Inskip, Lancashire

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St.Peter's Church Inskip - - 1778048.jpg
St.Peter's Church, Inskip
Inskip is located in the Borough of Wyre
Shown within Wyre Borough
Inskip is located in the Fylde
Shown on the Fylde
Inskip is located in Lancashire
Location within Lancashire
Population840 (parish) (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSD463378
Civil parish
  • Inskip-with-Sowerby
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPRESTON
Postcode districtPR4
Dialling code01772
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°50′02″N 2°48′58″W / 53.834°N 2.816°W / 53.834; -2.816Coordinates: 53°50′02″N 2°48′58″W / 53.834°N 2.816°W / 53.834; -2.816

Inskip is a small village in the Fylde area of Lancashire, England. It is part of the civil parish of Inskip-with-Sowerby. The village is close to the former RNAS Inskip airfield, which still serves the armed forces as a tri-service communication centre.

It is home to one of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets training centres.

The hamlet of Inskip Moss Side lies about a mile north and east of the village at grid reference SD452391.


The first part of the name Inskip may be the Brittonic ïnïs meaning "island" (Welsh ynys),[2] in place names generally referring to dry land in a marshy flood-prone area.[2] Suffixed may be the Brittonic *cib meaning any rounded receptacle,[2] presumably with some topographic sense,[2] Old English -cy:pe or Anglo-Latin cuppa,[2] with the sense "fish-trap" recorded for both.[2]


Inskip was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Inscip.[3] Its area was estimated in that survey to be two carucates of land. From 1281, the village was owned by Richard Butler of Rawcliffe Hall.[4] He received it from William de Carleton as a dowry of his bride, Alice.

The airfield was formerly referred to as 'HMS Nightjar' while it was a communications centre during World War I and World War II.[5][6]


Inskip's church is dedicated to St Peter. It was built in 1848 and was financed by the Earl of Derby and Archdeacon Hornby.[4] It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[7]


The location is served by the Preston Bus bus company with the 80 service. The bus runs from Preston bus station to Myerscough College every two hours. The service was operated by the Stagecoach in Preston. This service is primarily frequented by students of Cardinal Newman College from Inskip and its surrounding areas as a means to and from college.

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  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Inskip-with-Sowerby Parish (E04005330)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f James, Alan. "A Guide to the Place-Name Evidence" (PDF). SPNS - The Brittonic Language in the Old North. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 August 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  3. ^ Porter (1876), p. 32
  4. ^ a b Porter (1876), p. 474
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  7. ^ Historic England, "Church of St Peter, Inskip (1073074)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 4 December 2015
  8. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.


  • Porter, John (1876). History of the Fylde of Lancashire. W. Porter. OCLC 12931605.

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