🏴 Chorley is a town in Lancashire, England, 8.1 miles north of Wigan, 10.8 miles south west of Blackburn, 11 miles north west of Bolton, 12 miles south of Preston and 19.5 miles north west of Manchester. The town's wealth came principally from the cotton industry.
Economy The first signs of industry as with many towns in Lancashire was mining, evidence of which can be seen by the various abandoned quarries on the outskirts of the town. One of these is Anglezarke Quarry, between Chorley and Horwich. Remnants of mining include an old railway bridge from the Duxbury Mine off Wigan Lane. Eventually the mining industry was replaced by cotton mills.
Manufacture of trucks was inherited from the neighbouring town of Leyland. A large factory on Pilling Lane produced commercial vehicles, including military vehicles and tanks during the Second World War.
After the Second World War, production was reduced, and the final part of the site was closed in 2008 by BAE Systems. A large part of the site has been redeveloped for residential and industrial use as Buckshaw Village.
Through the twentieth century, especially the latter half, Chorley suffered the loss of much of its manufacturing capacity with great losses in or the completely disappearance of its coal, textiles, motor vehicles and armaments industries.
Leyland Trucks and BAE Systems are the Central Lancashire area's largest employers at their sites in Leyland and Samlesbury respectively.
Companies with a presence in the borough include: • BAE Systems • Telent • FedEx, North West depot located in the town • DXC Technology, two locations, one in Euxton and the other in Clayton-le-Woods, north of Chorley • Multipart Solutions Limited, successor to the parts arm of the Leyland DAF • Porter Lancastrian is a manufacturer of beer pumps, under the Porta brand
In 2011, Chorley Council launched an initiative, "Choose Chorley", to encourage SME's and large businesses to relocate to Chorley. The initiative offers red carpet introductions to key people in the town, financial incentives and tailored support for business growth.
The town is the home of the Chorley cake. In October "Chorley Cake Street Fair", restarted in 1995, promotes the cakes, with a competition for local bakers to produce the largest ever Chorley cake.
Chorley has a population of over 38,420 people. Chorley also forms part of the wider Preston-Leyland metropolitan area which has a population of over 354,000 people. Chorley is situated 13 km north of Wigan.