serve the village, but only operate a limited service.


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.


According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 2,164, increasing to 2,653 at the 2011 census.[8]


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.


The Village is part of the constituency of Wyre and Preston North. Prior to 2010 the village of Grimsargh was part of the Lancaster and Wyre constituency represented first by Hilton Dawson, a Labour Party MP And from 2005 Ben Wallace Conservative MP. As a result of boundary revisions for the 2010 general election the Lancaster and Wyre constituency was abolished, being merged with the another part of Wyre borough, over the River Wyre to the fishing port of Fleetwood, the western parts of the former Blackpool North and Fleetwood constituency, which was also abolished, to form the new Wyre and Preston North constituency which is represented by the Conservative MP Ben Wallace.

For elections to Lancashire County Council the village of Grimsargh is within the Preston district and is represented by County Councillor Yousuf Motala

The parish is part of the electoral ward of Preston Rural East, which returns two councillors (both currently Conservative. Unlike many other districts of Preston, the ward of Preston Rural East is parished, in that it has within it parish councils with their own structure and elected councillors. The parishes within Preston Rural East are along with Grimsargh, Haighton, and Broughton-in-Amounderness. Grimsargh has an active parish council, with nine councillors and a clerk.

Religious Sites[edit]

St Michael's Church 2009

The Village has one Church

  • St Michael's Church - Church of England - Preston Road


The village lies between Preston and Longridge, and south east 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.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Taylor, Isaac (1896). Names and Their Histories: Alphabetically Arranged as a Handbook of Historical Geography and Topographical Nomenclature. London: Rivington, Percival & Co. pp. 390.
  2. ^ Hartwell & Pevsner (2009), pp. 314–315
  3. ^ Historic England & 1361661
  4. ^ Grimsargh With Brockholes Ch/CP/Hmlt, Vision of Britain, accessed 9 June 2014
  5. ^ Elston CP/Tn, Vision of Britain, accessed 9 June 2014
  6. ^ Preston RD, Vision of Britain, accessed 9 June 2014
  7. ^ Suggitt, pp.52, 53, & 57
  8. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Grimsargh Parish (E04005237)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 May 2019.

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