Titterington Trail - Tues 14 April 2009 - Information

Overview

The focus moves to Lancashire this year as we concentrate on some of the big Titterington families from the west of the county. These include the Fylde families, Archibald the Blacksmith, the Morecambe Bay Fishermen, the Caton Stonemasons plus some smaller families from Lancaster and Caton

We plan to meet at St Michael's Kirkham where we will have coffee and view the Church where Titteringtons were baptised, married and buried from 1700 onwards.
In the latter part of the 19th century a second Church was built at Lund to serve a cluster of surrounding villages. We will move across to the church of St John the Evangelist there to see graves and a memorial plaque within the church.
We have hired the Victoria Institute (village hall) at Caton (near Lancaster) for lunch and the afternoon sessions of short presentations, meeting relatives you never knew you had and a visit to St Paul's Caton. In the evening there will be an informal social gathering at a hostelry in Caton.

Cost

The cost of the day is 10 for adults and 6 for children. This covers the hire of the village hall at Caton, a buffet lunch and coffee/tea plus tea and cakes at the end of the afternoon.
This sum will be collected on the day but we must know that you intend to come so that we can advise the caterers of numbers.
Please ring Alan Titterington on 01484 712104 to add the names of your party to the list of attendees. Alan's mobile number is 07810 202590 and his E-Mail address is: alantitterington@ and after the @ please add: yahoo.co.uk (this is an anti spambot measure)

Directions to St Michael Kirkham

Click here for a Google map and directions.
In broad brush terms, the simplest way to get there is to go to Junction 3 of the M55 and turn off southwards and follow the signs into Kirkham. The tall spire of the Church is clearly visible from far afield and the church is located just to the north of the town centre.
Parking is available beside the road up to the Church and in the lanes to the west and south of the Church itself.

Accommodation

Since the afternoon and evening will be spent in and around Caton, should you need to book overnight accommodation then Lancaster is a short drive down the road.
Click here for details of hotels in the Lancaster area. One point worth noting is that some of the Lancaster City centre hotels have very limited parking available and it is worth checking this issue before you book.
There is a Premier Inn on Caton Road, Lancaster located just to the west of Junction 34 on the M6.

General points

1. There will be a free guide available on arrival at Kirkham, which gives details of how to get to all the sites including satnav information. In addition there will be the usual historical and family history notes.

2. 1911 census downloads for Titterington and all name variants living in West Lancashire will be on display at the Victoria Institute.

3. You can choose to attend only part of the day. The programme breaks down into three parts:

Morning at the two churches on the Fylde
Lunch and the afternoon at the Victoria Institute Caton
Informal evening session in a hostelry to be advised in Caton.

Feel free to come to which ever part is convenient. Only the lunch and the afternoon session has to be paid for.


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