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Village History

This page contains many newspaper and journal reports about Bare Village.

Everything is in context so wrong grammar remains unchanged.


                   BARE 1880

Post Office at Mr Benjamin Fearnleys

Letters arrive via Lancaster at 7:30am, and are despatched at 4:45pm

Armstead Charles (yeo)


Bare Board School; Ellen Ogden Wilde, Mistress.

Bare Lane Station: Richard Wadeson, Station Master

Birtwhistle John, Farmer

Bland Matthew, farmer, Bare Old Hall

Bond James, farmer

Bowers Edwd., cut looker, Green Beck cottage

Cottam Mr. John

Dobson Ann, Shopkeeper

Fearnley Benjamin, sub-postmaster

Gorrill Mrs. Sarah Ann, The Elms

Hall. Mr Richard. White house

Johnson James, grocer

Lodge. Mr Charles, Bare hall

Marsden Mr. John, White house

Parkinson Mrs. Margt., The Parks

Rushworth Jonas, tea dealer

Sharp, Abraham., vict. Dog & Partridge

Statter William, farmer

Swain William, farmer, Green Beck

Wilson Walter, farmer                                      

24th February 1821

At the adjourned Quarter Sessions, held at our Castle, on Tuesday last, James Walmsley, late of Bare, near this town, now a prisoner in the Castle, seeking to be discharged under the Act lately passed for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors, was remanded for the space of three years, for fraudulently making away with his property before his imprisonment, for the purpose of giving an undue preference to one James Pye, late of Bare, but now of Ellel, and of thereby preventing his landlord from recovering a large arrear of rent.


As we understand other proceedings are intended to be taken against these parties, we forbear at present stating the extraordinary circumstances discovered upon the examination of the Insolvent and Pye. We believe this Insolvent is the only person whom the Magistrates here have remanded under the Act for so long a period as three years.

12th January 1811


Whereas John Carter, of Bare, near Lancaster, farmer, hath this day assigned and transferred all his farming stock, estate and effects whatsoever, unto John Ball, of Rossall, Thomas Armistead, of Halton, and Thomas Carter, of Bulk, all in the said county, farmers, IN TRUST for the benefit of his creditors. Such creditors are therefore requested forthwith to send an account of their respective demands against the said John Carter, to one of the said assignees, or to Mr. E. Atkinson, solicitor, in Lancaster.

12th January 1811


For a term of years, And may be entered on immediately, All that compact ESTATE or FARM, situate at Bare, near Lancaster; consisting of a good Farm-house, three barns, stables, shippons, and other outbuildings; orchard, gardens, and several Closes of Arable, Meadow, and Pasture Land, containing, by admeasurement, 52a.2r.18p, customary measure, now in the occupation of John Carter, as tenant. Mr. William Statter, of Bare, will shew the premises; and further particulars may be had by applying to Thomas Bowes, Esq., the owner; or Mr. E. Atkinson, solicitor, Lancaster.         N.B. There is a good LIME-KILN upon the estate.

28th June 1803.

TO BE LET BY PRIVATE CONTRACT. An UNDIVIDED MOIETY of the Great Tithes, growing and arising within the township of BARE, near Lancaster; with a Moiety of the Tithe-Barn there. For particulars apply to Mr Lewthwaite, solicitor, Lancaster.

Also, a CLOSE of LAND, within Bare, called FOXHOLES, by estimation, six acres, of the like measure, more or less. Thomas Johnson, of Bare, will shew the premises; and further particulars may be known by applying to James Lodge, of Lancaster Esq. the owner; or at the office of Messrs Dowbiggin and Baldwin, solicitors, in Lancaster.

28th August 1841

At our market, on Saturday was produced a fine load of new meal. It was grown by Mr Houghton of Bare near this town and ground at Skerton Mill. The quality was excellent.

20th March 1841


Death - On Thursday last, at Bare Hall, the residence of John Lodge, Esq., John Dixon, at a very advanced age, a native of Martinique, who was universally known for miles round in this neighbourhood by the name of "Black John." With his master, Mr Lodge, he had lived 20 years; and previously he had been in the service of the late James Lodge, Esq. of Church-street, Lancaster, upwards of 19 years. A more faithful servant, or one more sincerely attached to his master no one ever had the good fortune to possess.


The innocent simplicity of his disposition made him an especial favourite, particularly with children, for whom he had the greatest partiality; whilst his honesty, and natural shrewdness, caused him to be respected by all. The last wish of this untutored son of Africa was - "det him good Masta Lodge bud lay him near a spot bere him 'Massa himself bud lay" a request which was promised him. By Afric's sun tho' sabled was his skin, A kindly feeling still was placed within; Tho' varied shades of colour men may part, GOD judges not complexions but the heart.

