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The History of Heysham

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

Initial phase of St Peter’s Church constructed

c750

c800

757

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Offa comes to the throne of Mercia

2000

829

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)

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

937

967

954

Eric Bloodaxe forced out of Yorvik (York)

1000

Roger de Poitou is granted land, including Heysham

c1090

1016

1066

1086

1096

County of Lancashire established

Heysham raided by Scots

Royal Hotel built (initially as a grain store)

Heysham Old Hall completed

1100

1182

1114

1170

1200

1215

1245

1300

1322

1338

1399

1400

1453

1500

1500

1502

1598

1564

1600

Row of cottages built at the entrance to Main Street

1629

Heysham Parish Registers begin

1658

Greese Cottage (Old Rectory) built

1658 or 1680

1680

Yew Tree Cottage built

1620

1666

Bells installed in St Peter’s Church

1700

1724

1715

1759

1800

Cnut of Denmark becomes King of the English

Battle of Hastings

Domesday Book completed

Oxford University is founded

Henry I invades Wales

Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, killed

Magna Carta signed

Henry III rebuilds Westminster Abbey

Hundred years war starts

Richard II dies

Hundred years war ends

Brazil discovered

Shakespeare born

Pilgrim fathers settle in New England

Great Fire of London

Jacobites defeated at Preston

Manchester ship canal designed

1807

Slave trade abolished in British Empire

Turner sketches Heysham and Cumberland Mountains

1816

Heysham Tower built

c.1829

1836

Tithe Commutation Act

Heysham Tithe Map issued

1838

Heysham Hall constructed

1848

Morecambe Harbour and Railway Company formed

Birth of Heysham artist William Woodhouse

1857

North aisle of St Peter’s Church added

1864

Electric light invented

1878

The title ‘Morecambe’ officially adopted for the new town

1889

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

Heysham Rectory Hospital Opens

Village Committee

1915

White Lund explosion

1917

1918

World War One ends

Morecambe Bay Holiday Camp opens at Heysham Tower

1925

1926

Heysham Head Pleasure Park opens

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

Archaeological dig at St Patrick’s Chapel ruins

1977

World wide web invented

1989

1990

Heysham Heritage Association formed

1992

Archaeological dig on Heysham Head

2000

Heysham Heritage Centre opens

2000

HTNW purchases Cottage (22 Main Street)

Cottage restored & new floor added to Heritage Centre

 

2005

2010

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Recommend this site to a friend

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