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Becconsall Old Church


To the north of Southport on the west bank of the River Douglas near where it flows into the River Ribble  is Becconsall Old Church. There has been a chapel on this site since the early 16th century, probably erected by the de Becconsall family, the local squire of the manor.

This current building
was erected in 1765 and was paid for by £60 raised and subscribed by local farmers and £30 raised as a levy on the parish. Hand made local bricks were provided by Sir Thomas Hesketh, lord of the manor.

An annual payment of £2. 16s. 5d. has been paid by the Duchy of Lancaster since 1535 for prayers to be said in Becconsall Chapel for mariners on the River Ribble. This payment is still made to the church today.

Becconsall Old Church


To the north of Southport on the west bank of the River Douglas near where it flows into the River Ribble  is Becconsall Old Church. There has been a chapel on this site since the early 16th century, probably erected by the de Becconsall family, the local squire of the manor.

This current building
was erected in 1765 and was paid for by £60 raised and subscribed by local farmers and £30 raised as a levy on the parish. Hand made local bricks were provided by Sir Thomas Hesketh, lord of the manor.

An annual payment of £2. 16s. 5d. has been paid by the Duchy of Lancaster since 1535 for prayers to be said in Becconsall Chapel for mariners on the River Ribble. This payment is still made to the church today.

comments (7)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 24 Jun 2009, 00:39
This kind of history really blows my mind, Les. Seriously! And your textured processing does justice to it.
Les Auld: Can't beat a little touch of history Ginnie, sometimes the fine detail is far more intriguing than the big picture. Thanks for the comment.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Jun 2009, 07:10
Is that payment inflation-linked, Les? I love the treatment of this very much.
Les Auld: Not a t all Alan, if it was I suspect the Duchy could no longer afford it. Thanks for the comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Jun 2009, 07:34
£2. 16s. 5d per year and to this day? Not even decimalised smile

The angle, texture, b&w makes it a great picture. Even a bench for Chris the Tiff.
Les Auld: All mod cons. Louis, thanks for the comment.
Great treatment Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Bill smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 24 Jun 2009, 08:16
Such history is amazing, love the processing Les
Les Auld: It always amazes me that such fine detail is recorded Zed, thanks for the comment.
Very nice, and appropriate, treatment to this
Les Auld: Thanks Mark smile
You've done this great old looking appearance again that works so well Les. Interesting history as well.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian, there are lots of interesting places tucked away and we should search them out.

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