Category Archives: Ancient Wells,

Cann Street Well, Tottington, near Bury

A little way along Cann Street in Tottington is Cann Well. It is protected by a small drystone wall facing on to the road, and a cap stone above it. It is well cared for  and has plants on the … Continue reading

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Leyland Town Cross and Well

At the centre of the oldest part of Leyland stands the town cross and well. The cross shaft and steps are probably medieval and the well would have been a useful water source in the early days of the settlement. Leyland is one … Continue reading

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Godley Lane Cross and Shorey Well, Burnley

Godley Lane Cross is a one of a number of historical monuments that stand  on a small piece of land at the back of what was Burnley Grammar School. It would be easy to miss the cross when walking past on the … Continue reading

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Tocca’s Stone, St Stephens Churchyard, Tockholes

Tocca’s Stone can be found as part of a monument in St. Stephen’s churchyard. The monument consists of a slim cross shaft with the oddly shaped Tocca’s stone beside it. Both of these pieces of sculpture rest on a cross base. Below this is … Continue reading

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Tailor’s Cross and Low Well, Foulridge

Like many wayside crosses, Tailor’s Cross has more than one name. It’s also called Maiden’s Cross and unsurprisingly, Foulridge Cross. At first glance, it may look fairly unassuming, dwarfed as it is by the Foulridge War Memorial it stands alongside. … Continue reading

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St Helen’s Well and Cross, Whittle le Woods

St Helen’s Well was a much visited site for hundreds of years. Local people would collect spring water from it and also deposit offerings of metal pins. Destroyed in 1968, the well has not  been restored, but is now marked by a celtic stone cross and … Continue reading

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Hollinshead Hall ruins and Well House, near Tockholes

The hall ruins we see today are from 1776 when John Hollinshead built a new house on the site. It had previously been  home to a large farmhouse, dating from over hundred years earlier. This was mostly demolished, making way for the new hall and probably … Continue reading

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Preston’s lost Medieval Friary

Although there is a large and busy Preston street still named Friargate that has existed since medieval times, the exact location of this monastic site has remained a mystery. Recent archaeological evidence has drawn it tantalizing closer, as we shall see. The friary … Continue reading

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