Over the years we have discovered some lost and forgotten sites from World War Two. This got us interested in finding more sites, which led to us discovering sites of different eras here in Lancashire (and beyond).
In the interest of sharing our discoveries, recording the sites before they are permanently lost and in turn finding more sites from other people interested in this sort of thing - we thought we'd set up a website.
"We" are two brothers who have grown up in Bury, Lancashire. We spend an inordinate amount of time looking at old maps and books and then going out looking for things in the (usually) wet Lancashire weather.
This site is by no means a complete list of sites from any era. These are sites local to us in Lancashire, or are of interest to us.
And by "Lancashire", we mean the Pre-1974, Historical version of the County. This included areas such as Stockport and Liverpool.
Many are on private land and are not easily accessible. Most are NOT protected by Ancient Monument status and are therefore at threat of being destroyed. We are concentrating firstly on World War Two sites as that is our main era of interest. But we will be adding sites throughout history.
Did you realise that defensive structures were built throughout Lancashire in anticipation of what was seen as an imminent invasion in the 1940's? Or that in the First World War, Zeppelins flew over and dropped bombs on small Lancashire towns?
Or that we have secret monitoring stations in rural areas awaiting the nuclear bombs being dropped during the Cold War?
So, we will have Prisoner Of War camps, Anti-aircraft gun sites, Crimean War sites, secret Cold War sites - all in the Lancashire countryside.
If you like the Romans to the Victorians -
check out Ade's site: http://lancashirepast.wordpress.com/
Preston Station - WW1