Lancashire Past

Lancashire History Website and Blog


Medieval Monasteries                                                                                                            

Whalley Abbeya large stunning Cistercian Abbey at the heart of  Whalley

Sawley Abbeya small but beautiful Cistercian Abbey in Sawley Village

The Knights Hospitallers, Stydd Church, near Ribchester, with a rare medieval hospital

Cartmel PrioryAugustinian monastery, once in Lancashire now in Cumbria

Norton Priory, near Runcorn A once wealthy priory is now Europe’s most excavated monastic site

Preston’s lost Medieval FriaryPreston’s Friargate disappeared monastic building

Kersal Cell and Kersal Moor The intertwined histories of a very small monastery and the moorland around it

The Lost Leper Hospital of St Mary Magdalene, Preston A medieval hospital with an intriguing history

Edisford Bridge’s Lost Leper Hospital of St Nicholas, Clitheroe An important ford and bridge has a wealth of history associated with it


Medieval Castles and Pele Towers

Liverpool’s Lost Castle The castle may now be gone, but the site can still be visited and the history of the fortress is an interesting one

Liverpool Castle Replica  A reproduction of the lost castle, at Rivington near Horwich

Penwortham CastleA Norman motte and bailey, near Preston

Clitheroe Castle –A small medieval keep, dominating the market town

Bury CastleA fortified manor house, at the heart of Bury

Turton Tower, Chapeltown near Bolton A Medieval Pele Tower with Tudor and Stuart additions has a long and intriguing history

Radcliffe Tower, Radcliffe near Bury  A huge ruined Pele Tower at the centre of old Radcliffe

Dalton Castle, Dalton in Furness A fine Pele tower, once owned by the Abbot of Furness Abbey

Broughton Tower Although the tower was demolished two hundred years ago, a large part of the moat still exists on this little known site


Medieval Churches

St Leonard the Less Church, Samlesbury  An unusual Medieval church, with a plethora of family box pews

Michaels on Wyre, a Medieval church with large contrasts to its sister church of St Helens

St Helens Church, Churchtown near Garstang, Medieval building with many interesting artefacts to see, both inside and out

Brindle Churchyard, near Chorley Medieval grave covers, a stone coffin and wayside cross bases lie tucked away in the graveyard

Manchester’s Collegiate Church Manchester Cathedral, with many hidden medieval features

Whalley Parish Church One of the oldest churches in the region, with rare misericords

Ribchester Parish Church A possible Tolkien connection in this intriguing church


Medieval Crosses 

Sherburne Cross, Moor Park, Preston A modern cross shaft inserted into a very old pedestal

Hob Cross, Lathom  A  newly reinstated cross on a medieval site

Leyland Town Cross and Well A medieval cross and ancient well site at the heart of old Leyland

Newburgh Village Cross  Old medieval market cross set in the conservation area of Newburgh near Lathom

Holden Cross Base, Haslingden  A huge square stone socket that once held a wayside cross

Doffcocker or Halliwell Cross, Once re-used as a footbridge, now given pride of place

Tailor’s Cross, Foulridge Folklore and history of the enigmatic cross

St Helen’s Cross and Holy Well, Whittle le Woods. A lost well and a contentious cross.

Mab’s Cross, Wigan- An intriguing tale of folklore and history

Affetside Cross, Tottington, Bury. Roman, medieval or later? Read on and decide…

Pilgrims Cross, Holcombe, Bury. A landmark on the medieval pilgrimage route to Whalley

Turton Cross, Chapeltown, Bolton. Unusual surviving cross base with a restored shaft and head

Medieval Wells

Robin Hood’s Well, Helmshore near Bury  In great condition, this ancient well has a long history of supplying water to weary travellers

Clitheroe’s Town Wells  One from Medieval times and two from the Stuart era,  these wells provide an interesting insight into town life in the past

Medieval Bridges

Edisford Bridge, Clitheroe Both a battle and a medieval leper hospital mark this important ford and bridge crossing

Medieval Woodlands

Spring Wooda medieval woodland owned by the monks at Whalley

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