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Georgian & Victorian

Lancashire Georgian and Victorian Halls

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 ?

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

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

Lancashire Canal and Dock Buildings

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

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…

Lancashire Mills

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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