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12 photos that capture the true beauty of Croston

PUBLISHED: 16:39 03 November 2017

Croston On The Yarrow by John Cobham

Croston On The Yarrow by John Cobham

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The pretty West Lancashire village with a French connection

Croston has plenty of things going on and an interesting history. The picturesque town began in the 7th century when St. Aidan arrived at the riverside settlement. Its name, which is unique in the UK, literally means ‘cross-town’ and is derived from the two Old English words cross and tūn.

A very pretty village, Croston is an excellent destination for a relaxing stroll. You won’t be short of picturesque green areas to look at, as the village won a gold medal in the 2014 North West in Bloom awards, coming first in the Large Village category.

Most photographers focus on the the 15th century church, St Michael & All Angels as well as the cobbled pack horse bridge which crosses the River Yarrow from the same period.

The River Yarrow does indeed add to the idyllic atmosphere of the village, although it not without its problems, Croston has suffered from many severe floods in recent years, although it has recovered and extensive work has been undertaken to prevent further instances that occured in 2012.

There is also a strong French connection to Croston, it is twinned with the French town of Azay le Rideau, just south west of Tours, they celebrate Bastille Day in the village green every year and there is a boules league that has 12 teams and over 120 members.

On your travels you will come across a variety of pubs, including the popular Wheatsheaf and The Grapes, perfect for quenching your thirst after exploring this village which is rich in history.

Why don’t you upload your photos of Croston to the Lancashire Life reader photo gallery.

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