Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Lancaster: Alleys, Ginnels, Lanes, Passages And Forgotten Streets

Every city and town has them. Alleys, passages, ginnels, or simply streets that we know are there, probably pass by on a regular basis, but simply cannot put a name to them. Lancaster has its fair share, as seen in this set of images. Some have historical connections as indicated by the name. First up is 'Marketgate' which no longer leads to the Market Hall as it was closed last year. 
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Blue Anchor Lane leads to the Vue cinema which can just be seen through the archway and on to Church Street. Just in case you are wondering - 1725 is the name of the former Blue Anchor pub. 
Slip Inn Lane is named after a former pub. The building remains as a grade 11 listed structure.  
A pawnbrokers symbol hanging outside this jewellers in Ffrances Passage.
Treu Ginnel really is tucked away off the busy city centre. I wonder how many actually know it is there? I have no idea what this is named after! 
James Lane is a busy thoroughfare for shoppers.
Cornmarket is in the midst of what was the Market Hall shopping complex. Was there a corn market here at one time?
Still within the Market Hall complex is Sir Simon's Arcade. It is believed the named relates to Sir Simon Lovatt, a Jacobite sympathiser. There was a pub named after him which was the chief coaching inn of Lancaster and the Arcade took the name of the pub.
There must have been a pub called the Golden Ball here in years gone by. 
Gillison's Lane. The Gillison family were a well known Lancaster family and public benefactors.
Moor Street is real back street! Not a lot there. 
Victoria Place appears to be blocked by wheelie rubbish bins. 
The cobbled Calkeld Lane is a useful short cut to reach the bus station, off to the left at the bottom of the slope. 
Pitt Street. Only one way in and out for cars though.
Sugar House Alley must surely have had something to do with sugar (refining or a warehouse perhaps?) at one stage.  
Remembering Britain's colonial past - Nile Street. 
The final image is of Dye House Lane. Could there have been a tannery here at one time? 


  1. I love these alleys and ginnels and Lancaster appears to be an endless source to photograph. I've enjoyed seeing these pics.

  2. Treu Ginnel is named after Alderman Bernard Treu who was a long term civic stalwart and had been a Labour councillor ( I think). I knew him when I was a child as he was a governor of Skerton School where my dad was headmaster. I think he told me that he used to be a mine check weigh man, which I think was some kind of union official. As I remember he was a really lovely chap.