LONGRIDGE – 1 MILE FROM MEADOW COTTAGE (our home town)
Longridge is so aptly named as it sits on the hilltop, on a ‘long ridge’ with stunning views across the surrounding countryside.
Much of this former cotton mill town was built from the distinctive sandstone quarried locally, and so much of the town has remained largely unchanged in appearance since the 1800s. One of the most significant places in the Town is Club Row, a row of twenty solid workmen’s cottages built when Longridge was just a village, and textiles were the big employer. A blue plaque explains their significance, and this terrace, erected between 1774 and 1804, is believed to be the oldest surviving example of properties built by a building society in the world.
Berry Lane is very much the hub of the town with a thriving selection of shops, bars and cafes where you will discover a wide variety of charmingly unique art, crafts, homeware, jewellery, gifts, designer clothing, shoes and accessories. There is a pleasant blend of longstanding family businesses and more recent arrivals.
LONGRIDGE HERITAGE CENTRE allows people to collect information based on Longridge and the surrounding area. Open to the public, the centre enables you to browse through photographs or even experience one of the frequently changing exhibitions. A touch screen facility allows visitors to delve into the archived records, revealing a wealth of information relating to the heritage of Longridge. You may also attend talks on local heritage topics that are held throughout the year. The centre is open to the public on weekdays from 10am-4pm
THE PALACE CINEMA Longridge is lucky enough to have one of Lancashire’s quirkiest cinemas, the Palace, which started life as a weaving shed and during its time has been a music hall, roller skating rink, a bingo hall and, finally a cinema in the 1970s. Ribble Valley is very lucky to host one of the last remaining independent cinemas. Despite a recent renovation and addition of licensed bar, the cinema still maintains the old traditions – patrons stand at the start of the screening whist the National Anthem is played – and you can still get a mug of tea at the interval!!
For stocking up on essentials, visitors to Meadow Cottage, have 3 supermarkets to choose from (Sainsburys, Booths, Co-op – with a new Aldi arriving in late 2018.)