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LOCAL & HISTORICAL Places of Interest

There are infinate places of interest in and around the Lancaster District, including historical buildings, towers and monuments. Joan Martin from shared with us some of her favourites! (On fact there were so many we struggled which to choose)

1. Littledale Free Church, Lancaster 

This beautiful little church stands in the most unexpected location away from the road. Standing in a field surrounded by sheep. The church is now disused. Built 1849 as “Free” Church of England church for Revd. John Dodson of Littledale Hall (q.v.) who seceded from the Church of England over the Gorham judgement. 

To find this beautiful little church, park on the roadside near the entrace gate to Littledale Hall, walk uphil up the road with the hall drive on your right, after a short while you will see a path on your right, follow the path and after around 600 metres you will see the church ahead. 

2. Gillow Mausoleum, Thurnham

The Egyptian style Gillow Mausoleum at the Church of St Thomas and St Elizabeth at Thurnham near Glasson Dock in Lancashire. The mausoleum was built in red sandstone in 1830 by Richard Gillow from the Lancaster furniture firm of Robert Gillow. Inside the mausoleum, the wall opposite the entrance is lined from floor to ceiling with coffin niches, many of them empty.

3. The Gamekeeper’s Tower, Capernwray

This three-storey tower was built as a shooting lodge in the early 19th century. It had a northern turret and a battlemented parapet. Grade 11 Listed, the tower is gutted on the inside and in disrepair.



4. The Pepperpot, Sedbergh

The Pepperpot on the former Akay Estate in Sedbergh.Some say the Pepperpot was built in the early 20th century as an isolation house for the estate owner’s daughter who had tuberculosis, but it is more likely to have just been an ornamental feature or summerhouse of the estate. 

The folly fell into ruin and was rebuilt in 2015 thanks to a grant awarded to Sedbergh School from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

5. TheFox’s Pulpit, Sedbergh

Horses gather at Fox’s Pulpit, Firbank Fell, Sedbergh in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Cumbria.

In 1652, George Fox visited the area to meet the Westmorland Seekers, a group of people who were disillusioned with the established church. Fox stayed with the leader of the Seekers, Richard Robinson at Brigflatts and later that week preached in the grounds of Sedbergh Church. He then went on to hold a huge open-air meeting on Firbank Fell, where he preached for over three hours to a crowd of about a thousand people. This site is now regarded as the birthplace of Quakerism, The Religious Society of Friends.awarded to Sedbergh School from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

6. Heron Corn Mill, Beetham

Heron Corn Mill sits on the banks of the river Bela in Beetham; South Cumbria, is one of the few working mills in the area, and has been a base for local industry powered by renewable energy for over 900 years. The present mill was built in 1740 and milled untill 1958. Find out more:

7. The Sandes Hospital, Kendal

In this yard, 17th century cloth merchant Thomas Sandes, founded a school and eight almshouses for the widows of the town’s wool workers.


Photos 2,3,4,5,6,7 Joan Martin PHOTO NORTH

This article is from our Festive edition of Lancaster District Magazine.

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