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.
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