Wardley's Creek in Hambleton from Stanah on the western side of the River Wyre
|Population||2,744 (2011 Census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
Hambleton is a village and civil parish in the English county of Lancashire. It is situated on a coastal plain called the Fylde and in an area east of the River Wyre known locally as Over Wyre. Hambleton lies approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) north-east of its post town, Poulton-le-Fylde, and about 7 miles (11 km) north-east of the seaside resort of Blackpool. In the 2001 United Kingdom census, the parish had a population of 2,678, increasing to 2,744 at the 2011 census.
At the time of the Norman conquest of England in 1066, Hambleton was a small township in the ancient hundred of Amounderness, in the possession of King Harold II's brother Earl Tostig. The area of the township was assessed as two carucates or ploughlands. Historically, Hambleton was part of the ecclesiastical parish of Kirkham and the parishioners would have worshipped at the church of St Michael, approximately 10 miles (16 km) away from Hambleton. A chapel of ease had been built in the village by the 16th century, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The chapel was consecrated in 1567.
Hambleton is governed locally by a parish council. The civil parish, along with Stalmine-with-Staynall, forms the ward of Hambleton and Stalmine-with-Staynall. The population of this ward at the 2011 Census was 4,230. The ward has two elected councillors. Hambleton was formerly part of the rural district of Garstang. In 1974, the district merged with those of Fleetwood, Thornton-Cleveleys, Poulton-le-Fylde and Preesall to form Wyre Borough Council.
The village is represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom as part of Wyre and Preston North. It elects one MP by the first past the post system of election. Since its creation for the 2010 general election, Wyre and Preston North has been represented at Parliament by Conservative MP Ben Wallace. Prior to the 2010 general election, Hambleton was part of the constituency of Lancaster and Wyre. The village is also part of the North West England constituency of the European Parliament.
At the 2001 UK census, the civil parish of Hambleton had a population of 2,678. The 2001 population density for the ward of Hambleton and Stalmine-with-Staynall was 2.61 per hectare, with a 100 to 93.0 female-to-male ratio. The proportion of residents who classified themselves as White was 99.5%, a figure higher than those for Wyre (98.9%), the North West (94.4%) and England (90.9%).
Hambleton and Stalmine-with-Staynall's 1,796 households included 27.7% one-person households, 41.5% married couples living together (with or without children), 5.9% co-habiting couples, and 5.5% single parents with their children.
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Landmarks and community
Hambleton has a number of shops which include (but not limited to) an off-license, butchers, cheese shop, haridressers and a petrol station which is also a Spar shop.
Due to Hambleton being considered a rural settlement, there is a small number of full time jobs available in the village. The majority of employed residents commute to Preston , Fleetwood and Blackpool which has caused a rise in traffic congestion within and around the village in recent years.
Religion and education
Hambleton's Anglican parish church, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, was rebuilt in 1749. It forms part of the benefice of The Waterside Parishes of Hambleton, Out Rawcliffe and Preesall, and is in the Diocese of Blackburn. The village has a Roman Catholic church, dedicated to Francis of Assisi, which is in the Diocese of Lancaster. Built in 1979, it is a chapel of ease to St Mary's in Great Eccleston. Hambleton also has a United Reformed church.
The railway came to the Fylde in the first half of the 19th century; the Preston and Wyre Railway line was completed in 1840. The nearest railway station to Hambleton is Poulton-le-Fylde, which connects to major national train routes at Preston railway station. Hambleton lies on the A588 road between Poulton and Lancaster.
Hambleton's nearest international airport—approximately 6.5 miles (10.5 km) away—is Blackpool International Airport which has an annual capacity of 350,000 passengers. The North West region is also served by the larger Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport.
- Tom Bradshaw, former professional footballer
- Phil Clarkson, former professional footballer
- Terry Pashley, former professional footballer
- Derek Spence, former professional footballer who owned the village off-licence during the 1990s
- Carl Myerscough, shot put and discus thrower
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