Infobox UK place
population= 1,739 (2001 Census)
london_distance= 204 mi (329 km) SE
region= North West England
static_image_caption=The church of St John the Baptist, in Pilling
Pilling is a village and
civil parishwithin the Wyreborough of Lancashire, England. It is convert|6.5|mi|km|1 north-northeast of Poulton-le-Fylde, convert|9.4|mi|km|1 south-southwest of Lancaster and convert|14.5|mi|km|1 northwest of Preston, in a part of the Fyldeknown as Over Wyre.
The civil parish of Pilling, which includes the localities of Stake Pool, Scronkey and
Eagland Hill, has a total resident population of 1,739. [cite web |url=http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadAreaSearch.do?a=7&c=pilling&d=16&i=1001&m=0&enc=1&areaSearchText=pilling&areaSearchType=16&extendedList=true&searchAreas=Search |title=Pilling CP (Parish) |author= United Kingdom Census 2001 |publisher=neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk |accessdate=2007-06-12]
Pilling means "creek".Fact|date=June 2007 Pilling itself is a very ancient settlement, founded on what was essentially an "island" with the sea on one side and marsh on the others.
From artefacts finds, there is evidence of spasmodic human activity within this territory dating back to the
Neolithicperiod. [cite web |title=Pilling: Introduction |url=http://www.pillingparish.org.uk/ |author=Pilling Parish Council |accessdate=2007-06-12 ]
There is a record of three churches at Pilling, the first one sited at Newer's wood had a moat, as had the first recorded church at
Hambleton, consecrated in 1567. The Reverend J.D. Banister, Curate of Pilling 1825-1876, did a great deal of research on Pilling Moss, showing that in ancient times it was a forest.Fact|date=June 2007
Some of the materials that went into the extension of the Garstang railway from stnlnk|Pilling to stnlnk|Knott End-on-Sea came from Richard Fleetwood’s first charity school at
Preesall. The school had gradually become more and more dilapidated so the contractors knocked it down and used the stones for the railway.
In 1808 Pilling Windmill was built. Due to the fact that Pilling is below sea level the mill itself is 75 ft (23m) tall, an exceptionally high one. The windmill, without its sails, still exists and is used as a private residence.
Since 1974, Pilling has formed part of the
Wyreborough of Lancashire, having previously (from 1894) lain within the Garstang Rural Districtof Lancashire. [cite web |url=http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/unit_page.jsp?u_id=10000555 |title=A vision of Garstang RD |author=A vision of Britain through time |accessdate=2007-06-12] . Pilling has its own Parish Council.
Places of interest
Pilling has two
pubs: The Elletson Arms in Stakepool and The Golden Ball in the village.
There are also several
churches, including St. John the Baptist Church ( Church of England) in the village, St. William's Church ( Catholic) in Stakepool, and the Pilling MethodistChurch in the village.
There are two primary
schools: St. John's and St. William's, both associated with the respective churches.
Pilling is an extensive mossland parish covering some 3387 hectares situated on the southern corner of
* [http://www.pillingparish.org.uk/ www.pillingparish.org.uk] , Official parish website.
* [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LAN/Pilling/ Pilling] , GENUKI article.
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