Bardsea, The Ship Inn 1953

Bardsea, The Ship Inn 1953

Neg. B20024

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At one time Bardsea was part of Lancashire, and could only be reached by boat or by a dangerous route over the shifting sands of Morecombe Bay. Its small harbour was once used to unload coal and take on iron ore and corn from the surrounding countryside. In this photograph of the Ship Inn, a woman is reaching out of the window on the left, fixing bunting, most probably for the Coronation in 1953.

Memories of Bardsea

My First Home.

I lived at the Ship with my father George Simpson, mother Joan, sister Mary and grandfather Joseph Simpson. My grandfather had married Elizabeth Robinson whose family had run the pub and farmed the land since Thomas Robinson in 1672. My Great Grandfather George Robinson, who was the tenant farmer for Mr.Hocking, would have passed the tenancy on to his son John but Mr. Hocking gave it to Joseph instead as he was the better farmer. I was very ill just after being born and so was christened in the front parlour just to make sure. My father followed Joseph as the publican and also farmed the land associated with the farm buildings which were behind the public house. The white sheet that can be seen in the picture beside ...Read full memory

A memory of Bardsea by Chris Simpson

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