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.
Eilert Ekwall suggests the name is Celtic, linking it with the Welsh place-name element "Pîl" (rendered as Pyl in Old English). This etymology would suggest the settlement started as a tidal inlet used as a harbour. Ekwall suggested the geography of Pilling may be "accurately described as a pill".
The name appears as Pylin in 1246 and, if the name is indeed Celtic in origin, the termination is almost certainly the same as the common Welsh diminutive suffix "-yn", giving the meaning of "small harbour or inlet".
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.
"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 Fleetwood which returned Cat Smith Labour Party (UK) as M.P. in 2019.
Places of interest
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 UK Leisure Parks (luxuryparks).
- "Parish headcount" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 December 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2008.
- UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Pilling Parish (E04005335)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
- Ekwall, Eilert (1972). The place names of Lancashire. Wakefield: E.P. Publishing. ISBN 9780854098231.
- Pilling Parish Council. "Pilling: Introduction". Retrieved 12 June 2007.
- A Short History of Pilling Windmill : 1808–2007 Archived 25 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine 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.