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St Mark's Church, Dolphinholme.jpg
St Mark's Church, Dolphinholme
Dolphinholme is located in Lancashire
Dolphinholme shown within Lancashire
OS grid reference SD518536
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LA2
Dialling code 01524
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
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53°58′30″N 2°44′17″W / 53.975°N 2.738°W / 53.975; -2.738Coordinates: 53°58′30″N 2°44′17″W / 53.975°N 2.738°W / 53.975; -2.738

Dolphinholme is a historic village in Lancashire, North West England.


In the 18th and 19th centuries the village played an important part in the Industrial Revolution. Slave trader Thomas Hinde founded a mill in Lower Dolphinholme in 1795. This worsted mill prospered and the lower village was amongst the first in the United Kingdom to have gas lighting. Pollution was fed away from the village underground to the mill's chimney which was located in a nearby field.


The village, designated as a historic conservation area, is split into two parts – a higher village and a lower part, called Lower Dolphinholme, situated on the River Wyre. The river is the boundary between the Lancaster and Wyre districts. Dolphinholme sits on the edge of the Forest of Bowland and is less than five miles away from Lancaster.

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It is only 2½ miles from Junction 33 of the M6 motorway. The nearest railway station is Lancaster.


The village has a school (Dolphinholme Church of England Primary School), a village hall, a parish church (St Mark's C of E), a Methodist chapel, a pub (the Fleece Inn), a recreational ground, a tennis court, a bowling green and a garage (Rogerson's).

Most of the historic lower village is still intact, the remains of the mill are in what is now a private garden but the chimney is still standing, in a nearby field. A warehouse, associated with the mill has been converted into housing although it has been (somewhat confusingly) named 'The Mill'.

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Media related to Dolphinholme at Wikimedia Commons