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Heskin
Heskin Hall - geograph.org.uk - 922514.jpg

Heskin Hall
Heskin is located in the Borough of Chorley
Heskin
Heskin
Shown within Chorley Borough
Heskin is located in Lancashire
Heskin
Heskin
Location within Lancashire
Population898 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSD515155
Civil parish
  • Heskin
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCHORLEY
Postcode districtPR7
Dialling code01257
PoliceLancashire
FireLancashire
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Lancashire
53°37′59″N 2°44′02″W / 53.633°N 2.734°W / 53.633; -2.734

Heskin is a small village and civil parish of the Borough of Chorley in Lancashire, England. According to the United Kingdom Census 2001 it has a population of 883 increasing to 898 at the 2011 Census.[1]

Etymology

The name Heskin is of Brittonic origin.[2] As with Haskayne,[2] the first element is hesg meaning "sedge" (c.f. Welsh hesg, Gaelic seisg).[2] This is suffixed possibly with -īn, an adjectival and toponymic suffix.[2]

Architecture

Heskin Hall

Heskin Hall dates back to 1548.[citation needed] The last people to occupy the hall as a residential home were Lord and Lady Lilford in the 1960s. Since then the hall has been used commercially for antique sales, and other uses including Blackburn College who have used it for training and educational purposes. The hall is now registered as a venue for weddings and civil ceremonies and has a restaurant to cater for the visitors to the Antique Centre and Garden Centre which opened in 2010.

Ghosts

The hall is said to be haunted by a young Catholic girl, and an older man. The pair are thought to be from the time of Oliver Cromwell who stayed at the hall on his travels. The young girl is said to have been sacrificed by a Catholic priest, who hanged her as a sign that he had converted from Catholicism to Protestantism. Civil war soldiers where not convinced of his conversion so they hanged him from the same spot as the young girl. Lady Lilford's guests in the 1960s are said to have swiftly departed from the house during a dinner party after experiencing a ghostly appearance of a resident ghost during their stay.[3]

Geography

See also

References

  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Heskin Parish (E04005154)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d James, Alan G. "A Guide to the Place-Name Evidence - Guide to the Elements" (PDF). Scottish Place Name Society - The common Brittonic Language in the Old North. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  3. ^ Karl, J (2006) "Haunted Placesof Lancashire - Heskin Hall", Pages 43-44.

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