In this section we will look at potential sites and include research materials and ideas. Most of these have been developed from the forum or during our monthly meetings. Non-members are encouraged to provide other ideas relevant to the history or archaeology of the Wyre & Fylde.
Bourne Hill and Hall
Aerial images of Bourne Hill. Click on the image to enlarge.
In 1817, William Latham sketched a couple of views of Bourne Hall. Reproduced courtesy of Lancashire Archives. DP 292 and DP 293.
The crest in one of the rooms shows that it wasn't just an ordinary farmhouse.
The inscriptions (and artist's comments) also give the impression of wealth and power.
By the 20th Century, Bourne Hall had fallen into disrepair and was eventually demolished in the early 1970's.
A sketch map of the farm was made during the demolition and can be found on the maps page.
General Images of the Fylde
These next images were drawn by William Latham in 1817. They are a "View of Poulton", "Poulton from Wardleys", "Rossall", "Rossal warren and River Wyre" and "Carling Stone". Thanks to Lancashire Archives for permission to publish them.
View over the Ribble
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).
Many more images are available. Contact the webmaster if you require further information.
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).
This is Thornber's sketch map of the Roman Fort area of Kirkham.
A more modern map of the fort area is shown below:-
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.
Image (by kind permission of LRO) of the Wyre and the Fleetwood-Hesketh Estate between 1824 and 1836.