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Church of St Ambrose, Leyland
|Population||35,578  (2001 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||PR25, PR26|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
|UK Parliament||South Ribble|
The name of the town is of old Anglo-Saxon origin, meaning "untilled land".
English Leyland was an area of fields, with Roman roads passing through, from ancient Wigan to Walton-le-Dale.
The town is famous primarily for the bus and truck manufacturer Leyland Motors, which between the 1950s and 1970s expanded and grew to own several British motor manufacturers, including British Motor Corporation, Standard-Triumph and Rover, culminating in the massive British Leyland company. The truck business still operates today as Leyland Trucks, and is owned by Paccar.
Leyland railway station is on the West Coast Main Line and is run by Northern. There is one train an hour between Liverpool Lime Street and Preston. There is also one train an hour between Manchester Victoria/Hazel Grove to Blackpool North.
Leyland is made up by six different areas, the town centre itself as the main retail side, with the railway station, library and shops nearby. The other areas include Broadfield, Moss Side, Worden Park, Turpin Green and the Wade Hall estate.
Famous people who have grown up or lived in Leyland include:
- Clarke Carlisle, footballer, was educated at Balshaw's CE High School
- Trevor Hemmings, multi millionaire philanthropist spent his teenage years in Leyland
- Phil Jones, footballer
- Population of 35,578 is the sum of the following ward populations: Moss Side 3673; Earnshaw Bridge 3722; Golden Hill 3982; Seven Stars 3701; Lowerhouse 4050; Leyland St. Mary's 3562; Leyland Central 3626; Leyland St. Ambrose 3337; Leyland St. John's 5925. All accessed 30 September 2011.
- BBC Online (2006a) Schools in Lancashire, Education\League Tables, 19 January 2006 [accessed 27 June 2007]
- BBC Online (2006b) Institutions in Lancashire, Education\League Tables, 19 January 2006 [accessed 4 May 2007]
- Hunt, D., (1990), The History of Leyland and District, Carnegie Press, ISBN 0-948789-48-4
- Hunt, D. and Waring, W. (1995), The Archive Photograph Series: Leyland, Chalford Publishing Company, ISBN 0-7524-0348-6
- Smith, J., (2003), Then and Now: Leyland, Tempus Publishing, ISBN 0-7524-2672-9
- South Ribble Borough Council – Leyland Town Centre Masterplan [accessed 23 April 2008]