History. Half Moon Bay stretches from the wall of Heysham Harbour up the coast to the Heritage Centre at Lower Heysham. For an 1898 extract for the Visitor newspaper describing the early works at the harbour. A boom has been placed to contain oil leakage. Heysham’s history spans many centuries and its landscape has been the feature of several notable works of art. For an 1898 extract for the Visitor newspaper describing the early works at the harbour    click here.A fuller account of the harbour construction is provided by the diary of a Heysham harbourmaster, Captain A R Wilmott in  Across the Water - A History of Shipping in Morecambe Bay, edited by Avril Moncaster (2009: pp 42-49). At high tide the beach is fairly small, flanked by rocks and backed by grassy hills. By 1898, there were about 200 men employed and this figure soon reached approximately 2,000. The new harbour, with its railway station and docks, begun in 1896, is at Near Naze, about a … Current lightbox Some diggers appear to have been used as temporary anchors. You may also wish to see our Images of old Heysham , or take a look at our list of publications which are of value to anyone researching the history of Heysham. The harbour extended out from the headlands Near Naze in Half Moon Bay and Red Nab rocks (bottom centre of map) with two substantial sea walls to a narrow mouth just short of the deep water channel shown on the map as (Heysham) ‘Lake’. In 1914 Larne made the headlines when the largest consignment of arms was landed at the Port during the Ulster Unionists’ opposition to Home Rule for Ireland. Eventually this became known as the ‘Dry Dock’ despite a substantial area of it being a freshwater pool as can be seen in the photograph above right. Isle of Man Steam Packet Company ferry Ben-my-Chree is on the right at the South Quay. Heysham Harbour station 1 mile; Morecambe station 2.5 miles Exit M6 at Junction 34. The James Fisher’s compound was surrounded by palisade fencing and there was a 24-hour security presence at the main gate. By 1850, the railway linked to Skipton, Keighley and Bradford in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and a settlement began to grow around the harbour and railway to service the port and as a seaside resort. The History Of Heysham Heysham lies on the North West coast of England . To the left the North Wharf is in the distance, and a corner of the Fish Quay can be seen closeby. Captain Wilmott in Across the Water tells us Klondyke village was built off Banks Lane, a very old lane, now non-existent, connecting Heysham to the Middleton shore and running in the lee of Heysham Banks, a low sandy ridge which still exists between Moneyclose Lane and the power stations. When eventually the mill closed (once the gold rush was over) he settled there with Kate and created spectacular gardens which became a regular tourist destination in the first half of the 20th century. South harbour area/Power Station outfalls The old "Gate 38 (39 on the map)" to the west quay of the harbour is now locked and therefore the 'harbour waterfall' can only be viewed from the end of the north harbour wall. Heysham’s history spans many centuries and its landscape has been the feature of several notable works of art. In 1912 the old Larne Harbour Company was replaced by a new company, Larne Harbour Limited, with its new Chairman, Charles MacKean, who remained in office until his death in 1942. and a large triangular area accessed by a lock from the south side of the harbour basin near the harbour entrance and intended to be both a wet and dry dock but never developed. Katharine Gregson is a born and bred Heyshamer. I had a great patch to cover. extra info. 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