Silverdale, Lancashire

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Chimney near Jenny Brown's Point
Silverdale is located in Lancashire
 Silverdale shown within Lancashire
Population 1,545 (2001)
OS grid reference SD460749
Civil parish Silverdale
District Lancaster
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LA5
Dialling code 01524
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Morecambe & Lunesdale
List of places

Coordinates: 54°10′01″N 2°49′37″W / 54.167°N 2.827°W / 54.167; -2.827

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.[1]

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.[2] The National Trust owns several pieces of land in the area.[3] The former Tarmac-owned Trowbarrow quarry is now a SSSI and popular climbing location.[4] The Lancashire Coastal Way footpath goes from Silverdale to Freckleton, and the Cumbria Coastal Way goes from Silverdale to Gretna.

It is served by nearby Silverdale railway station on the line from Lancaster to Barrow in Furness.


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 2013. 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 2014 by three Labour, three UKIP and two Conservative MEPs.


Nearby towns and cities: Lancaster, Carnforth, Kendal, Grange-over-Sands

Nearby villages: Arnside, Warton, Yealand Conyers, Yealand Redmayne, Yealand Storrs

Protected areas[edit]

Silverdale is within the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The parish includes several Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), including: Eaves Wood,[5] Gait Barrows,[6] Hawes Water[7] (not to be confused with Haweswater reservoir in Cumbria), Jack Scout,[8] Leighton Moss,[9] Silverdale Golf Course,[10] and Trowbarrow Quarry,[11] and the whole of Morecambe Bay is also an SSSI.[12]

Culture and community[edit]

The Gaskell Memorial Hall in the centre of the village hosts a wide range of activities and events. The Silverdale Village Players[13] 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.[14][15]

The Silverdale Village Institute is a registered charity and provides a building and playing field for public use.[16] In 2013 its committee rejected a proposal for a skatepark on the field.[17] The well-attended 2014 AGM saw a silent demonstration by the village's children in support of a skate park, and a major change in committee membership.[18]

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.[19]

In February 2012 The Royal Hotel, a public house in a prominent location in the centre of Silverdale, became the subject of a dispute when its new owner announced his intention to use the pub and its gardens as the basis for a residential development. Local opposition led to the original submission being withdrawn and although revised plans were subsequently approved by Lancaster City Council's planning committee,[20] as of March 2014 construction work had still to get under way.

The Royal Hotel pictured in January 2014


Silverdale Primary School (full name "Silverdale St John's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School")[21] is housed in a Victorian building with more recent extensions, and has around 100 pupils.[22] 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". In 2013 it again achieved a "Good" rating.[23] 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.[24] It was graded "Outstanding" in its 2012 Ofsted school inspection report[25] and "Good" in its 2013 Ofsted social care inspection report.[26]

The village also has a small part-time branch library, open 10.5 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.[27]

Religious buildings[edit]

The anglican parish church of St John[28] is a Grade 2* listed building, built in 1885-86.[29] 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.[30]


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.[31]

Silverdale Hoard[edit]

Main article: Silverdale Hoard
Items from the Silverdale Hoard

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.[32] The hoard was bought by Lancashire Museums Service, and was displayed in Lancaster City Museum during 2013 and the Museum of Lancashire, Preston, during 2014.[33]

Leeds Children's Charity [edit]

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.[34] (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.[35] 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.[36]

Notable residents[edit]

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, and his visitors there included the artist Paul Nash.

The duo Aquilo, playing on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury Festival 2014, live in the village.[37][38]

Silverdale in popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Lancaster Retrieved 15 February 2010
  2. ^ "Leighton Moss". RSPB. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Arnside and Silverdale". National Trust. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Arnside and Silverdale AONB Countryside Management Service (undated). "Trowbarrow: the history, geology, wild life and rock climbs of Trowbarrow". p. 22. 
  5. ^ "Eaves Wood SSSI citation". Natural England. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Gait Barrows SSSI citation". Natural England. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Hawes Water SSSI citation". Natural England. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jack Scout SSSI citation". Natural England. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Leighton Moss SSSI citation". Natural England. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Silverdale Golf Course SSSI citation". Natural England. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Trowbarrow Quarry SSSI citation". Natural England. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Morecambe Bay SSSI citation". Natural England. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Silverdale Village Players". Silverdale Village Players website. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "Silverdale WI". Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Silverdale". National Federation of Women's Institutes. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  16. ^ "Silverdale Village Institute". Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Skatepark plan runs into village opposition". Lancaster Guardian. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  18. ^ Murphy, Tom (23 April 2014). "Silent protest over skatepark at Silverdale". The Westmorland Gazette. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Silverdale and Arnside Art and Craft Trail". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Planners vote through ‘homes at hotel’ scheme in Silverdale". Lancaster Guardian. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "Silverdale St John's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School". DCSF website. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  22. ^ "Silverdale C of E Primary School". Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  23. ^ "Silverdale St John's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School". Ofsted website. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  24. ^ "Bleasdale School website". Retrieved 13 Jan 2012. 
  25. ^ "Bleasdale School: 119861". Ofsted. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  26. ^ "Bleasdale School: SC058077". Ofsted. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "Silverdale home page". Lancashire County Council :County Library and Information Service. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  28. ^ "Silverdale, St John". A church near you. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  29. ^ "Church of St John". Heritage Gateway. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  30. ^ "Silverdale". Lancaster Methodist Circuit. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  31. ^ "Club History". Silverdale Golf Club. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  32. ^ "Silverdale Viking hoard examined by British Museum". BBC News. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  33. ^ "The Silverdale Viking Silver Hoard". Lancashire Museums. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  34. ^ "History". Leeds Children's Charity. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  35. ^ "Leeds Children's Holiday Camp Association". 
  36. ^ McNeil, Frances (2004). Now I am a swimmer: Silverdale Holiday Camp, the first 100 years. Pavan Press. ISBN 0-9525547-2-0. 
  37. ^ Brinnand, Emily (29 April 2013). "Aquilo – New Band Up North #24". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  38. ^ "Aquilo". Glastonbury. BBC. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  39. ^ "Episode guide 2013". Autumnwatch. BBC Two. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • 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 

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