Chorley

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Coordinates: 53°39′10″N 2°37′57″W / 53.652743°N 2.632417°W / 53.652743; -2.632417

Chorley is a market town in Lancashire, in North West England. It is the largest settlement in the Borough of Chorley. The town's "wealth" came principally from the cotton industry. As recently as the 1970s the skyline was dominated by numerous factory chimneys, but most are now demolished: remnants of the industrial past include Morrison's chimney and a few other mill buildings, and the streets of terraced houses for mill workers. Chorley is known as the home of the Chorley cake.

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History

Toponymy

The name Chorley came from Anglo-Saxon Ceorla-lēah = "the peasants' clearing".

Early and Roman history

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