About Silverdale

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So, as mentioned in my previous post, towards the end of September there was a local history weekend in Silverdale. There were talks, guided walks and several generous people had opened their houses and/or gardens up for nosy people to have a gander at.

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We took the opportunity to climb Lindeth Tower again. There’s a photo, and a little bit about the tower and it’s connection to Elizabeth Gaskell, in the post about our previous visit, here.

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This….

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…is a rather imperfect view of Hazelwood Hall. It’s a Victorian mansion with a later Thomas Mawson designed garden.

This…

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…is the Limes. The interesting story here being this….

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…spite wall, built alongside the The Limes when it was new, by the owners of the older, adjacent house who objected to the proximity of the new house overlooking their house and gardens.

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Alan’s garage, down on Shore Road, I think somebody told us that this building is listed. It looks like it’s listing in this photo, but I suspect that’s my fault.

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These are the fishermen’s cottages, down by the ‘beach’. The one at the far end was the first one built, and was originally a bath house where the guests of what is now the Silverdale Hotel, but which was at the time the Britannia Hotel, if my memory serves me right, could bathe in the waters of Morecambe Bay without exposing themselves to the local weather, or the local hoi polloi.

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This washed-up fish was tiny, perhaps a remnant of the shoals we had seen in the channels on our previous stroll.

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When the rest of the family decided that they had had enough history and fresh air for one day, I extended the walk a little around the shore to The Cove.

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Taking in a minor trod which I haven’t noticed before, and which wends it’s way up into the trees on the cliff behind The Cove.

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Sunday found us down at Grey Walls…..

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Like Hazelwood Hall, and seemingly most of the other larger properties in the village, this once belonged to the Sharp family, in fact it was built for them. Recently, it’s been Ridgeway School, but was sold, I believe in three lots. The reason for our visit was the walled garden within the grounds.

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There’s a house within it and the new owners, keen gardeners, are restoring the garden, which had become overgrown. It’s another Thomas Mawson design.

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We really enjoyed having a nose around.

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The feature which elicited the most comment and conversation was this tree…

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…which has a very strong scent of popcorn or candy-floss, depending on who you asked to describe it. It also had many small fruits…

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One opinion offered was that it is a Judas tree, others felt a Strawberry tree was closer to the mark. I don’t know. Anybody think they can give a definitive answer?

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About Silverdale

6 thoughts on “About Silverdale

  1. Peter says:

    Thanks again for a great blog.
    As far as I know, The Cottage and the adjacent Know Hill Barn, along with the Silverdale Hotel, are the only Listed Buildings on Shore Road. The Council is, however, asking for people to nominate ‘Locally Listed Buildings’ at the moment, so the garage could be put forward for this lower level of protection if you (or Alan) wanted to.
    I was aware of the presence of the ‘Spite Wall’ at The Limes, but hadn’t tried to find out anything about it – do you know when it was erected and the name of the family who put it up?

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Thanks Peter.
      Now that you mention it, that local list was on display at the history event I think. I don’t know the details of the Stankelt Road spite wall. I thought that I would be able to find out, but although I’ve found references to it in both ‘Keer to Kent’ and in David Peters ‘In and Around’ Silverdale, neither give any more detail then my rather vague story. I’m almost willing to bet that somebody in the Mourholme local history society will know. There were several more spite walls around the village apparently, but this is the most spectacular surviving one. I’ve looked out of that window onto the wall and it’s a bit disconcerting! The wall is only eighteen inches from the house.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Thanks Chrissie. Taking photos and blogging are inextricably linked as far as I’m concerned. The blog gives me an excuse to take thousands of photos, of, as the other half puts it, leaves and stuff, then a reason to sift through them, sometimes to crop and process them a little and to investigate, not always with much success, what it is I’ve photographed. I enjoy writing the text too, well sometimes I do, but it’s all about the photos really. For me, the most successful ones in this little lot are those taken down by the shore as the sun was setting, and the light was superb, which is what made the difference.
      Anyroad – I’ve finally got around to buying myself a new camera. I’ve havered for ages, and despite all of Andy’s advice to the contrary, I’ve gone with another bridge camera. Haven’t managed to use it in the daylight yet, but I’m really looking forward to learning what the new camera’s potential is. At this rate expect to see the results sometime in the spring!

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Yes I’ve managed about 150 photos over the weekend despite being ridiculously busy and some fairly poor weather. Camera technology hasn’t half moved on in the six years since I bought the last one. This one does everything short of making the tea. When I’ve read the manual I can probably get it to make the tea too!

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