Croston village has a population of just over 3,000, is situated between Chorley and Southport and has the River Yarrow running through it.
St Michael’s and All Angels Church is at the heart of the village, as is the picturesque village green. Several events across the year are hosted on the village green including Coffee Day (the first Saturday in July), Bastille Day (14th July), the Christmas lights switch on and the Christmas Fair.
Croston began in the 7th century when St Aidan arrived at the riverside settlements and in the absence of a church, a cross was erected as a place of worship. Croston literally means ‘cross-town’ and the name is unique as there are no other Crostons in the UK.
Croston Old School is a Grade II listed building in the churchyard and the building is home to Croston Pre-School, a large community space with meeting rooms, an exhibition area for local arts and heritage projects, a reference library, and a reading room.
Croston has a convenience store and a newsagent, a locally renowned fish and chip shop, Fresco Fresco Italian restaurant, Panshi Indian Restaurant and five village pubs; The Grapes, The Lord Nelson, The Wheatsheaf, The Black Horse, and The Crown. Croston also has a Sports Club, with a cricket club, football club and tennis club.
This picturesque village is one of Lancashire’s most frequently photographed and is surrounded by beautiful countryside with an abundance of walks.
Croston has one primary school, Trinity and St Michaels VA CofE / Methodist Primary School with an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating.
Croston also has a secondary school, Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy, that also has an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating.
Trinity and St Michaels VA CofE / Methodist Primary School www.croston-pri.lancs.sch.uk
Trinity and St Michael’s prides itself in providing an excellent academic education, but also in guiding their children to develop self-esteem, strong moral principles, discover their talents and appreciate those of others.
Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy www.bishopr.co.uk
Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy is an outstanding school. The pursuit of excellence permeates all its work. The school’s ethos as a Christian community drives its every endeavour and students are avid learners.
Interesting Facts about Croston
- Croston Coffee Day stretches back to the early 1800’s and there are many stories told about the origins. One story is that all those who took part in the procession, that brought together the three faiths, were rewarded with coffee and a bun when the walk was over. The second story is that this was an Old English event when the local tenants and freemen paid their dues to the Squire or landowner.
- Croston has a train station with trains running through to Preston and Ormskirk
- Church Street in Croston has been described as one of the best-preserved rows of 17th-century cottages in Lancashire.
Croston resident Cathy, shares with us the best things about living in Croston and what she loves most about the area.
What do you really love about Croston?
After spending over ten years living in London, I returned to the Northwest and settled in Croston. This village has an amazing community spirit that received national media coverage during the 2015 Christmas floods. The community continues to pull together throughout the year, putting on many events for everyone to enjoy, regardless of age.
What are your favourite streets in Croston and why?
Town Road and Church Street are my favourite Croston streets, as they are extremely picturesque and are steeped in history.
What is your favourite pub or restaurant in the area and why?
My favourite pub and restaurant is The Wheatsheaf that is located next to the village green. The current landlord and landlady, John, and Becky, have embraced Croston’s community spirit and The Wheatsheaf now holds events, a variety of musical nights and bi-annual beer festivals. The Wheatsheaf also provides a seasonal menu packed with a range of delicious food. I’d highly recommend a visit!
Where is the best place to go for a walk in the area?
The ‘Moss’ in Croston, is approximately a mile circular route, surrounded by farms and with an abundance of wildlife. This is a flat walk and is mostly undisturbed by traffic, as part of the route is for pedestrians only. The ‘Moss’ has stunning views, especially early morning or at sunset. It is an ideal spot for dog walking, for a Sunday afternoon ramble, or for the more energetic, it is a great location for a morning jog!
Do you have a favourite shop in Croston?
Croston has a couple of convenience stores, a bank, chemist, two hairdressers and a school uniform shop. My favourite ‘shop’, however, would have to be the newly opened ‘Thyme on the Yarrow’, providing delicious cakes and sandwiches to eat in or out. A great new addition to the village!
What is Croston’s best kept secret?
Croston has many hidden gems, my favourite is The Croft. The Croft may not be a secret to those who live here but for visitors, or those new to the village, it is a hidden gem with many surprises.
One area of The Croft has wooden swings and slides and climbing apparatus for young children to enjoy. Throughout The Croft there are wooden carvings and stone carvings, all provided by the community, for the community. The most unforgettable surprise though is revealed in the Spring, when the stunning wildflowers bloom and provide a beautiful spot for families to enjoy picnics and games. This is a natural area of beauty created by the village for the village, a perfect place to ditch the gadgets and get back to nature!
Why should someone move to Croston?
Croston is a beautiful village, with pretty streets and an abundance of surrounding countryside to explore. There are pubs and restaurants to suit most tastes and two outstanding schools. However, for me, what makes Croston really stand out is the community and the people who live here. This is a special place and for anyone considering moving into the village I would say stop considering and find your perfect home, in what I believe is a perfect village!