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Pleasington (/ˈplɛzɪŋtən/) is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Blackburn with Darwen, Lancashire, England. It had a population of 467 in the 2001 census,[1] reducing to 446 at the 2011 Census.[2]

Pleasington
Pleasington Priory.jpg
Pleasington Priory
Pleasington is located in Blackburn with Darwen
Pleasington
Pleasington
Shown within Blackburn with Darwen
Pleasington is located in Lancashire
Pleasington
Pleasington
Location within Lancashire
Population446 (2011)
OS grid referenceSD642263
Civil parish
  • Pleasington
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBLACKBURN
Postcode districtBB2
Dialling code01254
PoliceLancashire
FireLancashire
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
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Lancashire
53°43′59″N 2°32′38″W / 53.733°N 2.544°W / 53.733; -2.544Coordinates: 53°43′59″N 2°32′38″W / 53.733°N 2.544°W / 53.733; -2.544

It is a rural village set on a hillside above the River Darwen. The village was listed in the Domesday Book as Plesigtune, a name which means "a settlement owned by Plessa's People".[3]

Pleasington railway station is on the East Lancashire Line with trains to destinations including the nearby towns of Blackburn and Preston.

The Roman Catholic Church of St Mary and St John Baptist [1] in the village is known as Pleasington Priory and was built between 1816 - 1819 in a Gothic style.[4] It is one of only two Grade I Listed buildings in the borough of Blackburn with Darwen.[5]

Pleasington Old Hall is another historic building, built in 1587,[6] and is Grade II Listed.[7] A nature reserve[2] near the hall was declared in 2006.[8]

Also near the village is Pleasington Playing Fields, a large outdoor sports facility with 12 football pitches[9] opened in 1963 by the Duke of Edinburgh as King George's Fields.[10] Witton Country Park is connected to the playing fields by a bridge over the River Darwen. Overlooking the area is Pleasington Cemetery, the main cemetery and crematorium for the Blackburn area.

Pleasington is on the National Cycle Network Route 6, one of the main national bicycle routes in the UK, which is planned to connect Windsor to the Lake District.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics Home Page
  2. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Pleasington Parish (1170211127)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  3. ^ Tourist Guide To Pleasington (from Blackburn Citizen)
  4. ^ Lancashire Churches - Pleasington
  5. ^ Pleasington Priory
  6. ^ GENUKI: Pleasington, Lancashire genealogy
  7. ^ Listed Buildings
  8. ^ English Nature - Local Nature Reserves - Details - Text
  9. ^ Playing fields : Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
  10. ^ Blackburn Encyclopaedia K

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