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Georgian & Victorian

Lancashire Georgian and Victorian Halls

Cuerden Hall, Bamber Bridge  A late Georgian Hall with a large historic parkland

Elmfield Hall, Accrington Home of Frederick Gatty, pioneer cotton dye maker

Turton Tower Curiosities  Lots of Victorian heritage in the grounds of the much older tower

The Hall at Lostock, Lostock Hall near Leyland  The new Park of St Catherine’s incorporating nature, history and commemoration

Worden Hall and Park, Leyland Georgian and Victorian parkland and buildings much loved by the locals

Worden Park Walled Garden, Leyland  A recently restored kitchen garden with original Georgian and Victorian features

Worden Park Icehouse and Folly Arch, Leyland Picturesque buildings hidden in the park

Platt Hall, Platt Fields Park, Rusholme A superb Georgian House that doubles as Manchester’s Museum of Costume

Lytham Hall, Lytham  The finest Georgian Hall in Lancashire ?

Ruined Georgian and Victorian Halls

Arden Hall ruins, Accrington A Victorian hall that has been excavated and now reclaimed by nature

Moss Bank House and Ainsworth Bleachworks, Halliwell, Bolton A prosperous bleaching dynasty and what remains from their time

Feniscowles Hall ruins, Blackburn  From a distance can be spied the old hall, but there are lots of other buildings and landscape features you can visit nearby

Witton House ruins and remains, Witton Park, Blackburn Although the hall has gone, there’s much to explore at this site

Hollinshead Hall ruins and Well House, near Tockholes The woodlands encroach on this idyllic setting


Lancashire Iconic Georgian and Victorian Churches

Becconsall Old Church, Hesketh Bank  A small Georgian Chapel on the edge of the Hesketh Marshes

St Walburge’s Church, Preston An impressive building with tallest church spire in the country


Lancashire Civic Buildings

Lancaster’s Georgian Customs House Now the Maritime Museum, this building has an interesting history in establishing the wealth of the town

Formby Lifeboat Station  Not just the first in Britain, but the first worldwide

Holker House : Darwen Heritage Centre  A grand Victorian house, formerly home of two doctors is now the hub to promote  Darwen’s history

Tottington Dungeon, Bury  A Victorian town lock up with intriguing carvings on the stonework

Mount Pavilion, Fleetwood  A Victorian garden and viewpoint, restored back to its original splendour

Fleetwood’s Victorian Lighthouses  Two are in fantastic condition, one is probably not long for this world…

St George’s Hall, Liverpool  A huge grade I Neo-Classical Victorian  building

Brindleheath and Old Jewish Cemeteries, Pendleton, Salford  Hidden away close to the city centre is  a small historical and wildlife site

Lancaster Castle : The Prisons and Courts The castle has been a prison and a court right from the very beginning


Lancashire Canal and Dock Buildings

Portland Basin Warehouse  One of the  largest canal warehouses to be constructed and now an excellent museum

Preston Dock Curiosities  There still plenty to see at the modern Riversway development, if you know where to look

Foulridge Wharf and Lime Kiln Superb restored cotton warehouse and nearby kiln

Burscough Wharf, West Lancashire From canal horse hospital to retail therapy…

Aqueduct, Thompson Park, Burnley  The tunnel vaulting contains a range of intriguing carvings


Lancashire Windmills

Kirkham Windmill Now converted to a house, this Georgian windmill is well worth a look

Marsh Mill, Thornton The only working windmill in the whole of the north west of England

The Dub and Windmill, Wrea Green near Preston  A village with a large rural green and a host of historical features including a converted windmill

Clifton Windmill, near Preston   A late Georgian windmill, saved from demolition and now converted to a public house

Craggs Row Windmill, Preston  Many locals don’t know about this well hidden secret, but it’s easy to find…


Social Justice in Lancashire

The Co-operative Pioneers, Rochdale Cemetery The stories and graves of the men that helped inspire a world wide co-operative movement

Plug Riots and Chartists, Preston A memorial to the Preston Martyrs

Kersal Moor Chartist Meeting A historic mass gathering attended by local campaigners for democracy


Lancashire Mills

Kem Mill The extensive ruins of a print works and bleach croft  that came to a dramatic end

Watergrove Reservoir and Drowned Village  A Victorian village and mills destroyed to make way for clean drinking water for Rochdale

Plantation Mill, Accrington  The ruins of a Victorian calico printing factory

Moss Bank House and Ainsworth Bleachworks, Halliwell, Bolton A prosperous bleaching dynasty and what remains from their time

Kirkham’s Last Loom  An Edwardian loom that stands as testament to Kirkham’s textile industry that stretches back to early Victorian times

India Mill Chimney and Darwen’s Victorian Machinery Italian architecture and Victorian mill machinery, all on the street to be seen for free

Higher Woodhill Mill ruins, Bury Industrial heritage preserved for all to see

Tottington Mill Print Works ruins, Kirklees Valley, Bury Once almost lost to the woodlands, but now reclaimed


Lancashire Steam Engines

Fred Dibnah Statue and Corliss Steam Engine, Bolton  The famous steeplejack memorialized  in bronze stands before a Bolton built steam engine


Lancashire Railways and Tramways

Steam Tram Turning Triangle and Twin Waiting Rooms, Darwen At the cutting edge of steam powered transport

Longridge Station, Longridge Trains don’t run here anymore, but there’s plenty of heritage still…


Monuments and Follies

Grants Tower, Rambsottom, Bury  A ruined folly is saved from total collapse

Jubilee Tower, Quernmore, near Lancaster A folly view tower on the road to the Trough of Bowland

Parbold Bottle Monument An unusual structure, with stunning views

Ellen Strange Memorial and Cairn  A stone pillar and cairn of stones are a present day reminder of a terrible crime

The Starting Chair, Moor Park, Preston  It looks like a rough wayside cross, but has had a more recent use…


Roadside Wells

Cann Street Well, Tottington  An old coaching road well, still in very good condition



Sawley Bridge, Sawley A Georgian bridge over the River Ribble



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