Dolphinholme shown within Lancashire
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Ellel and Nether Wyresdale|
|District||Lancaster and Wyre|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
In the 18th and 19th centuries the village played an important part in the Industrial Revolution. Slave trader Thomas Hinde founded a mill in Lower Dolphinholme in 1795. This worsted mill prospered and the lower village was amongst the first in the United Kingdom to have gas lighting.
In one of the world's first examples of green living, pollution was fed away from the village underground to the mill's chimney which was located in a nearby field.
The village, designated as a historic conservation area, is split into two parts – a higher village and a lower part, called Lower Dolphinholme, situated on the River Wyre. The river is the boundary between the Lancaster and Wyre districts. Dolphinholme sits on the edge of the Forest of Bowland and is less than five miles away from Lancaster.
The village has a school (Dolphinholme Church of England Primary School), a village hall, a parish church (St Mark's C of E), a Methodist chapel, a pub (the Fleece Inn), a recreational ground, a tennis court, a bowling green and a garage (Rogerson's).
Most of the historic lower village is still intact, the mill has been converted into apartments but the chimney is still standing.
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