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Hesketh with Becconsall

 This is West Lancashire's most northerly parish and has a lengthy foreshore along the south bank of the River Ribble. It also extends along the west bank of the river Douglas.

Eskyth, as in Hesketh Bank, is a Scandinavian word for racecourse. Not that there is a racecourse in Hesketh Bank today but many years ago a bygone lord of the manor held horse races on the sands where the Douglas joins the Ribble.

 

The area was once largely waste and marshland, washed up at high tide by the sea, but it now has a strong market gardening industry thanks to the rich soils. Agriculture, farming and growing are at the heart of the community and there are many nurseries and outlets which are open to the public.

 

"Becconsall' is derived from beacon - as of the type used in shipping navigation.

The chapel of Becconsall was erected in 1764 and stands on slightly rising ground on the left bank of the Douglas near a bend of the river, which flows past the building on the south and east.

 

Website: Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council (external link)
Map: Hesketh with Becconsall Parish

Last Updated: 6/26/2013

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