WHERE IS LYDIATE
Lydiate is a village in the north west of England. It is 9.8 miles(15.8km) from Liverpool,
10.5 miles (16.9km) from Southport and the market town of Ormskirk is 4.7 miles (7.6km) away.
It is now part of the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, Merseyside.
Before local government re-organisation in 1972 Lydiate was part of Lancashire.
It is still a rural community surrounded by fields and farms,
however many open spaces have been built on for housing.
A very brief history of Lydiate
As well as the internet there are many excellent books and publications
about the history of Lydiate
Please contact Lydiateworld if there are any omissions or inaccuracies.
More information about Church history below
Our Lady's R.C. Church here
St Thomas C.E. Church here
St Gregory's R.C. Church here
and our 3 local schools websites
Lydiate Primary (aka Lambshear Lane)
The Leeds-Liverpool Canal
The Cheshire Lines Railway track
We are very fortunate to have two wonderful leisure facilities in Lydiate, the canal and the Cheshire Lines Cycle/walking path.The canal provides a peaceful haven away from the busy main roads and the Cheshire Lines path although not as easily accessible is a peaceful place where you can get away from the everyday hustle and bustle. Both are places where you can walk, jog or cycle , and appreciate the wonders of nature all around you, and the canal provides a place where you can fish, take part in all types of boating activities- canoeing , paddling along in a dinghy or meandering along at a leisurely pace on a canal boat.
The Leeds Liverpool Canal is 127 miles (206km )and is the longest canal in the country. It was built between 1770 and 1816 and was a major transport link for many years. Cargo transported along it included coal, wool, cotton, grain, limestone and manure. The 13 mile section through Sefton is flat however there are 91 locks as it reaches 148miles above sea level on the Pennine Hills .In 1814 the morning boat left Aintree at 7.00a.m. and arrived in Liverpool at 9.00a.m.Many passengers used the canal to get to Scarisbrick and from there would be conveyed by carriages to Southport.
The six 'BRIDGES OF LYDIATE' are
Rimmers Swing Bridge or Coxheads Bridge
Jacksons Bridge or Pygons Hill Bridge
Lydiate Hill Bridge or Billy's Bridge
Lollies Bridge or Skew Bridge
Dicconson's Bridge or Pilling Lane Bridge
Bells Swing Bridge or Captain Herd's -Sumners Turn Bridge
The two winding holes or turning points are between Jacksons and Billy's Bridge and between Pilling Lane and Bells Lane Bridge .
There was a boat house/yard on the stretch between Billy's and Lollies Bridge and also between Pilling Lane and Bells Lane Bridge.
The Cheshire Lines extension line from Aintree to Southport opened on 1st September 1884.
It closed as a war time measure during the years1917-1919.
The line was in use until 1952 although a stretch of it remained open for goods traffic for a few years after.
During its heyday it was well used by holidaymakers going to Southport.
The Scotch Piper
The oldest Inn in Lancashire
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Eden, Sapphire Coast, New South Wales, Australia
Johannesburg, South Africa
Hunua, Auckland, New Zealand
East Suffolk, England