Bretherton – Why I Love my Village
By David Cowburn -
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Bretherton has been home to my family and I for just over seven years. With a population of just under 700, this village that I call home offers a delightfully peaceful pace of life but with more services than you may imagine. At the same time, the surrounding areas offer a plethora of facilities within easy reach.
Bretherton itself is perhaps historically best known for being the place where Jeremiah Horrocks first recorded the transit of Venus, in 1639. Additionally, the Grade II* listed Bank Hall, now undergoing renovation, featured on BBC's Restoration TV series.
The well-known Primary School is always oversubscribed and no surprise there. It offers education in a peaceful, secure setting and a family-friendly environment. Also, The Old Bakery can be found in the village and living nearby it is very handy being able to avoid the long queues that often form on a Saturday. There is also a pub with a great beer garden, a village sports field including tennis court, a playground, institute, bowling green and boules pitch as well as the Cricket Club and an antiques centre and cafe. Many of these services are tucked away but are easily accessible when living in the village. On the periphery is an extensive and wide ranging countryside with numerous walks over the fields, along the riverbank or following the canal towpath.
Preston city centre is either 15 minutes on the train from nearby Croston, alternatively a short drive North, along the A59, and within 10 minutes you can be at all manner of eating and drinking establishments in surrounding settlements including Croston, Mawdesley, Much Hoole and Tarleton.
One of my favourite events of the year is the Summer "Music at Mansion", held within the walled garden at Bank Hall, where families gather with picnics to listen to an eclectic mix of music throughout the day and early evening. If you want to know anything more about Bretherton and why I love this place so much, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.