All Saints Church, Hesketh Bank
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Hesketh Bank is a small agricultural village in Lancashire, England. It lies to the north-east of the town of Southport on the Irish Sea estuary of the River Ribble. The area falls under West Lancashire Borough Council for administrative purposes, and Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council for parochial matters. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 4,041. It is in the South Ribble parliamentary constituency.
Due to its geographical location, close to the cities of Preston and Liverpool, the village suffered during the Second World War. Stray bombs hit the old church in 1943, and landed along Becconsall Lane, causing extensive damage to the housing there.
The village has some architectural gems such as Becconsall Old Church which was hit by bomb shrapnel during World War II, All Saints Church on Station Road replaced the old church and is of some architectural significance as is the Becconsall Public House, which shut in June 2009. Local Residents are campaigning to reopen the pub as it is feared the "community hub" will be lost. West Lancashire Light Railway is a heritage steam railway which is now used as a tourism railway.
Due to the village's position on the West Lancashire Coastal Plain it has a rich soil, suitable for the farming of flowers and vegetables - this is still the main economic activity in the area.
A Booths supermarket opened on 11 November 2010.
Hesketh Bank railway station was once a stop on the West Lancashire Railway, which ran between Preston and Southport, but the line proved unsuccessful and was shut in 1964. The station site is now occupied by a housing estate.
A new SPAR supermarket is being developed on the former site of The Village Stor [Co-Operative Food] which was closed on 30 December 2011.
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