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congregations dress in their finery to process through the streets. Kirkham’s Club Day is followed by many similar celebrations in other towns and villages in the Fylde.

Over the centuries Kirkham has grown, supported by industries brought by the advent of the railway in 1840. ‘King Cotton’ followed with linen and sailcloth later moving to create modern fabrics including nylon and gabardine. At the decline of mill work the buildings diversified into small business units still in use today. At the height of weaving Kirkham had well over 1,000 looms in production; now just one remains on permanent display on Station Road. Other industries have also had their buildings re-used. Look around Kirkham and the Fylde and do a windmill check! There are many remaining now turned into unique and enviable private houses, pubs and tourist centres.

restored and reused

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    the windmill today

St Michael’s Church

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