Pilling is a village and civil parish within the Wyre borough of Lancashire, England. It is 6.5 miles (10.5 km) north-northeast of Poulton-le-Fylde, 9.4 miles (15.1 km) south-southwest of Lancaster and 14.5 miles (23.3 km) northwest of Preston, in a part of the Fylde known as Over Wyre.
Pilling is an ancient settlement, founded on what was essentially an "island" with the sea on one side and marsh on the others. From artefacts finds, there is evidence of spasmodic human activity within this territory dating back to the Neolithic period.
Some of the materials that went into the extension of the Garstang railway from Pilling to Knott End-on-Sea came from Richard Fleetwood's first charity school at Preesall. The school had gradually become more and more dilapidated so the contractors knocked it down and used the stones for the railway.
In 1808 Pilling Windmill was built. Because Pilling is below sea level the mill itself is 73 feet (22 m) tall, the tallest on the Fylde. The mill converted to steam power 1886, and the sails were removed the year after. The mill continued to operate until the 1940s, after which it fell into disrepair. By 1975 the mill had been restored for use as a private residence. The top of the windmill was restored with a traditional wooden cap in 2007.
"Pilling in Bloom" was a competition held in 2004.
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Since 1974, Pilling has formed part of the Wyre borough of Lancashire served by both Wyre Borough Council and Lancashire County Council, having previously (from 1894) lain within the Garstang Rural District of Lancashire. Pilling has its own Parish Council. The population of Pilling electoral ward in 2011 was 2,293. Pilling is within the constituency of Lancaster and Fleetwwod which returned Cat Smith Labour Party (UK) as M.P. in 2019.
Places of interest
Pilling has two pubs: The Elletson Arms in Stakepool and The Golden Ball in the village. There is a community area in the village, equipped with a pathway to Pilling Marsh.
There are also several churches, including St. John the Baptist Church (Church of England) in the village, St. William's Church (Catholic) in Stakepool, and the Pilling Methodist Church in the village.
There are two primary schools: Pilling St. John's Church of England Primary School and St. William's, both associated with the respective churches. Within the village also is Glenfield Caravan which is a large park owned by U.K Leisure Parks (luxuryparks).
- United Kingdom Census 2001. "Pilling CP (Parish)". neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
- "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 6 June 2015.
- Pilling Parish Council. "Pilling: Introduction". Retrieved 12 June 2007.
- A Short History of Pilling Windmill : 1808 - 2007 accessed 16 October 2011
- Pilling Parish Council: Pilling in Bloom accessed 16 October 2011
- A vision of Britain through time. "A vision of Garstang RD". Retrieved 12 June 2007.
- "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 6 June 2015.
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- Official parish website
- Pilling at GENUKI
- Pilling St. John's Church of England Primary School
- St. William's Catholic Primary School
- Golden Ball Hotel