Possessing fine Georgian
architecture, Ormskirk lay beneath the waters of a
lake until it was drained and turned into farmland
in the 18th century.
This transformed the area and Ormskirk became an important market centre. Most of the drainage was carried out by the Scarisbrick family, who lived at neo-Gothic Scarisbrick Hall.
The ruins of 13th century
Burscough Priory lie two miles beyond the town.
The priory’s bells have for centuries been contained in the tower of the Church of St Peter and St Paul, which also has a separate spire. Rufford Hall is a beautiful half-timbered medieval mansion in which there is a fascinating folk museum.