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The town ap­pears in the Domes­day Book as Cher­estanc, which is believed to mean ‘Land with a pole’. It be­came Garstang in around 1195 and

King Charles II is re­puted to have spent a night in a Garstang pub dur­ing the English Civil War.

Green­halgh Cas­tle was built in 1490 by the First Earl of Derby on land said to have been given to him by his step­son Henry Tu­dor in thanks for help­ing se­cure vic­tory in the Bat­tle of Bosworth Field. The cas­tle was par­tially de­mol­ished by Oliver Cromwell’s forces in 1645 and stones from the ru­ins have been used in build­ings around the town. Garstang’s town hall in the High Street was first built in 1680 and has burned down twice. Garstang Arts Cen­tre is the fo­cal point for lo­cal arts of all types, and is home to Garstang and Dis­trict Arts Society. The society of­fers a huge va­ri­ety of arts, with free lunchtime con­certs in the sum­mer and reg­u­lar Arts, Craft and Col­lec­tors Fairs as well as per­for­mances, ex­hi­bi­tions, pro­duc­tions and pub­lic events. The Lan­caster Canal, Britain’s long­est lock-free sec­tion of canal, crosses the river Wyre at Garstang. There are some At one time there were 15 pubs and inns in Garstang and while some of those have now gone, there are still plenty of places to en­joy a drink, whether you want lo­cally brewed craft ales, fine wines and spir­its, or a warm­ing cup of tea or cof­fee. For a small town, Garstang has more than its fair share of cafes, restau­rants and delis, many of which have em­braced the town’s Fair­trade ethos.

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