Where To Find Us

You'll find us in the Fylde Village of Freckleton, half way between Preston and Blackpool:

For SAT NAV users the post code is PR4 1SB. Personally I'm still using a map, compass and the sun to guide me!

 

If you're on the bus, there's a link to the bus timetable. The bus takes 20 minutes from Preston and an hour from Blackpool.

Freckleton village is situated on the south Fylde near the junction of the Dow and Douglas rivers north of the Ribble. It existed in Roman times and the lake or pool here was probably used as a port to supply the fort at Kirkham a few miles north.What little remains of the Freckleton quay can be seen at low tide between the boat yard and Naze point at the end of the headland. Whilst the village is mentioned in The Domesday Book, contrary to popular belief the race director is not!


Freckleton water mill, built in the 14th century, provided milled corn for the local agricultural community. It was demolished in the 1960’s.

In the 1800’s Freckleton became an industrial village serving the ship building industry. Factories were established to make sail cloth and ropes. Most have now been demolished but some remains still exist, mostly in road names.

At one time there were seven public houses in the village. The Ship Inn, The Coach and Horses and The Plough Hotel are still serving food and drink today and will provide a warm welcome after your exertions in the race.

Prior to 1920 when the current Preston road was built, Freckleton controlled the access to Lytham and St Annes via the toll road running across the marsh. The toll ho use still exists and can be seen on the left when approaching Freckleton from Preston. The raised ground that marks the route of the toll road can still be made out running across the marsh at the bottom end of Preston Old Road / Lower Lane.

During WW2 the Americans were based at Warton Aerodrome. On the 23rd August 1944 an American bomber crashed on the Holy Trinity School and Sad Shack cafe, killing 38 children and 7 adults. The disaster  is still discussed today and those who died are remembered each year during te annual Club Day on the third Saturday in June. The Freckleton Memorial Playing Fields are dedicated to the memory of those who died on the 23th August 1944.

Modern day Freckleton is a thriving community with a wide range of shops and businesses. The entrance to the village welcomes visitors to the "Village of Music and Flowers: references to the enthusiasm and commitment to Britain in Bloom, and one of the top brass bands in the country.

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