infobox UK place
latitude= 53.690721
longitude= -2.555022
official_name= Withnell
map_type= Lancashire
population= 3,631 (2001 Census)
os_grid_reference= SD634217
civil_parish= Withnell
shire_district= Chorley
shire_county= Lancashire
region= North West England
country= England
post_town= CHORLEY
postcode_area= PR
postcode_district= PR6
dial_code= 01254
constituency_westminster= Chorley
Withnell is a civil parish of the Borough of Chorley, in Lancashire, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 3,631. Withnell is about five miles (8 km) north-east of Chorley itself and about convert|5|mi|km away from Blackburn. It constituted an urban district from 1894 to 1974. It was originally called 'Withinhull' around 1160, later appearing as 'Withinhulle' in the 1332 Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire, meaning 'a hill where willow trees grow'. It borders the villages of Brinscall and Abbey Village. Amenities in Withnell include:
* A Catholic school and church ( [http://www.stjosephswithnell.co.uk/ St. Joseph's] )
* A Church of England church (St. Paul's)
* A newsagent (Post Office recently closed on on May 8th 2008 as part of the [http://www.postoffice.co.uk/portal/po/jump2?catId=63400714&mediaId=57600693 Post Office Network Change Program] ) [ [http://www.lep.co.uk/news/Date-set-for-post-office.3984402.jp Date set for post office closures] ]
* A small village shop selling various groceries
* A GP surgery [ [http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/GP.aspx?pid=BABAD9B6-D3C9-46F1-A1F6-11FCD9757AAC Surgery information and opening hours] ] for Withnell and surrounding villages
* A cafe named Cafe Casa
* A fish and chip/chinese shop
* A beauty parlourWithnell Local Nature Reserve roughly traces the path of a now disused railway cutting for around 2/3 of a mile. Since 1966, a large number of wildflowers, native trees and heathers have been planted in the 12 acre site. The public are free to walk through this Reserve, designated as a Local Nature Reserve by Chorley Borough Council [ [http://www.chorley.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1697 Chorley: Nature reserves] ] .

Withnell used to have its own railway station that served the village, but it closed iin 1960.


External links

* [http://www.chorley.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1198 Chorley.gov.uk: Withnell]

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