Next Meeting:  Thursday (NOT Wednesday) December 21st at 7.30p.m.

Local Surgeons of the 18th and early 19th Centuries – Mr Bryan Rhodes

Bryan is an orthopaedic surgeon living in Yealand Redmayne. One of his passions is the history of surgery and after discovering that a slave ship surgeon lived in Burton in Kendal his recent research has focused on surgeons at Lancaster Castle. He will explain how and why surgeons were responsible for the public dissection of criminals in Lancaster and the tragic events leading to the execution of a surgeon in Lancaster in 1799. 


Warton Crag Hilltop Enclosure

Historic England has recently completed a report examining both historic perspectives and new data obtained from lidar surveys of the structures on Warton Crag commonly referred to as a hill-fort. Access to the report is now sign-posted from our Research page (under Publications). See here for more.


Free Access to Mourholme Publications.

The Mourholme Society has published a range of books covering various periods of our history. The full range can be seen here. However, some are out of print. We have therefore decided to provide free-of-charge access to the entire range, through digital copies (pdf file format).

The first book to be available in this way is "How It Was. A North Lancashire Parish In The Seventeenth Century." Click here to download the file. (This file is 21 MB in size, so may take a little time to download depending on the speed of your broadband).


Mourholme Archive.

The Society possesses an extensive archive. From time to time we will post an interesting item. A recent find was this copy pen and ink sketch of the Silverdale chapel as it was before conversion to a dwelling. Both the date and the artist are unknown - can you help?


 Welcome to the website of the Mourholme Local History Society

Mourholme is the name of the castle that used to stand in the old parish of Warton. It was the home of the mediaeval lords of Warton, and its ruins lie beneath the Borwick end of the Pine Lake resort (that is, under the artificial lake that is in the centre of the picture above - taken from Warton Crag).

Until the nineteenth century the Warton parish contained the townships of Borwick, Carnforth, Priest Hutton, Silverdale, Warton, Yealand Redmayne and Yealand Conyers. They lie in the extreme north-west of Lancashire, abutting modern day Cumbria.

Our studies concern the history of these seven villages – one of which, Carnforth, grew into a small town. Most of the 11,100 acres (4,500 hectares) consists of a thin layer of soil over carboniferous limestone, which was suitable only for pasture, although arable crops could be grown on scattered areas around the parish, where the retreat of glaciers at the end of the last ice age about 13,000 years ago left rich deposits of clay, sand and gravel – particularly on the low ground between Carnforth and Milnthorpe. In general therefore, the agriculture was not particularly prosperous, but the parish does boast its share of manors and other fine halls and houses.

The coming of the industrial revolution brought change on an unprecendented scale – iron and steel works, mills, canals and railways, and the beginnings of tourism. Yet, apart from Carnforth, the villages have retained their individual characteristics, and many of their old buildings.

Mourholme Local History Society

We look at all aspects of local history - agricultural, manorial, social, industrial, - as well as an examination of some of its prominent families. Some of the results of our study are on this website and are free to all. Please keep visiting the website as we plan to continually add items from our archives – photographs, maps, and articles from over 60 magazines published by the Society.

On these pages you can find out more about the society; its guest lectures and field trips; its publications and its archives. 

And we warmly welcome all new members!