Lea, Lancashire

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Savick Brook navigation weir; Ribble Link - geograph.org.uk - 949603.jpg
Navigation weir on Savick Brook
Lea is located in the City of Preston district
Lea Town shown within the City of Preston district
Lea is located in the Fylde
Lea Town shown on the Fylde
Lea is located in Lancashire
Location within Lancashire
Population5,962 (2001)
OS grid referenceSD476311
Civil parish
  • Lea
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPRESTON
Postcode districtPR2, PR4
Dialling code01772
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°46′26″N 2°47′42″W / 53.774°N 2.795°W / 53.774; -2.795Coordinates: 53°46′26″N 2°47′42″W / 53.774°N 2.795°W / 53.774; -2.795

Lea (/ˈlə/ LEE), Cottam, and Lea Town are villages in the City of Preston, Lancashire, England. Together they form the civil parish of Lea, which has a population of 5,962.[1] In 2011, the population increased to 6157.[2]


The area is an electoral ward with Preston, represented by three councillors; the area is part of Fylde constituency.


Lea and Cottam form Lea Ward of Preston City council, currently represented by three Conservative councillors, and together with Ingol forms Preston West division of Lancashire County Council, represented by one councillor, currently a Liberal Democrat


The area is represented by Lea and Cottam Parish Council. Cottam is a former farming community now almost entirely consisting of new build housing.

Lea is also the name given to two areas of the western extremities of Preston; Lea Town (a village, despite its name) on the Fylde border, which had a population of 291 in 2011,[3] and the suburban sprawl of Lea along the Blackpool Road through the city.

Lea Town and Lea were called English Lea and French Lea in the 11th to 13th centuries; "French" because there was a Norman landowner.[4]


From the last census, in 2001, over 83% of the population regarded themselves as Christian, whilst the figure of 11.5% for retired people is one of the highest in the city.


There are several churches in Lea including Lea Methodist and St. Christopher's. St. Christopher's is home to 2nd Lea Scout Group.


The parish of Lea was formed on 1 April 1934[5] from part of the former parish of Lea Ashton Ingol and Cottam, which was formed in 1866.[6] Lea parish was part of Preston Rural District until its abolition in 1974.[7] In 1974 the parish became part of the Borough of Preston, which became a city in 2002.

The area was served by Lea Road railway station between 1840 and 1938.

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  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Preston Retrieved 27 July 2010
  2. ^ "Lea - UK Census Data 2011". UK Census Data. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Lea - UK Census Data 2011". UK Census Data. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  4. ^ Watts, Victor (2004). The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names. p. 364. ISBN 978-0-521-36209-2.
  5. ^ Lea CP, Vision of Britain, accessed 9 June 2014
  6. ^ Lea Ashton Ingol and Cottam Tn/CP, Vision of Britain, accessed 9 June 2014
  7. ^ Preston RD, Vision of Britain, accessed 9 June 2014