Heysham is a Lancashire coastal village with ancient origins. In a compact area it includes St Peter’s church which has 7th or 8th century origins; the ruins of St Patrick’s chapel from roughly the same date; and several 11th century Viking graves cut directly into the stone. There are other ancient features in and around the church: a Viking hogback stone inside the church; and part of the shaft of an Anglo-Saxon cross.
|The ruins of St Patrick’s chapel in its striking location
|The view out to Morecambe Bay, with Cumbrian hills in the distance, is stunning
|St Peter’s church
|The Heysham hogback, with well preserved carvings of people and animals
|Part of an Anglo-Saxon cross with ornate carvings
|J M W Turner visited in the 1790s and painted the view across the Bay towards the Cumberland mountains