Research Papers

Silverdale's Water Supply 1800-1940 - Michael Wright, 1993

Silverdale had no mains water supply until 1938. Before that date its inhabitants and farm animals were dependent on wells and springs, and on rainwater collected from roofs. Why was a piped supply so late in arriving in Silverdale? Michael Wright, once Secretary and then Chairman of the Mourholme Society, completed his dissertation in 1993 for the University of Lancaster Diploma in Local History. The work is amply illustrated with colour photographs, maps, charts and diagrams, and ranges across the geology, geography, social history and local politics of Silverdale and its surrounds. It remains the pre-eminent work on this topic, and is an excellent read too.

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The Yealand Friends' Meeting School - 2018 - Sheila Jones from research undertaken by Dr Joan Clarke

The Friends’ Meeting House at Yealand, because of its importance as one of the earliest meetings, and as one that has continued in existence since its inception, has been much written about.  However, some time ago notes of her research on the meeting made by Joan Clarke, one of the Mourholme Local History Society’s founder members and a great contributor to our books, were given to us in the hopes that we would write them up as she had been unable to before her death.  Joan’s subject was the school rather than the meeting itself, and her interests were all-encompassing: the funding, the school’s origin, the school premises, the school’s place within Quaker education, its continuity, the curriculum, the teachers and the pupils. 

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Warton Crag Hilltop Enclosure - 2017 - Historic England

In June 2016 Historic England’s Aerial Investigation & Mapping (AIM) and Assessment Teams North (now both part of the Historic Places Investigation Team within Research Group) were approached by Heritage at Risk (HAR) colleagues in the North West Planning Group to undertake mapping and ground-based investigation of fine resolution (0.25m gridded) lidar data of Warton Crag. The lidar had been commissioned jointly by the HAR team and the Headlands to Headspace (H2H) Landscape Partnership Scheme as part of moves to develop a conservation management plan for a small multi-vallate hilltop enclosure that lies on the summit of the Crag. That monument has traditionally been classified (and is scheduled) as an Iron Age hillfort, but is here re-interpreted as some form of non-defensive hilltop enclosure, possibly dating to the Late Bronze Age.

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Landscape History of Leighton Moss - 2012 - Phil Henderson MA

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.

Phil Henderson is an amateur landscape historian, with a passion for uncovering and promoting man’s interaction with nature through time.  He studied Geography and Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews, and produced the paper Forest and Fen: The Nature of Wilderness in Mediaeval England in 2010.  In 2012 he gained an MA in Landscape Archaeology from the University of York.  Professionally Phil has worked for a number of conservation organisations, and is currently employed as an apprentice woodsman in Kent.

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