The 17th Century long house (cottage and barn) is an unusual example of surviving 17th. Century village architecture. In the 20th. Century, the long house was converted into a cottage and two lock up shops, No. 22, 24, 26 Main Street.
The Heritage Trust for the North West acquired the two lock up shops in 1999, and converted them, with grant aid from many organisations and individuals, to form a small Heritage Centre for Heysham Village.
The Centre was opened in 2000, and has been visited by over 100,000 people, exceeding all initial expectations. It is run entirely by dedicated volunteers from Heysham Heritage Association.
In 2005, the Heritage Trust for the North West obtained the adjoining cottage, and in 2010 work to restore the Cottage and to add a new floor to the Heritage Centre was started. The work was completed by May 2011 and the Centre reopened.
The Cottage garden is currently being refurbished by members of the East Gate Project, a group furthering the growing and sharing of food.
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We have a history timeline with significant events in Heysham and the world at large. The Heysham History page lists people, places and buildings etc for which we have separate pages. You may also be interested to see the images of old Heysham. To the right is the Heritage Centre and Cottage building in the early 1970s, the white building on the left of the picture. This is extracted by a video available on YouTube mentioned to us by Stuart Marshall. The Heysham section of the video starts at about 5m 30 sec from the start.
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Another long house (also a listed building) in the area is just over the northern boundary of Heysham in Poulton le Sands (now Morecambe). On 19th century maps and earlier there is an isolated farmhouse inland from the Battery, about half way to Wood Hill, called Moss House. For some reason it has survived and can now be found surrounded by suburbia in Regent’s Park Avenue. (Picture right)