About MyLancashire

Way back in the early 1990s I was working in Kent and, knowing my family connections with Lancashire, one of my colleagues told me that she and her husband were taking their touring caravan for a holiday to Lancashire. Of course, I told her what a beautiful and interesting county it was (and still is) and how I was really delighted to hear they were going on such a trip; a place where not all that many 'southerners' visit. Naturally, I informed her what an outstandingly beautiful county Lancashire was and how much she would enjoy her visit.

On their return, I was dismayed beyond belief when she told me that they hadn't particularly enjoyed their holiday as they hadn't found much to see or enjoy. My colleague then went on to say something like "Lancashire must be one of those places that you really have to know in order to see the beauty there and to be able to find the places of interest". The sentiments she expressed have stuck in my mind from that day to this, more than 25 years later, and now I hope to set the record straight and show users of this website as much as I can of the beauty of Lancashire and the places of great interest they can visit. This site is primarily a photographic record of the places in Lancashire I have visited over the years. It is not aimed at the historian or academic. It is aimed at people who would like to visit a county previously unknown to them so that they can plan their visit according to the locations they find most attractive.

One of the greatest records of history is contained in the wonderful parish churches that adorn the landscape of our country in great number - probably more than 16,000 of them in total, some dating back to medieval times. Sadly, most people overlook these buildings as they drive through the great British landscape, probably ignorant of the fact that so many of them are well worth a visit. This website will contain a large number of photographs of these buildings in the hope that many viewers of this site will stop and pay them a visit instead of driving all too quickly past them. As a note of caution, it is well worth contacting the church you wish to visit before you go as many of them are only open at certain times (and days) to receive visitors.

Of course, this website is very much an ongoing project - one that is unlikely to be completed as there is such a wealth of locations that are of interest or of outstanding beauty to the extent that I'll never be able to visit them all in the remaining years of my life. However, it's a start, and I will add to this website as often as time permits until such time as I depart from Lancashire into the next world from which I can't communicate - let alone build websites.

War Memorials and Graves:

Throughout our country there are memorials to those who have sacrificed their lives during times of war. Almost all villages have memorials to the fallen, as do many churches. I try to include these in the photographs I take and include them on this website. I also send many of these photographs to the Imperial War Museum who publish them on their website too.

Many of the places I visit to take photographs, particularly churchyards, contain graves that are amongst those managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. As my family, throughout at least four generations, has served our country either in the military or Merchant Navy for more than a century I do make an effort, where time and weather permit, to photograph these memorials to those who have sacrificed their lives for our country. Some of these photographs are also sent to the CWGC and other appropriate organisations for inclusion on their website.


Unlike most websites that provide information about Lancashire, this site will portray the area of Lancashire prior to the county border changing following the re-organisation of local governments after the passing of the Local Government Act 1972. Therefore, for example, some places that are now designated to lie in Cumbria will be included as being in Lancashire.  A map of the former county borders can be found in many public libraries, or online, or in some of the older editions of books such as those published in Arthur Mee's The Kings England series of more than forty wonderful books of county histories.

Administrative map of the ancient county of Lancashire in 1832. Showing Hundreds, Parishes and Boroughs. Source data on parish boundaries - Kain, R.J.P., and Oliver, R.R. (2001) "Historic parishes of England and Wales: Electronic Map - Gazetteer - Metadata", Colchester: History Data Service. ISBN 0 9540032 0 9. Source data for Boroughs: H.M.S.O. Boundary Commission Report 1832 (courtesy of www.visionofbritain.org). This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons located at URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lancashire_Administrative_Map_1832.png . Commons is a freely licensed media file repository.

Another map of the parishes of Lancashire prior to 1832 can be viewed on ancestry.com and at URL: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/earthnews/10908937/Historic-atlas-with-ancient-counties-and-boundaries-published-online.html which refers to the maps digitised by family history website Ancestry, the Atlas and Index of Parish Registers, contains 57 separate county maps, which show how Britain's ancient parish and county boundaries have changed shape over the centuries.

It is said that the reason the original country borders extended as far north as to include parts of what are now deemed to be in Cumbria was so that the 'Sands Route' across Morecombe Bay which the attacking Scots would use when invading the county during the Middle Ages could be easily defended.

Many of the books I've used to assist in researching the content of this website are now out of print. However, many wonderful books about Lancashire's history can be purchased in your local second-hand bookshop or even from on-line booksellers. I am particularly indebted to St. Catherine's Hospice Ashton Charity Book Shop in Wellington Road, Preston for supplying me with a large number of Lancashire history books very inexpensively in their efforts to raise money for their very worthwhile charity. Their website is located at URL: http://www.stcatherines.co.uk

A Lancashire map from 1610 Courtesy of Lancashire County Council at URL: https://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/environment/oldmap/speed/speed.jpg


A Lancashire map from 1929 Courtesy of Lancashire County Council at URL: https://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/environment/oldmap/lcc1929/lcc1929.jpg


