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Mawdesley

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Mawdesley is a village and civil parish of the Borough of Chorley in Lancashire, England. According to the 2001 Census it had a population of 1,787.HistoryThe name Mawdesley is thought to have originated in the reign of Edward I (1272–1308). The suffix 'ley' signifies a field, meadow or clearing, showing the village's rural origins. Records show that a manor existed in 1250 AD on the site of the present Mawdesley Hall.Mawdesley Hall, situated at the north end of the village and facing south, was thought to have been erected by William Mawdesley in 1625, but much altered towards the end of the 18th or beginning of the 19th century, the central hall being of the first date and the two wings of the second. The central wing has a door at the east end opening into a lobby, beyond which are the staircase and the door to the hall on the left. The hall is lighted on the south side by a long window of eleven lights. On the lintel of the doorway are the letters "W.M." for William Mawdesley. The same initials with the date 1625 are cut in the stone head of the fireplace. Over the fireplace is a large plaster panel with a shield bearing the Mawdesley arms with helm, crest and mantling, together with the date 1655 and the initials "R.M." for Robert Mawdesley. The different dates and initials would seem to show that the hall was originally erected by William Mawdesley, and that alterations were being made before his death (1659) by his son Robert.TransportThe B5246 road that connects Parbold Hill and Mere Brow, via Rufford, runs along the southern edge of the village and is known at various points as Meadow Lane, Rufford Road and Hall Lane. The nearest railway station is two miles away at Rufford and is located on the edge of the two villages.
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