LONGRIDGE

Longridge is a small town in the borough of the Ribble Valley at the western end of Longridge Fell.

Longridge Fell is quite simply named as it is a long ridge which rises from within the town to its summit where is comes to a sudden end and drops into Hodder Valley.

Longridge is well known for being the town where Oliver Cromwell began his march to the Battle of Preston in 1648 in which he was victorious.

There are two heritage trails that were mapped in 2001 which are both circular walks that track the villages heritage from quarrying to religion.

Longridge Station is home to the town Heritage Centre and is situated in the towns centre by the old Preston and Longridge railway which ran from 1840 to 1967.

There are several restaurants and cafes in the town, some of which with very good reviews on Tripadvisor. One favourite being the Old Station Cafe and another being The Derby Arms.

The town is also home to one of the oldest cinemas in the North West, The Palace Cinema. A local historian has confirmed that the first moving pictures were shown in this cinema in around 1912. The building has a varied history of uses and is known to have been a weaving shed, a music hall, a roller skating rink, a cinema and a bingo hall.