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Longridge town centre
Longridge is located in the Borough of Ribble Valley
Shown within Ribble Valley
Longridge is located in Lancashire
Location within Lancashire
Population7,724  (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSD606374
Civil parish
  • Longridge
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPRESTON
Postcode districtPR3
Dialling code01772
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°49′52″N 2°35′49″W / 53.831°N 2.597°W / 53.831; -2.597

Longridge is a market town and civil parish in the borough of Ribble Valley in Lancashire, England. It is situated 8 miles (13 km) north-east of the city of Preston, at the western end of Longridge Fell, a long ridge above the River Ribble. The nearest villages are Grimsargh, 2 miles (3 km) to the southeast, and Ribchester 4 miles (6 km) to the southeast. The parish of Longridge had a population of 7,546 recorded in the 2001 census,[2] increasing to 7,724 at the 2011 Census.[1]


Longridge initially developed outwards from an area around St. Lawrence's Church, at the boundary of the townships of Dilworth and Alston and to the south of the modern-day town centre. Though there was a thoroughfare called 'Market Place', there was no development around that area. Most of the development of the town occurred after 1800.[3] After this time, development occurred at a much faster pace, with expansion northwards including a mill to the north of Kestor Lane.

The demand for stone from Longridge's quarries led to the opening of the Preston and Longridge Railway in 1840 to carry the stone away, for use in such places as Liverpool Docks. The arrival of the railway led to the opening of several cotton mills and the town grew considerably larger from the mid-19th century. The mills and quarries have now all closed, although stone quarried in the town was used to construct the M55 motorway in the 1970s. One of the quarries was used as Longridge motor-racing circuit between 1973 and 1978. Longridge railway station closed to passengers in 1930, and the railway was dismantled in 1967. The station buildings were then used as offices for the parish council until 2010 when the Longridge Town Council began a project to renovate and reopen the buildings to the public with help from the Lottery Heritage Fund. Longridge railway station is now managed by Longridge Social Enterprise Company and is home to a heritage centre, the Old Station Cafe and has various business facilities available.[4]


Former Longridge railway station, now town council offices.

There are three tiers of local government covering Longridge, at parish (town), district and county level: Longridge Town Council, Ribble Valley Borough Council (based in Clitheroe) and Lancashire County Council (based in Preston). The town council has its headquarters in the former Longridge railway station buildings on Berry Lane.[5]

Longridge was historically part of the ancient parish of Ribchester, which contained a number of townships. Longridge straddled the two townships of Alston and Dilworth.[6][7] An ecclesiastical parish of Longridge was created in 1861 covering the whole of the two townships, with the existing chapel of ease of St Lawrence becoming the parish church.[8] The same area was made a local government district called Longridge in 1883, governed by a local board.[9] Such local government districts were reconstituted as urban districts in 1894.[10]

Longridge Urban District Council bought a large Victorian house called The Limes on Berry Lane in 1947 to serve as its headquarters.[11] The urban district was abolished in 1974, becoming part of the new Ribble Valley district. A successor parish was created covering the former urban district, with its parish council taking the name Longridge Town Council.[12]


The town is home to eleven pubs, several restaurants, a public library,[13] and a number of primary and high schools. It is also home to an Air Training Corps squadron [14] and an Army Cadet Force detachment.[15] Longridge parish is also the location of Alston Hall, a residential adult education college operated by Lancashire Adult Learning. The local football club, Longridge Town F.C., has two senior teams and plays in the NWCFL, at Step 5 of the FA Football Pyramid. Its ground and clubhouse are situated off Inglewhite Road, behind the Alston Arms. As of 2011, Longridge had its own monthly farmers' market but has now stopped.[citation needed]

The Anglican church of St. Lawrence is located on Lower Lane and the Anglican church of St. Paul is located on Church Street.[16]


Longridge Golf Club is located on Forty Acre Lane on Longridge Fell.


Local news and television programmes are provided by BBC North West and ITV Granada. Television signals are received from the Winter Hill TV transmitter. [17]

Local radio stations are BBC Radio Lancashire, Heart North West, Smooth North West, Capital Manchester and Lancashire, Greatest Hits Radio Lancashire and Central Radio North West, a community-based station. [18]

The Lancashire Telegraph is the local newspaper that covers the town. [19]


John Farnworth, a freestyle footballer; Alan Kelly, footballer who played for the Irish national team along with Preston North End; cricketer Andrew Miller. Actress Christina Chong lived in Longridge and trained at the Sutcliffe School of Dance.[20]

Composer Ernest Tomlinson lived close to Longridge until his death in 2015. His library of light orchestral music was housed in his barn.[21][22]

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  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Longridge Parish (1170215115)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Parish headcount" (PDF). Lancashire County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 December 2006. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  3. ^ Lancashire County Council (June 2006). "Longridge Historic Town Assessment Report" (PDF). www.lancscc.gov.uk. Lancashire County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 1 June 2006.
  4. ^ "longridgestation.co.uk". www.longridgestation.co.uk.
  5. ^ "Meetings". Longridge Town Council. Retrieved 15 October 2023.
  6. ^ "Alston Township / Civil Parish". A Vision of Britain through Time. GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 15 October 2023.
  7. ^ "Dilworth Township / Civil Parish". A Vision of Britain through Time. GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 15 October 2023.
  8. ^ "No. 22478". The London Gazette. 8 February 1861. p. 506.
  9. ^ Kelly's Directory of Lancashire. London. 1905. p. 601.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  10. ^ Local Government Act 1894
  11. ^ "Longridge Heritage Trails" (PDF). Visit Lancashire. 2007. Retrieved 15 October 2023.
  12. ^ "The Local Government (Successor Parishes) Order 1973", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 1973/1110, retrieved 15 October 2023
  13. ^ "County Library and Information Service: Longridge Home Page". Archived from the original on 19 April 2008.
  14. ^ "143 (Longridge) SQN".
  15. ^ "Lancashire Army Cadets". Army Cadets UK.
  16. ^ "Where to Find St Lawrence's Church, Longridge".
  17. ^ "Full Freeview on the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmitter". UK Free TV. Retrieved 13 November 2023.
  18. ^ "Central Radio". Retrieved 13 November 2023.
  19. ^ "Lancashire Telegraph". British Papers. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2023.
  20. ^ "Christina's acting star is rising". Longridge News. 8 August 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  21. ^ "Light music concert for composer's 90th". 2 April 2020.
  22. ^ "Classical Music magazine - Ernest Tomlinson (1924-2015) has died at 90 - Classical Music". classicalmusicmagazine.org. Archived from the original on 14 June 2015.

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