Rivington in Lancashire, lies to the North of Horwich and is reached from Lever Park Avenue. The river Douglas starts in Rivington, heading South through Wigan, marking the boundary between Horwich and Rivington. An early form of its name “Ruhwinton” could be derived from a rough farm steading, or “Rowenton”, the settlement of the mountain ash. Bronze age burial sites have been found on many hilltops. Above Rivington are the “Terraced Gardens”, all that now remains of the former house and estate of Lord Leverhulme.
Lever Park was bought in1900 by Mr William Hesketh Lever (1851-1925), first Viscount Leverhulme. Shortly after buying the Rivington estate with around 400 acres of land, he donated much of it to the people of Bolton.
The village of Rivington is a conservation area and is a place of stunning beauty. It is part of The West Pennine Moors and most recently came to notice when it hosted the outdoor cycling events for the Commonwealth Games 2002. (Held in Manchester)