Sporting Chorley Exhibition

The Sporting Chorley Exhibition at the Astley hall Farmhouse opens again on 19th January 2019 after the Christmas break.
Today, Chorley is well served with sporting and leisure facilities catering for every taste and age. Over the years the town has produced many outstanding sporting personalities. Paul Marriner started as an amateur with Chorley FC and went on to play for England and win the FA Cup and other medals with Ipswich Town. Lora Fairclough won the Northern England Golf Championship and many other honours at National and International level. More recently Sir Bradley Wiggins won Olympic Gold, the Tour de France as well as many other prestigious awards and ex-England captain and rugby legend Bill Beaumont was given a Knighthood in the New Year’s honour list.
The people of Chorley have always enjoyed their sport and leisure pursuits so it seemed appropriate that the Heritage Group should mount an exhibition that displays the various activities enjoyed by its inhabitants, from the middle ages until the present time. Here the visitor will discover a visual record of every sport from football and cricket to archery and rambling; from bowling and golf to motor rallying and athletics; from swimming and cycling to boxing and badminton - all these and a dozen or so other pursuits. Whatever your interest you will find something to interest you. The exhibition has been running from mid-October and will continue to the end of February. Initially it was displayed in the Upper Gallery only but after Christmas we have been fortunate enough once again to have been given the Lower Gallery which means that we will be able to expand it with many more items on display as well a television with rotating images and a host of additional artefacts. We hope that this additional space which proved so popular with visitors to our recent Mining Exhibition will attract those visiting Astley Park in large numbers and allow them to enjoy their sporting heritage.
OPEN Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday 12.00 to 15.30