• The Wonders of Lancashire

    21) THE ENGLISH LAKE DISTRICT WORLD HERITAGE SITE

    The English Lake District is an a mountainous area, modelled by the glaciers of the Ice Age, nature and human inhabitancy creating a harmonious landscape which gained World Heritage status in July 2017

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    The English Lake District World Heritage Site
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    20) FORMBY POINT AND RED SQUIRREL RESERVE

    A glorious beach and sand dune area which is surrounded by stunning coastal pinewoods. It contains rare wildlife, prehistoric footprints, various walks, asparagus growing, links to aviation history and the red squirrel reserve

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    Formby Point and Red Squirrel Reserve
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    19) THE ROMAN REMAINS AT RIBCHESTER

    While under the governorship of Julius Agricola in AD 78 a Roman hilltop settlement called Bremetennacum Veteranorum was established in Lancashire consisting of a timber and turf fort beside which a Romano British village was formed which became the town of Ribchester

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    The Roman Remains at Ribchester
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    18) THE WORLD OF GLASS – ST HELENS

    The Glass Roots Gallery is one of two in this museum and outlines the history of glass, while the Earth into Light Gallery tells us the story of how St Helens became a world leader in glass making

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    The World of Glass, St Helens
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    17) THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS MUSEUM

    The museum gives the history of the 20th Regiment of Foot and The Lancashire Fusiliers before their amalgamation into The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and on into present day

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    Lancashire Fusilier Museum
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    16) THE EAST LANCASHIRE RAILWAY (ELR)

    Bury was an important mill town in the 19th century and was linked by railway transport to principal cities and towns in the north of England. Upon the lines closure The ELR took on the heroic struggle to keep the lines open and part of Britain’s Heritage alive.

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    The East Lancashire Railway
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    15) LIVERPOOL MARITIME CITY WORLD HERITAGE SITE

    The World Heritage Site comprises six separate locations, each of which relates to a different part and time in Liverpool’s maritime history

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    Liverpool Maritime City World Heritage Site
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    14) HOGHTON TOWER

    Hoghton Tower is a Grade I listed fortified manor house standing on the highest point in the area and located to the east of the village of Hoghton, Lancashire. It is the ancestral home of the de Hoghton family since at least the 12th century.

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    Hoghton tower
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    13) SPEKE HALL

    Speke Hall is considered to be one of the finest examples of a timber framed Tudor house in England and was the status symbol of the Norris family. It has gained a reputation for being haunted

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    Speke Hall
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    12) HILL TOP

    Hill Top, the retreat of Beatrix Potter, children’s author and illustrator, from July 1906 was a working 34 acre farm managed by John Cannon to whose children The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck was dedicated.

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    Hill Top
  • The Wonders Of Lancashire

    11) FURNESS ABBEY

    Second only to Fountains Abbey in being the richest and important Cistercian monastery in England, Furness Abbey founded in 1127 by French monks, is now a romantic ruin of red sandstone

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    Furness Abbey
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    10) LIVERPOOL ROAD RAILWAY STATION

    The Manchester to Liverpool railway was the World’s first inter-city steam railway and was opened on the 15th September 1830 by the Duke of Wellington and a day’s journey by horse carriage was reduced to one hours travelling.

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    Liverpool Road Railway Station, Manchester
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    9) MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL

    Opened in 1894 it was the World’s largest river canal network and made Manchester, Britain’s third busiest port despite being 40 miles inland.

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    Manchester Ship Canal
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    8) LANCASTER CASTLE

    This iconic castle dates back to the 11th century and adjoins a Roman Fort over-looking a crossing of the River Lune.

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    Lancaster Castle
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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
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    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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    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 Wonders of Lancashire

    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 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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    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
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    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

Welcome to Friends of Real Lancashire

Lancashire MapFriends 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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