“I read WR Mitchell’s book “Around Morecambe Bay” when I was researching “Bittern Country-Our Heritage” and was immediately entranced by his enthusiasm and depth of knowledge of this “great inner sea”. As Bill puts it, “Morecambe Bay is an area of superlatives.” Through his guidance and friendship I now regard Cedric Robinson, The Queen’s Guide to the Sands, as a friend. It his total devotion to his role, as well as being the friendliest, most knowledgeable, most well known and well loved person on the bay, just mention the name “Cedric” and at once everyone knows who you are talking about, that has enthused me to complete this project.” Chris Abram
Its launch has caused quite a stir and has introduced Morecambe Bay to many people around the world who had previously only heard about the area from friends or via the Chinese Cockling Disaster. Using a combination of modern high definition filming, priceless historical footage from individual donors and film archives, rare Victorian postcards and photography, plus stunning aerial videography of the whole bay area it tells of the heritage & beauty of:
Glasson Dock, its shipbuilding heritage, including building “Moby Dick”.
Sunderland Point, Lancaster’s first port, slave trading and UK’s the first bale of cotton.
Heysham, of medieval monks, Viking fishermen & Celtic saints. Building of the harbour and its beautiful village.
Morecambe, from its earliest times as a fishing village to the present day. Complete with priceless historical film footage from 1901 to 2011.
Hest Bank with Slyne, the start of the centuries old route across the bay and the uncovering by the tide of the ancient jetty.
Bolton le Sands, once a major fishing, shrimping and 17th C farming village on the stagecoach route from Scotland to London.
Carnforth, its importance as a major railway “shed” on the west coast mainline and where steam finally ended.
The coast & its famous birds to Jenny Brown’s Point, once famous as a copper smelting port.
Silverdale, a beautiful village and coastline and the summer home of Elizabeth Gaskell.
Arnside, famous for its tidal bore and when the railway arrived in 1857, the building of the famous floating viaduct and the arrival of wealthy Victorians “taking the air”.
At Levens Hall, with the country’s oldest topiary gardens, its owners Hal & Susie Bagot treat us to a unique & personal guided video tour around one of the finest Elizabethan houses in the North West of England.
The images below link to relevant video clips on Vimeo.