Howick Cross

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Howick Cross
Howick Park Drive, Howick Cross - - 669729.jpg
Howick Park Drive, Howick Cross
Howick Cross is located in the Borough of South Ribble
Howick Cross
Howick Cross
Shown within South Ribble
Howick Cross is located in Lancashire
Howick Cross
Howick Cross
Location within Lancashire
Population354 (2001 Census)
OS grid referenceSD506276
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPRESTON
Postcode districtPR1
Dialling code01772
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°44′35″N 2°44′56″W / 53.743°N 2.749°W / 53.743; -2.749Coordinates: 53°44′35″N 2°44′56″W / 53.743°N 2.749°W / 53.743; -2.749

Howick Cross is a landmark and small hamlet in Penwortham, South Ribble, Lancashire, England. It is located just over 2 miles south west of the city of Preston. The hamlet is predominantly made up of a small community, a primary school, various farms and an electrical substation. The community had a population of 354 people in 2001.[2]

The wayside cross, probably medieval, was restored 1919. Only the base is original, a roughly hewn cubeshaped block 75 cm wide and 60 cm deep; this stands on stone plinth which has an inscription stating that it was restored to commemorate peace, 1919; and it carries a cross 1 metre high. (Henry Taylor Ancient Crosses and Holy Wells 1906.

It is located near the village of Hutton. Other nearby communities include the village of New Longton.

Howick was a civil parish from 1866 until 1 April 1934, when it was absorbed into the parish of Penwortham. Howick parish was part of Preston Rural District.[3] The former parish name survives in Howick C E School,[4] the Hutton and Howick Women's Institute (the oldest in Lancashire, founded by suffragette Edith Rigby)[5] and the former railway station.

Hutton and Howick railway station opened on 1 December 1897, on the Preston to Southport railway line. It was renamed New Longton and Hutton on 3 November 1934 and closed, along with the line, on 7 September 1964.[6]


  1. ^ (2004) OS Explorer Map 286, Ordnance Survey, Southampton, ISBN 978-0-319-23578-2
  2. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics. "30UNGK0012 (Output Area) Key Figures for 2001 Census". Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  3. ^ Howick CP/Tn, Vision of Britain, accessed 9 June 2014
  4. ^ "Howick C E School". Howick C E School. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Hutton and Howick Women's Institute". Hutton and Howick WI. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  6. ^ Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.