Halsall

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Halsall
Halsall, June 2008.jpg
St Cuthbert's Church and Halsall War Memorial
Halsall is located in the Borough of West Lancashire
Halsall
Halsall
Location in West Lancashire
Halsall is located in Lancashire
Halsall
Halsall
Halsall shown within Lancashire
Population 2,057 (2011)
OS grid reference SD369101
Civil parish
  • Halsall
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Ormskirk
Postcode district L39
Dialling code 01704
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Lancashire
53°35′02″N 2°57′11″W / 53.584°N 2.953°W / 53.584; -2.953Coordinates: 53°35′02″N 2°57′11″W / 53.584°N 2.953°W / 53.584; -2.953

Halsall is a village and civil parish in West Lancashire, England, located close to Ormskirk on the A5147 and Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Description[edit]

Historically known as; Heleshala, Herleshala, (Doomsday Book); Haleshal, 1224; Haleshale, 1275; Halsale, 1278; Halshale, 1292; Halleshale, 1332; Halsall, xv century.[1]

Halsall is a large ancient parish[2] which grew from being a small farming settlement, and, reflecting this background, much of the land area of Halsall is sparsely populated with many isolated dwellings.[citation needed] The land area (and postal area) of Halsall extends quite a way towards Ainsdale along Carr Moss Lane, to a point where the border is closer to Ainsdale village centre than it is to Halsall.

Halsall village is centred around St Cuthbert's Church and the war memorial. The church dates from the 14th century and the Rector is the Rev. Paul Robinson.[3] The hall is to the south-west of the church; between them was a water-mill, taken down about 1880.[1] Near the site of the water mill now stands the former Halsall Arms public house (now offices for buisiness).

There is a junior school, St Cuthbert's Church of England Primary School with around 140 pupils from age 4 to 11. The Saracen's Head is a large public house on the banks of the canal. There is also a garage, offices (in what used to be the Halsall Arms public house) and a red telephone box situated by the former post office.

The church and much of the village stand on a rocky ridge, in marked contrast to the low-lying flat peat mossland between the ridge and the sand of Ainsdale and Birkdale.[1]

There are several listed buildings in Halsall including the Grade I listed church including Halsall Hall and a number of listed canal bridges amongst other structures.[citation needed] Halsall Hall still stands, but it has been subdivided into a number of dwellings.[4]

In 2011, the parish had a population of 2,057 and covered an area of 2,801 hectares (28.01 km2; 10.81 sq mi).[5]

A natural curiosity of the district was the bituminous turf which was found in the Halsall moss. [1] This was known as Lit-turf and could be burnt like a candle. [6]

The Leeds to Liverpool Canal[edit]

Halsall is where the first sod was ceremonially dug (on 5 November 1770, by the Hon. Charles Mordaunt of Halsall Hall) for the commencement of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.[7] A sculpture ("Halsall Navvy" by Thompson Dagnall) just across the bridge from the Saracen's Head pub now commemorates this.[citation needed]

Halsall Navvy by Thompson Dagnall


The canal in this area was partially fortified with pillboxes and anti tank measures as it formed part of stop line 14 in WW2.[8]

Transport[edit]

The village has five bus stops, served by the 300 bus route, operated by Arriva, travelling from Liverpool to Southport (and the reverse). Halsall railway station on the Liverpool, Southport and Preston Junction Railway was in service between 1887 and 1938.

Culture[edit]

Halsall plays host to the annual scarecrow festival.[9] The festival runs from June to July. The official route for the scarecrow festival was down the main road through the village but the scarecrows have spread to the surrounding areas.[10] The scarecrow festival is not a competition.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Townships: Halsall Pages 191-197 A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3. Originally published by Victoria County History, London". 1907.  line feed character in |title= at position 19 (help)
  2. ^ Pollard, Richard; Pevsner, Nikolaus; Sharples, Joseph (2006). Lancashire: Liverpool and the Southwest. Yale University Press. p. 192. ISBN 0300109105. 
  3. ^ "St Cuthbert and Halsall Community Hub – St Cuthberts". www.halsallstcuthberthub.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-06-29. 
  4. ^ England, Historic. "HALSALL HALL, Halsall - 1278331| Historic England". historicengland.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-06-29. 
  5. ^ "Usual Resident Population, 2011". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Lewis, Samuel (1831). A Topographical Dictionary of England: Comprising the Several Counties, Cities, Boroughs, Corporate & Market Towns ...& the Islands of Guernsey, Jersey, and Man, with Historical and Statistical Descriptions; Illustrated by Maps of the Different Counties & Islands; ... and a Plan of London and Its Environs ... S. Lewis & Company. 
  7. ^ Pollard, Richard; Pevsner, Nikolaus; Sharples, Joseph (2006). Lancashire: Liverpool and the Southwest. Yale University Press. p. 195. ISBN 0300109105. 
  8. ^ "Stop Line Number 14 - the Leeds Liverpool Canal - a World War Two defence". www.lancashireatwar.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-05-13. 
  9. ^ Brown, Andrew (2017-06-17). "Halsall Scarecrow Festival 2017". southportvisiter. Retrieved 2018-06-27. 
  10. ^ a b McCoid, Sophie (2016-06-07). "Halsall Scarecrow Festival showcases weird and wonderful creations". southportvisiter. Retrieved 2018-06-27. 

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