Place:Chorley, Lancashire, England

TypeAncient parish, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates53.65°N 2.617°W
Located inLancashire, England
See alsoLeyland Hundred, Lancashire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Chorley (borough), Lancashire, Englanddistrict municipality into which it was absorbed in 1974
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Chorley is a market town in Lancashire, in North West England. It is the largest settlement in the the Borough of Chorley (established 1974). Chorley is located 8.1 miles (13 km) north of Wigan, 10.8 miles (17 km) south west of Blackburn, 11 miles (18 km) north west of Bolton, 12 miles (19 km) south of Preston and 19.5 miles (31 km) north west of Manchester. As in much of Lancashire, the town's wealth came principally from the cotton industry. However it was also a major market town due to its central location to four Lancashire towns. As recently as the 1970s the skyline was dominated by numerous factory chimneys, but most are now demolished: remnants of the industrial past include Morrison's chimney and a few other mill buildings, and the streets of terraced houses for mill workers. Chorley is known as the home of the Chorley cake.


In 1837, Chorley joined with other townships (or civil parishes) in the area to become head of the Chorley Poor Law Union which took responsibility for the administration and funding of the Poor Law in the area. Chorley became incorporated as a municipal borough in 1881 by its first mayor William Augustus Smethurst. The town's population remained roughly static in the 20th century, with the 1911 census showing 30,315 people and the 1971 census showing 31,665. Under the Local Government Act 1972, Chorley became the core of the non-metropolitan district of the Borough of Chorley on 1 April 1974.

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