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The 18th-century dial post, Churchtown
|Kirkland shown within Lancashire|
|Population||840 (2011 Census)|
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Kirkland is a civil parish, located on the banks of the River Wyre, midway between Preston and Lancaster, in the English county of Lancashire. It is also the historic name of what is now the village of Churchtown, within the parish. It is part of the Wyre district.
Kirkland has a long history centred on its Grade I listed building, St Helen's, the parish church of Garstang St Helen (or Churchtown) and once known as the Cathedral of the Fylde. The church features:
- a "lepers' window" or "squint" to enable those unfortunates an opportunity to attend its services;
- a grave marker for the village's only victim of the Black Plague;
- a large rafter, once known as the "new beam", supposedly presented to the parish by King Henry VIII at the time of the Reformation.
There are significant pointers such as a circular churchyard with several yew trees to its original use as a Druid temple. It was believed by some that the area may have been the site where Christian missionaries from Ireland first set foot in Lancashire at the end of the navigational portion of the River Wyre which flows to the Irish Sea some 14 miles away. St Helen's is one of only two Grade I listed buildings in the Borough of Wyre.
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- for Kirkland, Lancashire - using the name Churchtown
- Lancashire Churches
- Lancashire parish portal
- A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 7 Pages: 313-15
- A History of the County of Lancaster: St Helen's Church, Kirkland