Visit Date: 03 June 2014
Place Visited: Rossall Point for Singleton Thorpe
When was it built? Not known
For what purpose was it built? Fishing, arable & pastoral farming
- Singleton Thorpe was a village about 2 mile off the present coast line of Cleveleys (or as it was known then, Ritherham), although its exact location or even existence has been debated since Thornber reported the hearsay location of the village in 1837.
- Porter in 1876, appears to simply refer to the earlier text in terms of ‘history’ ‘reputed’, ‘reasonable probability’ however, no real evidence
- In 1554 the village or hamlet was inundated during a major storm. The very few survivors were said to have relocated inland to the present day Singleton.
- 1877 C. E. de Rance went looking for the remains of Singleton Thorpe and recorded finding horse troughs and shippons full of sea water in the sand
- 1893 Alfred Halstead published a booklet entitled ‘Singleton Thorpe: Discovery of Remains’ which followed his own expedition in search of the ruins. He found large joist or rafter timbers. Several years later Halstead returned accompanied by Mr Pearson, Ben Bowman, J. Whiteside and a number of labourers, carts and equipment. They claimed to have taken away, a door post, a lintel and several other artifacts.
- Whilst recent aerial photo’s show the remains of what have been described as ‘petrified tree stumps’, there has been no evidence of the village, nor the often recalled ‘cobbled’ route to the village.
- Singleton Thorp was one of two villages thought to have been lost to the sea, the other was Waddum Thorpe, situated off Squires Gate, South Shore. Although linkage has been made with ‘Kilgrimol’ in St Annes, there is likely to be no association, all the researched evidence puts Kilgrimol sited at or near ‘Cross Slack’, now part of St Annes Old Links Golf Course. Kilgrimol seems to have been some sort of ‘Oratory’ or Chapel and graveyard.
- There are casual ‘web’ references to Boat trips to see the ruins from Cleveleys, although these were probably entrepreneurial opportunities. Any ruins would only be visible in the mud at very low tides. (Reference during the visit to ‘Neap’ tides to view the ruins would have been false since Neap Tides are those when there is little difference between low and high tide.)
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