Poulton-le-Fylde Historical & Civic Society

APRIL 2024


There are several families living in Poulton who are able to trace their roots back through many generations. Many records for Poulton are to be found in the Lancashire Archives (previously called the Lancashire Record Office) in Preston.


If you are researching families in POULTON, THORNTON, FLEETWOOD, BLACKPOOL and the surrounding area you might like to email brief details of the name/s to add to the list below: please email   mc.storey@btinternet.com

CAN YOU HELP? The following family historians would be pleased to make contact with anyone having similar interests. We have replied to each of the queries but there may be people who have more information which would help. New names are added regularly..










I am interested in when, where and how soldiers were recruited to fight in the army under Oliver CROMWELL during the 1640s and 1650s.  If there is any information on recruitment in the Fylde area, or any pointers to potentially useful records, I would be grateful to hear of them.  

At least two of my ancestors, William EDMUNDSON and William BARCROFT, fought in this army in England and shortly afterwards settled in Ireland, becoming Quakers.  It is possible that a third Irish Quaker ancestor, Richard FAYLE, had a similar past, and was recruited from the Fylde.

Contact David Fayle at df@bioaccent.com.au




I am researching the BAMBERS of Poulton especially Hugh b. about 1830 and his father Thomas b. about 1811. Hugh married Mary Little in 1898 at West Derby, Liverpool. One of their two daughters was Elizabeth who married Jack Braddock in 1922 and went on to become the celebrated Liverpool MP. Any information about Hugh or Thomas would be very welcome.

Michael Jones       spikemj@blueyonder.co.uk




I have been researching the BUTLER families at Poulton-le-Fylde for around 20 years now.  My grandmother Annie BUTLER was born at Poulton-le-Fylde 26 Sept 1876, daughter of Nicholas BUTLER and Agnes EASTHAM.

I have taken her BUTLER family back to Thomas BUTLER (born 1776 Thornton) and his wife Alice HULL who marr

18 Sept 1796 at Poulton-le-Fylde. (Alice was born 1777 at Hardhorn dau of John HULL and Alice ROE).  

My grandmother's great-aunt was Rebecca BUTLER who marr Thomas SILCOCK and it was their son Richard SILCOCK who farmed at Thornton Hall and founded R. Silcock & Sons.

Thank you for your help Marian Young   Canberra, Australia  youngm@iimetro.com.au




I have traced my family back to my GG Grand father Robert CARTER who was a Master Butcher in Market Place P le F .

I am curious to see if anyone has info. on who his parents were . He married as a widower, Mary Bamber in St Chads Church .


The other Family names I’d like more info on are GG Grandfather Thomas Moulding and his wife Frances Holden. Has anyone looking for the same people

Mary McDermott  





I am looking for details of the parents of John Collinson born Fleetwood 1816. I believe his father's given name was Robert.

John married (1) Jane Barrow      (2) Agnes Sharp

Pam Summers






I have just been looking on the Poulton Le Fylde Historic and Civic Society and wondered if you or possibly one of your Members could please help me?


I am researching the Collinson family, and have managed to get back as far as Christopher Collinson marrying Alice Hull in 1716 in Poulton Le Fylde.  Christopher and Alice are my 6 x great grandparents.


My initial link to the Collinsons in Poulton Le Fylde is John Collinson, who was born there in 1776.  He moved to Heaton, near Lancaster, and married Betty Sowerbutts at the Parish Church there in 1799. As far as I can trace back, John was the youngest of five children, his siblings being Christopher, Grace,  another John (who I guess died?) and Betty. John's parents were Robert Collinson and Ann Singleton and Robert's father was Christopher, born probably around 1700.

Any information anybody could give me would be much appreciated.


Diane Howe  Diane-Howe@equitable35.freeserve.co.uk





I am currently researching my grandmother's mother's surname which is Croft. I started with this due to a WW1 record I had for my grandmother's father, who was killed in action in 1917. I have managed to get back to 1858 which is the year that Henry Croft was born.


The census shows that Henry was born in Out Rawcliffe, however I have tried the records for the churches at Out Rawcliffe, Pilling, Hambleton & Stalmine and cannot find a record. The nearest I can find is on the BMD index with a DOB 1858 with a place of birth as Poulton Le Flyde. Can someone advise whether Out Rawcliffe could come under Poluton Le Fylde's churches. I am not sure if the religion was Cof E or Catholic but so far all the records have been CofE.

