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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Heysham St. Peter|
|Hundred||Lonsdale south of the Sands|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Lancashire Archives, have images of the Parish Registers for Lancashire online.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Heysham from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Heysham (St. Peter))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Lancashire is available to browse.
Online maps of Heysham are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Lancashire newspapers online: