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Bleasdale and the Forest of Bowland History and Archaeology

The name Bleasdale may have come from Old Norse Blesa which means "a bare spot on a hill-side"

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Just up the lane and across a few fields is Bleasdale Circle a Bronze Age timber monument built 3700 years ago. The original position of the timber posts are now marked by concrete markers.

The finds from the site are on display at the Harris Museum in Preston.

Bleasdale Circle Leaflet (PDF 966kb)

Roman Lead Mining

High above us across the fells are remains of Roman lead mining and a Romano-British enclosed settlement Sagar Hill.

Packhorse Bridge Admarsh Barn and St. Eadmer’s Church

An equally short walk will take you first past St. Eadmer’s Church, at Admarsh in Bleasdale founded in 1577 and rebuilt 1835 using much of the original decorative stone work. Further on you can go past Admarsh Barn built in 1720 and on to the Packhorse bridge folly.


'Chipping' in old English means market, many of the village's finest buildings date from the 17th century but the village dates back to Anglo-Saxon times. In the village is an ancient water-wheel and the village church was founded in 597AD.

The craft shop and post office has been a shop since 1668 and is probably the oldest continuously trading shop in Great Britain.

Clitheroe Castle and Museum

Built around 1186 the Norman castle has dominated the skyline of Clitheroe for over 800 years. Recently refurbished the museum is packed with interesting exhibits plus has a modern cafe and gallery space.

Ribchester Roman Fort, Museum and Bath House

Museum dedicated to the Romano-British history of Bremetenacum Veteranorum, the Roman name for Ribchester.

Ribchester Roman Museum web site

Medieval Churches

Ancient churches can be found at Chipping, Slaidburn and Bolton by Bowland.

Whalley Abbey

Substantial remains of a Cistercian Abbey founded 1296 and dissolved in 1537. Visitor centre, gift shop and cafe.

Sawley Abbey

The remains of a Cistercian abbey founded in 1148, set on the banks of the Ribble against a backdrop of dramatic hills.

Sawley Abbey (PDF 48kb)

Lancaster Castle

Often known as John O' Gaunt's Castle, Lancaster Castle is one of the most historically interesting buildings in Lancashire.

Lancaster Castle web site

Lime Kilns at Cow Ark, Downham, Slaidburn and Dunsop Bridge.


St. Eadmer's Church
St. Eadmer’s Church

Sawley Abbey
Sawley Abbey

Lime Kiln at Cow Ark
Lime Kiln at Cow Ark

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