Westby-with-Plumptons

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Westby-with-Plumptons
St Anne's RC Church, Westby Mills - geograph.org.uk - 466352.jpg
St Anne's Church
Westby-with-Plumptons is located in Lancashire
Westby-with-Plumptons
Westby-with-Plumptons
 Westby-with-Plumptons shown within Lancashire
Population 1,205 (2011 UK census)
OS grid reference SD384318
   – London  196 miles (315 km) 
Civil parish Westby-with-Plumptons
District Fylde
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PRESTON
Postcode district PR4
Dialling code 01772
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Fylde
List of places
UK
England
Lancashire

Coordinates: 53°46′46″N 2°56′10″W / 53.779391°N 2.936114°W / 53.779391; -2.936114

Westby-with-Plumptons is a civil parish in Lancashire, North West England. The parish is in Fylde district and contains the hamlets of Great Plumpton, Little Plumpton, Lower Ballam, Higher Ballam, Moss Side (formerly Brown Moss Side), Peel, and Westby.[1] At the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 1,205,[2] increasing to 1,205 at the 2011 Census.[3] Westby and Plumpton were both mentioned in the Domesday Book, as "Westbi" and "Pluntun".[4]

Westby-with-Plumptons is part of the Warton and Westby ward, which is represented by three councillors on Fylde Borough Council[5] On Lancashire County Council it is part of Fylde West ward, which elects one councillor.[6]

The parish is generally low-lying, with arable land in the south and pasture in the north, which rises to 100 feet (30 m) above sea level at Great Plumpton in the north-east of the parish.[4][7]

The railway from Preston to Blackpool South runs through the parish, with one station in the parish, at Moss Side where the railway crosses the B5259 Lytham to Kirkham road at a level crossing.

The parish is now the home of the steel farm-building construction company J. Wareing & Son (Wrea Green) Ltd [2], which was for many years based in the neighbouring village of Wrea Green.

In June 2015 Lancashire County Council voted to reject an application by Cuadrilla Resources to extract shale gas by means of fracking at a site at Little Plumpton.[8]

St. Anne's Church[edit]

Westby is notable for the fine Catholic church of St. Anne's, designed by E. W. Pugin and built in 1860.

The conventional church exterior does not prepare the visitor for the striking interior with its elaborate timber roof [3]. Above the altar the timbers follow the apse and form a frame or focal point. At the west end is a gallery.

Despite the unusual shape of the nave windows, the stained glass is largely unspectacular. But two of the windows are noteworthy - the Pre-Raphaelite styled "St Cecilia" in a green gown, with roses in the cusps, and the "Millennium" window with its inscription.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Map of Westby-with-Plumptons CP". Lancashire County Council. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  2. ^ "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Westby-with-Plumptons CP (Parish)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2008-07-17. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Townships: Westby-with-Plumptons". A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 7. British History Online. 1912. pp. 174–176. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  5. ^ "Council and Democracy: Councillor Search: Warton and Westby". Fylde Borough Council. Retrieved 2008-07-17. [dead link]
  6. ^ "County Councillors by Area (A-Z)". Lancashire County Council. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  7. ^ "Westby-with-Plumptons Parish Council". Lancashire Parish Portal. Lancashire County Council. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ St. Anne's Westby