With a history spanning more than 1000 years, Elswick is a small rural community of approximately 1200 people situated in the heart of the Fylde Countryside.
The village is beside the Blackpool to Longridge road (B5269), a mile east of the busy A585.
Elswick United Reformed Church, complete with spire, is in the Gothic style. It stands near to an original 17th Century nonconformist chapel, believed to be the oldest nonconformist place of religion in Lancashire.
RECREATION AND LEISURE
For its size, the village has exceptional recreational facilities. In addition to the Village Hall, there is a
bowling green, all weather sports pitch, football pitch, and children's playgrounds.
The bowling green is a popular and healthy way to take gentle exercise, and is well used throughout the summer by locals and visitors.
The village has a traditional pub - the Boot and Shoe on Beech Road, together with the Ship Inn on the
High Street, which is now a refurbished contemporary gastro-pub.
But the main attraction for visitors, especially those out for a spring or summer drive out to the countryside, is Elswick's famous Ice Cream Parlour
- Bonds of Elswick.
There are more than 20 flavours of ice cream to choose from, and it is a popular stop for coach trips.
Bonds also has a popular restaurant serving good value, home cooked food.
BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT
Elswick's main industry is still agriculture, but changes in farming practice mean it is no longer the main
Catering and hospitality now provide most of the jobs available in the village, although the centres of Preston and Blackpool and Poulton le Fylde offer more diverse employment opportunities for local residents with transport.