Lytham St.Annes Coat of Arms
Lytham St.Annes, Lancashire, England




Two hamlets, the former two miles and the latter one mile N. from Kirkham, give name to a township containing 1,966 acres of land, mostly belonging to the representatives of J. T. Fazackerley-Westby, Esq., J. L. Birley, Esq., and the Earl of Derby. It is in the Fylde parliamentary division, and in the Fylde county council division and Union, and is governed by a parish council consisting of seven members.

A neat CATHOLIC CHURCH, dedicated to St. Joseph, was erected in Wesham, in 1885-6, at a cost, including site and presbytery, of £6,000. The funds for the building were bequeathed by the Rev. Thomas Billington, of Kirkham, and his sister, Mrs. Ann Gibson, who both died in 1880. The building is of brick with stone facings, and consists of nave, aisles and chancel. The pillars are of Shap granite. The style of architecture is Gothic. A memorial, erected in the church, to the memory of the men of the parish who fell in the Great War, is a representation of Calvary. The Rev. William Rockliff, pastor.

Here is also a CATHOLIC SCHOOL, opened in 1890, with accommodation for 192 children, and a cemetery was consecrated September 22nd, 1895. The Catholic population is about zoo.

In Wesham is a commodious SCHOOL, in connection with the parish church of Kirkham, built at a cost of £1,700. It will accommodate 270 children. The Church (CHRIST CHURCH), consecrated in 1894, has already been mentioned in the description of Kirkham. A neat chapel, belonging to the METHODISTS, was erected in 1895.

The Kirkham Station, on the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, stands in Wesham, and there is also a neat building erected by B. Whitworth, Esq., in 1864, as a Lecture Hall and School, and presented by him to the trustees of the Chapel at Kirkham.

 Population of the township in 1851, 170 ; 1861, 563 ; 1871, 860 ; 1881, 1,034 ; 1891, 1,563 ; .1901, 1,826 ; 1911, 2,155 ; and 1921, 2,150. Rateable value, £8,440.

Parlsh Council.—Wm. J. Potter (chairman), R. E. Kent, E. W. Threlfall, C. Parker, E. Birch, and R. Kirby. Clerk : Fred Taylor ;
Rural District Councillors : R. E. Kent and J. Fairclough.
Rural District Councillor : Robert Fisher.

Names for this Township are included with Kirkham.