Many thanks

Angela Williams         haydw@tiscali.co.uk  




I have a great deal of information on the Cartmell family of Marton Moss & Lytham.

I was trying to contact William Cross wcross13@comcast.net as I have information for him on William Cross & Betty Cartmell but it seems his address is no longer valid.

I have been researching the Cartmell's of the Fylde for 30 years now so can you add my e-mail address to the site if anyone wants information they are free to e-mail me.


Barry Cartmell  bazcartmell@yahoo.co.uk




Many generations baptised in Poulton Le Fylde and Bispham throughout the 1700's and 1800's. Largely based on parish and census records the various familes resided in Thornton Le Fylde (Holmes), Four Lane Ends, Carleton, Poulton Le Fylde, Fleetwood and Blackpool. Would be interested in corresponding with any Cross researcher in this area.


Thanks dave2cross@yahoo.ca




I am working on the above families The principal family is William CROSS (born 1827 in Marton; d. 1903) and Elizabeth "Betty" Cartinell (b. 1829, d. after 1881). The couple is listed in the 1881 census as farming, with their Dwelling: Hey Houses Lane in Lytham, Lancashire. They had 8 children:

Alexander (b. Sept. 6 1854 and emigrated to America);

Agnes (b. 1855; married John Whiteside);

George (b. about 1862, married Alice);

William Cross, Jr. (b. 1863, married Ann Singleton);

Elizabeth (b. about 1866; married Ernest Pemberton);

Ellen (b. 1867; married James Whiteside);

John T. (b. 1869); and

Richard (b. 1870; married Esther Ann Draper)

I would be grateful for any help or clues, especially for taking William's line back a generation or two.


William Cross wcross13@comcast.net




I am researching my Family History and noted that my forebears hailed from the Poulton area. The names I have to date are John Comstie 1588 - Little Pulton, William Cumpstey 1620. William Cumpstey 1660, James Cumpstey 1732 - Pilling.


I wondered if any of your Members have any information relating to the Cumpstey Family.


Kind regards    fcumpstey@tiscali.co.uk  

Fred Cumpstey





I reside in Canada and found this site by accident and was wondering if anyone can tell me about the name Drinkwater (Samuel) Married at St. Chad's Church June 13 1816 to a Peggy Betcher. The witnesses were Richard Jackson and Alice Bleasath ? Sam Born 1787 in Lancashire burried 14 of June 1849 in Howes side Marton. Peggy born 1794/1795 died Febuary 1 1875/1876 burried at Marton Parish Church. Trying to locate Sam's birth place if anyone have information please e-mail at this address

lancashire.lass@rogers.com    Many Thanks  Jeannie Webb





I am looking for any information about Poulton High School that was on Lockwood Avenue in Poulton. My godmother and 2 or 3 other members of the family went there in the 1920s and 30s.


Their names were DUNSTAN, REVINGTON and WADDINGTON. The Dunstan's lived on Victoria Road. My great grandfather was a tailor in Manchester and then on General Street in Blackpool, where his daughter Daisy Revington was a milliner.


My grandfather, Jim Waddington, lived on Bispham Road and then was signalman at Carleton Crossing and lived in the house next to the crossing. They then moved to Blackpool Road and in the 1950s he was a member of Carleton Bowling Club and I can remember going occasionally


He was also verger of the United Reformed Church in Poulton, by the traffic lights.

Any information from any of your readers would be appreciated.

Thanks Gail Farnworth     gf@blackpool.ac.uk



Looking for any information concerning the Eaves family, especially the whereabouts of their farm at Hardhorn 1735-1790; William Eaves, blacksmith, Breck Road, Poulton, 1840s; Alexander Eaves, Blacksmith, Thornton 1830s; Robert Eaves, Blacksmith, Bay Horse Beer Shop, Thornton, 1840s; Richard Eaves, Labourer, Skippool, lived in cottage
site now occupied by Wyre Hotel 1800-1845; Richard Eaves, labourer, lived in Breck Road, Poulton, 1840; Samuel Eaves, labourer and former seaman, Skippool, ived in cottage site now occupied by Wyre Hotel, 1850-65. And, of course, any other information relevant to the Eaves family in general.
Please contact: David Eaves, email at
david.sabden11@btinternet.com. All information acknowledged and gratefully received.




