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The History of Heysham :  Timeline

Heysham’s history spans many centuries and we have created a timeline that you can use to see Heysham’s history in context with notable dates.
You may also wish to see our
Images of old Heysham, or take a look at our list of publications which are of value to anyone researching the history of Heysham.
We have recently started to add some
recorded interviews of Heysham residents recalling life in Heysham.

Click the numbers below to jump directly to the start of the century required or scroll down to browse the timeline

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Initial phase of St Patrick’s Chapel constructed.
Rock cut graves adjacent to Chapel

c750

757

Initial phase of St Peter’s Church constructed

c800

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1700

1800

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Offa comes to the throne of Mercia

2000

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886

Egbert conquers Mercia

Alfred, King of Wessex, agrees treaty to divide England

900

Battle of Brunenburh (there is speculation that Brunenburh was Brown Rock, later known as Red Nab)

937

St Peter’s Church first registered as an Anglican place of worship,

967

954

1000

Eric Bloodaxe forced out of Yorvik (York)

Roger de Poitou is granted land, including Heysham

1016

Cnut of Denmark becomes King of the English

1066

Battle of Hastings

Domesday Book completed

1086

c1090

1096

Oxford University is founded

1100

County of Lancashire established

1182

1114

1170

Henry I invades Wales

Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, killed

Heysham raided by Scots

1200

1215

Magna Carta signed

1245

Henry III rebuilds Westminster Abbey

1300

1322

1338

1399

Hundred years war starts

Richard II dies

1400

1453

1500

Hundred years war ends

Royal Hotel built (initially as a grain store)

Heysham Old Hall completed

1500

Brazil discovered

1502

1564

Birth of William Shakespeare

1598

1600

Row of cottages built at the entrance to Main Street

1629

Heysham Parish Registers began

1629

Greese Cottage built

1658/80

Yew Tree Cottage built

1680

1620

1666

Pilgrim Fathers settled in New England

Great Fire of London

1700

1715

Bells installed in St Peter’s Church

1724

1759

Heysham School founded; became the National School from 1817 in the 19th century and subsequently St Peter’s Primary School

1769

1800

Jacobites defeated at Preston

Manchester ship canal designed

Turner sketches Heysham and Cumberland Mountains

1816

Heysham Tower built

c.1829

Heysham Tithe Map issued

1838

Heysham Hall constructed

Morecambe Harbour and Railway Company formed

1848

Birth of Heysham artist William Woodhouse

North aisle of St Peter’s Church added

1857

1864

The title ‘Morecambe’ officially adopted for the new town

1889

1807

Slave trade abolished in British Empire

1836

Tithe Commutation Act

1878

Electric light invented

1900

Opening of St John the Divine, Sandylands

1901

Final Voyage of S.V. Vanadis

1903

Heysham’s harbour officially opened, 1st September

1904

Britain enters First World War

1914

1915

Village Committee

Heysham Rectory Hospital Opens

1917

White Lund explosion

1918

World War One ends

Morecambe Bay Holiday Camp opens at Heysham Tower

1925

Heysham Head Pleasure Park opens

1926

1939

Britain declares war on Germany

Attempt is made to destroy the oil refinery at Middleton

1941

1944

Allied forces liberate France

1945

Victory over Japan Day marks the end of World War Two

St. Peter’s Church holds Millennium celebrations

1967

1977

Archaeological dig at St Patrick’s Chapel ruins

1989

World wide web invented

1990

Heysham Heritage Association formed

1992

Archaeological dig on Heysham Head

2000

Heysham Heritage Centre opens

2000

HTNW purchases Cottage (22 Main Street)

2005

Cottage restored & new floor added to Heritage Centre

2010

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Roger de Poitou is granted land, including Heysham

c1090