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The population of the ward at the 2011 Census was 4,852.
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: Volume 7.
The aim of the guide is to promote local food producers, from small farms who sell eggs at the gate, to retailers who sell the produce and restaurants where you can eat it.
Horn Garden Machinery is based in Claughton on Brock near Preston and are suppliers of ride-on and walk behind lawnmowers with an extensive range of both new and used machines.
Garstang and the nearby villages of Bonds, Bowgreave, Catterall and 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: Brock, Bilsborrow, Cabus and Churchtown form another, much larger, continuous built-up area which includes Garstang in the centre.
The Garstang and District Partnership have produced and funded a directory of local food producers in the Garstang and Hinterland area, which has been supported by Made in Lancashire and North West Fine Foods. Click here to download a copy of the Local Produce GuideThe guide offers advice on buying locally produced food, information on organic products, how to grow your own food, reducing food miles and much more.
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.
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Towers & Gornall is a long established practice of Chartered Certified Accountants having assisted local business for over 40 years. The firm joined forces with three...
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 courses.
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 larger 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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In addition to the weekly market you will find traditional stalls in the Market Hall on a Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat all day. The stalls include traditional and local cheeses, confectionary and homemade biscuits, locally grown fruit and vegetables and a traditional butchers offering local produce.
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The traditional weekly outdoor market is held every Thursday. This popular market stretches the length of the High Street offering a variety of stalls offering everything you need from children's clothes to plants and household goods.
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The town celebrates an arts festival and an agricultural show (which has been continued for 200 years) every year in August.
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 is not far to the east.
This small market town is a true mixture of old and new. Its historic buildings and medieval weinds are set amongst contemporary, independent shops, restaurants and cafes. The main shopping streets are High Street, Bridge Street, Church Street and Thomas' Weind.
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The town is overlooked by the ruined remains of Greenhalgh Castle, built in 1490 by Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby.
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.
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This handy booklet is full of local producers from traditional cheese makers and potato growers, to local producers selling tomatoes, honey, herbs, milk etc.
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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.