Medieval Monasteries                                                                                                            

Whalley Abbey– a large stunning Cistercian Abbey at the heart of  Whalley

Sawley Abbey– a small but beautiful Cistercian Abbey in Sawley Village

Preston’s lost Medieval Friary – Preston’s Friargate disappeared monastic building

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

Cartmel Priory – Augustinian monastery, once in Lancashire now in Cumbria

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


Medieval Castles and Pele Towers

Penwortham Castle -A Norman motte and bailey, near Preston

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

Bury Castle – A fortified manor house, at the heart of Bury

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


Medieval Churches

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


Medieval Crosses 

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 Woodlands

Spring Wood– a medieval woodland owned by the monks at Whalley