Place:Fylde Rural, Lancashire, England

NameFylde Rural
TypeRural district
Coordinates53.783°N 2.883°W
Located inLancashire, England     (1894 - 1974)
See alsoFylde (borough), Lancashire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974

Fylde Rural District was located east of Blackpool, north of Lytham Urban District (later Lytham St Annes Municipal Borough), and surrounded the town of Kirkham which was an urban district. The geographical co-ordinates given are those of Kirkham which is relatively close to the centre of the rural district.

The map on the right indicates the various civil parishes in relation to each other. Most were quite small in terms of population and generally agricultural in nature. As noted in the table below, there were a number of mergers of parishes during the existence of the rural district 1894-1974. In 1900 Poulton le Fylde (#14) became an urban district and Thornton merged with Cleveleys (to become Thornton Cleveleys (#18) and also became an urban district. In the south of the district four civil parishes became two; Bryning with Warton (#3) and Newton with Clifton (#12). With the exception of areas absorbed by Blackpool and Thornton Cleveleys, this area has been, since 1974, all part of the Borough of Fylde.

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Civil Parishes

Map No.Parish NameDurationNotes
1Bispham with Norbreck1894-1903became an urban district in 1903, then was absorbed into Blackpool in 1918
2Bryning with Kellamergh1894-1934abolished in 1934 to create Bryning with Warton
3Bryning with Warton1934-1974created 1934 from Bryning with Kellamergh and Warton (Fylde) parishes
5Clifton with Salwick1894-1934since 1934 part of Newton with Clifton
8Greenhalgh with Thistleton1894-1974also Greenalgh with Thistleton (note spelling)
9Little Eccleston with Larbreck1894-1974included Great Eccleston
10Marton1894-1974including both Great Marton and Little Marton
11Medlar with Wesham1894-1974
12Newton with Clifton1934-1974created 1934 from Clifton with Salwick and Newton with Scales parishes
13Newton with Scales1894-1934since 1934 part of Newton with Clifton
14Poulton le Fylde1894-1900became an urban district in 1900
15Ribby with Wrea1894-1974
16Singleton1894-1974made up of Great Singleton and Little Singleton
17Staining1894-1974parish originally named Hardhorn with Newton, but described here as Staining
18Thornton1894-1900became an urban district in 1900 and joined with neighbouring village of Cleveleys in 1927 to become Thornton Cleveleys
19Treales Roseacre and Wharles1894-1974
20Warton (Fylde) 1894-1934abolished in 1934 to create Bryning with Warton
21Weeton with Preese1894-1974
22Westby with Plumptons1894-1974

Research Tips

  • See the Wikipedia articles on parishes and civil parishes for descriptions of this lowest rung of local administration. The original parishes (known as ancient parishes) were ecclesiastical, under the jurisdiction of the local priest. A parish covered a specific geographical area and was sometimes equivalent to that of a manor. Sometimes, in the case of very large rural parishes, there were chapelries where a "chapel of ease" allowed parishioners to worship closer to their homes. In the 19th century the term civil parish was adopted to define parishes with a secular form of local government. In WeRelate both civil and ecclesiastical parishes are included in the type of place called a "parish". Smaller places within parishes, such as chapelries and hamlets, have been redirected into the parish in which they are located. The names of these smaller places are italicized within the text.
  • Rural districts were groups of geographically close civil parishes in existence between 1894 and 1974. They were formed as a middle layer of administration between the county and the civil parish. Inspecting the archives of a rural district will not be of much help to the genealogist or family historian, unless there is need to study land records in depth.
  • Civil registration or vital statistics and census records will be found within registration districts. To ascertain the registration district to which a parish belongs, see Registration Districts in Lancashire, part of the UK_BMD website.
  • Lancashire Online Parish Clerks provide free online information from the various parishes, along with other data of value to family and local historians conducting research in the County of Lancashire.
  • FamilySearch Lancashire Research Wiki provides a good overview of the county and also articles on most of the individual parishes (very small or short-lived ones may have been missed).
  • Ancestry (international subscription necessary) has a number of county-wide collections of Church of England baptisms, marriages and burials, some from the 1500s, and some providing microfilm copies of the manuscript entries. There are specific collections for Liverpool (including Catholic baptisms and marriages) and for Manchester. Their databases now include electoral registers 1832-1935. Another pay site is FindMyPast.
  • A map of Lancashire circa 1888 supplied by A Vision of Britain through Time includes the boundaries between the parishes and shows the hamlets within them.
  • A map of Lancashire circa 1954 supplied by A Vision of Britain through Time is a similar map for a later timeframe.
  • GENUKI provides a website covering many sources of genealogical information for Lancashire. The organization is gradually updating the website and the volunteer organizers may not have yet picked up all the changes that have come with improving technology.
  • The Victoria County History for Lancashire, provided by British History Online, covers the whole of the county in six volumes (the seventh available volume [numbered Vol 2] covers religious institutions). The county is separated into its original hundreds and the volumes were first published between 1907 and 1914. Most parishes within each hundred are covered in detail. Maps within the text can contain historical information not available elsewhere.