Carleton Elk

Carleton Elk

There’s evidence of human habitation in the area around Poulton from around 10,000 BC, including the Carleton Elk.

In 1970 building work in nearby Carleton uncovered the complete 12,000 year-old skeleton of an elk. Hunting barbs were still embedded close to its hind bones – which proved that humans had inhabited the area.

It’s the earliest ever evidence of human habitation so far north, going back to a time when England was still connected to Europe.

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Carleton was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Carlentun. The name usually means “farmstead or estate of the freemen or peasants”, derived from the Old Scandinavian word karl and the Old English word tūn.

Poulton was also recorded in 1086 as Poltun; the name is derived from the Old English words pull or pōl + tūn meaning “farmstead by a pool or creek”.

Carleton Elk inspires Wetherspoons

In December 2013, Wetherspoons opened the Poulton Elk, inspired by the local history of the Carleton Elk.

Carleton Elk inspires Wetherspoons to open the Poulton Elk
Carleton Elk inspires Wetherspoons to open the Poulton Elk

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There’s more about Poulton’s history at this link.

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