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Wennington



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WenningtonThe attractive village of Wennington lies 11 miles from Lancaster and is situated on the B6480, near the River Wenning, from which it derives its name. The village lies close to Yorkshire's border with Lancashire.

The village boasts a long history it is recorded that in 1066 one part of Wennington was held by Ulf together with Melling and Hornby and another part by Chetel with Bentham and other manors. The pleasant village green would in centuries gone by, have been the site of both markets and fairs and an old pound can still be seen near to the River Wenning, where stray animals would have been secured.

The former Punch Bowl Inn, overlooking the village green, has long closed. The narrow bridge over the River Wenning, a Grade II listed structure, marks the boundary of the old Norman Lordship of Lonsdale.

Wennington Hall (pictured below right) , which lies to the north of the village, dates originally from the fourteenth century, but the building the visitor see today is a Victorian Mock Gothic reconstruction, now used as a school.

Wennington HallWennington Hall was once the seat of William de Wennington, in the fourteenth century, it passed into the possession of the Morley family. In 1674 the hall was sold to Henry Marsden, who was MP for Clitheroe. It descended to Henry Marsden, who lived at the hall with his younger brother John, known as "Silly Marsden", and their aunt. Henry died in 1780 from alcoholism and John was induced by his guardian aunt and her ambitious husband to sell the hall and purchase Hornby Castle, the hall was bought in 1788 by the Rev Anthony Lister, who took the surname Marsden. The hall was later sold to Richard Saunders in 1841.

The present building occupying the site, designed by Lancaster architect Edward Graham Paley, was constructed in 185556 for Richard's son William Allen Francis Saunders, High Sheriff of Lancashire in 1862. After him it passed to Charles Morley Saunders and later William Morley Saunders. During the Second World War it housed the Wennington School, who moved to Ingmanthorpe Hall in Yorkshire at the end of the war. It is now a Lancashire Authority boarding school, Wennington Hall School, which was founded in 1954 for boys with learning or behavioural difficulties.

A walk from Wennington to Wray

Distance- 6 miles

Nearby places of interest

The Crook O Lune, situated near Caton, a famous beauty spot, where the River Lune meanders in a large curve through tree-lined banks, the view up the valley is superb.

Wray- famous for its Scarecrow Festival,which attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year.

Hornby Castle- once painted by Turner, is an imposing Gothic structure which dominates the landscape from its commanding position above the River Wenning.

Lancaster Castle founded in the tenth century

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