Bibliography - Books in my own library:      
The King's England - Lancashire Ed.: Arthur Mee
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. (1973)
Lancashire Villages Jessica Lofthouse
Robert Hale and Company
The Curious Traveller - Lancaster to Lakeland Jessica Lofthouse
Robert Hale Ltd. (1956)
The Lancashire Village Book LFWI
Countryside Books and LFWI (1990)
Lancashire Within Living Memory LFWI
Countryside Books and LFWI (1997)
History, People and Places in Lancashire Ann Thomas
Spur Books Ltd. (about 1975)
Explore Lancashire by Car Jane Sterling
Dalesman Publishing Co. Ltd. (1973)
Waterside Walks in Lancashire Brian Bearshaw
Robert Hale (1982)
A History of Lancashire from Earliest Times until 1880, Incorporating Manchester and Liverpool Leo H Grindon
Aurora Publishing (from original text of 1882)
A Century of Lancashire Chris Makepeace
Sutton Publishing (2000 - 2007)
The Really Lancashire Book Ed.: Bob Dobson
Landy Publishing (1997)
Lancashire - The Red Rose County Brenda Tyrrell
Discovery Guides Ltd.
Britain in Old Photographs - Lancashire Catherine Rothwell
Sutton Publishing (1996 - 2002)
Britain in Old Photographs - East Lancashire at War Nick Dunnachie
Sutton Publishing (1995 - 2002)
The Leeds - Liverpool Canal (Aerofilms Guide) Colin Speakman
Ian Allen Publishing (1993)
Walking in the Forest of Bowland and Pendle Terry Marsh
Cicerone (2008 - 2014)
The Ribble Way Dennis and Jan Kelsall
Cicerone (2005 - 2010)
Francis Frith's Lancashire - Living Memories Dennis and Jan Kelsall
Frith Book Co. Ltd. (2002)
Exploring the Ribble Valley between Ribblehead and Clitheroe W R Mitchell
Dalesman Books (1979)
Life on the Lancaster Canal Janet Rigby
Landy Publishing (2006)
Canal Companion - Penine Waters Michael Pearson
JM Pearson & Son Ltd. (1995)
The Story of Preston From the Industrial Revolution to the Early Twentieth Century Frank Carpenter and Jennifer Holden
Harris Museum and Art Gallery
People of Old Preston Keith Johnson
Winkley Press (1994)
Lancashire Countrygoer Jessica Lofthouse
Robert Hale (1962 - 1981)
By-Way Biking in Lancashire Henry Tindell
Sigma Leisure (1998)
Old Lancashire Tales Ed.: Cliff Hayes
Book Clearance Centre (2000 - 2006) (from original text by Frank Hird c. 1911)
More Stories of Old Lancashire Ed.: Cliff Hayes
Printwise Publications Ltd. (1991) (from original text by Frank Hird c. 1911)
Ribble Valley Rendezvous Richard Catlow
Countryside Publications (1979)
Prince's Dock - A Magnificent Monument of Mural Art Adrian Jarvis
Merseyside Port Folios (1991)
Those Were the Days - Lancashire in the Forties, Fifties and Sixties Ron Freethy
Countryside Books (2001)
The Real Lancashire Kathleen Eyre
Dalesman Books (1983)
Lancashire J J Bagley
B T Batsford (1972)
Lancashire's Unknown River - The Story of the River Wyre George Mould
Terence Dalton Ltd. (1970)
The Century Speaks - Recollections of Lancashire over the Last 100 Years Phil Smith
Carnegie Publishing Ltd. (1999)
The Hidden Places of Lancashire and Cheshire Jo Noel-Stevens and Martin Stevens
M & M Publishing Ltd. (1991)
Photographic Memories of Britain - Lancashire Robert Swain
Frith Book Co. Ltd. (2003)
Looking at... North Lancashire "Spartina"
Dalesman Publishing Co. Ltd. (1971)
Looking at... Central Lancashire "Spartina"
Dalesman Publishing Co. Ltd. (1971)
Preston - Views of the Past John Garlington
Carnegie Publishing Ltd. (1990)
The Great Human Exploit J H Smith
Phillimore & Co. Ltd. (1973)
A History of Lancashire J J Bagley
Darwen Finlayson Ltd. (1956 - 1967)
The North West David Stenhouse
B T Batsford Ltd. (1977)
Lancashire 150 Years Ago Cliff Hayes
Printwise Publications Ltd. (1991)
All at Sea - Memories of Maritime Merseyside E V Draper
BBC Radio Merseyside (2000) / Avid Publications
Lancashire Sea Stories Catherine Rothwell
A Countryside Publication
Frank Hird's Old Merseyside Tales Cliff Hayes
A Memories Publication
Between Ribble and Lune - Scenes from the North West David Pownall
Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1980)
Lancashire 1939 - 1945 - Working for Victory Ron Freethy
Countryside Books (2007)
Memories of Old Leyland Bertram Morris
probably self-published (1979)
Rufford Old Hall  
The National Trust (1991)
The East Lancashire Railway News  
East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society (Summer / Autumn 1992)
Lost Railways of Lancashire Gordon Suggitt
Countryside Books (2003)
Lancashire - A Dog Walker's Guide Ron Freethy 9781846742361 Countryside Book (2011)
England Cameracolour - Lancashire Nesta Roberts and F A H Bloemendal
