The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"LYTHAM, a parish in the hundred of Amounderness, county palatine of Lancaster, 6 miles S.W. of Kirkham, 8 N. of Southport, and 14 W. of Preston, its post town. It is situated on the N. bank of the estuary of the river Ribble, and is the terminus of a branch line of the West Lancashire and Yorkshire railway. The village is mostly modern, and has some good houses. It is well lighted with gas, and possesses every accommodation for the comfort of its numerous visitors, the place being much resorted to in the summer months for its salubrity and facilities for sea-bathing. About a mile to the E. is Lytham Pool, a large natural basin, where ships transfer their merchandise to lighter vessels, to be conveyed up the river to the port of Preston. At the northern extremity of the basin is a graving-dock for building and repairing vessels. Many of the people are engaged in the fisheries. The National Life Boat Institution has a station in the vicinity. A portion of the beach has been levelled, and a public promenade formed along it, affording a view of the scenery on the S. side of the estuary. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £568. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £131. The parish church is a neat edifice of red brick, with a tower, dedicated to St. Cuthbert. There is also the district church of St. John, the living of which is a perpetual curacy, value £60. The church of St. John is a modern structure. The charities, including the endowment of the free school, produce about £110 per annum. The Baptists, Wesleyan Methodists, and Roman Catholics have places of worship; and, in addition to the free school, there is a good National school, and one belonging to the Roman Catholics. Here are some remains of a priory, founded about the 12th century. Lytham Hall is the principal residence. Colonel Clifton is lord of the manor. Saturday is the principal market day."