infobox UK place
country = England
latitude= 53.8316
longitude= -2.5979
official_name= Longridge
map_type= Lancashire
population = 8,000
shire_district= Ribble Valley
shire_county = Lancashire
region= North West England
constituency_westminster= Ribble Valley
post_town= PRESTON
postcode_district = PR3
postcode_area= PR
dial_code= 01772
os_grid_reference= SD606374

Longridge is a small town in the borough of Ribble Valley in Lancashire, England. It is situated at the end of Longridge Fell, a long ridge above the River Ribble, several miles north-east of the city of Preston. Its nearest neighbour is the Roman town of Ribchester (Bremetennacum), 3.5 miles to the southeast. It has a population of around 8,000.

The town grew from the mid-nineteenth century as cotton mills and stone quarries were opened. These have all now closed, although stone quarried in the town was used to construct the M55 motorway in the 1970s.

Longridge railway station closed to passengers in 1930. The Preston and Longridge Railway carried stone from Tootle Height Quarries in Longridge, which was used to build Lancaster Town Hall and Liverpool Docks.

The town is home to 11 pubs, several restaurants, a [http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries/librarydetails/libsearch1.asp?name=Longridge public library] , and a number of primary and high schools.

External links

* [http://longridgetown.weebly.com Longridge Town Council Website]
* [http://longridgenews.co.uk Longridge News, The Town Newspaper]

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