LOCAL HISTORY SECTION
The Development of Formby -
Reg Yorke -
It is known that Formby was populated, at least seasonally, during the pre-
In the mediaeval period Formby was a Chapeiry, a detached portion of the Parish of Walton-
Indeed there is a tradition that troops for the suppression of rebellion in 1715 were embarked here for Scotland and that early in the eighteenth century a proposal was made for the construction of an enclosed dock here, rather than Liverpool. Certainly our coastal positions has always been important and this was reflected by the construction of a landmark, (later a lighthouse), in 1719. Also Britain’s first Lifeboat station in 1776, an Admiralty coastal Signalling Station during the Napoleonic Wars and the North-
Fishing, formerly important is now only undertaken by a few remaining enthusiasts but like asparagus cultivation, was commercially important in earlier times. After the construction of the Railway in 1848, the character of Formby became more residential, although an attempt to build a Promenade and develop ‘Formby-
Formby had a proud record of service both civic and personal during World War 2. In addition to RAF Woodvale, (now the home of the Liverpool and Manchester University Air Squadrons), it provided a home for the Kings Liverpool Regiment, a association commemorated in the name of one of its two Electoral Districts, 'Harington' named after General Sir Charles Harington, GCB, GVE, DSO a former Colonel of that regiment, who dying in 1940, gave his name to the then new Barracks in Formby, the site of which is now covered by a large modem housing estate.