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Market Square circa 1910

Before fitted kitchens

Many excellent history books are available in the local bookshops which detail the history of Kirkham. The charter for a weekly market and a fair at Midsummer had been granted to the town by Edward 1 in 1287 (source‘Townships: Kirkham, A History of Lancashire’). However the History of Kirkham by Henry Fishwick gives a different date of 1269 for the Royal Charter. No supporting documentation for the 13th century is held in Lancashire although www.nationalarchives.gov.uk may be able to shed some light! Other buildings of special note include the TSB Savings Bank on Poulton Street built in 1760 to replace an earlier girls’ school, as the Grammar School had refused to allow more girls in 1701!

"a resident of Kirkham born and bred I have lived in Church street for 25 years, our cottage is featured opposite. I have seen many changes with Kirkham developing into a large market town with an excellent range of shops and housing. There is a strong community feel with thriving social groups for everyone. Kirkham Club day is always exciting with a visiting fairground attracting children - of all ages. As residents we are pleased to see Kirkham develop but also retain its sense of history and lovely old houses, our cottage is our pride and joy."

Anne Naylor

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