The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"ST. MICHAEL-ON-WYRE, a parish in the hundred of Amounderness, county palatine of Lancaster, 3 miles S.W. of Garstang, its post town. The parish, which is extensive, is situated on the navigable river Wyre, the mouth of which forms a harbour. It contains the townships of Copp, Inskipp, Rawcliffe, Wood Plumpton, Eccleston, and Elswick. The parish is partly in Garstang, Fylde, and Preston unions. A portion of the land is moory, and a small quantity in woodland, the remainder is arable and pasture in nearly equal proportions. The tithes were commuted for corn-rents, under an Enclosure Act in 1816. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester, value £550. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is a structure of Henry VIII.'s time, erected on the site of a much older one, said to have been one of three erected in this district shortly after the introduction of Christianity. In addition to the parish church, are the following district churches, viz: at Copp, Out-Rawcliffe, Inskip, and Wood Plumpton. The last-named is the most ancient, having been erected in 1640. Copp church was built in 1700, and Rawcliffe in 1838. There are National and other schools."