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St Eadmar's Church, Admarsh in Bleasdale - - 72215.jpg
Saint Eadmer's church, across fields
Bleasdale is located in the Borough of Wyre
Location in Wyre Borough
Bleasdale is located in the Forest of Bowland
Location in the Forest of Bowland
Bleasdale is located in Lancashire
Location within Lancashire
Population167 (2011)
OS grid referenceSD572455
Civil parish
  • Bleasdale
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPRESTON
Postcode districtPR3
Dialling code01995
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°54′14″N 2°39′04″W / 53.904°N 2.651°W / 53.904; -2.651Coordinates: 53°54′14″N 2°39′04″W / 53.904°N 2.651°W / 53.904; -2.651
Saint Eadmer's church

Bleasdale is a village and civil parish in the Wyre district of Lancashire, England, in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The two sources of the River Brock lie within the parish. According to the 2001 census, it had a population of 147, increasing to 167 at the 2011 Census.[1]

Within the parish are:

  • Bleasdale parish church, probably the only one anywhere dedicated to Saint Eadmer.[2]
  • Bleasdale Circle, a Bronze Age circular earthwork, originally with an outer ring (at grid reference SD577460) and possibly aligned with the sunrise of the Summer Solstice.[3]
  • Bleasdale Church of England Primary School (around 13 students, ages 4–11).
  • The Parish Hall, built in 1929.
  • The former post office, housed in the forge opposite Higher Brock Mill (at grid reference SD574445) on the River Brock, supporting brown and rainbow trout. From 1947 to 2002 the post office housed a café for locals, cycling and hiking folk to refresh, fitted with a well, dating from about 1700, beneath the building. In the early 1900s, "Jack Custard" was renowned there for the quality of his custard tart.[citation needed]

The ancient Forest of Bleasdale is less well known than its more famous neighbour, the Forest of Bowland but its history is recounted by Smith.[4] Being a part of Wyresdale, Bleasdale never fell under the sway of the powerful medieval Lordship of Bowland.[5]

Notable buildings[edit]

Bleasdale Tower
  • St Eadmer's Church was rebuilt in 1835 by John Dewhurst and restored and enlarged in 1897. It has a west tower and lancet windows.[6] The church retains its pews and western gallery.
  • Bleasdale Tower was built in the early 19th century by William Garnett.[7]
  • Clough Heads Cottages was once a boy's Reformatory School.[8]


"Paddy's Pole" on Fair Snape Fell in Bleasdale parish was the origin (meridian) of the 6 inch and 1:2500 Ordnance Survey maps for Lancashire.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Bleasdale Parish (E04005322)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  2. ^ St Eadmer, Bleasdale at
  3. ^ Bleasdale Circle Archived 5 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine on Your Lancashire website
  4. ^ Smith, T. C. (1894), A History of the Parish of Chipping, C. W. Whitehead, Preston, Chapter 8
  5. ^ Forest of Bowland official website
  6. ^ Fleetwood-Hesketh, P. (1955) Murray's Lancashire Architectural Guide. London: John Murray; p. 133
  7. ^ Fleetwood-Hesketh
  8. ^

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