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New Longton is a village located to the South West of Prestonmarker, in the district of South Ribblemarker, in the county of Lancashiremarker, North West of Englandmarker.

It is in the parish of Longtonmarker, which is also the name of the older village located to the west of New Longton.

New Longton is a very new village by local standards. Its development was prompted by the building of the West Lancashire Railway between Preston and Southportmarker in Victorian times. A station called " " (later renamed "New Longton and Hutton") was built at the junction of what is now Station Road and Chapel Lane, where there was a level crossing of the road.

Since the 1940s a lot of housing estate development has taken place, particularly south of Hugh Barn Lane and Wham Lane. Other small estates, including the council estate in Dickson Hey, were built to both sides of Station Road. The village lost its railway service in the 1960s, but still remains a commuting village with a regular bus service into Longton and Preston. Longer distance commuting to Manchestermarker, Merseyside and Lancastermarker are afforded by the proximity of the M6, M61 and M65 motorways only four miles away.

In 2004, New Longton was a runner up in Lancashire's Best Kept Village competition.

New Longton has two churches - All Saints' Church of England and New Longton Methodist church. Regular services are held on Sundays and on a few evenings each week.

It also has a school - New Longton All Saints' C of E Primary School. There are several village shops, a local Sports and Social Club, a village hall and a children's playground. The old post office building has recently been converted into a men's hairdressers 'The Men's Lounge' and a cafe/shop 'Stickyweeds'.

Sports teams

There are two main sports teams, football and cricket. In New Longton JFC (junior football club) the age groups starts at under 6 and up to under 16s. There are also three senior teams from 1sts to 3rd team. The cricket has under 15s under 17s in the 'junior' category. There are also 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams in the cricket. As well as these two sports, there is a bowling green for bouls and various indoor sports inside New Longton village hall.

Notable residents

The actor and television presenter Peter Purves was born in New Longton on February 10, 1939.

References

  1. About the Area
  2. News: Praise For New Longton



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