infobox UK place
latitude= 53.676640
longitude= -2.597088
official_name= Heapey
map_type= Lancashire
population= 955 (2001 Census)
os_grid_reference= SD606201
civil_parish= Heapey
shire_district= Chorley
shire_county= Lancashire
region= North West England
country= England
post_town= CHORLEY
postcode_area= PR
postcode_district= PR6
dial_code= 01257
constituency_westminster= Chorley
Heapey is a small village and civil parish of the Borough of Chorley, in Lancashire, England. The disused bleachworks have long since been demolished, but in the past they provided a large amount of employment for the area.

A chain of small reservoirs are situated in Heapey. "Heapey 8" is at the top of the chain, behind the cricket club in adjacent White Coppice. Downstream is the field which was previously "Heapey 7" - the channel instead directly feeds "Heapey 6", and in turn "Heapey 3, 2" and "1", before discharging into Black Brook (known as Warth Brook upstream), a tributary of the River Yarrow. "Heapey 4 and 5" are presumed to have existed, however only one additional reservoir is visible, on private land between numbers 3 and 6.

The Heapey reservoirs are upstream of Anglezarke reservoir on The Goit, however they do not feed it, and are not part of the drinking water system.

BAE Systems has a depot in the village, near to the defunct Chorley to Blackburn railway line.


The following anecdote is taken from Kelly's Directory of Lancashire for 1924 :

"Heapey is a township and with part of Wheelton constitutes an ecclesiastical parish, formed out of the ancient parish of Leyland, near the high road from Chorley to Blackburn, 8½ miles south-west from Blackburn, and convert|9|mi|km|0 south-east from Preston, it is in the Chorley division of the county, hundred of Leyland, petty sessional division of Leyland hundred, union and county court district of Chorley, rural deanery of Leyland, archdeaconry of Blackburn and diocese of Manchester. The Leeds and Liverpool Canal passes on the west. The church of St. Barnabas, standing on an eminence and erected previously in 1552, was enlarged in 1740, 1829 and 1867; it now consists of chancel, nave and transepts; the church was restored in 1876 and 1898: there are 600 sittings. The register dates from the year 1833, all entries prior to that date being registered at Leyland. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £330, including glebe and residence, in the gift of the vicar of Leyland, and held since 1910 by the Reverend David Smith Bennard, B.A., of London University. Lady Sinclair, the trustees of Mrs. Paulet and Mrs. Sumner Mayhew are the principal landowners. The soil is of a mixed nature, partly light and clayey; subsoil, stone. The land is chiefly in pasture. The area is convert|1466|acre|km2|0, of which 31 acres are water; rateable value £6,330; the population of the township in 1921 was 515, and of the ecclesiastical parish in 1911 2,405. Sexton Edward Hunt"


External links

Heapey [http://www.white-coppice.co.uk]
* [http://www.chorley.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1200 Heapey] chorley.gov.uk.

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