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General: Westhoughton is a popular residential town, with a population of approximately 20,000 residents. It was once a centre for mining, cotton spinning and textiles manufacture. Arguably the most famous person born in Westhoughton is the actor Robert Shaw of Jaws fame, of which there is a memorial and pub named in his honour.

Location: The M61 motorway runs through the North of Westhoughton, which is served by Junctions 5 & 6. Major roads including the A58, A6, B5236, B5325 and B5239 cross through the area allowing it to be a great point for commuters. Westhoughton has its own railway station and neighbouring Daisy Hill station is a stone’s throw away. Northern Rail cover Southport – Manchester via Wigan which makes regular stops at Westhoughton railway station. There is also a service to Manchester Piccadilly via Bolton. Westhoughton has excellent bus links with Bolton, Wigan and Leigh:

  • No 540 Stagecoach – to Bolton & Wigan
  • No 516 South Lancs Travel – Leigh to Horwich, covering Westhoughton
  • No 517 First/Maytree – Leigh to Horwich
  • No 715 Arriva – Bolton to Wigan, covering Westhoughton.

Healthcare: There several doctors’ surgery’s based in Westhoughton, including:

  • Stable Fold Surgery, Church Street – 01942 813678
  • Unsworth Group Practice, Captain Lees Road – 01942 812525
  • Church Street Surgery, Church Street – 08443 879311

There are numerous dentists, pharmacies and opticians throughout Westhoughton.

Education: There are various schools throughout Westhoughton including:

Eastock Primary School, Sacred Heart Primary School, St George’s Primary School, St James Primary School, St Thomas’ CE Primary School, The Gates Primary School, Washacre Primary School, St Bartholomew’s Primary School and Westhoughton High School / Sixth Form College.

Local facilities: There is a large Sainsbury’s supermarket on Cricketers Way for all your shopping needs and smaller convenience stores dotted throughout Westhoughton. Westhoughton has a wide range of available facilities including hairdressers, restaurants, pubs, garages, library, shops etc. Westhoughton boasts a popular local market, voted Best Small Indoor Market 2012, which is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays each week and also a local produce market on the 1st Saturday of each month.

Leisure: Westhoughton Community Leisure Centre facilities include a gym, swimming pool, and usual sports facilities. There are three local nature reserves; Hall Lee Bank Park, Cunningham Clough and Eastock Lodge.

Local authority: Bolton Council.

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