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Broughton in Amounderness is a civil parish to the north of Preston in central Lancashire. The name Broughton has developed down the years initially it was referred to as
“Brocton” in the Domesday book (1086) which over the years became; Brocton,
1200; Brocton, 1256; Brochton, 1261; Brocton, 1262; Brighton, 1292; Brocton, 1297
and finally by 1345 Broughton.
The actual name derives from “ton” or “tune” means hamlet or farm, so we have the
hamlet or farm of Brock is Celtic name meaning “badger like” usually used to refer to
a person with a white streak in their hair. So we have the hamlet or farm of the man
with a white hair streak form the late 800’s.
It is referred to as Amounderness to distinguish it form the 4 other Troughton’s in the
duchy of Lancaster at Salford, Ulverstone, Cartmell & Furness.
The parish today is much smaller than the original one which encompassed land as far south as Blackball Lane in Fulwood, as far west as Ingol-head and to the south east it encompassed areas around Fulwood Hall (Preston Golf Course) up until 1935l. Today its boundaries are the west the west coast railway line, to the north Barton Brook to the north west the M6 with the old hamlet of Fernyhalgh and to the south west the M55 and south east the brisket ground. The current village centre is based around the old toll road, to the south of where the coaching inns were. To the south of this area is the Anglican parish church with the school which is to the northern end of the parochial church parish. Further to the south beyond the M55 the old hamlet of Durton that once held weekly markets and is now the focus of the new housing developments within the parish boundaries that are part of the NW Preston development area. The parish also includes the farm, Catholic Church and school at Fernyhalgh a hamlet associated with the Ladyewell shrine in the neighbouring Haighton Parish. The parish has a number of working farms mostly mixed cereal for animal feed with one diary and several sheep herds. The working farms encompass approximately 65% of the parish. The land slopes north to south from the crossroads. The land to the east is undulating’s with the related streams producing several valleys to the west and a deeper on to the north to Barton.
The agricultural land is grade 3 with the valleys having an alluvial soils and the hills a heavy clay soil. The landscape has been shaped initially by the streams. There are two waterways
Blundell Brook, runs from west to east with on the north bank stand the parish
church and Broughton House and Barton Brook to the south of Barton Hall.
The modern landscape has been shaped by transport routes. There is evidence of roman roads in the vicinity going north/south Lancaster to Preston Ribble crossing (maybe east/west Ribchester to Fleetwood). In 1555 Parish’s (at this time they were all Parochial and managed by the Parish Church) were made responsible for the roads used by packhorses and in 1663 the Turnpike act allowed for the setting up of Turnpike Trusts that managed the roads for the parish. In 1697 Parliament required the fixing of inscribed “finger posts or stones giving mileage and direction”. This was when it took 2 hours to travel form Preston to Garstang. Within the parish boundaries one of these stone markers in the layby to the north of the crossroads. Milestone: The milestone is in stone, and has a triangular plan with convex sides
and a rounded top. The sides have panels with the distances in miles to Garstang
and to Preston.
There is a description of a “highway” from this time that “spanned 6 feet, paved with stones and bordered by posts” that the constable had had to have repaired in 1654. This was the roadway that Jacobite’s and roundheads would have travelled…. A contemporary description prior to the listing of the road in 1760 describes it as “a
turnpike road goes north from Preston to Garstang; it crosses Blundell Brook at
Broughton Bridge, from which a road goes eastward to Durton and then Haighton. It
then climbs the hill to the four ways where a roadway goes east to Whittingham it
them travels north up a steep incline to Barton”
expected householders to give their labour on skirtini appointed days. The problem
was where to get the stone for report from as this very busy road was constantly
needed repair. Broughton does not have canal within its boundaries but the
construction of the nearby Lancaster canal in 1797 allowed the establishment of 2
shipping bays at Barton and Ingol-head where stone from the quarries near Kendal
could be shipped to.