24 Apr 1841 DEATHS

Shackleton Mary, Thursday 22nd inst. aged 32 years, Mary second daughter of Mr Edmund Shackleton, of Bare, for more than 12 years a faithful servant of John Stout Esq., of this town.

10th Dec 1831

William Parkinson, a Fisherman of Bare, last week caught twenty thousand Herrings, which he took to Preston and sold them at one shilling per hundred,

clearing £10 by his journey.

30th July 1831

PETTY SESSIONS, CHAPEL-STREET, JULY 23 John Dodson, Esq. chairman. Thomas Higginson, of Ellel, victualler, was convicted in the penalty of 6d.

and costs, for wilfully and maliciously damaging and injuring a garden, situate in Ellel, the property of Mr John Lodge, of Bare.

8 Oct 1831  MARRIAGE

Tuesday last. Mr John Holme, labourer, to Miss Elizabeth Woodhouse, both of Bare.

29 Jan 1831  MARRIAGE

Monday last. Richard Wadeson, of Bare, blacksmith, to Mary Hodgson, of Heysham.

28 May 1831 MARRIAGE

Monday last. Mr Robert Wilson, stone-mason, of Poulton, to Miss Nancy Wilson, of Bare.

22 Jan 1831 DEATHS

Saturday last Mr James Tomlinson, of Bare, advanced in years.

9 Oct 1841 MARRIAGE

Wednesday last. Mr Adam Cottam of Heaton, farmer, to Miss Ann Page, of Bare.

26th Oct 1912 DEATHS

Hewitson Anthony b13 Aug 1836 Blackburn. Parents Anthony Hewitson of Lancaster and Alice daughter of Thomas Moore of Ingleton.

Married Margaret, daughter of Joseph Wilson of Market Street,19 Sep 1858 Warton. Buried in Preston.

7th July 1832

Several large fish have this week been caught at Bare, near this town. On the 1st, Mr Charles Armistead caught a sturgeon, weighing 156 lbs; on the 2nd, three porpoises were captured, one of which weighed a ton, and the other two 18 cwt. each; on the 3rd, another, which had been shot in the head by Mr John Lodge, of Bare, on the previous day, was washed up.

23rd March 1822

On Thursday afternoon, about two o’clock, the new steam packet, Duke of Lancaster, Wright, arrived at Bare, (about a mile from Hest-bank,

her destined port) from Liverpool, having sailed from thence at five o’clock that morning, and called at Peel, where she landed some passengers - it being

nearly low-water when she arrived at Bare, she came aground, but landed her passengers (about 120) in perfect safety. She remained at Hest-bank last night,

and is expected to return to Liverpool this morning. Being the first steam packet that has appeared on this coast, a great number of persons witnessed the

truly novelle sight. At one period of her passage, she came at the rate of twelve knots an hour.

1st October 1825

On Tuesday last, the body of a man, in a putrid state, was washed up at Bare, about three miles from this town. It had no coat on, but a dark striped waistcoat, velveteen breeches, worsted stockings, strong laced shoes, with hob-nails in the bottom; the shirt neck was fastened with metal buttons; and the braces made from a piece of small cord. The person seemed to have been nearly six feet high. The body must have lain a considerable time in the water, being quite disfigured, and the clothes were much decayed.

25th November 1826

A very fine seal was caught, at Bare, near this town, on the 4th inst. by Mr Charles Armitstead. Its head had the appearance of a most ferocious dog, and its fore fins in some respect resembled arms, but short, and were furnished with six protuberances, which it used as fingers. It was exhibited as a Sea Lion, in several towns and villages in this county.

13th October 1827

Mr Charles Armitstead, of Bare, near this town, caught, on Sunday last, a male seal, which weighed 107lb.

The skin was afterwards taken from it, and stuffed by Mr Robert Sanderson, of this town.

5th July 1845

Man found drowned - On Thursday morning, as some fishermen were going to visit their nets between Poulton and Bare, they found the body of a man in the balk belonging to Mr Armstrong. The body had on the remnants of a sailor's dress, and had been detained in consequence of one of the buttons on the jacket getting fast in the meshes of the net. A portion of the face was destroyed, and the fingers of both hands were worn off, or eaten away. The body is supposed to be that of Samuel Baily, a seaman, whom our readers will remember fell overboard the Caledonia, in the month of March last, when the vessel was going round from Glasson Dock to Liverpool; and at the time of the accident much public censure fell upon the master, Captain Irvine, for not allowing the boats to be lowered, although the crew werealmost anxious to endeavour to save their poor messmate's life.


