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Heysham, Lancashire

Historical Description

Heysham, a village and a parish in Lancashire. The village stands on Morecambe Bay, 2¼ miles from Morecambe railway station, and 5 W by S of Lancaster. It has a post and money order office under Lancaster; telegraph office, Regent Road. The parish comprises 1774 acres of land, and 6889 of foreshore; population, 766. Heysham Hall, Heysham Lodge, Heysham Tower, and Heysham House are chief residences. The parish is a resort for summer residents. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Manchester; gross value, £537 with residence. The church stands on the summit of a rock near the bay, is partly Norman, but chiefly Gothic, includes an aisle added in 1864, and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a belfry. Remains of an ancient oratory are on a hill above the church, and several sepulchral excavations are in the solid rock. Remains of an ancient building, probably one of the old Border peels (Baines) which belonged to the Stanleys of Knowsley Hall, are at High Heysham. There are a Wesleyan chapel and an endowed school.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishHeysham St. Peter 
HundredLonsdale south of the Sands 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records, in association with Lancashire Archives, have images of the Parish Registers for Lancashire online.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Lancashire is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionNorth West
Postal districtLA3
Post TownMorecambe