Chimney near Jenny Brown's Point
Silverdale shown within Lancashire
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Silverdale is a village and civil parish within the City of Lancaster in Lancashire, England. The village stands on Morecambe Bay, near the border with Cumbria, 4.5 miles (7 km) north west of Carnforth and 8.5 miles (14 km) north of Lancaster. The parish had a population of 1,545 recorded in the 2001 census.
Silverdale forms part of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The RSPB's Leighton Moss nature reserve is close to the village. The National Trust owns several pieces of land in the area. The former Tarmac-owned Trowbarrow quarry is now a SSSI and popular climbing location. The Lancashire Coastal Way footpath goes from Silverdale to Freckleton, and the Cumbria Coastal Way goes from Silverdale to Gretna.
The Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell (1810–1865) regularly holidayed in Silverdale and is said to have written some of her works in Lindeth Tower in the village; the Gaskell Memorial Hall in the centre of the village is named after her. The English poet Gordon Bottomley (1874–1948) lived in Silverdale in later life.
Geography and administration
Silverdale is in the non-metropolitan district of the City of Lancaster. On Lancaster City Council the Silverdale ward is represented by one Conservative councillor, elected for a four-year term in May 2011. It is in the non-metropolitan county of Lancashire. On Lancashire County Council it forms part of Lancaster Rural North electoral division, and is represented by one Conservative councillor elected for a four-year term in May 2009. Silverdale also has a parish council, the lowest level of local government.
Silverdale is in the UK Parliamentary Constituency of Morecambe and Lunesdale, represented since 2010 by David Morris (Conservative) . It is in the European Parliamentary Constituency of North West England, represented as of 2009[update] by three Conservative, two Labour, one Liberal Democrat, one BNP and one UKIP MEPs.
Culture and community
The Gaskell Memorial Hall in the centre of the village hosts a wide range of activities and events. The Silverdale Village Players perform an annual Pantomime and another production each year, and the Silverdale Handbell Ringers (founded 1906, and formally the Silverdale Church Handbell Ringers) entertain at Christmas. The village has a Women's Institute, affiliated to the "Cumbria-Westmorland" Federation of Women's Institutes although Silverdale was not in Westmorland. The annual Silverdale and Arnside Art and Craft Trail, when local and visiting artists display their works in many venues in the two villages, takes place each summer.
Silverdale Primary School (full name "Silverdale St John's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School") is housed in a Victorian building with more recent extensions, and has around 100 pupils. It was graded "Good" in its 2006 Ofsted report and an "Interim Assessment Statement" in 2010 stated that "the school's performance has been maintained", but in its 2012 inspection it was graded as "Satisfactory". There is no secondary school in the village.
Bleasdale School, formerly Bleasdale House School, is a day and residential special school for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties, with 20 pupils aged 2–19. It was graded "Outstanding" in its 2011 Ofsted report.
The village also has a small part-time branch library, open 10 hours/week. Its premises are an outbuilding of Bleasdale School, and were an electrician's shop before becoming a library in the 1960s. The library benefitted from a major refurbishment in December 2011.
The anglican parish church of St John is a Grade 2* listed building, built in 1885-86. The Methodist church was also built in the 19th century. Silverdale is within the Anglican Diocese of Blackburn, the Catholic Diocese of Lancaster and the Lancaster Methodist Circuit.
The village has a bowls club and cricket team. Silverdale golf club, located near the railway station to the east of the village centre, was founded on 10 November 1906 and play started on 6 April 1907. Its original 9 hole course was extended to 12 holes in 1992 and to 18 holes in 2002.
In September 2011 a metal detectorist unearthed the Silverdale Hoard, an early 10th-century Viking hoard comprising 201 silver coins, jewellery, ingots and hacksilver that had been buried in a lead container in the vicinity of Silverdale.
