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St Peter's Church, Mawdesley.jpg
St. Peter's Church, Mawdesley
Mawdesley is located in Lancashire
Mawdesley shown within Lancashire
Population 1,702 (2101)
OS grid reference SD491145
Civil parish
  • Mawdesley
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ORMSKIRK
Postcode district L40
Dialling code 01704
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
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53°37′26″N 2°46′12″W / 53.624°N 2.770°W / 53.624; -2.770Coordinates: 53°37′26″N 2°46′12″W / 53.624°N 2.770°W / 53.624; -2.770

Mawdesley is a small, isolated commuter/retirement village and civil parish of the Borough of Chorley in Lancashire, England. According to the 2001 Census it had a population of 1,787,[1] reducing to 1,702 at the 2011 Census.[2]


The name Mawdesley is thought to have originated in the reign of Edward I (1272–1308). The suffix 'ley' describes a field, meadow or clearing. Records show that a manor existed in 1250 AD on the site of the present Mawdesley Hall.

Mawdesley Hall is a small hall, situated on a back road leading into the village. It was built by William Mawdesley in 1625, but altered towards the end of the 18th century .[3]


The village is isolated from public transport services. No main roads pass through the enclave. An infrequent day time bus service runs from the centre of the village to Chorley and Southport. The nearest railway station is three miles away at Rufford.

The local roads are minor back lanes, mostly narrow, unlit, lacking pavements, poorly maintained and generally unsuitable for the high volume of large 4x4 commuter vehicles and heavy farm traffic they now take.


St Peter and St Paul's Catholic Church is located at OS grid reference SD508146, Salt Pit Lane, and was founded in 1830. The Wesleyan Methodist church, New Street, was founded before 1893 from religious societies founded by John Wesley and his preachers and was located at OS grid reference SD493150. St Peter's CE Church, High Street, Mawdesley with Bispham, was founded in 1839 and is located at OS grid reference SD489143.


The village has two small primary schools, Mawdesley St Peter's C of E School, and St Peter and Paul's Catholic School. Little Acorns Pre-school operates from within Mawdesley St Peter's C of E School and serves Mawdesley and the surrounding villages, providing play-based learning for 3 to 5 year olds.


The village sits on a low rise from the surrounding flat mossland of Mawdesley Moss. Mawdesley Moss is an extremely flat, industrially farmed, isolated area of mossland. The nearest hill, Harrock Hill (515 ft) belongs to the neighbouing parishes of Hilldale and Wrightington. This low, rolling hill is visible in some areas of Mawdesley and serves as a landmark from the surrounding farmed landscape.

Mawdesley is a straggling village, with fragmented areas of residential ribbon development along the various back roads in the parish. As such Mawdesley lacks the clearly defined centre, and sense of place found in neighbouring villages like Croston and Parbold.

Notable residents

See also


  1. ^ "2001 Census: Mawdesley". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 July 2008. 
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Grade I listed building


  • A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 6 William Farrer & J. Brownbill (editors)

External links

  • Mawdesley Community Website
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