I have also placed a link to www.euxton.com on www.LancashireVillages.com
2 July 02
Original Euxton Photographs
Original photographs of Euxton village and village activities for
use on this site. Mail them to us and we will return them after scanning, or email
them to us.
Source will be posted were required.
English Civil War(s)
There were in fact three battles at Preston, the one that is probably referred to by
Chorley BC is the second of these which occurred on 17 August 1648 and was the turning
point of the 'second' or 'Little' Civil War. After defeat by the Parliamentary forces
under the command of Oliver Cromwell the Royalist army was broken and King Charles fled,
later to be captured, tried and executed. There is a good book on the battle which sets
out some of the background, the course of the battle proper and its aftermath. Bull, S and
Seed, M, 1998, Bloody Preston, The Battle of Preston 1648 Carnegie Publishing,
Lancaster ISBN 1-85936-041-6 This may be available internationally (try Amazon?) but if
not you should be able to pick up a copy here.
The event was a military disaster for the Royalists who, having been camped on Ribbleton
Moor to the north of the town centre were attacked by Cromwell's forces who had advanced
up the Ribble valley from the east. The Royalist line was broken and much of their cavalry
fled northwards whilst a large portion of the foot retreated south to the Ribble bridge
where they failed to hold and were pushed onto the opposite side of the river at Walton
having lost many men and much equipment. During the night they retreated south towards
Wigan and were eventually rejoined by elements of their cavalry who had crossed the river
downstream at Penwortham.
The remains of the army were harassed by the Parliamentary forces and there was another
minor battle at Winwick, south of Wigan on 19 August and finally surrendering at Uttoxeter
on 24 August. There are little, if any, physical remains on the battlefield and most has
been redeveloped and incorporated into the modern town. Perhaps the exception to this is a
small earthwork on the eastern side of town called "Cromwell's Mound" which is
reputedly a place that Cromwell stood on to gain a view of that side of the battlefield -
the mound itself is probably part of the water-control earthworks of a nearby moated site.
This reputation cannot be either confirmed or refuted (whereas the 'boots' story is
probably an invention). The first battle at Preston was perhaps more a series of battles
or skirmishes, the town being held by the Royalists in the summer of 1642 who were
defeated by the Parliamentary forces on 9 February following. The Royalists recaptured it
on 20 March but retreated from it in early July 1644 after their defeat at the battle at
Marston Moor and from that time the Parliamentary forces held it. The final battle was in
November 1715, when a force of 'Jacobites' (supporters of the house of Stuart and in
particular of James Francis Edward, the son of the late King James II) who had entered the
town on 9 November in the hope of raising the country in revolt. Having failed to secure
the bridge over the Ribble a mile outside the town centre the Jacobites barricaded
themselves into the town and were then attacked by a weaker Parliamentary force on 12
November. They resisted for that day but reinforcements for the besiegers arrived the
following day and, on the morning of the 14th, the now outnumbered Jacobites surrendered.
There are a number of contemporary accounts and plans of this battle, which has some claim
for being the last 'battle' fought on English soil. The town was briefly occupied by
Royalist forces on 27 November 1745 when another Jacobite army led by Prince Charles
Edward arrived, leaving for Manchester the following day. On its retreat north the army
returned to Preston on 12 December and left heading to Lancaster the following morning.
There is no report of fighting in Preston on these occasions.
Lancashire Sites and Monuments Record
18 July 02
I noted that you are a Christian. You may be interested in a site I found www.SecretWar.com it teaches stuff just like your
18 July 02
Dear Alf, its Me again,
Thanks, you where right, the River Yarrow does flow East to West, through
Eccleston, & its downhill too ! ! !
19 July 02
Dear Euxton Editor,
Is there anyone in your village/town enthusiastically interested in the weather or
recording weather data?
I am Editor of WEATHER OBSERVERS NETWORK, a monthly weather bulletin, which began nearly
three years ago. We currently publish data and text from around 150 sites in UK and
Abroad, and we would welcome more sites. We are a friendly, non-profit making
For further details contact myself:
9 Grayling Drive, Colchester, Essex CO4 3EN, phone/fax no 01206 868982 anytime,
19 July 02
Regarding Euxton House Farm, the property lies just off Southport road down a dirt track (
right hand corner of the enclosed map). I understand that the farm, dating from the
1500's, has been extensively researched by its present owner Sam Watkinson. my great
grandfather William Noblett moved to Euxton House from Osbaldeston House Farm, Walton le
Dale in 1905, he used to deliver milk by horse and cart twice daily in the area. He was a
very generous man giving free milk and eggs to St Mary's church and would frequently allow
his more poverty stricken customers credit when they were unable to pay. He collapsed in
the field at Euxton House while cutting hedges, he died a few days later. His obituary is
very endearing. The property was owned by the Tatton Estate, I have a scanned copy of the
estate catalogue when it was sold in 1950.
