Outside the Fylde

In our research on Hollowforth Mill a visit was made to Chester Archives to investigate the Warren family archive. As well as the Woodplumpton Estate maps other areas were mapped in 1770. Areas covered include Ribchester, Salesbury, Clayton, Goosnargh, Carnforth. Examples of these are shown below (click to expand).




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The above images are courtesy of Cheshire Archives.

The next set of images show the proposed "improvements" to the River Douglas in order to allow easy transportation of coal to the River Ribble. Dated 1712 the attempt was temporarily abandoned because of the lack of funds due to the South Sea Bubble. Thanks to Lancashire Archives for permission to publish these images (DP 175).


Other Maps


Thornber's map of Kirkham 1850's

This is Thornber's sketch map of the Roman Fort area of Kirkham.

A more modern map of the fort area is shown below:-

Bourne Hall

A sketch was made of Bourne Hall as it was being demolished.


Fylde Coast (1689)

Image taken from "Great Britain's Coastal Pilot" produced by Captain Greenvillle Collins.

Wyre Estuary

Image (by kind permission of LRO) of the Wyre and the Fleetwood-Hesketh Estate between 1824 and 1836.

OS Maps

Bourne Hill and Hall

These are fragments of the 2500 and 10000 series. Permission to reproduce these images has been given by Lancashire Records Office. Original maps can be found there.



One area of interest historically, is Skippool. Over the years it has been suggested that it could be Portus Setantiorum so it is an area that warrants investigation.

This tithe map is of the area in the 1840's. The area circled show the dam/weir used to control the water for the mill.

Looking at the first OS maps of the area we have.

The area around Skippool has long been an important sanctuary on the Wyre.  Metal detecting on the western side of the river, to the north of Skippool, has uncovered a number of coins which range in date from early Roman to modern times.

Tithe Maps

Bourne Hill and Hall

Unfortunately none of the tithe maps go as far as the Bourne Hill area.

Danes Pad

Many thanks go to Lancashire Records Office (now Lancashire Archives) for permission to use these images.

Taking the suggested OS Danes Pad route as a starting point, the maps below have been taken from various tithe maps of the area. Most Tithe maps are not orientated N/S and some of the images have become a little mixed up. If you feel that the caption to images are wrong please contact the webmaster. At some stage I will Photoshop the Danes Pad route over the top of the Tithe Maps.

Little and Great Plumpton. The proposed Preston and Wyre Railway is shown on the top-right of the image. The putative Danes Pad was supposed to go between Grreat Plumpton and the railway.

Moving north the Pad went to the East of Weeton. All three maps (including to the East) are shown for completeness.

Moving further North

Moving onto the Hardhorn with Newton area we have:-



The first three maps go from East to West. The last one is centred on St Michaels church and is to the North of the centre. By clicking on the image a higher resolution image is produced. Press ESC to return to this page.