Thurnham, Lancashire

Thurnham is a civil parish in Lancashire, England. It is situated on the south side of the River Lune estuary in the City of Lancaster, and contains the villages of Conder Green, Glasson Dock, Lower Thurnham and Upper Thurnham.[1] The parish has a population of 595,[2] increasing to 651 at the 2011 Census.[3]

Thurnham is where the River Conder flows into the Lune. The main road through the parish is the A588. It was formerly served by the London and North Western Railway's Glasson Dock Branch railway line, which had three stations in the parish: one at Conder Green, the terminus at Glasson Dock and a private halt at Ashton Hall.

To the east of the village stands Thurnham Hall, a 17th-century country house converted to a resort hotel. It was originally the residence of John Pierce Chamberlain Starkie (1830-1888).

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Glasson Dock
Thurnham is located in the City of Lancaster district
Location in the City of Lancaster district
Thurnham is located in Lancashire
Location within Lancashire
Population651 (2011)
OS grid referenceSD4654
Civil parish
  • Thurnham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLA2
Dialling code01524
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament

See also


  1. ^ "MARIO – Maps & Related Information Online". Lancashire County Council. Retrieved 7 November 2008.
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Lancaster Retrieved 16 February 2010
  3. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 8 June 2015.
Ashton Hall

Ashton Hall is a largely rebuilt 14th-century mansion in the civil parish of Thurnham, Lancashire, England. It is 3 miles (4.8 km) south of the city of Lancaster and is on the east bank of the River Lune. is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building, and is now owned by Lancaster Golf Club.

Ashton Hall railway station

Ashton Hall railway station was a private halt in Lancashire, England. Located on the Glasson Dock Branch, it was opened to serve Ashton Hall, the home of Lord Ashton, a local businessman. The house is now Lancaster Golf Club.

Christ Church, Glasson

Christ Church is in the village of Glasson, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Lancaster and Morecambe, the archdeaconry of Lancaster, and the diocese of Blackburn. Its benefice is combined with those of St Michael, Cockerham, and St Luke, Winmarleigh. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.

Cockersand Abbey

Cockersand Abbey is a former abbey near Cockerham in the City of Lancaster district of Lancashire, England. It was founded before 1184 as the Hospital of St Mary on the marsh belonging to Leicester Abbey. It was refounded by the Cambro-Norman magnate, Theobald Walter, 1st Baron Butler as a Premonstratensian priory. It was subsequently elevated to an abbey in 1192. It also continued as a hospital.The abbey was dissolved in 1539 and acquired by a John Kitchen. The site is now adjacent to a farm house and the only significant relic is the still intact, vaulted chapter house which was built in 1230 and used as a family mausoleum by the Daltons of Thurnham Hall during the 18th and 19th centuries. There are some scrappy remains of the church adjacent. A tradition that the medieval choir stalls in the nearby Lancaster Priory originated from here has been discredited.The chapter house is a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument. In 2007 English Heritage made an £80,000 grant to the owner to help preserve the building. The chapter house is open to the public on special occasions such as Heritage Open Days.

Two Roman silver statuettes were discovered on Cockersand Moss near the abbey site in 1718, possibly indicating the presence of a Romano-British shrine nearby.

Glasson Dock

Glasson Dock, also known as Glasson, is a village in Lancashire, England, south of Lancaster at the mouth of the River Lune. In 2011, it had a population of around 600.

James Williamson, 1st Baron Ashton

James Williamson, 1st Baron Ashton, (31 December 1842 – 27 May 1930) was a British businessman, philanthropist and Liberal Party politician. His family's business in Lancaster produced oilcloth and linoleum, which was exported around the world. After serving as a Member of Parliament for Lancaster, he was elevated to the peerage as Baron Ashton in 1895. Unproven accusations that he had purchased his title, however, haunted him and led to his eventual withdrawal from public life.

List of works by Robert Roper

Robert Roper (1757–1838) was an English architect who practised from Preston, Lancashire. His work was mainly on churches and country houses in the northwest of England. The list is likely to be incomplete.

Listed buildings in England

This is an as yet incomplete list of listed buildings in England, which are the majority of the listed buildings of the United Kingdom.

The organisation of the lists in this series is on the same basis as the statutory register. County names are those used in the register, broadly based on the ceremonial counties and not always matching the current administrative areas.

Listed buildings in Lancashire

There are a number of listed buildings in Lancashire. The term "listed building", in the United Kingdom, refers to a building or structure designated as being of special architectural, historical, or cultural significance. Details of all the listed buildings are contained in the National Heritage List for England. They are categorised in three grades: Grade I consists of buildings of outstanding architectural or historical interest, Grade II* includes significant buildings of more than local interest and Grade II consists of buildings of special architectural or historical interest. Buildings in England are listed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on recommendations provided by English Heritage, which also determines the grading.Some listed buildings are looked after by the National Trust or English Heritage while others are in private ownership or administered by trusts.

There are over 5000 listed structures in Lancashire. Although most structures on the lists are buildings, other structures such as bridges, monuments, sculptures, war memorials, milestones and mileposts or telephone kiosks may be listed. In Lancashire 70 structures are classified as Grade I (buildings of outstanding architectural or historic interest) and 256 are classified as Grade II* (particularly significant buildings of more than local interest). The remaining 4901 are classified as Grade II.

Listed buildings in Thurnham, Lancashire

Thurnham is a civil parish in Lancaster, Lancashire, England. It contains 37 listed buildings that are recorded in the National Heritage List for England. Of these, three are listed at Grade I, the highest of the three grades, three are at Grade II*, the middle grade, and the others are at Grade II, the lowest grade.

The parish contains the villages of Upper Thurnham, Lower Thurnham, and Conder Green, and also Glasson Dock and the surrounding settlement. The Lancaster Canal and its branch to Glasson Dock pass through the parish and associated with these are listed bridges and locks. Also passing through the parish is the River Conder, and a bridge crossing this is listed. There are two country houses; these are listed together with structures associated with them. Most of the parish is rural, and there are some listed farmhouses. The other listed buildings include the chapter house of the former Cockersand Abbey, two public houses, two churches and associated structures, a milestone, two boundary stones, and two dock buildings.


Padiham ( PAD-i-əm) is a small town and civil parish on the River Calder, about three miles (5 km) west of Burnley and south of Pendle Hill, in Lancashire, England. It is part of the Borough of Burnley, but has its own town council with varied powers. Padiham was originally a rural village lying by the River Calder. It is still surrounded by attractive countryside on an arc running from the north-west to the north-east in the foothills of Pendle Hill.

According to the United Kingdom Census 2011, the parish has a population of 10,098, an increase from 8,998 in the 2001 census.

Thurnham Hall

Thurnham Hall is a grade-I-listed 17th-century country house in the village of Thurnham, Lancashire, England some 10 km (6 miles) south of Lancaster.

The present building is a three-storey stone-built house probably built in the 17th century for Robert Dalton. It stands facing west in 30 acres of rising ground about a half a kilometre (quarter of a mile) from the left bank of the River Conder. The building contains an impressive Jacobean Great Hall and now functions as a resort hotel.

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