In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Longridge like this:
LONGRIDGE, a village and a chapelry in Ribchester parish, Lancashire. The village stands in the townships of Alston, Hothersall, and Dilworth, on the SW slope of Longridge fell, 1½ mile SW of the terminus of the Preston and Longridge railway, 2 N of the river Ribble, 3½ W by N of Ribchester, and 7 N E of Preston; is a populous and thriving place; carries on nail-making, cotton-spinning, and the manufacture of varions cotton fabrics; conducts a large trade in the transport, by railway, of building-stone from neighbouring quarries; and has a post office,‡ under Preston, a railway station, and fairs on 16 Feb., 16 March, 16 April, Holy Monday, and 5 Nov. ...
The railway to it from Preston was opened in 1840. The chapelry was constituted in 1861. Pop., 2,057. Houses, 402. Several reservoirs of the Preston water-works are here. Longridge fell is a hill about 5½ miles in length, extending north-eastward from Longridge village to the vicinity of the river Hodder at the boundary with Yorkshire. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £170.* Patrons, Hulme's Trustees. The church was rebuilt in 1823; and consists of a nave, with a tower. There are an Independent chapel, built in 1865; a Wesleyan chapel, built in 1836; a Roman Catholic chapel, built in 1864, in lieu of a previous small one; and a national school, built in 1832.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Longridge has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Ribble Valley. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Longridge and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Longridge, in Ribble Valley and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 04th December 2013
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