Gazetteer of Morecambe Bay's historic sites

Morecambe Bay is permeated by proud cultural histories and holds a rich but little explored or understood cultural heritage.

The Scheme area includes Grade I, Grade II* and Grade II listed buildings, including traditional agricultural buildings and vernacular dwellings, country houses, villas and the residences of the wealthy, the Furness railway stations, Victorian and Edwardian seaside resort buildings and hotels, including the Midland Hotel where Eric Gill's legacy can be found in the sculptures and paintings.


The date range of designated archaeological sites around the Bay spans the earliest post-glacial occupation within the cave at Kent’s Bank Cavern, to the twentieth-century defences at Cark Airfield. Scheduled sites include a prehistoric stone circle, burial mounds, Romano-British farmsteads, medieval towers, castles and monasteries. There are 34 Scheduled Ancient Monuments in the Bay area. these include Piel Castle on Piel Island, Furness Abbey in Barrow, Birkrigg Stone Circle near Urswick, Kirkhead Cave at Humphrey Head, Wilkinson's Monument at Lindale, Warton Crags Hillfort, and Dog Holes Caves, Warton, St Patrick's Chapel at Heysham, Cockersand Abbey near Cockerham and Glasson Dock

We are gathering together information about some of Morecambe Bay's most iconic and intriguing historic buildings, follies, archaeological sites and landscapes:

  • Kirkhead Tower / Summerhouse, Kents Bank, Grange-over-Sands
  • Hampsfell Hospice, Grange-over-Sands
  • Birkrigg Stone Circle and enclosures
  • Jenny Brown's Point, Silverdale
  • Cockerham Observation Tower
  • Walney Island World War heritage
  • Warton Iron Age hillfort
  • Gleaston Castle

Check back here as we begin to upload details about each of these sites.




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