At the northern end of the parish two farms/hostelries were used to service the
travellers. As early as 1629 there were licensed victuals and stage posts in the
village. The two hostelries continued to farm as well as take care of travellers up unlit
the early 20th century. The hostelry to the east was called the Shuttleworth Arms and
had extensive stable and a blacksmiths next door.
Opposite the Golden Ball or Bell had a stable with a saddlers store next door and a
corn mill on the other side.
The stage coaches (so called as you paid according to how many stages your
covered) that used the Turnpike road until the 1850’s when railways took over
stopped at the inns as did the wagon drivers, the cattle drovers and the other road
The turn pike trust for the stretch though Broughton was set up in 1824 to manage
the stretch from Broughton Gate to Myerscough (Garstang)
They employed a carpenter, blacksmith and surveyor; initially they did not pay the
gatekeeper but in 1827 he became an employee and in 1841 they built a Toll house.
There were 2 gatehouse on the stretch at Broughton & Catterall. The 1st Broughton
gatekeeper was Henry Ball who appears to have lived in “pinfold cottage”.
The accounts show that the turnpike never made a profit over its 50 years of
operation and handed over responsibility to the Parish Highways Board in 1875.
The accounts show that they repaired, widened, brought “composite” to “firm” the
highway spent a lot of time trying to get the various parishes to pay their part for
maintenance, Barton seems particularly bad at this. Messer Blackridge regulalrly
feature as non payers and by 1835 they were alos being fined for this late payment.
The accounts have many interesting insights into the management of the road and
show that the villages along the way benefitted from “lampposts” in 1830. Fines from
cattle impounded for straying onto the highway are recorded in 1832 & 1835 as half
the gatekeepers wages.
It is an animal pound where stray livestock such as pigs or sheep were impounded until claimed by their owners or sold to cover the costs. The terms "pinfold" and "pound" are Saxon in origin. "Pundfald" and "pund" both mean an enclosure. There appears to be no difference between a pinfold and a village pound. The term pinfold seems to be more popular in the north and east of England, whilst in the south and west the term pound is more popular, generally where the enclosure is called a pinfold it dates back to the 10-11th century. The Village pound was a feature of most medieval villages. By the 16th century most villages and townships would have had a pound. Most of what remains today would date from the 16th and 17th centuries. In the 18th & 19th century those by toll roads were used for cattle or sheep that strayed onto the Toll Roads. Early pounds had just briar hedges, but most were built in stone or brick, making them more stock-proof. The size and shape of village pounds varies, some are four
sided: rectangular, square and irregular, others are circular. In size they vary from a few square meters to over 0.5 ha. Broughton Pinfold is seen on maps as early as the 17th century as well as Pinfold Cottage which is through to be where the “Pound keeper” lived. The Pinfold is grade 2 listed and has sandstone walls with a limestone cement about 1.5 metres (4 ft. 11 in) high. These form a rectangular enclosure about 10 metres (33 ft.) long and 8 metres (26 ft.) high. The walls have rounded coping, and there is a gate with a lintel at the northwest. Internally the structure has a”trough, stoup and evidence of a hut or building” (Rev Jackson Broughton Roundabout). The Pinfold is described in the parish council notes of 1920 as “an ancient hold for sheep and other animals who stray onto the road”. At this time it was offered as a site for the war memorial but this was dismissed “not right to honour men with a memorial where stock dung was prolific”.
post of which is by park house)
and that in 1841 it was decided to extend a cottage that faced the toll bar and build a
new house at parallel to the road. This originally displayed the tarrifs on a board on
its western side.
In the north where the road crosses Barton Brook a bridge was erected and the road
was repaired, the slope reduced and a horse trough placed by the Misses Cross who
lived at the top of Barton Rise. This followed a series of accidents to wagons and
coaches due to the state of the road. The worst accident in 18XX was when a wagon
with boilers on board slipped down the slope “killing and maiming 4 horses and 2
The next major influence on the landscape was the development of the railway
between 1843-1847 north though the parish to Lancaster and eventually Glasgow.
