Silent Sunday…… Two Churches in one small Location

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Saint Peters Church, Heysham Head, Morecambe Bay, Lancashire

Heysham is a rather quaint old village, on a headland, that juts out into Morecambe Bay.  On the top of that headland is this 11th century Church of Saint Peters.  A distinctive Bellcote tower with two bells, an equally distinctive Anglo Saxon Doorway and the solid Stone Slate roof create a solid character. The origins are indeed 11th century, but study the building outline you can soon detect the additions and extensions added over the following centuries.

Saint Peters is still  Hesham’s  Village Church….. but only a few yards behind the Church, and even more prominently locate on this exposed headland, are further signs of  even earlier religious occupancy.

The most dramatic are the tombs (or graves) that have been carved out of a sold rock.  Known at times as the Martyrs Graves and by others as the Pilgrims Graves, they lie on the highest point of Heysham Head.  Exposed to all the wind and weather that Morecambe Bay can deliver from across the Irish Sea…..possibly the same winds the assisted Saint Patrick on his journey from Ireland.

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Dating these stone hewn graves is problematic.  Let me try to explain.  These graves rest beneath the shadows of Saint Patricks Chapel.  Possibly built in either the 6th or 7th century and attributed to Saint Patrick.  However,  historical records still find it hard to be definitive on the exact date of Saint Patricks death, a time arround 490ad is very likely. Whatever that date is, it is still 100 or more years before the Chapel was built.

Saint Patricks Chapel has not worn as well as Saint Peters.  The chapel is now a ruin… all be it, ruin with a great outlook.

As with most religious locations across the UK, they are usually on the sites of much earlier places of worship or spiritual importance.  Various archaeological digs have taken place to try and discover the heritage of this Heysham location. Excavations arround the Stone Tombs did discover artifacts and tools, these would indicate that this site was occupied over 12,000 years ago.

One thing is for sure, no matter the legends and mysteries, these twin Religious ‘settlements’ capture the imagination of any visitor, and with a bonus view over Morecambe Bay, that must lift the spirits,

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

21st February

(C) David Oakes 2021

Wordless Wednesday…… Another Favourite Place

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Location: –  Lune Light, Morecambe Bay from Cockerham Sands, Lancashire

It may well be Wordless Wednesday…… But we cannot let the passing of September go without some comment.  Indeed, it is a positive comment as September,  for the most part,  has been more like summer than summer itself.  You could say that summer was topped and tailed by a great Spring and now a great September.  

September is also the time that I associate with sunsets.  They suddenly seem much more intense an intensity which I think is helped by the arrival of colder evenings.  

As for my favourite places…..  The Lune Light, used to mark the entry into the River Lune from the wide expanse of Morecambe Bay, seen here from Cockerham Sands, it just has to be near the top of my list. 

Where ever you are……

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

30th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Wave like… just like the Ocean

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The Saltmarsh at Stanah, on the Wyre Estuary, Lancashire

I have been accused of wasting time on many an occasion…usually when I am lost in thought, just gazing at something or even nothing.  Sometimes, it is because that something, is rather mesmerising (and some including me say soothing). As autumn colours the reeds and grasses over the Saltmarsh, they move and sway just like the ever-changing waves on the sea.  Rise and fall and a flow just like an incoming tide. Just like the oceans the wind dictates the speed and drama.

So why not let nature sooth away some of today’s wows…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

22nd September

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

Waiting for the Tide…….

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Skippool Creek, Lancashire

Waiting for the tide. Here at Skippool Creek on the River Wyre in Lancashire, the high tide is necessary for boats to be able to make the run downstream to Morecambe Bay and open waters. Like much of our country and coastline, many tranquil places, were once the hive of industry and commerce.  Skippool Creek,  was just one of many ‘ports’ along the Wyre.  All so small that it is hard to imagine there importance.  Sailing ships heading off to the Americas, with travellers and adventurers  seeking new lives in far off destinations.

Today it is the province of  recreational yachting enthusiasts,  all very dependant upon a high tide.

 

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

7th July

(C) David Oakes 2020