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Hesketh with Becconsall, Lancashire

Historical Description

Hesketh-with-Becconsall, a village and a parish in Lancashire. The village stands on the coast of the Ribble estuary, near the influx of the Douglas river, with a station and telegraph office on the West Lancashire railway, 6½ miles from Preston, and 8 from Southport. The parish contains the hamlets of Hesketh Bank and Becconsall. There is a post office under Preston; money order office, Preston. Acreage, 1975 of land and 2761 of water; population, 933. The manor belongs to the Fermor-Hesketh family. A large tract between Hesketh and Cockerham was overwhelmed by the sea in 1720. The Ribble estuary was once 2½ miles wide, and ford-able at low water, but during the five years ending in 1865 a vast tract of valuable marsh land was reclaimed from it by deepening and narrowing the river's bed, and by forming an embankment several miles long; again in 1881 and 1883 1100 acres were reclaimed, the cost, £20, 000, being paid by Sir T. Hesketh. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Manchester; net value, £250 with residence. The church is a brick edifice, and consists of nave and chancel. There is a Primitive Methodist chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyLancashire 
Poor Law unionOrmskirk 

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Land and Property

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