The Wyre Estuary and Over-Wyre in Maps

The local history of an area can be expressed most graphically in the form of maps which can be used to reconstruct the life, landscape, settlement and communication patterns at particular periods; referencing geomorphology,topography and climate, written and drawn records, with actual field observation. The landscape is a palimpsest whose earlier layers can still be discerned and expressed separately to illustrate the past in a unique way. The following maps, with brief notes, are an attempt at this approach.

Map 1 The Over-Wyre Area: 1st. to 5th. Centuries AD

Map 2 The Wyre Estuary in the Viking Age

Map 3 Preesall with Hackinsall, 12th. Century AD

Map 4 The Wyre and Preesall in the Civil War: 17th. Century

Map 5 Preesall with Hackinsall (North part). c. 1840 AD

Map 6 Preesall with Hackinsall (South part). c. 1840 AD

Map 7 Preesall Village in detail, c. 1840 AD

Map 8 Stalmine Village. c. 1840 AD

Map 9 The Forgotten Highways; fords,Ferries and Sands. 12th. to 19th. Centuries

Map 10 Evolution of the Wyre Estuary. 18th. to 19th. Centuries AD

Map 11 Parrox Hall Demesne circa 1840 AD

Map 12 The Hackinsall Hall Estate circa 1840 AD

Map 13 The Ancient Ports on the Wyre

The Authors of these pages:

The real work - drawing of the maps, the research and the writing - has all been done by retired architect, Gordon Heald. Gordon lives in London and Knott End.
The web site was prepared by retired physicist, Tony Heyes. Tony lives in Melbourne and on the Mornington Peninsula both in Australia. However, he still makes frequent pilgrimages to Knott End.
This unlikely pair met, as little boys, both on holiday, catching crabs in the rock pool which used to be at the end of Clarence Avenue.