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

Early Transatlantic Flights- via Southport  The little know roll of the Ainsdale to Birkdale foreshore playing a vital role in the days of early aviation

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

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

Church Cottage Museum  A small Tudor cottage near Preston holds a long and fascinating history

Rufford Old Hall The impressive Tudor Great Hall, together with Stuart and Georgian additions make this a must see visit for lovers of  historical architecture

Park Hill House : Pendle Heritage Centre The history of the home of the Bannister family in Barrowford, now a well know museum and visitor centre

Kirkham’s Lost Roman Fort   All traces may now be gone, but there’s still a lot of history been found about this important Lancashire fort and we’ve pinpointed exactly where it was

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

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

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

Three Lancashire Museums to Reopen ! Good news about Helmshore  Textile Mills, Queen Street Mill Burnley and Judges’ Lodgings Lancaster

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

Cuerdale Viking Hoard Returns to Lancashire ! Go and see it at the Atkinson Museum in Southport

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

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

Melandra Castle, Roman Fort, Glossop  Lying just a few miles outside our region, a Roman fort that still shows its extensive earthworks

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

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

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

Towneley Hall, Burnley The home of the Towneley family, who were often at odds with the rulers of their day

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

Stonyhurst Hall and College The home of the Shireburn family who were frequently at the mercy of the religious authorities…

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

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

Longridge Primary Schools organise a series of commemoration events for World War 1, culminating in a large scale production at Preston Guild Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fleetwood Museum is the first of the five Lancashire Museums to reopen  At last some good news about our beleaguered museums

Lancaster’s Lost Roman Fort  A history of the fort and a walk around where it once stood

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