However in the early days of rialywas there were many more stations along this
stretch with one to the Broghton & barton one on station lane in Barton, linked to the
highway by Station lane. A southern station at Ingol head was only a halt in that it
had no platform. Those who embarked or disembarked here didi so at their own risk!
This led to the end of the stagecoach but ever enterprising the publican at the
Golden Ball, Robert Parkinson had a carriage service to his hostelry to wait.
The Broughton High street in 1935 was a busy main road with Iron Park (now the
garage to the north east of the traffic lights) a truck stop where the “best eggs and
bacon were served on the road to Fleetwood port”. The parish council noted in 1937
that the road was “not serving the village just the masses” and asked for Fulwwod
Urban District council and Preston Council to help them get a bypass……
The final influence to the landscape was the opening of the M6 motorway in 1966 the
first one in the Uk, aiming to bypass Preston.
The Bypass 2017?
The Village Centre It is difficult to gain an impression fo the Village Centre currently as this is the main A6 road, however if you look carefully you can see propertie that were built in the 16th 17th & 18th centuries all of which have added to the village story. The village is currnelty having a bypass built and Lancashire County Council in conjunction with City deal has consulted with the community to provide extensive improvments to this area. These will indlcue restoring and enhancing the village centre to its maximum. The photso show the viallge with the main roas still carrying the 40,000 cars (V+XX) crunently travelling though. Post bypass this will recude to less than 5,000 (V+XXX) Details of the properties and their inhabitants are will be added form the spreadsheet. Looking north from the crossroad you see the highway stretching down to Barton Brook and up to Barton. This view as with most of the village is enhanced by the many mature English trees with oak, elm, sycamore and horse chestnut amongst the species .there are over XX listed trees in the village.
But if you then look south you see the old village untouched since the 1850’s. To the west there is the coaching inn, the Cornhill, and a row of Queen Anne cottages.
Continuing along the west side there are 3 substantial Victorian houses built between 1840-1880
The next building is the late Victorian Police house that replaced the opposite and after the field the original telephone exchange
On the east side at the south end of the King George V playing fields (note the gateposts re-erected in the 1990’s the wrong way round) the Pinfold is found. This area was originally where Broughton Row and the entrance to Old Broughton Hall was, both are now accessed off Whittingham Lane. Goings south down the main road we pass two early Georgian cottages (now one
house\0 with a mounting block outside and a Christian Rossetti motto over the door.
Next to which is the 1st world war memorial beside the lane leading to Bank Hall
and Bankhouse farm are listed and consist of a late medieval manor house or
farmhouse that was converted into two dwellings. It has a timber-framed core,
including a full cruck truss. It is clad in brick which is partly rendered, and has a slate
roof. The building has two seys, and a T-shaped plan, with a front of six bays and a
rear wing. The windows are sashes. Inside are a large inglenook and a bressumer.
They are private houses. The nest building now the Ambulance Trust HQ is Broughton House, and finally we pass down the hill to Blundell Brook besdie which are Bridge Cottages built in the late 19th Century as farmer workers cottages by Mr Dickson the then owner of Yates farm. Durton: Daniels Farmhouse an isted sandstone house with quoins and a roof of
blue slate. It has two storeys and T-shaped plan with a main range and a later rear
wing. The windows are mullioned. Inside is a large inglenook and a bressumer. It
dates form the late medieval period. This is a private house.
Fernyhalgh: St Mary's Church and Presbytery, a listed church in brick with a
sandstone plinth and quoins and a slate roof. It has a cruciform plan with five bays
and two-bay transepts. At the west end is a bellcote and a semi-circular Tuscan
porch. The presbytery attached to the east of the church has two bays and two
paintings are worth a visit.
