A Brief History of Lytham Church
Lytham's beginnings were based on a Benedictine priory, a cell of Durham Abbey. Although a settlement called Lethum existed before the Conquest, place names such as Kellamergh near Warton show a presence of Norse settlements in the late 10th Century. In the 1530s, after the dissolution of the Abbeys, the Abbey came into the possession of the Clifton family.
Over time the town matured from a small fishing village, to ship building and repair and warehousing in support of the Preston docks and to a home for the many workers for the Insurance and Aerospace industries nearby. Tourism has also played an important role in the development and history of the town.
Methodism in Lytham
The first Methodists in this area met in a fisherman's cottage in Bath Street some 200 years ago. Persecutions and opposition hampered progress, but Squire Clifton thwarted all attempts to stop the development of Methodism and supported the granting of a licence for the work to continue. In the 1840s, Preston Methodists, including T C Hincksman, began to take an interest. He had married the sole survivor of a tragedy at sea - Dorothy Jones, whose husband, a missionary, and colleagues and their families had drowned on a sea crossing to a Synod in the West Indies. For many years, children in the Sunday School collected their offerings for Overseas Missions in little purses made from material from Dorothy Hincksman's dress. This is commemorated on a plaque at the front of the church.
The Story is shown in full below: with kind permission from Eric Dykes