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, LYTHAM ST ANNES
Postcode district PR4, FY8
Dialling code 01772, 01253
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Fylde
List of places
UK
England
Lancashire

Coordinates: 53°46′44″N 2°56′10″W / 53.779°N 2.936°W / 53.779; -2.936

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 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]

Moss Side[edit]

Moss Side (Grid Reference SD379302) is located in the south of the parish in between Wrea Green and Lytham with the B5259 road (Lytham Road) being the main road running through the hamlet.

The railway from Preston to Blackpool South runs through the hamlet with Moss Side railway station being located where the railway crosses Lytham Road at a level crossing. The station first opened in 1846, closed in 1961 and was re-opened in 1983. The station in the past had a stationmaster's house and signal box, both of which have been demolished[9]. It is also close to where the Moss Side rail crash occurred in 1924 which claimed the lives of 14 people[10].

Moss Side used to have a hospital which opened in 1902 as the Fylde Isolation Hospital (later known as Moss Side Hospital) for people with infectious diseases[11]. The hospital closed in 1988 due to being surplus to requirements as well as changes in medical practice and was demolished to make way for new houses[12][13].

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.[14]

See also[edit]

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. Archived from the original on 10 March 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  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. ^ Ramsbottom, Martin (2013-11-15). Kirkham & Around Through Time. Amberley Publishing Limited. ISBN 9781445616728. 
  10. ^ "Test Engineering drawing". www.nrm.org.uk. 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  11. ^ "The National Archives | Search the archives | Hospital Records| Details". www.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  12. ^ "The National Archives | Search the archives | Hospital Records| Details". www.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  13. ^ Ramsbottom, Martin (2013-11-15). Kirkham & Around Through Time. Amberley Publishing Limited. ISBN 9781445616728. 
  14. ^ St. Anne's Westby