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Publications available from HHA

All proceeds from the sale of books and other publications go to HHA funds for conservation of the heritage of Heysham, in particular towards the restoration and upkeep of the Heritage Centre.
Also available to buy are greetings cards, including a reproduction of JMW Turner's Heysham and Cumberland Mountains (British Museum) and William Woodhouse's Heysham in Winter (Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington).

To order any of the items listed below, please contact  sales@heyshamheritage.org.uk

Some publications previously availableare now out of print ; some others are out of stock until further notice The latter are asterisked.


All items as priced plus postage






*The  Matchless Tragedy

Simon Williams


2013 : A5  64 pages

The story of Morecambe Bay's largest loss of life. In 1894 the Matchless capsized at Jenny Brown's Point, with 25 of the 34 on board drowning. The inquest that followed was to prove something of a whitewash.


Morecambe Bay solves the Heysham Mysteries

Robert Swain

2008 : A6 (approx) 80 pages + 8 pages colour photographs

Travel back in time to discover why there are St Peter’s Church and St Patrick’s Chapel with its stone coffins side by side at Heysham. Discover how Morecambe Bay was a major influence.


Crossing Lancaster Sands

Ruskin Library; revised and extended by Heysham Heritage Association in 2012

A5, 12 pages high quality paper,
full colour, 4 colour reproductions including J M W Turner and David Cox.

Lancaster Sands is one of the several sands of Morecambe Bay and forms the first part of the traditional cross-bay route. The booklet covers the crossing in history and in literature and describes the hidden dangers to travellers both old and modern.


The Ancient Ruins known as St Patrick’s Chapel

John Procter

Revised edition 2007: A5 : reprinted 2018  
 16 pages with maps and diagrams

There are several short leaflets about St Patrick’s Chapel. There are also works of scholarship. This brochure is intended for all those in the middle who feel a sense of history and would like to know more.


The Heysham Peninsula

ed. Eileen Dent

Published by Heysham Heritage Association 2000: 80 pages between A5 and A4: numerous illustrations.

The Heysham peninsula is one of those hidden corners of England, full of interest but little-known outside its immediate locality. The natural heritage of the peninsula, as well as its varied past, are brought alive by nuggets of local history and reminiscences of former times.


The History of Heysham : a wide angled view

David Flaxington

Companion to The Heysham Peninsula : 80 pages between A5 and A4: numerous illustrations.

St Patricks Chapel is identified as an early focal point in both Celtic and Roman Christianity and later the Manor of Heysham plays a key role. Important national religious, royal and political personalities are identified, linking Heysham into the wider vision of history;


Heysham  - a History

Eileen Dent

A4 28 pages; orginally published in 1993 by St Peter’s Church but subsequently revised and jointly published by HHA and St Peter’s

This short but scholarly and well documented illustrated history is a good introduction to the history of Heysham and very readable. Our best seller, having being reprinted several times



Voices of Heysham

Eileen Dent

A4 22 pages : originally published in 1996 by St Peter’s Church but then revised and jointly published by HHA and St Peter’s in 2000

An unusual work in that it is sourced entirely from the spoken word of the people of Heysham, with notable contributions from members of the Royds family. By reading the spoken words of people they seem to become more real.. As the author writes:

This book is dedicated to the people of Heysham - long may they reign.


Accolade to an Artist

(William Woodhouse)

Pam Corder-Birch

A4 approx : 207 pages copiously illustrated including numerous colour reproductions of William Woodhouse’s paintings. Published by the author 2006

Woodhouse, a well known Lancashire artist, excelled at painting animals. birds, land and seascapes. Many are featured in the City of Lancaster Museum and other galleries in Lancashire. The book is an admirably thorough account of his life and work.


*Images of England : Heysham

David Flaxington

A5+ 128 pages : published by Tempus for HHA 2002

This is based upon 220 postcards from the collection of Rex Wilmshurst with an informative and entertaining commentary by the author. The period is mainly the first half of the 20th century and the coverage of all the varied aspects of Heysham in those days is comprehensive, when Heysham Head and Morecambe Bay Holiday camp were in full swing.


*Across the Water

Avril Moncaster

A5 about 80 pages - an illustrated history of shipping in and around Morecambe Bay

The book is based upon the detailled diary of a harbourmaster at Heysham Harbour and gives a deeper insight into a topic than is usually available elsewhere.


“Mr Turner’s Sketching Tour

Peter Wade

Published 2012.
One of a number of tour guides by a local author.
Others available are:

A Narrative guide to Morecambe and District

Sons of the Sands

The Sands of Time



The Legacy of the Celts and other antiquities

Richard Withers

Published 2016.

The idea for this short (12 pages) A5 guide to St Patrick’s Chapel and other antiquities was conceived and written by long time Heysham Heritage member and local historian, Richard Withers.