LuneTube Rediscovers the Village of Poulton - a place of pebbles
There was a settlement at Poulton-le-Sands since at least the time of the Domesday Book (when it was recorded as Poltune). For centuries, Poulton was a small settlement centred around fishing on Morecambe Bay.
But all that changed in the 1840s.
When the Morecambe Harbour & Railway Company brought the railway to the outskirts of Poulton in 1848, it made this quiet hamlet accessible and it wasn't long before visitors began to arrive in droves. Poulton was consumed, along with Bare and Torrisholme and the town of Morecambe was born.
But if you walk the streets of Poulton-le-Sands today, it is still possible to get a feel for the village from which the seaside resort emerged. And there are clues to the origins of its buildings all around you, if you know where to look.
Our guide for this LuneTube excursion is local historian Peter Wade. A "sand grown 'un", Peter is the perfect companion to explore the secrets of Poulton-le-Sands and we are delighted to welcome him to the LuneTube presenting team.
Step back in time
So next time you're in Morecambe, take a little detour down Lord Street and enter the lost world which existed before the 1840s. It's just a stone's throw from the Promenande, but if you rock up there, you'll feel like you've stepped back into history.
Do you have a tale to tell?
Do you live in Poulton-le-Sands and have a tale to tell about its history? Or maybe you have a family photograph from the days when Poulton was a sleepy village? We'd love to hear your stories! Get in touch 🙂