Chorley is a market town in north-west England (Lancashire) whose name comes from the Anglo-Saxon for 'the peasant's clearing'.
The town made its wealth from the cotton trade in the Victorian times and until about forty years ago, its skyline was dominated with factory chimneys. Throwbacks to Chorley's industrial past are apparent with several abandoned mines on the outskirts of the town.
Now Chorley boasts a bustling town centre, filled with independent shops and market stalls and is nestled between Preston, Wigan and Bolton. The Yarrow, the main river that runs through the town, is seated at the foot of the Pennine Moors.
About 41,000 people live in Chorley and some of the Emmerdale (a soap opera) cast were born in the town as well as one of the members of British band Starsailor.