Anderton, Lancashire

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'Headless Cross' at Rivington - - 113331.jpg
Headless Cross, Anderton, of pre-Conquest origin
Anderton is located in the Borough of Chorley
Shown within Chorley Borough
Anderton is located in Lancashire
Location within Lancashire
Population1,316 (2011)
OS grid referenceSD610131
Civil parish
  • Anderton
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCHORLEY
Postcode districtPR6
Dialling code01257
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
53°36′47″N 2°35′24″W / 53.613°N 2.590°W / 53.613; -2.590Coordinates: 53°36′47″N 2°35′24″W / 53.613°N 2.590°W / 53.613; -2.590

Anderton is a civil parish in the Borough of Chorley in Lancashire, England. It is now a suburb of Adlington, 5 miles (8 km) northwest of Bolton, Its eastern boundary is in the Rivington Reservoir. Grimeford village is in the parish. In 2001, the parish had a population of 1,206.[1] increasing to 1,316 at the 2011 census.[2]

The M61 runs north to south through the parish, and is the site of Rivington services.[3]



The name Anderton is derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name Eandred and the Old English word tun - meaning the settlement belonging to Eandred,[4] it gives its name to the Anderton family who branched out into Clayton-le-Woods, Euxton, Lostock, Birchley Hall and other places throughout Lancashire.

Prehistoric history[edit]

A Neolithic or Bronze Age stone, with a cup and ring mark dating from between 2000 and 3000 BC, was found near the Lower Rivington Reservoir in 1999, it is on view outside the Anderton Centre;[5] the 'headless cross', a well known local landmark from pre conquest days, was found at Rivington Church.[6][7]

The cross was divided between 1853 and 1855. Around 1865 the lower part of the cross was moved to Horwich whilst its corona or crown was used in a building near Chorley, before this the cross was displayed inside Rivington Church,[7] its lower portion was sited in its current position after the death of Lord Leverhulme with its corona or crown still missing, and known as the 'headless cross'.


The Penwortham fee, a vast barony,[8] included Anderton and was granted to Robert Gresle, Baron of Manchester, in 1212. Over time the manor of Anderton became the shared property of families named Anderton and Cunliffe, being held in moieties.[9]

The manor can be traced to 1281 belonging to the Andertons who also claimed a quarter of Rivington; the manor remained with the Andertons for many centuries. Old Anderton Hall is mentioned as being property of Peter the son of Oliver Anderton who died in 1559, with various buildings, lands, a watermill and half another mill in Anderton and Healey. Anderton was held of Sir Thomas Gerard and William Anderton. William was the son and heir of Peter Anderton and held the property when a child.[9]

William Anderton made a settlement or mortgage of his estate in 1593, he appears among the freeholders in 1600 as a convicted recusant he suffered the sequestration of two-thirds of his estates in 1593 which still continued in force in 1607 and he is named again among the contributors to the subsidy in 1628. He died without issue in August 1634 holding the manor of Anderton and a water corn-mill is mentioned, his brother Peter, then seventy years of age, was his heir and had a son William.[9]

Peter Anderton died about April 1640, and his son William had his estates confiscated and sold by Parliament in 1652, he was still living in 1664, when a pedigree was recorded. In the same year he made a settlement of the manor to Francis Anderton of Lostock, and four years later Francis purchased the estate from Peter Anderton and Roger his brother, the surviving sons of William. From this time the manor descended in the same way as Lostock — from Anderton to Blundell and Stoner.[9]

The manor was sold by Charles Joseph Stoner in 1897 to Richard Bond, George T. Brown and Augustine Bond for £45,000. Two years later the hall and 237 acres (0.96 km2) of land were sold to the Liverpool Corporation for the protection of the Rivington water supply and the remainder was divided between the purchasers, the manorial rights being included in the share of Mr. Richard Bond. No manorial courts were held.[9]

Ladyhall was the Cunliffe portion of the manor. Around 1400 a moiety of the village of Anderton together with Cunliffe in Billington and Wilpshire and other lands came into the possession of Adam de Lever of Great Lever in right of his wife Margaret sister of Roger de Cunliffe, it was sold in 1629, together with Great Lever, to Bishop Bridgeman, whose son Sir Orlando in 1663 sold it to Francis Anderton of Lostock. The moieties were reunited to one owner.[9] Ladyhall or Ladyhoug Rivington, grid ref: SD 6110 2360 is now underwater at the Upper Rivington Reservoir.[10]


