Hoscar Moss

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Hoscar Moss
Path at end of Bleak Lane, Hoscar Moss (geograph 4357727).jpg
Path at the end of Bleak Lane
Hoscar Moss is located in the Borough of West Lancashire
Hoscar Moss
Hoscar Moss
Location in West Lancashire
Hoscar Moss is located in Lancashire
Hoscar Moss
Hoscar Moss
Hoscar Moss shown within Lancashire
OS grid referenceSD465120
Civil parish
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townORMSKIRK
Postcode districtL40
Dialling code01704
PoliceLancashire
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AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
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53°36′07″N 2°48′29″W / 53.602°N 2.808°W / 53.602; -2.808Coordinates: 53°36′07″N 2°48′29″W / 53.602°N 2.808°W / 53.602; -2.808

Hoscar Moss is a small village in Lancashire, England. It is located 1¼ miles (2 km) east of the larger village of Burscough.

Etymology[edit]

The name Hoscar is derived from the Old Norse 'hross' or Old English 'hors' and 'kjarr' (marshland), again from the Old Norse. An early recorded form is Horsecarr (1347) [1]

Geography[edit]

The village is bounded to the north east by the River Douglas,and to the south is the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. To the north west is the moss from which the village derives its name. Parts of the moss are only 20 feet above sea level.[2]

Worship[edit]

St Cyprian's Mission Church, built in 1767, is located on Hoscar Moss Road and is open for services. It is a mission church for St John the Baptist, Burscough.[3] There is also a former Wesleyan Methodist chapel, founded before 1892[4] that is now a private house, also located on Hoscar Moss Road.

Farming and agriculture[edit]

Many different methods of agriculture have been practiced in Hoscar and its surrounding areas. These include; turf cultivation, arable crops and grazing for both cattle and sheep.

Farms

Transport[edit]

The village is served by Hoscar railway station. The station once boasted a goods yard which was used by local farmers to get their crops to the markets of Wigan, Manchester and Southport quickly.[5]

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