CUERDEN, a township, in the parish and hundred of Leyland, union of Chorley, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 4½ miles (S. S. E.) from Preston; containing 573 inhabitants. The manor was given by Roger de Poictou to Vivian Molinaux or Molyneux, who had followed him from Normandy; and afterwards devolved to various families, among whom were the Banastres, Charnocks, Langtons, and more recently, the Fleetwoods. The township comprises 800a. 1r. 19p. of land, of various soil; and is situated on the Lostock river, on the banks of which are two cotton-mills, one belonging to William Clayton, Esq., and the other to William Eccles, Esq., together employing more than 700 persons. The Preston and Parkside railway, and the Preston and Wigan road, pass through. Cuerden Hall is the seat of Robert Townley Parker, Esq., whose family and tenantry attend Bamber-Bridge church, on the opposite side of the Lostock. The vicarial tithes have been commuted for £55; and the impropriate, payable to Mr. Parker, for £39. 12. 4. A school is endowed with land of the annual value of £6, and is further supported by £7 per annum from the Lostock Hall estate, and £5 from Crooke's bequest.