Heysham- a village in bloom

Like a lot of people, I would love to live by the sea. Fortunately, I do live within easy distance of the coast and my favourite north-west seaside destinations, where I can appreciate the stunning views, peaceful shores, and where I can envy those who do actually reside there.

One such place is the village of Heysham in Lancashire, just a few miles outside the historic city of Lancaster and a pleasant walk down the coastal path from better-known Morecambe. Not all of Heysham is gorgeous – it is also the site of a huge power station – but its grassy cliff tops, rock pools and quiet promenade are, for me, unrivalled in the region.

The addition of the ancient ruins of St Patrick’s Chapel with its mysterious Viking barrow graves, plus the Anglo-Saxon Church of St Peter on the cliff edge, put Heysham at the top of my fantasy seaside homes list. My posts about St Patrick’s Chapel and St Peter’s Church tell more: St Patrick’s Chapel and barrow graves St Peter’s Church

Heysham is also a village in bloom, where private residents and the small community as a whole seem to be on the same green page. Many of the houses are hundreds of years old.

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The house below was formerly St Peter’s rectory but is now a private home.
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A sign outside this cottage invites passers-by to help themselves to windfall apples
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The houses below are both 17th century, like many other properties close by

On Main Street is a quirky community display with an abundance of flowers and peculiar objects which, no doubt, are significant to the village.

Recessed in a wall close by is St Patrick’s Well, named after the ancient chapel whose ruins stand on the cliff just a five minute walk away. Originally a Holy Well, it was later used by the rectory for utilitarian purposes but became contaminated and was filled with rubble in the early 1800s. Some restoration work took place about a hundred years later but it was further restored in 2002 and turned into a feature. The water is now pumped through artificially.
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The Glebe Garden is accessed from the grave yard and is a lovely example of community effort.

A path winds around the lush space where benches, each one dedicated to the memory of somebody who loved spending time here, have been placed for quiet contemplation and pleasure. Perhaps the old man modelled as peering through the shrubbery once did so in life.


There are also modern properties in the village, some of them luxurious; most of them charming. An annual Viking festival is held in July, and it looks like one Norseman just doesn’t want the party to end.

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A potential problem for those lucky enough to live in the village is being spoilt for choice between the cafes, a tea room and the pub, all of which offer delicious fresh food. It’s a problem I wouldn’t mind having though …. 🙂

15 thoughts on “Heysham- a village in bloom

  1. Eunice August 26, 2019 / 2:49 pm

    You’re really tempting me with this post – if it’s nice this coming weekend I might just get there 🙂

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  2. Sandra August 26, 2019 / 4:50 pm

    It looks totally charming! No wonder you love it 🙂

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  3. ms6282 August 26, 2019 / 7:54 pm

    Good photos on a sunny day 🙂
    I really should make the effort to get over to Heysham and Sunderland Point

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  4. shazza August 26, 2019 / 9:36 pm

    Heysham is indeed very pretty. I love the windfall apples sign. A great idea. That Viking is always in residence. Did you try the local delicacy ‘Nettle Beer’ which was once sold from an old ladies cottage apparently, and you can now buy in the cafe. X

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    • Welcome to the Beautiful North August 26, 2019 / 9:55 pm

      No, I didn’t try it but saw the signs outside the cafe. I’m not really a beer fan and that cafe was full, as it always seems to be whenever I visit 🙁. The Viking must come and go as I’m sure I’ve not noticed it before and I heard a woman in the Heritage Centre telling somebody that it hadn’t been taken back in after the festival. It’s quite amusing! 😁

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      • shazza August 26, 2019 / 9:59 pm

        Nettle beer is actually non alcoholic and to me it tasted like dandelion & burdock. It came from a dubious looking plastic bottle full of brown liquid. I told my mum about it and she told me about a couple of trips there as a young girl in the fifties, she remembers everyone drinking it. I can’t say I’m a big fan! I’ve noticed the Viking both times I’ve been. He must overstay his welcome. 😄

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      • Welcome to the Beautiful North August 27, 2019 / 5:43 am

        Ha ha! Who can blame him? 😁 I love Dandelion & Burdock, so I may give that a try. I’ve tried nettle tea and wasn’t impressed, but I’ll keep an open mind. X

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  5. teabeestrips August 28, 2019 / 7:33 pm

    I have never been there. It looks like a great village to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. sustainablemum August 31, 2019 / 8:30 am

    Wow what a wonderful village. I would love to live there too. Thank you for taking us on a such a lovely journey around the village.

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  7. dugganworld September 4, 2019 / 8:52 pm

    Good post. It’s nice to read the views of visitors to our little town. It’s a beautiful place and definitely somewhere to put down roots.

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