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 Post subject: Where`s the Centre of the Fylde?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:58 pm 
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I was explaining the Fylde to my grandson and was asked where the centre was. Hmmm - any suggestions? Great Eccleston?


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 Post subject: Re: Where`s the Centre of the Fylde?
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I would say that geographically, Thistleton is the virtual centre of the Fylde, but, historically, ie. comercially, politically and industrially, it has to be Kirkham. Feel free to disagree.

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 Post subject: Re: Where`s the Centre of the Fylde?
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I was thinking geographically and I might compromise on Elswick? But Kirkham - for a town near the edge, you really need to make a case for each of those commercial, political & industrial claims, Frank! (And define which era you`re referring to).


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 Post subject: Re: Where`s the Centre of the Fylde?
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I don't know which 'edge' you're refering to, Phil, but starting at the beginning, with the Romans, Kirkham is the only Roman presence of any size yet found in the Fylde, and I believe the Romans took over a native site, I have found three flint tools here! Middle ages saw Kirkham parish as the centre of the church's influence, which was political power in those days. Laterly Kirkham was a UDC surrounded by the Fylde District Council, with its base in Wesham. The only place in the Fylde the Cotton industry had a big presence was Kirkham, with 8 mills at its height. Then there's transport with the railways, the line came in from Preston, then at Kirkham junction split off to Lytham and Blackpool south, Blackpool Central, or Poulton and Fleetwood.
I rest my case :wink:

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I suspect that the Fylde may have been in two distinct parts until the last few hundred years - Over & Under Wyre - for two reasons. Firstly, the Wyre would have been a real obstacle in days of limited transport and few bridges. Secondly, Over Wyre was largely moss, very difficult to cross, so anyone in Over Wyre would tend see Pilling or Garstang as a centre. South of the Wyre, I must agree, Kirkham looks like the centre of choice, and there were probably many more people in the south.


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