February 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm
The charming market town of Poulton-le-Fylde is situated 6.5 miles north east of Blackpool town, and is easily reachable by a short public transport hop. Poulton-le-Fylde hit the headlines in 1970 when the skeleton of an elk, thought to be 12,000 years old was found in the nearby locale of Carleton. The exciting find led to more excavation, and proof of the existence of human habitation in the area circa 10,000 BC. The earliest records of a town called Poulton are from 1086, and there are historical records of note that a tribe called the Sentanti lived in the area as early as 1 AD. Trade history at Poulton-le-Fylde With the modern harboursides of Skipton and Wardleys reachable from both ends of the small town of 18,000 inhabitants, today Poulton-le-Fylde is less significant as the major port town for Russian and American imports, and more well known for its history. It is not hard to imagine why Poulton-le-Fylde was an ancient human site of renown, as the port links to other parts of the world would make it a land stop for weary travellers arriving from the Scottish north, and desiring to go inland with traded goods, along the River Wyre. The archaeological excavations in the area, support this theory, and significant amount of Roman trade occurred in the early part of the 4th century, as Roman coins and other evidence has been found buried. Poulton-le-Fylde is worth a day trip, and walking through its cobbled streets, admiring its ancient buildings, from all centuries, is a photographer’s delight. You can visit the Singleton Maize Maze, both a tribute to the important corn trade in Poulton-le-Fylde in the 18th century, and a challenging maze to navigate through. It is very large and an excellent labyrinth to conquer. The market square has been trading since 1348, making this one of the oldest active and historical marketplaces in England. You can view stocks that are still in place, where thieves, in particular, were held, so that the crowd could throw last week’s rotten vegetables at them. The market itself is still trading on the fourth Saturday of each month. Poulton-le-Fylde has old world charm, excellent ancient pubs in 19th century buildings, and lovely tea rooms and cake shops. For a leisurely day out, take a stroll through the quieter, yet charming village of Poulton-le-Fylde