The Lord of the Manor of Kirkham has the right to hold a weekly (Thursday) market with a variety of produce ranging from butchers to jewellery; the Lord of the Manor could also hold an annual Royal Charter Fair for five days each June (St John) and a Manor Charter Fair for five days in October (St Luke) although the last two dates have fallen into disuse. However the Kirkham and Wesham Business Group do hold monthly Lancashire Markets on the first Saturday of each month on the Market Square with the best of Lancashire produce for sale.
A survey undertaken by the University of Central Lancashire in 2007 found that Saturday was a day when Kirkham was at its quietest – not anymore! Once a month the Lancashire Market comes to town with the best of produce. This brings in a crowd of visitors, from those who commute during the week and cannot visit the Thursday market, to new visitors to the town. All the shops report an increase in trade on these days and Kirkham is a showcase - the ‘hub’ market town in the Fylde. Come and enjoy!
The title of the Lord of the Manor has been purchased over the years after the initial lease to Sir John Fleetwood and the Clifton family. The Birley family became the first Lords of the Manor to have paid approximately £8,000 for the privilege. The Sergeant family went on to purchase the title for just £300 in 1933. The Manorial Society of Great Britian has stated that their members hold a total of 37,998 Manors in the United Kingdom.
The cobbled Market Square has the unique ‘Fishstones’ and lamp set to one side first recorded in 1748 when repairs were carried out to the original structure. The Market Square unfortunately lost some surrounding buildings in the 1960s but the majority remain unspoiled giving an atmosphere of the heart of the town unchanged through centuries.