Moss Side, South Ribble

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Moss Side is a suburban, semi-rural community on the western side of Leyland, Lancashire, in the borough of South Ribble, England.[1] The suburb is growing. It is adjacent to Bretherton, Ulnes Walton and Midge Hall.

There is a Scouts group in the area and a concert party who perform for the elderly. There are bowling and running groups in the community as well.

There were plans to build a new Redrow apartment development, but local residents fought a determined campaign to oppose this and planning permission was ultimately refused in December 2005.

A new ball court and a children's playground were completed in 2005 and a better community is coming together overall.

Moss Side has seen an increase in community involvement in recent years. This has delivered benefits such as the Moss Side Community Newsletter, a Moss Side football team and the new 'Your Moss Side' website.

Features of the area[edit]

Public houses[edit]

  • Dunkirk Hall
  • Black Bull (demolished 2015 - replaced with housing)


  • St James School
  • Moss Side School on Paradise Lane. This school received "Outstanding Standard" in all areas of 2006 and again in 2008 and 2009 Ofsted Report and celebrated its 25th birthday in May 2007, under the command of Mrs J. Burdin who has been Head since day one. On 27 October 2017 it was announced Mrs Burdin will step down on 22 December 2017. The overtaking headteacher will be Head Of Sport and former Y5 teacher Mr A Wright.Mrs Burdin received an MBE for services to education in 2019.


  • St James Church - presided over by The Revd Marc A.M. Wolverson [2]

Moss Side Community Centre[edit]

  • Used for playgroup and by other groups and individuals.
  • Previously used for Moss Side "Pioneers" youth club run by local volunteers.


  • Co-op late shop
  • McColls newsagents & post office (closed down 2017)
  • Moss Side Tanning Studio (closed down 2017)
  • New Territories Takeaway (closed down)
  • Newmark Pharmacy
  • Ocean Fish & Chips
  • My Vet Veterinary Practice

Industrial estate[edit]

Just north of the Moss Side village centre is Moss Side Industrial Estate, primarily known for Schwan Consumer Brand's Chicago Town Pizza, and the former Leyland Trucks vehicle test track. B&D Print also operate their offices at the industrial estate.

There are links to both the B5248 and B5253 roads (leading to A582 and M65) creating adequate travel links while avoiding heavy traffic through the village.

Coordinates: 53°41′31″N 2°44′13″W / 53.692°N 2.737°W / 53.692; -2.737


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 102 Preston & Blackpool (Lytham St Anne's) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2011. ISBN 9780319228289.
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