Slyne-with-Hest

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Slyne-with-Hest
Bungalows and council houses, Slyne-with-Hest - geograph.org.uk - 1500598.jpg
Manor Road
Slyne-with-Hest is located in Lancashire
Slyne-with-Hest
Slyne-with-Hest
 Slyne-with-Hest shown within Lancashire
Population 3,163 (2001)
OS grid reference SD473660
Civil parish Slyne-with-Hest
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 and Lunesdale
List of places
UK
England
Lancashire

Coordinates: 54°05′17″N 2°48′22″W / 54.088°N 2.806°W / 54.088; -2.806

Slyne-with-Hest is a civil parish in the City of Lancaster in Lancashire, England. It had a population of 3,163 recorded in the 2001 census.[1] The parish is north of Lancaster and consists of two villages; Slyne, on the A6 road, and Hest Bank on the coast.

History[edit]

Hest Bank (54°05′N 2°48′W / 54.083°N 2.800°W / 54.083; -2.800 (Hest Bank) ) is a village in north-western Lancashire, England, the boundaries of which include the coastline, from a western shoreline of salt-flats that adjoin the northern extremities of Morecambe's Victorian era Promenade, to a less clearly defined boundary in the east with the village of Slyne, which dates from Anglo-Saxon times.

Demography[edit]

Hest Bank's best known building, 'The Hest Bank Hotel' (previously named the Sands Inn), is itself hundreds of years old, and once served as a coaching station for traffic crossing the sands of what is now called Morecambe Bay. The Ordnance Survey Maps still show the Right-of-way across Morecambe Bay from Hest Bank to Grange-over-Sands, and many walkers enjoy guided walks across the bay, which take place from Spring to Autumn, normally every other weekend, tides allowing. The Right-of-Way is not suitable for normal motor vehicles, there being water at around knee-height to cross the outflow from the River Kent.

Railway line[edit]

In 1965 this originally coastal village was the scene of a rail accident on 20 May when a sleeper train from London Euston bound for Glasgow left the rails at 70 mph and collided with the Hest Bank station buildings.[2] No one was seriously injured, although from that time Hest Bank has ceased to serve as a passenger station, its railside platform consequently now lying buried in undergrowth.

Industry[edit]

Today, Hest Bank has several businesses, which include; The Hest Bank Hotel, situated next to the canal, Hest Bank Kennels, Cattery and Dog Training Centre, which comprise the largest Boarding Kennels in the Lancaster area,[citation needed] and numerous shops and B&Bs.

Community[edit]

The village has a primary school: St Lukes Slyne-with-Hest; and tennis, football and bowling clubs.

People[edit]

Notable former residents include Thora Hird.

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