• The Seven Wonders of Lancashire

    1) LIVERPOOL ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL

    Liverpool Cathedral is the Church of England Cathedral of the Diocese of Liverpool, built on St James's Mount in Liverpool and is the seat of the Bishop of Liverpool

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    Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
  • The Seven Wonders of Lancashire

    2) MANCHESTER TOWN HALL

    THIS fabulous Gothic extravaganza is architect Alfred Waterhouse's undisputed masterpiece. Soaring nearly 300 feet above Albert Square, it is more a cathedral than a town hall.

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    Manchester Town Hall
  • The Seven Wonders of Lancashire

    3) PENDLE HILL

    Visitors to East Lancashire cannot fail to be impressed by the gaunt yet beautiful shape of Pendle Hill. Hills like this that stand alone are focuses for the spiritual needs of the people.

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    Pendle Hill
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    4) SAINT WALBURGE'S CHURCH

    This is a soaring masterpiece of Gothic inspiration. It is rare indeed for a humble parish church to be constructed in such a spirit of imaginative whimsy.

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    Saint Walburge's Church
  • The Seven Wonders of Lancashire

    5) BLACKPOOL TOWER

    Blackpool Tower is an elegant masterpiece. From its top, all 518 feet from the coastline of the Fylde peninsula, several of the other wonders of Lancashire are visible.

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    Blackpool Tower
  • The Seven Wonders of Lancashire

    6) ASHTON MEMORIAL

    Built by Lancaster industrialist Lord Ashton as a tribute to his wife, this Edwardian folly on the grand scale is architecturally of the first importance.

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    Ashton Memorial
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    7) CONISTON OLD MAN

    At 2,633 feet, Coniston Old Man is Lancashire's highest ground. Surely England's best loved mountain. The Old Man dominates the skyline in this part of Lancastrian Lakeland.

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    Coniston Old Man

Welcome to the Friends of Real Lancashire

Lancashire MapThe Friends of Real Lancashire are concerned to promote the true identity of our county which has been extremely confused in the minds of some people, especially those working in the broadcasting and newspaper industries, since the local government reorganisation of 1974.

The Government at that time stated that the "new counties" were administrative areas only, and that the boundaries of traditional counties such as Lancashire had not been changed. Unfortunately, the media refer to these administrative areas all too frequently and ignore the fact that places such as Barrow-in-Furness, Liverpool, Manchester, Warrington, etc. are still in Lancashire.

If administrative areas had not been called counties much of this confusion would have been avoided. The Royal Mail has at last dropped the use of administrative county names in postal addresses, and names such as Cumbria and Merseyside do not appear in the current Royal Mail Postal Address Book.

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Competition: Highlights of Lancashire Day 2014

Engal's EnglandTo coincide with the launch of the new Friends of Real Lancashire website the first competition is a chance for you to capture highlights of Lancashire Day on 27th November this year. So grab your camera and get snapping Lancashire Day celebrations with a chance to win a copy of Engels England by Mathew Engel.

E-mail your shots to competition@forl.co.uk.

Terms and conditions: You can submit as many shots as you like. Images may be used by Friends of Real Lancashire to publicise the photography competition on the website or in other FORL literature. Each image must be no larger than 3MB (3000KB) in file size. The judges decision is final. Use www.picresize.com to resize your images if they are too large.

Competition closing date: Wednesday 31st December 2014