Water plays a large part in this village

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Nestled between both the old and new Preston to Lancaster roads is the delightful village of Catterall.

This small settlement, which boasts some stunning views of the Lancashire countryside to both the east and west, largely consists of residential properties.

There are a range of homes in the village, including dormer bungalows, detached houses, and cottages.

A number of new housing schemes have sprung up around the village in recent years.

Catterall is also home to a static caravan site, and a number of pre schools and nurseries.

The village also boasts extensive playing fields with football pitches and a play area containing climbing equipment, swings and slides.

A war memorial stands at the corner of Cock Robin Lane and Garstang Road.

Catterall stands some nine miles north of Preston, and just a short distance south of Garstang.

It is a very watery village, with a canal, a mill-race passing and the River Calder flowing through it.

Water played an important part in Catterall’s history. According to research by the Rev Ron Greenall, water from the Calder was vital to the early development of industry in the village.

By its power, printing and worsted mills were driven, and leather processed from which boots and clogs were locally made and sold through out the land.

Dairy and livestock farming prospered by its banks and those of the Wyre within Catterall.

The expanding urban populations around were a reason for industrial decline in Catterall for in 1891 the water authority, The Fylde Water Company, succeeded by Act of Parliament to get permission to extract five million gallons of water a day from the upper Calder.

This was a death knell for Catterall industry as water power dried up for the mills.

Catterall Parish Council is very active within the village.

The village hosts a children’s festival and a Gala Day annually.

The Christmas Tree at the side of the Memorial Garden is erected each year by the Parish Council.

The lighting up ceremony is held on Advent Sunday at 5pm when carols are sung by pupils from Kirkland and Catterall St. Helen’s Primary School.

This is followed by a walk to light the Christmas Tree in Churchtown.