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Very soon after it was launched Lancashire Gardens Trust began to make a significant impact on the research of the historic landscapes of both the present county of Lancashire and the larger Historic county  by adding volunteer-power to grant-aided projects and co-operative ventures with other organisations.  As in other County Gardens Trusts, we plan to contribute a gazetteer of  sites to the national Parks and Gardens UK Database, and to provide vital information to Local Authorities, in order to inform conservation and planning control.  The research and recording group co-ordinates the Trust's various research activities.   

Whilst most of our activity is currently focused on the post-1974 county, in the future we hope to develop research projects in those parts of 'historic' Lancashire that now lie in Greater Manchester and Merseyside. To do so we are looking for funding, volunteers, and support from local authorities and other agencies in these areas.

On Lancashire's borders we work in collaboration with the adjacent Gardens Trusts in Cheshire, Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Research involves visiting sites and archives to find information and illustrations. The Community Archives Service, Lancashire Archives,  holds a copy of The Mansions of England and Wales by E. Twycross, which includes, in volume 3,  this drawing of Lathom House c1847. 


  • HISTORIC DESIGNED LANDSCAPES IN LANCASHIRE:  in partnership  with Lancashire County Council and Manchester Metropolitan University,  Lancashire Gardens Trust is working to continue work started in 1998 to survey historic designed landscapes within the post 1974 Lancashire County boundary.  Phase II,  an initial survey to validate over 300 sites  is now nearing completion.  The seventeen  members volunteering on this project  have received training covering  garden design and history, personal health and safety, photography, copyright issues, using maps, research sources, and data entry into the Parks and Gardens Database. There have also been training field trips to study local sites at Duxbury Park, Chorley and Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham.

  • THEMATIC STUDIES: under the following headings are being considered as part of  the Historic Designed Landscapes project -

  • Medieval vaccaries and deer parks in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

  • Historic private parkland design

  • Memories of East Lancashire town parks

  • Historic Cemeteries in Lancashire

  • The local legacy of Thomas Hayton Mawson

  • Contemporary designed landscapes

  • CO-WORKING: two researchers are working with The Heritage Trust for the North West at Lytham Hall and Country Park to support a major building and landscape conservation project, which in 2011 secured a grant of over   2million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Five of our researchers have also been involved in a Forest of Bowland project researching Deer Parks. Find out more and see the results of their work at http://www.forestofbowland.com/deerparks 

LATEST NEWS- Volunteers are being sought to research parks created as War Memorials and to develop a Gazetteer of unregistered but important local Category 1 parks and gardens of Historic Designed significance

The Historic Designed Landscape Report - A Local List of Lancashire's Historic Designed Landscapes 2013 provides local planning authorities and others with county wide information of 288 historically important designed landscapes.
Download the report  

If you are interested in becoming involved as a research volunteer or would like more information please email:  research@lancsgt.org.uk

We are producing Information Notes that you can view and print by clicking on the headings below: 
Research Sources

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