Aighton, Bailey and Chaigley

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Aighton, Bailey and Chaigley
The Boer War Memorial, Hurst Green - - 506052.jpg
Boer War Memorial at Hurst Green
Grid reference: SD6837
Location: 53°50’24"N, 2°29’24"W
Population: 1,307  (2011[1])
Post town: Clitheroe
Postcode: BB7
Dialling code: 01254
Local Government
Council: Ribble Valley
Ribble Valley

Aighton, Bailey and Chaigley is a civil parish in the Blackburnshire hundred of Lancashire, just west of Clitheroe. The civil parish originates as a township of the ancient parish of Mitton, the rest of which lies in Yorkshire. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 1,307,[1] an increase from 1,249 in 2001.[2]

The main settlements in the parish are Hurst Green and Walker Fold. Other places are Aighton, Bailey and Chaigley, the three hamlets forming the township. Stonyhurst College is located near to Hurst Green, within the parish.


Aighton was mentioned in 1870 in the Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales by John Marius Wilson, who wrote:[3]

AIGHTON, one of three hamlets forming a township in the parish of Mitton, Lancashire. It lies near Hodder river, under Longridge fell, 3½ miles NNW of Whalley r. station, and 5 WSW of Clitheroe. It contains cotton factories, a workhouse, and the Roman Catholic college of Stonyhurst. The other hamlets of the township are Bailey and Chaighley. Acres in the three, 5,780. Real property, £6,726. Pop., 1,500. Houses, 244.


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