Our History

St. Andrew's Parish Church has stood in the heart of Leyland for the best part of 1000 years. It has changed a bit during that time but has remained a beacon of Christianty in the area down the generations and has a proud history of planting new churches right across what was the old Saxon 'Leyland Hundred'.

Leyland is situated in the beautiful county of Lancashire in the Northwest of England. Its prosperity founded from the mills of Lancashire and the local firm of Leyland Motors who produced their first bus in 1927. Today Leyland is a vibrant small town located right at the heart of the motorway network of North-West England - its a town with a real sense of heritage and community and one we are proud to be part of.

Evidence has been found that there was a church on the present site dating back to the 12th Century. No one knows exactly how Christianity was brought to Leyland but it is most probably due to the Roman army or as a result of missionary expeditions from Ireland and Scotland, hence the name Saint Andrew. The ancient parish included the townships of Leyland; Euxton; Cuerden; Whittle-le Woods; Clayton-le Woods; Heapey; Wheelton; Withnell and Hoghton.

Just opposite the church stands Leyland's war memorial which is the focal point for the town's Remembrance  Service each November.