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Hilldale, Lancashire

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Houses at junction of Chorley Road and Malt Kiln Lane - Geograph 4355225.jpg

Houses at the junction of Chorley Road and Maltkiln Lane
Hilldale is located in the Borough of West Lancashire
Location in West Lancashire
Hilldale is located in Lancashire
Location within Lancashire
Area3.63 km2 (1.40 sq mi)
Population581 (2011 Census)
• Density160/km2 (410/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSD494121
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSkelmersdale, Wigan
Postcode districtWN8
Post townOrmskirk
Postcode districtL40
Post townChorley
Postcode districtPR7
Dialling code01257
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°36′11″N 2°45′54″W / 53.603°N 2.765°W / 53.603; -2.765

Hilldale is civil parish in the West Lancashire district of Lancashire, England, containing the village of Hill Dale and the neighbouring hamlet of Andertons Mill. Formerly part of Wrightington, Hilldale became a separate civil parish in 1999. As of 2011, Hilldale has a population of 581.


In the 19th century, Hilldale had a small population and the settlement consisted of scattered farms and worker's cottages. The opening of the local quarry in the 1880s brought new opportunities to the area and it served as one of the main sources of employment until its closure in the 1970s. Hilldale established its own parish council on 1 April 1999, having previously been a ward of Wrightington civil parish.[1][2]


Hilldale is located in rural West Lancashire and is bordered by Bispham and Lathom to the west, Parbold to the south and Wrightington to the east; to the north are Mawdesley and Heskin in the borough of Chorley. The boundary with Lathom is formed by the River Douglas. The civil parish includes the hamlet of Andertons Mill, situated northeast of Hill Dale village.[3]

Hilldale is about 11 miles (18 km) southwest of Preston, the administrative centre of Lancashire, and 183 miles (295 km) northwest of London.


According to the United Kingdom Census 2011, Hilldale parish had a population of 581 people living in 248 households, with an approximate 47:53 ratio of males to females. The parish covers an area of 363 hectares (3.63 km2; 1.40 sq mi), giving a population density of 1.60 inhabitants per hectare (160/km2; 410/sq mi).[4] The decrease in population from 633 recorded in 2001 represents a decline of 8.2% over ten years.[5]

A majority of 97.9% residents were born in the United Kingdom,[6] and 97.6% identified as being of "White British" ethnicity.[7] Religion was recorded as 80.4% Christian, with 12.4% of residents being of no religion, and 6.5% declining to state; only 0.7% belonged to an alternative religion.[8] Of the 437 residents aged between 16 and 74, a total of 289 were regarded as economically active, with five being unemployed.[9]


Flooded part of Hunters Hill Quarry
Flooded part of Hunters Hill Quarry

Hilldale has several listed buildings that are recorded on the National Heritage List for England, including Fairhurst Hall, an 18th-century brick house incorporating some older 16th century remains,[10] a medieval stone cross base,[11] and other farmhouses and farm buildings. In addition, West Lancashire Borough Council publishes its own "list of locally important buildings",[12] which features a large brick villa on Robin Lane divided into two dwellings.[13]

There are two designated conservation areas that lie partially within Hilldale:[14][15] the Lancaster Lane conservation area is largely in Parbold but extends into the southern part of Hilldale and includes the aforementioned Fairhurst Hall,[16] while the Maltkiln Lane/Chorley Road conservation area straddles the boundary with Bispham.[17]

Hunters Hill, a former quarry to the east of Hill Dale village, has been converted into a countryside park and is maintained by the Borough Council.[18]


There are no main roads in Hilldale; the B5246 road passes through the southern part of the parish, running southeast from Mere Brow to Parbold, where it terminates at its junction with the A5209 about 0.7 miles (1.1 km) to the south. The nearest motorway link is junction 27 of the M6, about 2.2 miles (3.5 km) to the southeast at Wrightington.[3] Parbold railway station is located about 0.6 miles (0.97 km) to the south and provides services to Manchester (via Wigan) and Southport.[19]

Religious sites

Parbold Evangelical Church
Parbold Evangelical Church

The only place of worship within Hilldale is Parbold Evangelical Church on Chorley Road, which holds a morning and evening service every Sunday.[20] The area of Hilldale is served by the Anglican parish churches of Christ Church in Parbold,[21] and St James the Great Church in Wrightington.[22]


  1. ^ "History". Hilldale Parish Council. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  2. ^ "The West Lancashire (Parishes) Order 1998" (PDF). Amazon AWS. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  4. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Hilldale Parish (E04005319)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Key Figures for 2001 Census: Key Statistics". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Country of Birth (detailed), 2011 (QS203EW)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Ethnic Group, 2011 (QS201EW)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Religion, 2011 (QS208EW)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Economic Activity, 2011 (QS601EW)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  10. ^ Historic England. "Fairhurst Hall (1365840)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  11. ^ Historic England. "Cross Base (1073010)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Local list & buildings at risk". West Lancashire Borough Council. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Survey Sheet; List of locally important buildings; Update 2014" (PDF). West Lancashire Borough Council. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Heritage and environment: Conservation areas". West Lancashire Borough Council. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Maps and directions: Conservation areas". West Lancashire Borough Council. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Lancaster Lane, Detailed map" (PDF). West Lancashire Borough Council. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  17. ^ "Maltkiln Lane/Chorley Road, Detailed map" (PDF). West Lancashire Borough Council. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  18. ^ "Hunter's Hill, Hilldale". West Lancashire Borough Council. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  19. ^ "Parbold Station Information". Northern Rail. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  20. ^ "Parbold Evangelical Church". Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  21. ^ "Christ Church, Parbold". A Church Near You. The Church of England. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  22. ^ "St James the Great, Wrightington w Heskin". A Church Near You. The Church of England. Retrieved 29 November 2015.

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