Town & County Books Ltd. (1983)
Lancashire - A Portrait in Colour Bill Meadows and Ron Freethy
Countryside Book (2000)
Curious Lancashire Walks Graham Dugdale
1874181330 and 9781874181330
Palatine Books (2006)
Mountain Bike Lancashire and the South Pennines Richard Peace
Excellent Books (1996)
Lancashire's Architectural Heritage John Champness
Lancashire County Council (1988)
Trans-Pennie Heritage, Hills, People and Transport Keith Parry
David & Charles (1981)
Chilling True Tales of Old Preston Keith Johnson
Owl Books (1990)
A Nostalgic Look at Preston from Old Photographs  
Memory Lane - Lancashire Evening Post (undated)
Nostalgic Preston Ed.: Phil Holland
True North Publishing (1996)
The Hidden Places of Lancashire and Cheshire Jo Noel Stevens and Martin Stevens
M&M Publishing (1991)
Getting to Know Secret Lancashire Ron and Marlene Freethy
Printwise Publications Ltd. (1992)
Getting to Know Pendle Ron and Marlene Freethy
Printwise Publications Ltd. (1992)
Getting to Know The Ribble Valley Ron and Marlene Freethy
Printwise Publications Ltd. (1992)
Photographic Memories of North West England Jenny de Gex and Jonathan Nash
The Francis Frith Collection (1996)
The Victoria History of the Counties of England - Lancashire Edited by William Farrer and others
Victoria County History, London (1906 to 1914).
There are several volumes in this publication. Various sources state anywhere from 5 to 9 volumes in total.
The Treasures of Lancashire Norman Bilsborough
North West Civic Trust (1989)
Churches and Cathedrals:  
Harris's Guide to Churches and Cathedrals Brian L Harris
Ebury Publishing (2006)
British Churches Ed.: Eliza Sackett
The Francis Frith Collecton (2006)
Collins Guide to English Parish Churches Ed.: John Betjeman
Collins (1958)
Betjeman's Best British Churches John Betjeman and Richard Surman
Updated version of above by Collins (2011)
English Parish Churches as Works of Art Alec Clifton-Taylor
B T Batsford Ltd. (1974)
English Parish Churches Graham Hutton and Olive Cook
Thames and Hudson (1976 - 2001)
The English Parish Church Russell Chamberlin
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. (1993)
The English Parish Church Gerald Randall
B T Batsford Ltd. and Spring Books (1982-88)
The English Parish Church -
An Account of the Chief Building Types & of Their Materials During Nine Centuries
J Charles Cox   B T Batsford (1914)
Secret Churches Richard Surman
Collins (2008)
The English Church Tim Tatton-Brown and John Crook
New Holland Publishers (2005)
English Country Churches Richard Briars
PRC (1995). First published by Robson Books Ltd. (1989)
General Publicatons:  
The Shell Book of Inland Waterways Hugh McKnight
David and Charles (1975 - 1981)
Walking Britain's Rivers and Canals Julian Holland
CollinsWillow (HarperCollins) (1997)
The King's England - The Lake Counties Ed.: Arthur Mee
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. (1937 - 1961)
The Marshall Cavendish Out & About Walking Guides to Britain - No. 7 - The North of England  
Marshall Cavendish in Association with Ordnance Survey (1996)
Hudson's Historic Houses and Gardens, Museums, and Heritage Sites Dan Cruickshank and James Paine
Hudson's Media Ltd. (2017)
The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Castles, Palaces & Stately Houses of Britain & Ireland Charles Phillips

1846815983 & 9781846815980

Anness Publishing - Hermes House (2012)
Villages of England Brian Bailey
George Weidenfeld and Nicholson (1984)
AA Illustrated Guide to Britain's Coast  
Drive Publications Ltd. (1984 - 1987)
AA Illustrated Guide to Britain  
Drive Publications Ltd. (1971 - 1972)
AA Book of British Villages  
Drive Publications Ltd. (1980)
AA Book of British Towns  
Drive Publications Ltd. (1979)
Bradshaw's Canals and Navigable Rivers of England and Wales Henry Rodolph de Salis
First published in 1904. This edition by Old House Books (2012)
The Lives of George and Robert Stephenson Samuel Smiles
The Folio Society (1975) - Original text of 1874
The Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names A D Mills
Oxford University Press (1996)
Contact: enquiries@mylancashire.org
Should anyone be remotely interested, the photographic equipment used to take most of the photographs displayed on this website includes: Canon EOS 5D - Mk I, Mk II and Mk III models equipped with the Canon EF 17-40 mm f4 L USM, the Canon EF 24-105 mm f4 L IS USM - Mk I and Mk II models and the Canon EF 70-200 mm f4 L IS USM lenses.
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