St Marys Roman Catholic School, a listed school building currently used as a
nursery. It is in sandstone with a slate roof, and has an H-shaped plan. The building
is symmetrical with a three-bay central block and singe-storey gabled cross wings
with tablets in the tympani. At the top of the main block is a moulded cornice and a
parapet with a pediment containing the date in Roman numerals? The central
doorway has a moulded architrave and a cornice it was built in 1836.
On the east side of the road School/church lane framed by estate railings leads to a complex of structures mostly listed around the parish church. St John the Baptist Church: The oldest part of the church is the tower. The rest of
the church was rebuilt in 1823with further additions in 1905–06. It is made of
sandstone with slate roofs, and consists of a nave, a north porch, a chancel with an
organ chamber to the south, and a west tower. The tower is in three stages with
diagonal buttresses, an embattled parapet, and a southwest stair turret.
Mounting block: The mounting block is by the entrance to the Church Cottage. It is
small and in stone, and consists of two steps and dates form the late 18th century.
Church Cottage: The cottage has been restored and converted into a museum. It is
in rendered brick with a thatched roof. The cottage has two bays, the first bay with
1 1⁄2 storeys, and the second bay with two. At the rear is a lean-to extension. In the
first bay is a casement window, and in the second bay are sliding sash windows in
both floors. The buildings date form the late 18th century. The cottage is open to the
public on Sunday afternoons.
Stocks: The stocks are near gateway to the churchyard of St John the Baptist's
Church, and were restored in 1902. They consist of two stone slabs, with two
wooden beams and metal shackles, and have housing for two occupants. Behind is
a stone bench carrying an inscription relating to the initial restoration.
Sundial: The sundial stands to the south of St John the Baptist's Church vestry in
the graveyard. It is in stone, and consists of an octagonal vase-shaped pedestal with
a moulded square foot and cap. On the top is a brass plate and a gnomon probably
18th century.
St John Church of England School, Broughton: The building is part of the
modern primary school. It was built in 1883 in sandstone with a slate roof, and is in
Jacobean style. It has a single storey with three wide bays, and there is a later wing
at the rear. On the front are buttresses and windows, three of which have three
stepped lights under gablets. To the left is a porch with a Tudor arched doorway,
above which is a panel and a crowstepped parapet, and there is a similar porch
behind the right bay. The road rises up the Broughton Bank and is framed by mature trees. The Edwardian Vicarage sitting on the rise above the church field is next to the Marriott Hotel formerly XXX. Fronting onto the main road is a copse of trees planted by the Dickson family to frame the 1nd world war bench of contemplation which is opposite the main war memorial. Adjacent to his is Yates Farm, taking its name from its 17th century farmer who built parts of the property.
Back up the road by the village car park is the pinfold, the tollbar post and “Arkwright’s cottages” a row of previously thatched properties dating from the early 1800’s.
The Hanson cab shop and the joiners have both demolished and replace by a garage and late Edwardian house. The road to the east now called Whittingham lane was originally a track that led to the land of John Ward in 1829 he build a small terrace of cottages referred to as Spinsters Row.
These are all still in place as is his farmhouse built in 1853.
Next to these is the Broughton & District club now a private club built for the workers in the village by subscription on land donated by Mr Ward.
Further along Whittingham Lane surrounded by trees and nearly invisible form the road is The Stone House: This listed house was built in 1911 with Arts and Crafts features
in sandstone with stone-slate roofs. It has two storeys, and an L-shaped plan, with a
three-bay main range facing south and a long rear east wing. The windows are
mullioned, and some also contain transoms. The outer bays of the main range are
gabled, and the upper floor of the centre set-back bay is timber-framed with an oriel
window and a balcony. Some of the interior furniture, dating from about 1700, was
moved from the Castle Inn in Preston.
Broughton War memorials: full details are on the pa On the north side of this track next to the Shuttleworth Arms was the village post office in Ivy House which was…

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