Preston Rural North

Coordinates: 53°50′N 2°44′W / 53.83°N 2.73°W / 53.83; -2.73

Preston Rural North

Shown within City of Preston
Population 6,647 (2011)
DistrictCity of Preston
Ceremonial countyLancashire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
EU Parliament North West
UK ParliamentWyre and Preston North
  • Kate Calder – Conservative
  • Anthony Gornall – Conservative
  • Ken Hudson MBE – Conservative
List of places

Preston Rural North is an electoral ward in the City of Preston, Lancashire, England. The ward is the largest by area in the city, containing the smaller and smallest villages from the northern areas of Preston, from Woodplumpton bordering the M55 motorway junction at Broughton, to Beacon Fell at the border of the borough of Wyre.


Unlike many other districts of Preston, the ward of Preston Rural North is parished, in that it has within it parish councils with their own structure and elected councillors. The parishes within Preston Rural North are Woodplumpton, Barton, Whittingham, and Goosnargh.

Current councillors

Preston Council election, 2014 Sue Whittam Conservative Party
Preston Council election, 2015 Stephen Thompson Conservative Party
Preston Council election, 2016 Lona Smith Conservative Party


At the most recent census in 2001, the electoral ward of Preston Rural North had a population of 6,540, increasing to 6,647 at the 2011 Census.[1] Over 80% described themselves as Christian. Many of the people living in the wards and parishes rely on farming and agriculture for their living. At the Preston Council election, 2007, the electorate of the ward was 5,305.[2]

Preston Rural North contains the former Whittingham Hospital, now ear-marked for renewal as a residential community. The ward forms, in conjunction with its neighbour Preston Rural East, the Preston Rural electoral division of Lancashire County Council.


  1. "Preston ward population 2011". Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  2. Preston City Council
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