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Leeds-Liverpool Canal at Burscough


Burscough is a small Lancashire village situated on the A59 trunk road between Liverpool and Preston and sits neatly between two bridges, one over the Southport-Manchester railway line and the other over the Leeds-Liverpool canal.

Burscough was, in the late 18th century, the most important canal town in Lancashire. Boats carried coal from the Lancashire coalfields to Liverpool docks and brought back imported grain to be milled at Ainscoughs flour mill in the village. Manure was also brought from the middens of Liverpool and dropped off at the muck quays along the canal to be used by the local farmers.

Burscough Wharf was also the main staging post for the packet boats that carried passengers between Liverpool and Wigan, it was here that passengers travelling north to Preston would transfer to a stage coach to continue their journey.

The Wharf has recently been re-developed after standing derelict for many years and is now a wonderful centre for the community and visitors alike with craft shops, tea room, home made bread shop, restaurant, wine bar and comedy club.

Ormskirk Parish Church


Our nearest town is Ormskirk. It is widely believed that a viking called 'Orme' settled here, became Christian and founded the parish church (kirk), St Peter and Pauls. This church is one of only three churches in England to have both a tower and a steeple and is unique in that they are both at the same end!.

Legend has it that 'Orme' had two sisters, one wanted a tower and one wanted a steeple so in order to please them equally, he built both!! Regrettably, the truth is not so romantic. The steeple dates from the 15th century and then the large west tower was built in the 16th century, to house the bells from the Burscough Priory following the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII.

The Liver Buildings

Ormskirk Charter Market

Ormskirk 'Charter' Market is held on Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the year. It is known as a 'Charter' Market because, in 1286, Edward 1st granted the monks from the Priory in Burscough,a Royal Charter allowing them to hold an outdoor market every Thursday. This provided a trading centre for the highly productive farmlands surrounding the town.

Subsequently, in 1461, Edward IV granted a charter for annual fairs and, in 1876, the Saturday market was added. The annual cattle and horse fairs died out in the early 20th century but the Thursday and Saturday markets survive to this day selling every manner of goods.

Further Afield

There are lots of pretty villages around the area, Mawdsley, Bispham, Parbold, Croston, Newburgh to name but a few and Southport and Liverpool are our nearest large towns.

Manchester Airport can be reached by train from Burscough Bridge in under an hour. Click here for Manchester Airport Guide the definitive resource to help you find everything you need when travelling to, from and around Manchester Airport.


MARTIN LANE FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGES, 5 Martin Lane, Burscough,Lancashire L40 8JH

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