The Village of Ribchester with the outlying hamlet of Stydd are situated in the picturesque Ribble Valley in the heart of rural Lancashire. Ribchester grew out of the ruins of the Roman fort of Bremetenacum and the Parish Church of Saint Wilfrid's stands where the principle buildings of the fort would have been. Always a farming community the Village grew significantly in the 17th and 18th Centuries through the expansion of the Lancashire cotton industry. The Village can still boast many of the cottages used by the hand loom weavers in the early part of the 17th century but the weaving industry has all but gone. Ribchester is still a busy place although most of its population work in the nearby city of Preston or town of Blackburn.
Ribchester has four churches; the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul's (an early 'barn' church); the Evangelical Mission Church and Saint Wilfrid's with Saint Saviour's.