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Chorley's High Street Heroes

PUBLISHED: 15:24 28 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:22 20 February 2013

Sky McCann, owner of Out of the City, with Jayne Moore

Sky McCann, owner of Out of the City, with Jayne Moore

We visit the people and businesses that make this Lancashire town and its surrounding areas such a success PHOTOGRAPHY BY GLYNN WARD

You only have to take one look at a building like Astley Hall to know there is a rich history to Chorley. This beautiful Grade I listed Elizabethan house, in the centre of Astley Park, has not only been lovingly tended to by a dedicated group of people since Chorley Corporation took ownership in the 1920s, but it has also been described as one of the most important buildings in the north west.


There is no doubt that this Lancashire town has a heritage to shout about. But at its heart is a community determined to also make sure it has a successful future, including when it comes to its shopping facilities.

The local Chamber of Trade works hard to attract new people into the town as well as keep existing shoppers coming back. While some parts of the centre may look a little neglected like many shopping destinations Chorley has some empty shops there is also a lot to shout about.

Places like the Market Walk Shopping Centre is where you will find many of those familiar high street names. But where Chorley really excels is with the number of local, independent retailers, many of whom have been based in the town for many years.

You will find everything from toy stores to clothes shops and cafes, all run by people from the local community. Not only do they have a friendly smile but they can also offer items youre unlikely to find elsewhere.

Anothers of the towns great shopping areas is the historic Chorley Markets, which date back to 1498. While Tuesday is often lauded as the most popular day there is a different market held in the town on Mondays Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays as well. The main sites are on the famous Flat Iron, on the Market Walk car park, and the Chorley Covered Market where you will find hundreds of stalls selling everything from homewares to fresh fruit and vegetables. If you still want more then there is also a popular farmers market held on the second Saturday of every month and a craft market every Thursday.

Chorley is also lucky to be surrounded by smaller towns and villages that also attract people to the area. Places like Heskin, Eccleston, Whittle-le-Woods and Leyland also have a strong respresentation of independents traders offering something different. There is a lot for Chorley borough to be proud of so go and discover its shopping delights for yourself


You only have to take one look at a building like Astley Hall to know there is a rich history to Chorley. This beautiful Grade I listed Elizabethan house, in the centre of Astley Park, has not only been lovingly tended to by a dedicated group of people since Chorley Corporation took ownership in the 1920s, but it has also been described as one of the most important buildings in the north west.

There is no doubt that this Lancashire town has a heritage to shout about. But at its heart is a community determined to also make sure it has a successful future, including when it comes to its shopping facilities.

The local Chamber of Trade works hard to attract new people into the town as well as keep existing shoppers coming back. While some parts of the centre may look a little neglected like many shopping destinations Chorley has some empty shops there is also a lot to shout about.Places like the Market Walk Shopping Centre is where you will find many of those familiar high street names.

But where Chorley really excels is with the number of local, independent retailers, many of whom have been based in the town for many years.You will find everything from toy stores to clothes shops and cafes, all run by people from the local community.

Not only do they have a friendly smile but they can also offer items youre unlikely to find elsewhere.Anothers of the towns great shopping areas is the historic Chorley Markets, which date back to 1498.

While Tuesday is often lauded as the most popular day there is a different market held in the town on Mondays Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays as well.

The main sites are on the famous Flat Iron, on the Market Walk car park, and the Chorley Covered Market where you will find hundreds of stalls selling everything from homewares to fresh fruit and vegetables. If you still want more then there is also a popular farmers market held on the second Saturday of every month and a craft market every Thursday.

Chorley is also lucky to be surrounded by smaller towns and villages that also attract people to the area. Places like Heskin, Eccleston, Whittle-le-Woods and Leyland also have a strong respresentation of independents traders offering something different.

There is a lot for Chorley borough to be proud of so go and discover its shopping delights for yourself



The print version of this article appeared in the December 2011 issue of Lancashire Life

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