This month marks my tenth anniversary of moving to Croston and I can hand on heart say it was the best move I ever made.
‘Won’t it be clicky?’ ‘You’ll have to live there 25 years before you’re accepted as a local’ my friends commented…………I decided to take the chance after falling head over heels with a small character cottage with beams and cottage garden.
The reality was very different to what my friends has expected, far from clicky, I found myself instantly ‘at home’, passers-by always said ‘hello’, there was always someone ready to chat in the local pub and the social scene in the village meant that if I wanted to submerge in ‘village life’ then the village was more than happy to welcome me in.
In fact for such a small village, there is always something going on from regular live music in one of the many traditional local pubs to coffee morning, annual raft race to the Christmas Fayre on the village green……Croston really is a haven of activity. The facilities offered by the village make this a truly special place to live. With a population of only around 3000 people, it still manages to pack in several pubs, an Italian and Indian restaurant, coffee shop, small grocery shops, a train station and two doctors surgeries. In addition to this we have a selection of highly regarded schools and even a couple of churches.
One of the churches, sits at the end of Church Street, this small cobbled street has been described as ‘ one of the finest examples of a Lancashire village street with its pretty rows of charming ‘chocolate box’ cottages. In fact Croston is renowned for its great architecture and character buildings – everything from converted handloom weavers cottages to converted barns – it really does have it all!
Yes, we have had some testing times……it is hard to believe on a sunny Spring day as you stroll alongside the picturesque River Yarrow, the devastation that the Boxing day floods caused. However, two years on, after the village truly showed that it will pull together in the face of adversity, it has largely recovered. The multi-million pound measures introduced by the Environment Agency, along with additional measures taken by local builders such as those at Worthingtons Yard, ground levels have been raised on local sites to prevent against possible issues in the future.
If you would like to find out more about ‘life’ in Croston, please don’t hesitate to call me – I’ll be more than happy to share why I love Croston with you!