Landscape History of Leighton Moss - we are pleased to now have a copy of Phil Henderson's dissertation on our website. (Click here). This work examines the history of Leighton Moss Nature Reserve, north-west Lancashire. It looks specifically at how land-form has changed over time, and what the impacts of changes have been on wildlife, specifically avifauna.  It relates well to the academic field of historical ecology, and employs a plethora of evidence types, including documentary sources, palaeoenvironmental discovery, and archaeological excavation.  Its underlying aim is to show the huge potential of historical research to nature conservation strategy."

Next Meeting - Our new season of talks begins soon - as ever we meet at Yealand Village Hall on the last Wednesday of the month. (Click here). Our first talk will be a fascinating account of the archaeology discovered during the building of the Heysham link road.

 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!