I am looking for the ETHERINGTONS who farmed at GREENBANK FARM POULTON. They also had a pie and cake shop in Poulton.Myerscough family from 1814 onwards. They lived in Layton.  Also Robert and Margaret Jones who lived in Blackpool around 1880 onwards. I am also researching MYERSCOOUGH and CORNTHWAITE

Hope you can help.    Regards Jean    jeananon@msn.com




John Corbridge

We are researching our family history in particular the FARES, some of whom are buried in St. Chads Churchyard in Poulton. We know that various Fares from the 15th century onwards owned or worked on a number of farms in the area, in particular Normoss, Newton, Staining and Hardhorn. Any information on any of the Fare family members would be most welcome.


My mother was Marjorie Fare and I am in contact with other present members of the family to share information.





During my research into family history I have discovered that my great-great-grandfather was a member of what I believe was a large farming family in the Poulton/Norcross area in the early/mid 19th century.  

His name was Richard FARE and his father according to one of Richard's marriage certificates (he was married four times!) was Cuthbert Fare.  Cuthbert could have married Ellen Brewer in St Chads on 18 July 1788. It is also likely that Ellen died and Cuthbert remarried a Jenney Brown also at St Chads on 5 September 1810. Cuthbert was a school master and is likely to have taught in a Poulton School but the rest of his family seem to be agricultural.

Do you have any information in the local files that may give more insight into their lives at that time. It would also be good if the details I have gained can be substantiated through local records.

Thanks and Regards

Adrian Smith  ariadne2007@btinternet.com




I am interested in the FAYLE family of the Fylde, especially between 1500 and 1750.  Other spellings include FAILE and ffAILE. Local historian Pat Allois has done extensive research on this family, including on records of a farmhouse erected in the 1670s on a known site in Little Poulton (which she has reconstructed as an artist’s impression).  

My ancestor Richard Fayle is first heard of as a Quaker in the earliest days of the establishment of that religion in Ireland by another ancestor, William Edmundson, in 1654.  Both these men were among a small group of Quakers who moved from Lurgan, Armagh, to County Cavan (Belturbet area) in 1656.

I would like to find out where Richard Fayle came from.  The two possibilities (apart from Ireland) are the Poulton-le-Fylde area of Lancashire, and the Isle of Man.  In both places were families of Fayle prior to (and after) 1654.  My guess is Lancashire, and, like Edmundson, he may also have fought with Cromwell’s army – all pure speculation at this point.  

Recently I found reference on the Quaker’s Mega-database to a Hannah Fayle, born in Lancashire, who married in Cavan 22 Aug 1679 (to William Simons from the Isle of Man). Her father was a Richard Fayle of Lancashire, which was also her residence. It’s plausible she had joined family in Cavan, and it would certainly be consistent with a Lancashire origin.  Richard is a common name among the Lancashire Fayles.  Any information on Lancashire FAYLE is welcome.

Contact David Fayle at df@bioaccent.com.au




I am researching the Fenton family.   the earlist I can get back is to my 4x grt grandfather William Fenton  born 1793 and baptised at St Chads Poulton  He married a Ann Sharples  in 1819 also at St Chads.     William’s father was a John Fenton but all it says for his mother is her first name Dolly  William and Ann used to live in Occupation Row and then went to live in Thornton and had 8 children. Any information on the Fenton Family  would be appreciated  could you tell me how I would go about finding a inquest report ?  On researching the Fentons  my 4x Grt Grandfather  had 8 children and quite a few died  but 2 of them -  Robert and William -   were buried on the same day and in the records it says  coroners order after inquest  William and Robert bracketed together   Burial: 7 Jan 1849 Christ Church, Thornton le Fylde, Lancashire, England

William Fenton -  Age: 14  Abode: Thornton   Notes: Coroner's Order after Inquest [William & Robert bracketed together]

Buried by: R W Russell  Register: Burials 1841 - 1891, Entry 139 Source: LDS Film 14701930

I wondered how I could find any more information on this ?

