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2021 Re-opening - we're opening for limited hours on from Thursday 20th May... BUT with similar precautions as in 2020, with volunteers sitting outside - so opening will depend on the weather, as well as volunteer availability.

The Heritage Association AGM, postponed from October October, will be held at 7:30 pm on 22 nd June in St James Church Hall.


A site search facility is on the Heysham History page.

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Central figures are  Rev & Mrs John Royds. Wardens, extreme left, were James Mashiter schoolmaster (independent school) and John Mashiter, not related as far as we know.     

Heysham makes a great day out for families and it is just 10 minutes drive from Morecambe. and now easily reached from the M6  To help you plan your visit, we have listed things to see and do, and places to eat in Heysham. We have also prepared travel directions, and other web sites that you may find useful, including Heysham tide times,, Heysham weather forecast, and places to eat and drink.
Heysham village is only about a mile from  Heysham Harbour where the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company runs daily ferry services to the Isle of Man. Ferry passengers with time to  spare can find plenty of interest in this historic village.
To the left is an
Impression of St Peter’s Church, in 1863, before whitewash was removed.  Possibly Rev. John Royds thought it would lock in moisture and cause deterioration of the structure.

Find out more about visiting Heysham

Read the comments of previous visitors to Heysham Heritage Centre

Every village has its characters; read about two of Heysham’s.

Heysham History

Navigating this website
Heysham timeline shows notable dates (with links to other pages) in Heysham’s history. 
ᅠHeysham History pageᅠis also a site guide with appropriate links to numerous other pages..Updated January 2019 including a search site facility.
The ‘Home’ link (top right of all pages) will return you to this page..
TheᅠHistoric Society of Lancashire and Cheshireᅠwas founded in Liverpool in 1848. It is one of the oldest historical or archaeological societies in the country in continuous existence. The first volume of  Transactions including some of the first session’s lectures, was published in 1849 . Among these was the record of a visit to Heysham by John Robson in 1851. Other links to the Society’s transactions appear on the Old Hall and Historians pages.
Heysham Heritage has published historical books, pamphlets and cards. Earlier publications on Heysham are detailed on the  historians page.
Our photographic image collection show pictures of the Heysham area 1900 and earlier.Recently added is a  series of group images..

See the Heysham timeline

See a larger version of the tithe map and further information about tithes.

See Publications from Heysham Heritage Association

See old images of Heysham

See page on Heysham artist William Woodhouse

Sculpture in Half Moon Bay


Anna Gillespie’s Ship
Morecambe Bay Partnership website has recently announced this sculp[ture in Half Moon Bay. This is a quote from that site.

From the earliest Roman and Viking settlers, to travellers boarding Irish Sea ferries in the present day, Heysham, Lancashire has long been a strategic point of arrival, departure and human settlement. Half Moon Bay, in sight of Heysham Port, has been confirmed as the location for a new sculpture, Ship by renowned artist, Anna Gillespie. Providing new focus on Morecambe Bay‘s landscape and maritime heritage, the artwork reflects the importance of seaborne trade in bringing news, innovation and shaping the character of the area.
Photograph by Graham Dean

Other artists who figure on this website are:

William Woodhouse

Michael Edwards

Madge Mander

Patricia Haskey

Shane Johnstone

Heysham Heritage Centre

Heysham Heritage Centre

Heysham Heritage Centre is on Main Street in Lower Heysham (Heysham Village). The Heritage Centre building was formerly the barn for the adjoining cottage and they are a prime example of a 17th. century Lancashire long house. The Centre & Cottage have re-opened, following a restoration project in 2010/2011.

The long house is owned by Heritage Trust for the North West (registered charity no. 508300) and run for the benefit of visitors by volunteers of Heysham Heritage Association (HHA). HHA is an independent organisation that cares for Heysham, and membership of HHA is open to all.

Learn more about Heysham Heritage Centre

Read more about Heysham Heritage Association (HHA)

Visit Heritage Trust for the North West web site

See the Heysham Timeline



The Heysham Heritage Archive
The most recent acquisition is Men of Heysham a short pamphlet compiled by Baldwin Bent in 1920  listing those from Heysham who served in the armed forces during World War I. To see a copy please click here
The archive is now being catalogued and is housed in an upper room at the Heritage Centre. Currently it has several new displays prepared specially for the Open Days, including bereavement cards, old postcards of Heysham, information about current research.                                     
If you want more information about the archive
please contact enquire@heysham,uk

Visit the history page

See publications


Find out more about the Heritage Open Days

Heritage Treasure Hunt

World War I: Read about : Rectory Hospital and Village Volunteers Committee

Tithe Map(1838) and Valuation Schedule


In 1838 a tithe map showing Heysham Parish at that date with a ‘schedule’ of owners and occupiers of property and the amount of tithe due. A small section of that map showing Heysham village (Low Heysham) is reproduced here.  St Peter’s Church is left centre and Greese Cottage slightly right of centre towards the top..

This is an invaluable source of information about places  people and buildings in early 19th century Heysham.

See a larger version of the tithe map and furher information about tithes.

Volunteers and Members

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Get involved with Heysham Heritage Centre
Heysham Heritage Centre and Cottage are operated on by volunteers of Heysham Heritage Association (HHA). With the Heritage Centre now open again, we are seeking additional volunteers to help us run the Centre for the enjoyment of visitors. If you can spare a few hours of your time, please contact us at

Kids’ page

Kids only! Picture by pupils of St Peter's School

We’ve put together some activities for younger visitors.
Did you know that Vikings came to Heysham over 1,000 years ago? Can you solve our Runes puzzle? Read what it was like to be a child in Heysham over 60 years ago, and hear about the bear at Heysham Head.

All this and more on the Kids’ page.


Find out about volunteering at the Heritage Centre

Read more about Heysham Heritage Association

Read about the benefits of membership

Go to the Kids page


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Last updated November 2019