History of Croston

Croston is a village next to the River Yarrow, situated between Chorley and Southport. Croston is bounded at the north by the parish of Hoole, at the south by Standish and Ormskirk parishes, at the west by Tarleton and Rufford, and at the east by Leyland and Eccleston.

The parish church of St. Michaels and All Angels is at the centre of the village, at the end of Church Street. At the top of Church Street, going down to the church, is a stone cross which was erected in 1953. There is a fifteenth century, cobbled pack horse bridge which crosses over the River Yarrow.

Croston dates back to the 7th century when St Aidan arrived at the riverside settlements. In the absence of a church a cross acted as a place of worship. Croston gets its name from 'cross' derived from the Irish and the Scandinavian word 'tun' which means town (cross-town). Croston is unique as there is no other Croston in the UK.

Centuries ago the parish of Croston was far larger than it is today. Croston included Chorley, Hoole, Rufford, Bretherton, Mawdesley, Tarleton, Hesketh Bank, Bispham, Walmer Bridge and Ulnes Walton. Over the years each of these villages/towns has seperated from Croston. Below are listed the dates when the villages/towns became seperated from Croston.

Name Date of Seperation
Hoole 1642
Chorley 1793
Rufford 1793
Tarleton 1821
Hesketh and Becconsall 1821
Mawdsley with Bispham 1843
Bretherton 1843

A charter granted by Edward I in 1283 allowed an annual medieval fair and market to be held on the village green. The village green is used as a venue for the annual May Day Madness and Bastille Day celebrations.

Ancient maps also depict Croston as having a castle. The castel is believed to have been a wooden one as there is no evidence of a stone structure in Croston.

The Old School at Croston is a Grade 2 listed building which originates from 1660. It is in the centre of the village at the end of Church Street next to the 900 year old church.

Below are details of the Parish Records for the Parish Church of Croston, and where they can be accessed:-

Original Registers at Lancs. R.O. IGI LPRS BVRI-2
Marriages1538-19481538-1559, 1570-18761538-1727N/A
IGI International Genealogical Index
LPRS Lancashire Parish Register Society
Lancs R.O. Lancashire Record Office
BVRI-2 Bristish Vital Records Index - 2nd Edition
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