Thanks for taking the time to reply.  your website is really interesting    Jacky in Cumbria  hmsavage@btinternet.com




I have just been reading the historical society notes. My brief details are : Paul Bernard Fewell, formerly of 38 Moorfield Ave ,Carleton & 6 Fleetwood Rd South Carleton. I was b. 1946. I lived mainly at the first address until moving to the second address in the '60's.  I was educated at Sacred Heart primary school Blackpool, Holy Family primary school  North Shore,&  St John Vianney Marton. 

I went to Palatine Road School of Art for approx 12 months.  I then joined the police force in the old West Riding,  Yorks.

My connections with Blackpool, Carleton, Poulton and district span a time period of from 1946 right up until  1988.  my mother and father lived in Carleton from 1938 to approx 1988.  I still have connections with the area insomuch that I have a cousin living in Kirkham.   I always enjoy to go back, and I have fond memories of Carleton and Poulton.  Does any one out there remember me?  I have three brothers,  Peter, Anthony and Michael.  Michael is one year older than me, and Peter & Anthony are pre-war babies.

Thank you.   I hope this will generate some familiar names, and then I could maybe develop the issue further by renewing my connection with the area geographically etc.

Paul  Fewell of Sunningdale, Royal Berkshire.       paul.fewell@hotmail.co.uk



I have been reading the Names in the Poulton le Fylde Historical Society web site. Our youngest brother Paul has contacted us with the name of a school mate who had seen our Family Name. So here is a short addition to the Fewells.

We arrived at 38. Moorfield Ave in 1939.    My Mother Kathleen, Father Sydney Regular Essex Regiment,  Anthony & me.


I was born in Essex 28th January 1935.and Tony 12th May 1937.    I suppose we were early evacuees .Dad went over to France at the commencment of the War.He was evacuated in "41 from Dunkirk.    School was at St John's Breck Road, then St. Joseph's College Newton Drive.       I went to Sheffield University 1954 and managed a B.Eng (Mining).     I emigrated to South Africa and worked in/on Gold and other Mines here,  Cornwall & Brasil.     Married Dorothy Young from Sunderland. Three Daughters,   retired to Simon's Town Western Cape.

Completed this on the Day Nelson Mandela has been Buried.


Kind Regards

Peter Fewell.




Tracing family history and came across an address for Gannon at Blackpool Road, Hardhorn with Newton.Could anyone show me where this road was in 1891 please? The road seems to have linked Staining with Carleton.Are there any photogaphs, drawings etc of Middle Farm, Hardhorn?


I beleive it was taken over by Fylde Farm School and demolished in the late 50's or very early 60's The family who last farmed there were Hogkinsons.Any I would be greatfull for any information.

Harry Gannon  phgannon@hotmail.com




I am researching my family. Main family name Green – early members were Greenhalgh and Greenwood. We have three

generations who were christened, married at St Chads.   Generations had Heads who were called John. They did marry someof the other names mentioned on your page – Cupstey, Lawrenson.

Other Churches in our records are All Hallows, Bispham, St Michael’s  Kirkham.


Val Allport (nee Green)  seniorallports@bigpond.com




Hello, I am looking for information on my fathers side of the family. He was born in Poulton in 1927. Dad’s name is John (Jack) and his parents were named William and Florence Hargreaves and they lived in 29 Flag Street, Fleetwood. Any info would be nice.

Regards,  Brian Hargreaves

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After many hundreds of years with my family living around Bolton, for some unexplained reason many of them suddenly relocated to Poulton le Fylde between the years of 1909 and 1920. The 1911 census shows these 3 brothers (all farmers) and 1 sister, all unmarried living at Norcross Lane Carleton Poulton Le Fylde. Their names are Roger Albert Heaton (30), Roland Heaton (43), Robert Heaton (39) and Ada Jane Heaton (28). The fact that these older adults were all single (and never did marry) is unusual in itself but is probably another story. Does anyone have any idea what might draw them to Poulton Le Fylde during this time period? Are there any directories available that might help either pinpoint the dates, or otherwise explain their activities? Any help would be much appreciated!

Robert Heaton, Alberta, Canada rjheaton@shaw.ca   





Do you have any information about a John Hudson who lived in Poulton in the late 18th century?, his will is dated 1770.

It appears that he was my great, great, great, great grandfather.?


Philip Morris   philipmorris@fsmail.net  



Family history in Poulton