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Around Leyland

LEYLAND existed in Saxon times and was owned by Edward the Confessor.

This Is Lancashire: TRANQUIL: Leyland is surrounded by glorious countryside and Worden Park, above, is a beautiful place to enjoy nature in a more formal setting TRANQUIL: Leyland is surrounded by glorious countryside and Worden Park, above, is a beautiful place to enjoy nature in a more formal setting

The old name was Lailande means an area of cultivated grassland and this was its spelling at the time of the Domesday survey.

The Heritage Museum, situated close to the open market, is the former grammar school dating to 1580.

Among the exhibits on display is a copy of the first ever Test Match scorecard for England versus Australia played at Melbourne in 1876-77. The first entry reads "N Thompson bowled Hill .....1".

Allen Hill played for Leyland and thus captured the first-ever test match wicket! Leyland Cricket Club was founded in 1847.

In its time Leyland has become famous for textiles, paint, the recently-closed ordnance factory but especially for Leyland Motors.

The world knew of Leyland lorries and buses and their history is told at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum on King Street (01772 451011).

It is the largest such museum in Europe and among the exhibits are horse-drawn vehicles, fire engines, lorries, a Popemobile and wonderful old buses.

Leyland is surrounded by glorious countryside and the Worden Arts and Craft Centre should be visited.

In this complex there is a visitors' centre run by the Council for the Protection of Rural England.

If you want to browse around the market and shops then the compact town centre provides a real feel of old England.

On Church Road is the Leyland Cross with its very ancient base.

The shaft was renovated to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria.

The Church of St Andrew dates to the 13th century and nearby are old cottages and a couple of inns.

The Eagle and Child dates to the 16th century and is thought at one time to have been a court house.

The Roebuck dates to the late 18th century and this building was certainly used as a court room and lock-up.

MARKET DAYS: Tuesday and Friday



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