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Walton-le-Dale (Lancashire)

Walton-le-Dale shown within Lancashire
OS grid reference SD562280
District South Ribble
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PRESTON
Postcode district PR5
Dialling code 01772
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
European Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Preston
List of places: UKEnglandLancashire

Coordinates: 53°44'46?N 2°39'54?W? / ?53.746, -2.665

Walton-le-Dale is a primarily residential suburb to the south of the city of Preston, Lancashire, England. It is located to the south east of Preston, adjacent to Bamber Bridge.

Walton-le-Dale is home to numerous woodland, including Dog Kennel Woods and Farm Land. Making it pleasant area to live and offering plenty of opportunities to enjoy a days walking.

The local council is South Ribble, based in Leyland and the local MP is Mark Hendrick of Preston (Labour). Notable residents include Ian McCulloch, 2005 World Snooker Championships Semi-Finalist.

In 1911, WALTON-LE-DALE, an urban district in the Darwen parliamentary division of Lancashire, England, on the S. bank of the Ribble, immediately above Preston. Pop. (1901) 11,271.

The church of St Leonard, situated on an eminence to the east of the town, was originally erected in the 11th century. The earliest portions of the present building are the Perpendicular chancel and tower, the nave having been rebuilt in 1798, while the transepts were erected in 1816. There are a number of interesting old brasses and monuments. Cotton-spinning is carried on, and there are market gardens in the vicinity. Roman remains have been found here, and there was perhaps a roadside post on the site. The manor of Walton was granted by Henry de Lacy about 1130 to Robert Banastre. It afterwards passed by marriage to the Langtons, and about 1592 to the Hoghtons of Hoghton.

Walton was the principal scene of the great Battle of Preston, fought on 17 August 1648 between Cromwell and the Duke of Hamilton.

In 1701 the Duke of Norfolk, the Earl of Derwentwater and other Jacobites incorporated the town by the style of the mayor and corporation of the ancient borough of Walton. In 1715 the passage of the Ribble was bravely defended against the Jacobites by Parson Woods and his parishioners of Atherton.

Walton-le-Dale is also served by Preston Bus's Park & Ride.

[edit] Legends

Midnight on 12 August 1560 under the moonlight in St Leonard's Churchyard, occultist and scholar Dr John Dee summoned the spirit of a man who had died before giving the whereabouts of a considerable amount of money, its said that he was successful and the spirit did indeed tell the occultist the whereabouts of the wealth, but not before also telling Dee the fate of many of the locals, which is said to have later come true.

This section incorporates text from the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, which is in the public domain

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