Brief History of Poulton:

Recent picture of Poulton-le-Fylde Market Square

The photograph shows Poulton Market Square, which became a traffic free zone in 1984, as it was in the mid 1990`s dominated by the imposing St.Chads Church - which probably dates back to AD 689 - at the rear. In the centre of the picture can be seen the War Memorial, which was moved from Queen`s Square and the refurbished premises of the County Police can be seen to the right. Just out of view on the right is the Market Cross, Fish Slab, Stocks and Whipping Post which date back to medieval times. St Chad`s Church, although not listed as such in the Doomsday Book, is nevertheless of great antiquity with a 900 year old foundation. The church is first mentioned in 1094 when Roger de Poictou gave Poulton Church and it`s land to the new Priory of Lancaster. St.Chad was a Missionary of Lichfield who lived in the 7th century and it is believed that there was a Saxon Church on the site many years before the present church. The present church bears his name.

Picture of Stocks, Fish Slab, Whipping Post & Market CrossFor centuries, Poulton has been a busy market town and port. Market days were generally held on a Monday. As Poulton`s fairs were not granted by charter, many pedlars were known to ford the river and hawk their wares unhindered. These Mondays, when most people were about , were good opportunities to put felons in the stocks or administer whippings at the Whipping Post.

In the Doomsday Book, Poulton is called Poltun and contained only two carucates of land - although it soon became an important agricultural centre as local inhabitants brought their merchandise for sale. By 1500, the `Pulton`, `Polton` and `Potton` of Saxon days had become `Poolton`, the town on the pool one mile from the River Wyre.

In addition to Poulton being an important agricultural centre, Poulton was also a busy port before Fleetwood existed. Poulton was considered a safe anchorage with shipping coming up the River Wyre. A Customs House, Customs Offiices and warehouses existed at Skippool Creek and Wardleys.

In the early 19th century, Poulton was a large exporter of limestone and three pilot ships at the mouth of the Wyre - where Fleetwood would be built - escorted ships down the Wyre to Skippool & Wardleys.


History of Poulton Band:

Flickr Slideshow of period 1875-1940

Poulton-le-Fylde Band was founded on the 25th September 1875, but little is known about its early activities, except what can be gleaned from old photographs. The early photographs show the band was small in number, and only some members

are in uniform, so it would appear that funds were probably meagre. However, it did perform at local functions as can be seen from photographs showing the band marching in processions. It is to their credit that these early members kept the band together, and it appears from documentation discovered, that the band was still operational prior to World War Two, under their conductor Mr N Hodgson.

During World War Two, the band functioned as `The Home Guard Band` under the musical direction of Mr Ernest Seed, but it was disbanded sometime between 1945 & 1951.

A letter from Mr J Greenwood, Chief Financial Officer for Poulton-le-Fylde Urban District Council, dated 26th February 1951, details efforts being made to reform the band, and enquires about the whereabouts of the instruments. A letter in reply from Mr Seed shows that the former members, and Thornton Band, had acted as Trustees for the instruments, and these were located and the band reformed.

During the period that follows, the band concerts in St.Chads Church Hall, (as they still do today), played at local galas, and entered competitions both locally, at the Tower Circus Blackpool, and further afield, one venue being Barnoldswick.

In April 1965, Poulton Band won the North West Area Qualifying Contest under their conductor Mr Cyril Carter, and competed in the finals in London in October 1965 and 1966, gaining second prize in the fourth section against bands from all other regions in 1965.Poulton Brass Band circa 1900

During the late 1960`s and early 1970`s, the band moved up to the second section under the musical expertise of Mr Glyn T Lloyd, and competed in several competitions, regularly being placed in the top four results. This successful period was continued by Mr M Antrobus and Mr S Eccles, who gained the band a fourth prize in the second section of the finals in London. Mr I Whittaker subsequently conducted the band and helped to maintain the high standard and success established by Mr Lloyd and Mr Antrobus.

The band holds certificates for competing in the W.D. & H.O. Wills Brass Band Championships in 1970-1971, and were one of the competing bands at the last contest on the 14th February 1982, to be held at The Kings Hall Belle Vue.

On February 9th 1977, they competed in the North West Area Brass Band Association Annual Championships at the Guild Hall Preston, and in March 1977, competed in the Boosey & Hawkes North West Regional Championships at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. On the 5th October 1997, Poulton gained fifth place in the second section under their present conductor, Mr Brian Harper, at the North West Area Contest, held at the Marine Hall, Fleetwood. So, after one hundred and three years in existence, the band continues to perform, and gain success, thanks to the dedicated efforts of its present M.D., Brian Harper, and the loyalty and commitment of its present members.

Photo taken during Band Dinner Dance Dec 1972
From left to right:- Jimmy North, Ilona MacPhee, Gordon MacPhee(Decd), Lillian Whittaker, Don Whittaker(Decd), Marilyn Lloyd, Glynn T Lloyd, Winnie Eccles, Squire Eccles, Graham MacPhee, Janet MacPhee, June Milne, Derek Milne, Ken & Wynne Clarke

Poulton Market Square - Circa 1890

The late Squire Eccles, Glyn Lloyd, the late Don Whittaker & Graham MacPhee
Photograph taken at the Thornton Lodge, Poulton in December 1972 at band annual Dinner Dance)