Singleton, Lancashire

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Coordinates: 53°50′13″N 2°56′31″W / 53.837°N 2.942°W / 53.837; -2.942

Singleton
Old Gatehouse onto Singleton Park - geograph.org.uk - 483903.jpg
Singleton Park Gatehouse
Singleton is located in Lancashire
Singleton
Singleton
 Singleton shown within Lancashire
Population 877 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SD3838
Civil parish Singleton
District Fylde
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town POULTON-LE-FYLDE
Postcode district FY6
Dialling code 01253
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Fylde
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Singleton is a village and civil parish in Lancashire, England. It is situated on the coastal plain called The Fylde. It is located south-east of Poulton-le-Fylde, and as of the 2001 census had a population of 877.[1] The parish is sometimes referred to as two parts – Great Singleton is the larger part containing the village, and Little Singleton is a small area north of the village bordering the River Wyre.[2]

Singleton railway station once served the village as part of the Preston and Wyre Joint Railway. The station was situated west of the village, on the road to Blackpool.

Singleton's parish church is St Anne's, designed by Lancaster architect Edward Graham Paley and completed in 1861.[3] It has been designated a Grade II listed building by English Heritage.[4]

History[edit]

At the time of the Roman conquest of Britain in the 1st century AD, the area around Singleton was inhabited by a Celtic tribe called the Setantii.[5] The village was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Singletun.[2]

In 2011, drilling equipment was installed at Grange Hill, east of the village, to test for shale gas in the Bowland shale formation around 3 km below the surface.[6] In 2013 Cuadrilla and Centrica made plans for hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, at the site.[7]

Governance[edit]

Singleton is combined with Greenhalgh-with-Thistleton to form the ward of Singleton and Greenhalgh, which elects one councillor.[8] As of 2008 it is represented by Maxine Chew, an independent councillor.[9] Singleton also has a parish council.

The village is represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom as part of Fylde. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. Since the 2010 general election, Fylde has been represented at Parliament by Conservative MP Mark Menzies. The village is also part of the North West England constituency of the European Parliament.

The Miller Arms pub in Singleton.

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Fylde Retrieved 9 February 2010
  2. ^ a b Farrer & Brownbill (1912), pp. 183–188
  3. ^ Hartwell & Pevsner (2009), p. 613
  4. ^ "Church Of St Anne, Church Road", Heritage Gateway (English heritage), retrieved 30 October 2010 
  5. ^ Storey (2001), p. 9
  6. ^ Harvey, Fiona (24 September 2011). "Energy firm Cuadrilla discovers huge gas reserves under Lancashire". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Gosden, Emily (5 July 2013). "Cuadrilla and Centrica unveil two-year fracking programme". The Telegraph. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.opsi.gov.uk/SI/si2001/uksi_20012475_en.pdf
  9. ^ "Singleton and Greenhalgh". Fylde Borough Council. Retrieved 2008-12-31. [dead link]

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