Category Archives: Victorian Lancashire

Smithills Hall, Bolton

In 1335 William de Radcliffe acquired the manor of  Smithills. During the early years there would only have been the medieval Great Hall on the site, which  still exists there today. It is a large rectangular stone building and in here the family and … Continue reading

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St Walburge’s Church, Maudlands, Preston

By the late 1840s many of Preston’s churches had become very overcrowded, so a decision was made to found a new one dedicated to                        St Walburge. It was designed by the architect Joseph Hansom, the famous designer of the original two wheeled horse drawn Hansom Cab. A huge fundraising … Continue reading

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Jubilee Tower, Quernmore, near Lancaster

James Harrison was a wealthy Liverpool shipbuilder who lived in Hare Appletree, near Quernmore. To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, he did two things. In a  fit of patriotism  he lit a beacon on nearby Clougha Pike on the … Continue reading

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Lydiate Hall ruins, Lydiate, West Lancashire

The original Lydiate Hall was built by Lawrence Ireland sometime in the 15oos. He had exchanged his land at Garston (near Liverpool) for estates at Lydiate and Maghull. The original hall he built was a single range, possibly made of stone. By the late … Continue reading

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Parbold Bottle Monument, Parbold

The Parbold Bottle stands just a few minutes walk away from the stunning vista on top of Parbold Hill, a well known local viewpoint. The monument itself is curious both in terms of  its history and the reason for it being built. … Continue reading

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Steam Tram Turning Triangle and Twin Waiting Rooms, Darwen

Darwen had one of the first steam tram lines to operate in the whole the the country, opening in 1881.  It was run by Busby Carson & Company under the name ‘Blackburn and Over Darwen Tramway Company Ltd’. The name is still remembered … Continue reading

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Witton House, Witton Country Park, Blackburn

Witton House was a huge hall built and owned by the Feilden family.Wealthy textile merchants from Blackburn, they also owned nearby Woodfold Hall and Feniscowles Hall. Built in 1800s it was later extended by Joseph Feilden, who was a dominant figure in Blackburn society. … Continue reading

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India Mill Chimney and Darwen’s Victorian Machinery

The chimney of India Mill still dominates the skyline of Darwen, with its Italian inspired architecture. However, it’s not the only reminder of Darwen’s mill history, as spaced along the main road through the town are a number of large pieces … 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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Burscough Wharf, Burscough, West Lancashire

Burscough Wharf was a  purpose built  canal horse site. It’s easy to forget that for many years the  boats on the Leeds and Liverpool canal had no engines, but instead were pulled by horses along the aptly named ‘towpath’. In recent years this formerly derelict site … Continue reading

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