Further to Barbara's excellent description this is from the 'Place Names of
FYLDE.from Old English (ge)filde = plain. First mentioned 1246AD.
Refers to the flat coastal plain between the Lune and the Ribble. West of
the Preston/Lancaster road.
By the way there is on old legend which says that the Fylde 'became' a plain
around 550AD when a massive storm blew down the oak forest that once covered
it.(Will get round to that in the Lancs in Times Past sketches)
----- Original Message -----
From: Barbara Lupton <f.lupton(a)cableinet.co.uk>
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2001 12:01 AM
Subject: Re: [LAN] The Fylde Boundaries
There seems to be a lot of confusion about the Fylde. The word is simply a
very old spelling of 'field'. (And you wouldn't say 'Flied'!)
and rather vaguely - it refers to the flat land between the hills and
sea, a very large number of fields! Actually everyone is right , even
the County Council handbook states categorically that the Fylde is
between the Ribble and the Wyre. It is the council themselves who
changed the designation. There is now Fylde Borough Council and Wyre
Council. There is an MP for South Fylde, which is the area around
including Lytham and St Annes besides the two MPs for Blackpool (North and
South). I see from the telephone book that 'Fylde' is also a popular name
for businesses which want to imply that they range over a wide area. 'Over
Wyre' is the area just north of the Wyre but of course it only makes
to people living south of the Wyre!
The area was not originally named like this at all. Probably 'Fylde' was
always popular rather than official usage and when looking for ancestors
might even find the northern fringes of Preston described as in the
The name is and was officially Amounderness.
Catherine Rothwell, a Lancashire historian, has produced lots of books of
old photos of Lancashire. The one on 'North Fylde' has 4 chapters, 1.
Poulton-le-Fylde, 2. Bispham, Thornton and Clevelys. 3. Fleetwood, and 4.
Across the River. In the last chapter you can see fascinating photos of
Knott End, Pilling, Hackensall, Stalmine, Preesall and so on. She is quite
unambiguous about it, referring to a farmer at Preesall as a 'North Fylde
farmer'. She also mentions a Fylde Country Museum on Woods Lane, Pilling!
Poulton-le-Fylde is and was an important centre of the Fylde but it was so
named to distinguish it from other places called Poulton, like
'Poulton-le-Sands'. They are 'Poulton in the Fylde' or 'Poulton on
Sands' (i.e. Morecambe Bay). A similar naming is 'St Michael's-on-Wyre'
which saves confusion with other churches, in this case being the name of
the village as well.
Barbara, a frequent visitor to the Fylde.
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