Leeds Children's Charity 
The Leeds Children's Charity (LCC) has since 1904 provided holidays for needy children from Leeds at its Silverdale Holiday Centre, which is to the north of the village centre overlooking Morecambe Bay. (The centre is actually across the county boundary so in Far Arnside, Cumbria, though very strongly associated with Silverdale). The charity was previously named the Leeds Children's Holiday Camp Association (LCHCA), and earlier the Leeds Poor Children's Holiday Camp Association. About 275 children each year are brought for a free five-day holiday, sometimes having never left Leeds before and seeing cows in fields for the first time. During their stay they participate in a range of outdoor and indoor activities. The Association is a registered charity, and each year's Lady Mayoress of Leeds serves as its President. In 2008 Matthew Lewis, the Leeds-born actor best known as Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, became its patron. It is supported by donations from individuals and organisations in Leeds and Silverdale and elsewhere.
The history of the Holiday Camp has been described in the book Now I am a swimmer.
Silverdale in popular culture
- McNeil, Frances (2006 A). Sixpence in her shoe. London: Orion. ISBN 0-7528-6852-7. (This novel is set partly in Silverdale in the 1920s, with particular reference to the Leeds Children's Holiday Camp.)
- In October 2013, the BBC TV Natural history series Autumnwatch was broadcast over four nights from Leighton Moss RSPB reserve at Silverdale.
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Lancaster Retrieved 15 February 2010
- "Leighton Moss". RSPB. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
- "Arnside and Silverdale". National Trust. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
- Arnside and Silverdale AONB Countryside Management Service (undated). "Trowbarrow: the history, geology, wild life and rock climbs of Trowbarrow". p. 22.
- "Silverdale Village Players". Silverdale Village Players website. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
- "Silverdale WI". Retrieved 25 February 2012.
- "Silverdale". National Federation of Women's Institutes. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
- "Silverdale and Arnside Art and Craft Trail". Retrieved 17 May 2012.
- "Silverdale St John's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School". DCSF website. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
- "Silverdale C of E Primary School". Retrieved 13 June 2010.
- "Silverdale St John's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School". Ofsted website. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
- "Bleasdale School website". Retrieved 13 Jan 2012.
- "Bleasdale House School". Ofsted website. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
- "Silverdale home page". Lancashire County Council :County Library and Information Service. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
- "Silverdale, St John". A church near you. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
- "Church of St John". Heritage Gateway. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
- "Silverdale". Lancaster Methodist Circuit. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
- "Club History". Silverdale Golf Club. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
- "Silverdale Viking hoard examined by British Museum". BBC News. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
- "History". Leeds Children's Charity. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
- "Leeds Children's Holiday Camp Association".
- McNeil, Frances (2004). Now I am a swimmer: Silverdale Holiday Camp, the first 100 years. Pavan Press. ISBN 0-9525547-2-0.
- Booth, Paul H. W. (2004). Warton in the Middle Ages. Mourholme Local History Society. ISBN 978-0-9534298-1-3. (Silverdale was in Warton parish)
- Mourholme Local History Society (1999). How it Was: A North Lancashire Parish in the Seventeenth Century. ISBN 978-0-9534298-0-6.
- Mourholme Local History Society (2005). Warton 1800 – 1850: How a North Lancashire Parish Changed. ISBN 978-0-9534298-2-0.
- Mourholme Local History Society (2009). Warton Parish 1850 – 1900: Borwick, Carnforth, Priest Hutton, Silverdale, Warton, Yealands. ISBN 978-0-9534298-3-7.
- "Townships: Silverdale", A History of the County of Lancaster, Victoria County History 8, 1914, pp. 180–182, retrieved 12 July 2010
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Silverdale, Lancashire.|
- Silverdale Parish Council
- Silverdale, GENUKI article with historical and genealogical resources.
- Leeds Children's Charity
- LCHCA, Registered Charity no. 224649 at the Charity Commission
Silverdale is located by Morecambe Bay (most of Silverdale is not visible in this picture.