Garstang is an old market town and civil parish within the Wyre
borough of Lancashire, England. It is 10 miles (16 km) north of
the city of Preston and the same distance south of Lancaster.
In 2011, the parish had a total resident population of 4,268; the
Garstang Built-up Area, which includes the adjoining
settlements of Bonds and Cabus, had population of 6,779. Garstang
is famous for being the world's first ever Fairtrade Town.
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A brief but comprehensive history of the parish, including the parish
church of St Helen in Churchtown and Greenhalgh Castle, can be found
in "The Parish of Garstang", A History of the County of Lancaster:
John Plessington was born at Dimples Hall, which is just outside
Garstang was once served by
Catterall railway station
which closed in 1969, and
Garstang Town railway station which closed
to passengers in 1930.
The town is overlooked by the ruined remains of Greenhalgh Castle,
built in 1490 by Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby.
Garstang is mentioned in the
Domesday Book as Cherestanc. Later
recordings of the name include Geresteng, Grestein, 1204; Gayrestan,
1236; Gayerstang, 1246; Gayrstang, 1274; Gayrestang, 1292.
The town celebrates an arts festival and an agricultural show (which
has been continued for 200 years) every year in August.
In April 2000
Garstang declared itself "the world's first Fairtrade
Town", influencing many other towns, cities and counties around the
United Kingdom to work towards the same goal. The Fairtrade Town
status was renewed by the
Fairtrade Foundation on 13 August 2003.
In 2011 a 518-foot (158 m) wind turbine, the UK's largest, was
built in the town to provide power for Dewlay, a local factory
producing the award-winning
Garstang Blue cheese.
The local newspaper, the
Garstang Courier, is available on tape free
of charge to blind and partially sighted people from Galloway's
Society for the Blind.
Following success in winning the Small Country Town category in the
Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom Awards,
Garstang won the Small Town category in
the 2005, 2006 and 2010 and was invited to the champion of
champions[clarification needed] in 2010 also.
Local primary schools are
Garstang Community Primary School, with
about 245 pupils, St Thomas' Church of
England School and SS Mary and
Michael Catholic School. The local secondary school is Garstang
Community Academy which does not offer sixth form courses; pupils
travel to Lancaster, Preston or
Blackpool and further for A level
The town has seven public houses: The Farmers Arms, the Crown, the
Eagle and Child, the King's Arms, the Royal Oak, the Wheatsheaf,
Th'Owd Tithe Barn, with the Bellflower (formerly the Flag) in Nateby
and Crofters Tavern in Cabus. It has three restaurants: Pipers, Ken Ma
and the Great Season, the latter two being Chinese restaurants. There
is also a golf club and Country Hotel and the Crofter's Hotel, on the
main A6 road.
Garstang is referenced in episode 5 of the first series of the comedy
Phoenix Nights. Brian Potter (played by Peter Kay) said "What have you
called us? What have you called the best cabaret lounge this side of
Garstang?" in reference to an alternative comedy night being run at
his fictional club.
The town is served by the Anglican church of St Thomas and the
Catholic church of St Mary and St Michael (just outside the town's
boundaries in Bonds). Until 1881, Garstang's official parish church
was St Helen's, 2 miles (3 km) away in Churchtown.
From a very early time,
Garstang lay within the
of Lancashire. From 1894 until 1974
Garstang formed its own local
government district in the administrative county of Lancashire;
Garstang Rural District", which extended beyond the current civil
parish boundaries, including villages such as Pilling.
Garstang has formed part of the
Wyre borough of
Lancashire, although it retains an elected Town Council with limited
jurisdiction. The borough ward has three councillors, including Lady
Dulcie Atkins, wife of MEP Sir Robert Atkins.
The population of the ward at the 2011 Census was 4,852.
Lying on the River Wyre, River Calder and the Lancaster Canal,
Garstang is situated close to the A6 road, the M6 motorway, and the
West Coast Main Line, between Lancaster and Preston. It lies on the
eastern edge of the Fylde, and the
Forest of Bowland
Forest of Bowland is not far to the
Garstang and the nearby villages of Bonds, Bowgreave,
Western Claughton-On-Brock form an almost continuous built-up area,
bypassed by the A6 road in 1928 (incorrectly given as 1926
in). Other nearby villages not bypassed by the A6 road include:
Cabus and Churchtown form another, much larger,
continuous built-up area which includes
Garstang in the centre.
The following people have lived at - or were born in - Garstang:
Isaac Ambrose (1604-1664), a
Robert Terrill Rundle
Robert Terrill Rundle (1811-1896), a Methodist missionary noted for
his work in Western Canada
Dicky Bond (1883-1955), footballer noted for his time at Preston North
End and Bradford City
Harry Dean (1884-1957),
Lancashire cricketer who played three Test
matches for England
George Benson (1893-1974), a footballer noted for his time at
John Woolrich (1954-), composer, lived in
Garstang from 1955 to
Mary Anne Hobbs
Mary Anne Hobbs (1964-), a
BBC Radio 6 Music
BBC Radio 6 Music disk jockey
Jason Robinson (1974-), an
England rugby player (both league and
Sir Robert Atkins (politician),
Member of the European Parliament
Member of the European Parliament for
North West England
North West England region and Vice-President of
Listed buildings in Garstang
^ a b "
Garstang (Parish) Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics".
Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18
^ Brinkhoff, Thomas. "
Garstang (Lancashire)". City Population.
Retrieved 18 October 2014.
^ (1912) "The parish of Garstang", A History of the County of
Lancaster: Volume 7, pp. 291-300. Date accessed: 26 October 2007
Lancashire A-L". The
Domesday Book Online. Retrieved 22 January
^ (1912) "Townships: Garstang", A History of the County of Lancaster:
Volume 7, pp. 311-313. Retrieved on 2007-10-25
^ Fairtrade Foundation. "About Fairtrade Towns". Archived from the
original on 14 August 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
^ The Daily Telegraph (1 May 2009). "Cheesemaker to use biggest
windturbine in UK to power factory". London. Retrieved 13 May
Garstang Courier. "
Garstang cheese firm wins hat trick of food
awards". Retrieved 13 May 2009.
^ RHS. "
Britain in Bloom
Britain in Bloom 2005 Winners". Archived from the original on
29 September 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2007.
^ A vision of Britain through time. "A vision of
Retrieved 12 June 2007.
Garstang Courier article on
^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 5 June 2015.
^ The Times, 28 Oct 1928, page 18
^ Greenall, R. (2007),
Garstang Past, At Heart Ltd, Altrincham,
ISBN 978-1-84547-137-8, p.52
Garstang information and entertainment
Garstang Town Council website.
Garstang and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce.
Garstang, GENUKI article.
Garstang Fair Trade Town
Wyre Council website
Geography of the Borough of Wyre
St Michael's on Wyre
Myerscough & Bilsborrow
Forest of Bowland
Fair Snape Fell
Ceremonial county of Lancashire
North West England
North West England Portal
Blackburn with Darwen
Boroughs or districts
City of Lancaster
City of Preston
Lytham St Annes
See also: List of civil parishes in Lancashire
Leeds and Liverpool
Population of major settlements
Grade I buildings
Grade II* buildings