There were many hand loom weavers in Anderton in the 19th century. British muslins were first manufactured at Anderton in 1764, and that there in 1782 were for the first time in England produced 'the Balasore handkerchiefs, the jaconet and japanned muslins in the style of India.[9]

In 1779, Samuel Oldknow purchased a number of spinning mules suitable for use in the manufacture of muslin and in 1781 Samuel entered into partnership with his brother Thomas in 1782 during which time he resided at Roscoe Lowe Farm, Anderton, expanding into the manufacture of cotton goods using the Roscoe Lowe Barn as a workshop.

Samuel Oldknow's father is interred at Rivington Unitarian Chapel. Oldknow used putting-out system of production in Anderton, whereby raw cotton was distributed to spinners and yarn to weavers who worked in their homes and workshops; the finished cloth was then returned to Oldknow's warehouse for checking and payment.[11]


Population growth in Anderton since 1871
Source: Vision of Britain[12]


The M61 motorway runs north through the parish, which is the site of Rivington services;[3] the A673 is the only main road which crosses Anderton.


St Joseph's Catholic Primary School is a voluntary aided primary school and is located on Rothwell Road in Anderton, it has around 177 pupils, between 5 and 11 years old.[13]

Religious sites[edit]

St Joseph's Church is a Roman Catholic place of worship within the Archdiocese of Liverpool, it also serves Roman Catholics in Adlington, Heath Charnock and Rivington.[14] Anderton New Hall, also known as Stoner's Anderton Hall stood on the Anderton side of the Lower Rivington Reservoir, was built for Charles Joseph Stoner who made significant contributions to the build of St. Joseph's Church had earlier paid for the building a presbytery at the hall.[15]

The Hall Catholic Chapel was used by locals until 1863 when St. Joseph's Church was built; the hall was last owned by the Lawrence family and demolished in 1930. Today its armorial stones that once surrounded the building are a garden wall at Rivington Hall.[16]

Records indicate a chapel existed in 1370 at Anderton Hall[5] and a sculptured stone depicting the shack bolts from the arms of the Andertons and a crucified figure with 'INRI' above known as the 'Anderton Stone' is now at Rivington Church and is believed to have come from Anderton Hall chapel.[17] Above this stone is another carved with a Sator Square reading "SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS".[18]

St.Paul's Anglican parish church In Adlington serves the village of Anderton's Anglicans, and residents of Anderton have the right to take part in the election of the churchwardens.



Leisure activities are today a feature of the area based at the Anderton Centre built on the site of Anderton New Hall; the centre was established in 1999, on the banks of the Lower Rivington Reservoir and is a purpose-built training facility and outdoor pursuit centre for water activities, with a restaurant, conference rooms, bedrooms and kitchen, a boat house and jetty, private tree lined drive to the centre, and open fields with wooded areas.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Chorley Retrieved 5 February 2010
  2. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b Rivington Services Archived 11 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Billington, W.D. (1982). From Affetside to Yarrow. Egerton: Ross Anderson Publications. pp. 1–2. ISBN 0-86360-003-4.
  5. ^ a b "About Adlington, section on Anderton". Archived from the original on 29 May 2010. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  6. ^ Scheduled Monuments
  7. ^ a b Press Excerpts, Book 1, D. A Owen, page 24, article 'Chorley Standard, 9 December 1865'
  8. ^
  9. ^ a b c d e f g Farrer, William; Brownbill, J., eds. (1911). "Anderton". A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 5. British History Online. pp. 220–222. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  10. ^ Chorley Halls
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  12. ^ "Anderton CP/Tn: Total Population". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  13. ^ Anderton St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Chorley. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  14. ^ St Joseph's Anderton. Retrieved on 25 August 2010.
  15. ^ Rivington, M.D. Smith, 1989, ISBN 0-9508772-8-X page 69
  16. ^ More About Rivington, M.D Smith, ISBN 0-9526187-1-0, page 33
  17. ^ More About Rivington, M.D Smith, ISBN 0-9526187-1-0, page 57
  18. ^ About Rivington, John Rawlinson, Nelson Brothers Limited, Chorley, 1969, p42
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-08-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) United Utilities

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