Freckleton shown within Lancashire
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Freckleton is a village and civil parish on the Fylde coast in Lancashire, England, to the south of Kirkham and east of the seaside resort of Lytham St. Annes. It has a population of 6,045. The village is near Warton, with its links to BAE Systems. Warton Aerodrome's 1.5 miles (2.4 km) runway is partly within Freckleton's boundary. Freckleton has a parish council, and is part of Fylde Borough, and Fylde constituency.
The name of the village appears in the Domesday Book as "Frecheltun" and is said to derive from 'Farmstead of a man called Frecla', with Old English tun and Nordic personal name. It was one of 62 settlements to be found in the Hundred of "Agemvndrenesse" (Amounderness). Another suggested derivation is from the Anglo-Saxon word for "lusty" or "argumentative".
Freckleton supplied water to the Roman fort at Kirkham, and in the 19th century was a port for the ship building industry. The local community made rope and sail cloth, indications of which are reflected in local street names.
In World War II, American forces from the neighbouring Warton Aerodrome resided in the village. The Freckleton Air Disaster occurred on 23 August 1944, when an aircraft attempting to land at Warton during stormy weather crashed onto Freckleton's Holy Trinity School. Sixty-one people lost their lives, including thirty-eight infants, their two teachers, and the three air crew. Other victims included several residents and US personnel in a snack bar across the road from the school. Annual commemorations still take place, attended by residents and US veterans.
Freckleton Library was opened in 1980 by Sir Edward Gardner, MP for Fylde South. It replaced the mobile library which used the same site. Before the new library opened, the public library was situated on Lytham Road.
Freckleton Cricket Club plays at Bush Lane; it was formed at the beginning of the 1900s. It won the Meyler Cup for the third time in 2013, following up wins in 2012 and 2002. The side currently competes in the Premier Division of the Moore & Smalley Palace Shield and will be led in 2015 by Andrew Hogarth, who succeeds the charismatic James 'Jimmy' Fiddler.
Freckleton stages a half marathon each year in June. The race has been staged since 1965 and is the oldest half marathon in the UK. The first race was won by Ron Hill who participated in the 1964 Olympics marathon. It attracts over 700 entrants.
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Fylde Retrieved 2009-09-18
- Mills, Anthony David (2003); A Dictionary of British Place Names, p. 195, Oxford University Press, revised edition (2011). ISBN 019960908X
- Bevan, E. M. and Ramsbottom, M. (1994), A Walk Round Old Freckleton, Hedgehog Historical Publications, ISBN 1-898-06204-8.
- Shakeshaft, P. 2001, The History of Freckleton, Carnegie Publishing, p. 208
- Shakeshaft, P. 2001, The History of Freckleton, Carnegie Publishing, p.245
- "The Church of Holy Trinity, Freckleton, Lancashire, England". freckletonparishchurch.org. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
- Peter Shakeshaft (1977). "A Short History of Holy Trinity Freckleton" (PDF). freckletonparishchurch.org. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
- "Freckleton Methodist Church". freckleton-methodist-church.org. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
- "Kirkham Rd Wesleyan Methodist, Freckleton". genuki.org. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
- Freckleton Library
- History of Freckleton
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