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Hambleton, Lancashire

Coordinates: 53°52′30″N 2°57′07″W / 53.875°N 2.952°W / 53.875; -2.952

River Wyre.
Population 2,678 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SD3842
District Wyre
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district FY6
Dialling code 01253
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Wyre and Preston North
List of places

Hambleton is a village and civil parish in the English county of Lancashire. It is situated on a coastal plain called the Fylde and in an area east of the River Wyre known locally as Over Wyre. Hambleton lies approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) north-east of its post town, Poulton-le-Fylde, and about 7 miles (11 km) north-east of the seaside resort of Blackpool. In the 2001 United Kingdom census, the parish had a population of 2,678.[1]

Hambleton is part of the Borough of Wyre and is in the parliamentary constituency of Wyre and Preston North.


Hambleton was recorded as Hameltune in the Domesday Book of 1086 and as Hamelton in the 12th century. By the 16th century, the spelling was Hambleton.[2]

At the time of the Norman conquest of England in 1066, Hambleton was a small township in the ancient hundred of Amounderness, in the possession of King Harold II's brother Earl Tostig.[3] The area of the township was assessed as two carucates or ploughlands.[2] Historically, Hambleton was part of the ecclesiastical parish of Kirkham and the parishioners would have worshipped at the church of St Michael, approximately 10 miles (16 km) away from Hambleton.[4] A chapel of ease had been built in the village by the 16th century, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.[5] The chapel was consecrated in 1567.[6]


Hambleton is governed locally by a parish council. The civil parish, along with Stalmine-with-Staynall, forms the ward of Hambleton and Stalmine-with-Staynall. As of 2011 the ward has two elected councillors—Conservative politicians, Lynne Bowen and Julie Robinson.[7] Hambleton was formerly part of the rural district of Garstang. In 1974, the district merged with those of Fleetwood, Thornton-Cleveleys, Poulton-le-Fylde and Preesall to form Wyre Borough Council.[8]

The village is represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom as part of Wyre and Preston North. It elects one MP by the first past the post system of election. Since its creation for the 2010 general election, Wyre and Preston North has been represented at Parliament by Conservative MP Ben Wallace.[9] Prior to the 2010 general election, Hambleton was part of the constituency of Lancaster and Wyre. The village is also part of the North West England constituency of the European Parliament.[10]


At the 2001 UK census, the civil parish of Hambleton had a population of 2,678.[1] The 2001 population density for the ward of Hambleton and Stalmine-with-Staynall was 2.61 per hectare, with a 100 to 93.0 female-to-male ratio.[11][12] The proportion of residents who classified themselves as White was 99.5%, a figure higher than those for Wyre (98.9%), the North West (94.4%) and England (90.9%).[13]

Hambleton and Stalmine-with-Staynall's 1,796 households included 27.7% one-person households, 41.5% married couples living together (with or without children), 5.9% co-habiting couples, and 5.5% single parents with their children.[14]

Population change

Population growth in Hambleton since 1801
Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1931 1941 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001
Population 252 273 338 334 349 346 366 351 389 367 321 387 451 550 756 836 2,678
Sources: [15][16]

Landmarks and community

Hambleton has two pubs — The Shard Riverside Hotel and The Shovels Inn. Hambleton Hall is an 18th-century house that has been designated a Grade II listed building by English Heritage.[17]

Religion and education

Hambleton's Anglican parish church, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, was rebuilt in 1749.[2] It forms part of the benefice of The Waterside Parishes of Hambleton, Out Rawcliffe and Preesall, and is in the Diocese of Blackburn.[18] The village has a Roman Catholic church, dedicated to Francis of Assisi, which is in the Diocese of Lancaster.[19] Built in 1979, it is a chapel of ease to St Mary's in Great Eccleston.[20] Hambleton also has a United Reformed church.

Hambleton has one primary school.[21]


The railway came to the Fylde in the first half of the 19th century; the Preston and Wyre Railway line was completed in 1840.[22] The nearest railway station to Hambleton is Poulton-le-Fylde, which connects to major national train routes at Preston railway station. Hambleton lies on the A588 road between Poulton and Lancaster.

Hambleton's nearest international airport—approximately 6.5 miles (10.5 km) away—is Blackpool International Airport which has an annual capacity of 350,000 passengers.[23] The North West region is also served by the larger Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport.[24]

Notable people



Further reading

External links


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