To the Editor of the Lancaster Gazette,


Dear Sir, - As the recent dreadful visitations from the earthquake in the West Indies, have excited more than ordinary interest in people’s minds, I offer no other excuse for trespassing upon your weekly columns in writing this, to say that, this morning, exactly at 5 minutes before 1o’clock, an occurrence of this nature took place here. The shock was nothing near equal to the one experienced in 1835, in this neighbourhood, in severity; but still, it lasted for about 30 or 40 seconds, and was accompanied by considerable undulatory motions of the house and bed I slept in attended with rattling of doors, glass etc. The morning was very fine and still, hardly a breadth of air, but the shock was prefaced by a rushing booming sound. The direction it seemed to take was from north to south, traversing the room in which I slept, in that direction. It was heard by nearly all the inmates of the house, and much alarmed them all, and I am since informed similarvisitations were experienced to what I have described, at Hest Bank, and leaving it to you to make your own use of this communication. I remain, dear Sir, yours truly,


One of your Readers.

Bare, near Lancaster, March 17, 1843.

20th February 1841

TO BE LET, For a Term of Years, With possession of the Land immediately, and the House at May-day next, The capital MANSION HOUSE, called "THE PARKS," (now in the occupation of S. E. Bolden, Esq., as Tenant) situate at Bare, three miles from the Town of Lancaster, together with a productive walled Garden, and an Inclosure of rich LAND, chiefly in Meadow and Pasture, immediately contiguous containing 8a.0r.32p. in Statute Measure, surrounded by a Wall nine feet high. The detached offices consist of a Porter's Lodge, double Coachhouse, Barn, Stable, Harness Room, Cowhouse, and every other convenience. This property, occupying the space between the village of Bare and the Shore, forms one of the most beautiful situations on the Bay of Morecambe, and commands extensive views of the Cumberland and Westmorland Mountains. For particulars apply to Mr Lodge, of Bare, the owner. Bare, February 17th, 1841.

31st December 1841

Prize Fight - On Monday morning, two young men, named Battersby and Buttle, fought a pitched battle, in the neighbourhood of Bare, somewhere, for two pounds a side. After more than an hour's bruising, Battersby was declared the victor. Other fights were to have taken place we understand, but the police obtained information and prevented the intended battles.

6th January 1844

COUNTY COURT - Diversion of road - An order to divert the public road at Bare, was applied for and granted.

27th November 1841

Judges' Lodgings - Bastardy Orders - Richard Houghton, the assistant overseer of Poulton, Bare, and Torrisholme, appeared to complain of Francis Holme, for non-payment of an arrear under an order in bastardy.

7th September 1839

Melancholy Accident - On Thursday morning a melancholy accident occurred in Morecambe Bay. About two o’clock, the fishing boat Juno, which had been trolling for shrimps in the bay, was returning home, with two young men in her, and had got just opposite Bare when a sudden gust of wind caught her, and she capsized. One of the persons on board was seen to rise in the water once, but though every effort was made to render assistance no boat could get to the spot quick enough to give any aid. It is to be feared that the sheets were belayed and there was no time to let go. A more dangerous practice cannot be, and if the fact were so in this case, we trust the melancholy event will prove a useful warning. The names of the two young persons lost were William Edmondson, aged 23 and Edward Edmondson, aged 17, brothers. In the evening in the tide going down the bodies of the ill-fated youths

More news from history as it occurs!

John Dixon gravestone John's grave, Parish Church, Morecambe

In MEMORY OF JOHN DIXON, a native of Grenada, who died March 17th 1841, Aged 75 Years. For upward of thirty nine Years he was a true and faithful servant in the family of JOHN LODGE Esq. of BARE HALL with whom during the last nineteen of which he lived respected by all who knew him. By his late Master was this stone laid down in remembrance of his name.

Special feature

22nd February 1845

Bella Bell - Who that knows anything of Hest Bank, Poulton, Bare, or any of the hamlets that lie upon the

northern shore of our beautiful bay of Morecambe, can be unacquainted with the poor, crazy, ill-clad,

woe-worn looking creature who once daily traversed the sands and highways which connect these

several marine villages, answering to the familiar appellation of "Bella Bell?"


Weput this question for the purpose of asking another, and that is - where is poor Bella Bell? It is a

remarkable fact, that for some twelve months past no tidings have been heard of her. When we call

to mind the eccentric habits of the poor soul - occasionally seeking a wretched shelter in some

sea-side crevice, and wandering over, we cannot but fear that some misfortune has befallen her.


We know her relations have long sought her, without effect, and it is to be feared she has

perished miserably - either upon the sands or by some sequestered hedge-side.