PR5 (Bamber Bridge) area guide

PR5
Bamber Bridge
The PR5 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Bamber Bridge, Bamber Bridge East, Bamber Bridge North, Bamber Bridge West, Brindle and Hoghton, Charnock, Clayton-le-Woods North, Clayton-le-Woods West and Cuerden, Coupe Green and Gregson Lane, Farington East, Farington West, Higher Walton, Hoghton, Lancashire, Lostock Hall, Preston, Riley Green, Samlesbury, Samlesbury and Walton, Samlesbury Bottoms, Tardy Gate, Walton Le Dale, Walton-Le-Dale.
Bamber Bridge derives from its Old English which means ‘Tree-trunk Bridge.’ The village is often referred to as ‘The Brig’ by local residents. In the late 18th century, calico printing was the primary industry in the village. However, nearly a century later, Bamber experienced economic hardship amidst a dwindling cotton trade. Many large manufacturers and spinners shut their doors due to bankruptcy. Other manufacturers addressed the economic downturn by implementing large layoffs. As a result of such cutbacks, Bamber Bridge was one of the leading centres in regards to trade union organisation. Throughout WWII, Bamber hosted a great number of American servicemen at their base at Mounsey Road.
To this day, Bamber Bridge has maintained its small-town feel. Currently the population of PR5 just exceeds 39,000, while an average resident is 38 years of age. Nearly ten per cent of the population is composed of migrants. There is quite a range in regards to socio-economic level in Bamber Bridge, with homes ranging from around £700,000 on the most exclusive areas such as Berkeley Drive, to just £60,000 on roads such as William Street. Overall, a middle-class, family-oriented atmosphere characterises the town. Crime rates are below the national average, minus sexual offences which are slightly above the national average.
Among the more entertaining venues in Bamber Bridge is the Bamber Bridge Leisure Centre, which provides top-grade athletic facilities suitable for the entire family. There are many different options to choose from including indoor swimming, racquetball, badminton and basketball courts, along with a full-service gym and on-site specialists, trainers and coaches. As one of the largest leisure centres in the country, this is certainly a good venue to visit!

Whilst in town, a visit to the 15th century Norman castle belonging to the de Hoghton family is truly essential. This fabulous estate features the banquet hall where King James coined the loin of beef, ‘Sir Loin’ and was later the starting ground where Shakespeare and Dickens launched their careers. Amongst the array of gardens, staterooms, underground passages and dungeons, is a culmination of both historical and literary significance, not to mention beauty and discovery. The estate currently serves as a picturesque wedding, filming and special events venue.

Bamber Bridge is easily accessible with the M6 situated close to the city lines, including a junction with the M61 from Manchester.