What’s New… click on the links below for the latest blog posts from Lancashire Past

Worden Hall and Park, Leyland Georgian and Victorian parkland and buildings

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

St 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

Smithills Hall, Bolton originally a Medieval hall with impressive Tudor and Victorian extensions

Claughton Viking Burial A rare burial mound and grave goods

Furness Viking Hoard   A chance find from a turbulent historical time

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

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

Lancashire Links Page– at last a page that links to all your favourite Lancashire  history societies, museums and websites !

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

Nico Ditch, Platt Fields Park, Manchester This Dark Age defensive structure is a rare remnant from Saxon times

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

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

Quernmore Dark Age Burial, near Lancaster The discovery of two mysterious boat shaped objects

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

Five Lancashire Museums will now close, but there’s still hope  The latest update on the plight of our museums

Lytham Hall, Lytham  the finest Georgian Hall in Lancashire ?

Lancashire Museums have a short stay of execution There still time to act to help save our museums

Lydiate Abbey, the ruined church of St Catherine, West Lancashire The church that never was an abbey….

Lydiate Hall ruins, Lydiate, West Lancashire Picturesque ruins dating from the Tudor times

Heritage Lottery Fund May Want £1.6 Million back from Lancashire over the decision to close two of its leading museums Plans to save money by closing museums just doesn’t add up

Five Lancashire Museums to Close and Six More Could Follow Read the terrible news about our flagship museums and see what you can do to help save them

Manchester Roman Fort and Vicus  Impressive reconstructions and archaeology on show in  Castlefield

Godley Lane Cross and Shorey Well, Burnley An imposing blackened wayside cross and a rescued well head

Leyland’s Tudor Grammar School, South Ribble Museum Education for all comers

Tocca’s Stone, St Stephen’s Churchayrd, Tockholes  A strangely shaped stone, with mysterious origins

Parbold Bottle Monument, Parbold An unusual structure, with stunning views

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

Samlesbury Hall, near Preston Grade 1 listed Tudor manor house 

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

Witton House, Witton Park, Blackburn The site of a vanished grand hall still has lots to explore

Bury Castle  The remains of a fortified manor house in the centre of modern day Bury

Bank Hall, Bretherton, West Lancashire   A ruined hall, saved by the local community

India Mill Chimney and Darwen’s Victorian Machinery Italian inspired architecture and Victorian mill machinery, all to see for free

Penwortham Castle, near Preston  A classic Norman motte and bailey, with commanding views over the Ribble

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

Pilgrims Cross, Holcombe Moor, Bury  This post has been updated with a historical picture of the destroyed cross base

Doffcocker or Halliwell Cross An impressive cross with an unusually carved head piece

Wycoller Hall  The ruined hall in the picturesque Wycoller Country Park

Foulridge Wharf and Lime Kiln  A restored late Georgian canal warehouse and preserved lime kiln

Tailor’s Cross and Low Well, Foulridge  An intriguing Norman cross and restored well

St Helen’s Well and Cross, Whittle le Woods A holy well site, commemorated with a modern cross in a woodland setting

Astley Hall, Coach House and Walled Garden All free to visit, a spectacular site displaying Tudor, Stuart and Georgian architecture

Burscough Wharf, West Lancashire A purpose built Victorian facility housing for maintaining the  ‘horse power’ to pull canal boats

Ribchester’s Roman Bath House Another great Lancashire Roman Bath House site, by the idyllic River Ribble

Walton-le-Dale’s Lost Roman Military Site, near Preston A hidden site that still contains many questions about its true purpose

Cartmel Priory and Gatehouse A fantastic Monastery Church, once in Lancashire, now in Cumbria

Lancaster Roman Baths and Wery Wall Alongside the Roman Bath House is the mysterious Wery Wall, part of a late Roman fort built to repel overseas invaders