You may remember my father Frank Noblett he held a sawmill in water Street, Chorley were
he used to make and sell fencing and garden sheds.
Please feel free to email me if you feel I can be of any help
26 July 02
Dear Euxton dot com,
I live in Euxton now and have apart from my army service been here all my life, I'm now
63, you have a pretty neat write up on Euxton but there are thing's not in that deserve a
mention on the employment side Leyland Motor's as it used to be truck and bus and Jaguar
cars, English Electric, PI fighter plane, looked like a over and under shotgun.
Then on local scene Highways Hostel one of the largest collections of displaced
person's as they were called then, we had every nation you could think of, there we had
Sunday dancing and cinema before they had it in London, also the first nudist colony, in
the bowl at the back of the hostel.
Then we also had the Yanks at Washington Hall their rest and recuperation center the local
pub went from The Talbot Arms to Smokey Joes their cigar's it ended up having to be
demolished as the foundations were undermined by a small pond at the side of the then pub,
today there's a bus stop there and the new pub is 100yds further down the road same side.
The hostel has completely disappeared now a housing estate, on the historical side the A49
was the main road for the roman's, it was also the main stagecoach route and two of the
pub's (hostelries) had blacksmith's shop's alongside them and stable's to keep a change of
team's, they had a hard slog going down Pincock brow and the up Charnock Richard brow.
The Euxton Mills (now) used to be the Grape's?? and The Bowling Green on Charnock brow.
These are just some of the things, and as you say the center of the universe for some of
us, been to Singapore 3yrs, Germany, Holland, Denmark even to the state's: Dallas/Texas,
Atlanta/Georgia, Stockton/California, but always came home to Euxton.
By for now, and as we say (keep your pecker up)
22 August 02
Please include our club on this web site for Euxton.
Childrens Disco Club, every Friday night, 7.30pm until 9pm, held in the Parish
Church Hall, Wigan Road, Euxton. Admission is £1.50. There is a tuck shop selling sweets,
crisps and pop. The night consists of disco music, party dances and competitions. Theme
nights are held once a month. All children under the age of 14 years are welcome.
Membership is free. Strict rules on behaviour apply. Once the children enter the disco
they are not allowed to leave until 9pm or an adult arrives to collect them.
Mrs H E Stevens
31 August 02
I lived in Euxton from about 1941 to 1952. I attended the C of E School and in 1944 at the
age of eleven. I went to Leyland Secondary Modern School (of which there does not appear
to be any records). I also delivered papers from the bay horse north for a newsagent
called Dick Taziker. The shop was opposite the Bay Horse. I recall a Fish and Chip Shop
Behind the Bay Horse. I worked on Farms in Runshaw lane and Back Lane Leyland, Leyland
Motors in Chorley and Martindales Cabinetmakers In Chorley.
Maybe we have met sometime.
I am curious.
8 September 02
Having emigrated to New Zealand from Chorley 7 years ago, I lost my recipe for Treacle
Toffee. I happened upon your site and have thoroughly enjoyed a nostalgic trip along
Thank you - Jeanette Lloyd
6 November, 02
.... how nice to find this site ..
I lived in Euxton for 25 years until leaving for the USA for work .. I played
soccer for Euxton and Duncan Glass's Talbot Arms team for many years, cricket for
Loughery's Lovelys, (God bless you Jimmy, we had some fun .. it would have been better if
you could have run .. just kidding !!!!) , snooker at th'insti, golf at Leyland golf
club, (say hello to Frank McHugh if anyone reading this knows him please), and had many,
many friends in the village.
I will mark this page as a Favorite and look forward to checking in
and seeing what is happening in "God's own land" ...
If anyone is going out tonight could you please have a couple of pints of
bitter for me and let me know how they tasted please ... it's been a long
28 Jan 2003
Dear Bill Files and anyone else . . . . .who may remember Richard and Lucy
Your message mentioned that you were a paper boy in Euxton for Dick Taziker. hat was my
father. Mother and Father built and ran the newsagents. I have heard many a story of the
Sadly my farther died in 1966 but Lucy is still going strong at an independent and
I took her back to Euxton for a look and she was amazed how built up it all was.
I will show her the message board detail and no doubt she will remember loads of
29 Jan 2003