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 Post subject: skipool
PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:02 pm 
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Hi All!!! I'd be very interested to hear any hearsay stories people have about Skipool in it's heyday... How long ago did it stop being used as a port? Can it be true, that such a (now) peacefull area, was really known for skullduggery and pirates haunts??? When would this have been??? What mischiefs really went on down there by the banks of the river Wyre and what tell tale signs are still existant of it's dark history??? regards Kaz


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 Post subject: Re: skipool
PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:53 pm 
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I guess this doesn't amswer your question, but the same could be said for Wardleys Creek on the other side of the river.

Both Skippool and Wardleys have a fascinating history - Wardleys still has a large stone quayside, while Skippool had one that was, reputedly, much bigger.

The name of Skippool is used in the new Blackpool Tower 'Dungeon' attraction.

I, too, would love to know a bit more, but George Mould's 'Lancashire's Unknown River' book is a good source of reference.


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 Post subject: Re: skipool
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:35 pm 
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I believe I`ve read that the quays at Skippool and Wardley`s date from Roman times. Has anyone any idea what size of boats would have been catered for in those days? Would they be up to ocean going size or coastal traffic?


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 Post subject: Re: skipool
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:37 pm 
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Without referencing this further just now, I understand that there were some pretty big sailing vessels built at Wardleys.

The quayside there is pretty big, as you would expect of one of the principal, if not THE, principal port for Poulton-le-Fylde.

Not too sure of its origins being Roman, although there are Roman numerals down one part of the quay culminating in the letter X because of the silting over the years.

See my posting and pictures of the Wardleys quayside elsewhere on this forum.


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 Post subject: Re: skipool
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:00 am 
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Are there any new books out there on Skipool??? I hear there are going to be Ghost, Myths and Legends walk in Poulton on October 30th starting up in Poulton next year!!!
There is mention within posts on Poulton le Fylde past (facebook)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2300264 ... tif_t=like


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