Ancient Heysham

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