4th July 2024

Live your best life in Chapel Mill, Elswick

It’s all about the location! Create Homes has secured a rare opportunity to build new homes in the beautiful village of Elswick on the Wyre, Lancashire. Buyers will not only have a chance to live in a beautifully designed and built Create Home, but they will also be able to enjoy life to the full in this award-winning and vibrant community, where people really care about where they live.


Create Homes spoke to Elswick’s Counsellor Paul Hayhurst, who showed the team around the beautiful village and explained why it is the perfect place to call home.

Known locally as ‘The Village of Flowers’, there has been very little building in Elswick in the last 40 years, but Create Homes has now obtained permission to construct fifty exclusive homes in this wonderful village, offering the opportunity for more people to live, bring up their family or even to retire to this very exclusive area. 


The village is famous for its flower displays, all of which are planted by volunteers. Elswick has been judged the best ‘North-West in Bloom’ village for each of the past nine years that the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) competition has been held and jointly held the title of 'Best UK Village in Bloom' in 2016. 

Undoubtedly, the biggest award for the villagers was in 2017, when the RHS invited Elswick to compete in the competition to find ‘Britain’s In Bloom Champion of Champions’. Elswick won the competition, beating Harrogate, Aberdeen, St Peter Port (Guernsey), Hillsborough (Northern Ireland) and several others in the final, making Elswick the top in Boom place in the UK out of over 700 entries, ranging from the City of London, down to small hamlets. In 2021 they were asked to represent the North West of England in the RHS National Britain in Bloom final in 2022, so watch this space!

When presenting the award to Elswick the chairman of the Royal Horticultural Society judges said that the village had pipped its rivals, ”with the villages can-do attitude” and continued: “if I could bottle the community spirit I could sell it, because it ias that sort of feel-good factor.”

Not content with its success in ‘Britain in Bloom’, the village was also judged the ‘Best Kept Village’ in Lancashire in 2018 and is currently in the 2021 final of the competition, competing in the ‘Champions’ category. 

Other awards the village has won in recent years are the ‘Clean Sweep’ competition, for the cleanest place in the North West of England and the village is one of only a half dozen or so that hold the ‘Green Flag Award’ for its magnificent park facilities at the Village Hall. This latter award is normally only held by large municipal parks. This is a fantastic achievement and holds the ward along with the only others in Fylde being Lowther Gardens in Lytham, Ashton Gardens in St Annes and Fairhaven Lake. 

As a resident, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved if you would like to.


+++++ UPDATE: OCTOBER 2022: Elswick in Bloom secured more wins in the Britain in Bloom competitions this year, assisted by a donation from Create Homes.

+++++ UPDATE :OCTOBER 2023: CONGRATULATIONS to the hard-working community of Elswick, who've won the 'Lancashire Best Kept Village Champion of Champions' award, making them the 'Best Kept Village in Lancashire' AND the 'Best North West in Bloom Village' for the 11th consecutive time! What a wonderful achievement and a beautiful place to live!

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The village has two playgrounds for children, a full-sized football pitch, a bowling green, a community orchard, a wildflower meadow and a multi-user games area, which has facilities for netball, basketball, tennis and five a side football. 



The Village Hall caters for all ages from mothers and toddlers through to the over 60’s luncheon club. Work is due to start on a village green and duck pond in early 2022, which will be sited in the centre of the village, immediately opposite the entrance to the Create Homes’ Chapel Mill development.



Whilst the village only has a general convenience store, a hair & beauty salon, two pubs/restaurants, an ice cream parlour and an equestrian centre, its neighbour Great Eccleston (just one mile down the road) has virtually everything you will need. These include the following:


  • Doctor’s surgery and Health Centre    
  • Dentist
  • Pharmacy
  • Post Office
  • Super market
  • Off Licence
  • Butchers
  • Bakers and confectioners
  • Green grocers
  • Hairdressers
  • Barbers
  • Do it yourself store
  • Café
  • 3 Public Houses/restaurant 
  • Take away food outlet
  • Two primary Schools (St Marys and Copp School)
  • Clothes shop


Other services which are available in Great Eccleston include the following:

  • Builders
  • Decorators
  • Plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Solicitors
  • Window cleaners
  • Joiners
  • Electrical appliance repairers
  • Nursing Home
  • Undertakers
  • Cattery
  • Dog kennels
  • Riding stables
  • Lawn treatment services
  • Gardeners
  • Beauty Parlour
  • Aerobics Studio

Several of the shops particularly, the butchers and the artisan bakers, are well known for their quality and people come from Blackpool and Preston to stock up on their products. 



Elswick is perfectly placed on good roads in the centre of the Fylde. The M55 can be reached in little more than five minutes along the A585 and you can be in the centres of Blackpool and Preston in just twenty minutes with Poulton, Kirkham and Garstang taking less than that (approximately 10 minutes).


The village has buses to Preston, Poulton, Fleetwood, Lytham St Annes and Kirkham, where there are also train services. By changing buses in Poulton, it is also possible to travel to Blackpool. The County Council also runs buses for pupils to St Mary’s, Blackpool; Hodgson at Poulton; St Aidan’s at Preesall and Garstang Community Academy at Garstang.


The first mention of Elswick was in the doomsday book in 1086. To find out more about the History of the village, visit the Parish Council's website.

  1. Find out more about the new homes coming to Elswick below.

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The private portfolio of homes at ‘Chapel Mill’ will be delivered under our premium brand – the Create Homes’ ‘Prestige Collection’.

The new Create Homes house types have been designed for the more discerning buyer who expects design, quality, space and the perfect location. 

The new homes on offer at ‘Chapel Mill’ will include ‘The Ribbleton’ – a detached executive four bed home with integral garage and ‘The Whittingham’ - a spacious detached four bed family home with separate garage. Additionally, there is a range of further house type designs now being added to the ‘Prestige Collection’, including ‘The Grimsargh’ – a beautiful three bed home, and ‘The Broughton’, a four bed family home – all offering a choice of spacious living options. 

Paul Mathison, CEO at Create Homes commented: “Following the success of our developments in Inskip, Pilling, Longton and promising early reservations at our recent launch in Longridge, we are delighted to have secured planning permission for this site. By continuing to provide high-quality housing, Create Homes allow purchasers the opportunity of home working in well-located countryside locations, whilst enjoying a high quality modern life-style. I look forward to welcoming families to their new homes in this fantastic countryside location as soon as possible.”

Reflective of local need, Create will also be including the provision of 7 quality shared-ownership starter homes, to help people get on the property ladder.


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