A list of books on the history of Poulton-le-Fylde and the local area. Several
are out of print but are available in local libraries.
This list was complied by Society Committee Member Brian Williams
Poulton le Fylde Through Time
Poulton-le-Fylde has a long history. It is recorded in Domesday, together with over
sixty other small communities in Amounderness, a sparsely populated coastal area
of north-west Lancashire.
From its earliest days Poulton has served as a market town, supplying goods and services
needed by the outlying farms and communities. The ancient parish church dedicated
to St Chad stands at the head of the Market Place.
While retaining its medieval street layout, planning decisions made over recent years
have changed Poulton from the small rural market town of the early twentieth century
to the community of today and inevitably some of the town’s historical legacy has
This book records some of poulton’s past and compares it with the present scene,
a reminder of what has gone and maybe a surprise to more recent residents.
ISBN 9781445609249 COVER PRICE £14.99
A History of Marton by Philip Walsh
The book begins with the earliest recorded human activity in the area and subsequently
follows the life of local people throughout the centuries. It includes major events
such as the draining of Marton Mere, the development of one of James Baines’ three
schools, set up in Marton, Thornton and Hardhorn to provide an education for poor
boys, the foundation of Elmslie School and the arrival of Holy Trinity and St Nicholas’
churches, among others, within the parish, together with many other important events
which were to shape the lives and experiences of the people.
The record of the struggle by the inhabitants of Marton to have their own parish
church is a part of the history of the development of Christianity in the area, and
it lead eventually to the vibrant St Paul’s parish church of the 21st century. The
author follows the history of St Paul’s church through the lives of the clergy appointed
to it, thus giving a unique personal viewpoint to the story as events in Marton are
interwoven with the record of each priest’s time in the parish. The changing style
of church life is well illustrated with the inclusion of current material bringing
the story of St Paul’s parish right up to date.
But apart from this wide ranging and detailed history, through his diligent and
far reaching research, the author has succeeded in bringing to light some important
new evidence, such as re-identification of the well known image of James Baines,
tithemap evidence for the site of an early church and the earliest use of Marton’s
schoolroom as a place of worship.
The inclusion of sources and references is a major and very welcome feature of the
book, making it an important addition to the record of the development of both Marton
and the wider area. It is a valuable source of information for both the interested
general reader and the local historian and a welcome addition to the collection of
material available on the local area.
Blackpool Through Time
Allan Wood & Ted Lightbown
Blackpool Through Time is a unique insight into the illustrious history of this part
of the country. Reproduced in full colour, this is an exciting examination of Blackpool,
the famous streets and the famous faces, and what they meant to the people of this
seaside resort throughout the 19th and into the 20th Century.
Looking beyond the exquisite exterior of these well-kept photos, readers can see
the historical context in which they are set and through the author's factual captions
for every picture, and carefully-selected choice of images, the reader can achieve
a reliable view of this town’s history.
Readers are invited to follow a timeline of events and watch the changing face of
this lively town, as the authors guide us through the streets of Blackpool.
There is something for everyone here, whether they have lived in the area all their
lives, or whether they are just visiting this resort for the first time. Blackpool
Through Time also shows how photography has continually evolved to keep up with an