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Lydiate is a village in Lancashire, about 10 miles north of Liverpool. It has the ruins of St. Catherine's Chapel which was built in the 1460's by the Lord of the Manor, Lawrence Ireland, and those of Lydiate Hall. The ruined church is known locally as "Lydiate Abbey". The Ireland family line died out and the estate passed by marriage to the Anderton family.

Lydiate is also famous for the Scotch Piper Inn, which claims to be the oldest pub in Lancashire. It was built in the 14th century around a giant oak tree which supports the roof. The legend surrounding the name says that during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, a wounded Scotish piper took refuge at the inn, fell in love with and married the inn-keepers daughter.

There may be some truth in this legend as Sir Francis Anderton of Lydiate took an active part in the Rebellion at Preston in 1715, he was captured and emprisoned and his lands confiscated. His brother Lawrence was only able to regain the estate after renouncing the catholic faith. Nevertheless, Lawrence Anderton finally lost the estate himself, this time through debt.

The Leeds & Liverpool Canal passes through Lydiate and many of my Ruddock and Cheetham Canal Boat Family ancestors were born, lived and were buried here.

For a more detailed history of the Scotch Piper, Lydiate, go to: The Scotch Piper Page

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The Andertons of Lydiate:

  • The Andertons of Lydiate, 1700's
  • On the 1881 census there are no Andertons listed either living or born in Lydiate.

    One Anderton family legend I have come across says that a James Anderton deserted from Prince Charles' Army in c. 1745, went to Melling via Lydiate and worked the quarry at Melling Rocks, being the ancestor of the Andertons of Melling.


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