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Eclipse watchers on Torrisholme Barrow (geograph 4392829).jpg
People watching the solar eclipse of 20 March 2015, on Torrisholme Barrow
Torrisholme is located in Morecambe
Location in Morecambe
Torrisholme is located in the City of Lancaster district
Location in the City of Lancaster district
Torrisholme is located in Lancashire
Location within Lancashire
Population6,755 (in 2011)
OS grid referenceSD455637
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLA4
Dialling code01524
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
54°03′58″N 2°49′48″W / 54.066°N 2.830°W / 54.066; -2.830Coordinates: 54°03′58″N 2°49′48″W / 54.066°N 2.830°W / 54.066; -2.830

Torrisholme is a suburb of Morecambe, Lancashire, on the North West coast of England.[1] In the 2001 census the Torrisholme Ward had a population of 6,758 living in 3,118 households,[2] decreasing marginally to 6,755 at the 2011 Census.[3]

Torrisholme was referred to as Toredholme in the Domesday Book.[1]


Torrisholme is a suburban village, east of the centre of Morecambe. Poulton-le-Sands is north-west of the village with Bare located to the north. The boundary with Bare is formed by the Morecambe Branch Line, on which Bare Lane railway station is situated. East of the village is Skerton, a suburb of Lancaster.


Triangulation pillar on Torrisholme Barrow

Torrisholme Barrow, a drumlin feature to the north of the village, is a mound that provides 360-degree views over Morecambe Bay and the city of Lancaster.[4] There is a triangulation pillar on the summit. A Bronze Age round barrow, also at the summit at grid reference SD460642, is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.[5]


Torrisholme formed part of the Poulton, Bare and Torrisholme township. A local board was established in 1852, which became the borough of Morecambe in 1902.[1] The village is now part of the City of Lancaster district.


Lancaster and Morecambe College, a further education college, is in Torrisholme ward, between Torrisholme and Lancaster.

Torrisholme Community Primary School is also in Torrisholme and supports children from reception to year 6. Opened in 1961, it was one of the first schools, under the auspices of the Lancashire Education Committee, to teach in metric. Although the formal policy of Metrication in the United Kingdom only started in 1965, children from the 1961 intake onwards were taught entirely in metric.


Torrisholme Cricket Club is a thriving ECB Focus Club who play on Boundary Meadow, Cross Hill Park, adjoining Powderhouse Lane and Barley Cop Lane on the eastern fringe of the village. As of 2019 the cricket club fields three senior teams in the Palace Shield competition and nine age group teams (both boys and girls) in the Westmorland League junior competition. Historically it fielded a T20 team in the now defunct Lancaster & District Midweek League and participates in the Tower Shield Knockout Competition in years when it takes place. It also hosts Palace Shield knockout finals, most recently the Meyler Cup Final in 2018, Lancashire County Cricket district junior matches, local schools competitions for both girls and boys, and is used as an outground for Lancaster Royal Grammar School, the University of Lancaster, the University of Cumbria and Lancaster and Morecambe College.


  1. ^ a b c William Farrer & J. Brownbill (editors) (1914). "Townships: Poulton, Bare and Torrisholme". A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 8. pp. 64–69. Retrieved 28 April 2008.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ National Statistics - Key Figures for 2001 Census: Census Area Statistics
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  4. ^ "12: Landscape PoE" (PDF). Lancashire County Council. June 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2008.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Lancashire Minerals and Waste Local Plan" (PDF). Lancashire County Council. December 2001. p. 275. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2008.

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