Saint Eadmer's church, across fields
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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.
Within the parish are:
- Bleasdale parish church, probably the only one anywhere dedicated to Saint Eadmer.
- Bleasdale Circle, a Bronze Age circular earthwork, originally with an outer ring (at grid reference ) and possibly aligned with the sunrise of the Summer Solstice.
- 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 ) 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.
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. Being a part of Wyresdale, Bleasdale never fell under the sway of the powerful medieval Lordship of Bowland.
- 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. The church retains its pews and western gallery.
- Bleasdale Tower was built in the early 19th century by William Garnett.
- Clough Heads Cottages was once a boy's Reformatory School.
"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.
- UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Bleasdale Parish (E04005322)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
- St Eadmer, Bleasdale at achurchnearyou.com
- Bleasdale Circle Archived 5 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine on Your Lancashire website
- Smith, T. C. (1894), A History of the Parish of Chipping, C. W. Whitehead, Preston, Chapter 8
- Forest of Bowland official website
- Fleetwood-Hesketh, P. (1955) Murray's Lancashire Architectural Guide. London: John Murray; p. 133
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- Photographs of Bleasdale on Lancashire County Council website
- Saint Eadmer, Admarsh-in-Bleasdale at The fellside team ministry