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Subject: Ellel, Lancashire, Lancaster, Lancashire, Bare, Morecambe, Poulton-le-Sands, Pharos Lighthouse (Fleetwood)
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Dolphinholme is located in Lancashire
 Dolphinholme shown within Lancashire
OS grid reference
Civil parish Ellel and Nether Wyresdale
District Lancaster and Wyre
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LA2
Dialling code 01524
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
List of places

Dolphinholme is a historic village in Lancashire, North West England.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Transport links 2.1
  • Community 3
  • See also 4
  • External links 5
  • References 6


In the 18th and 19th centuries the village played an important part in the Industrial Revolution. Slave trader Thomas Hinde founded a mill in Lower Dolphinholme in 1795. This worsted mill prospered and the lower village was amongst the first in the United Kingdom to have gas lighting.

In one of the world's first examples of green living, pollution was fed away from the village underground to the mill's chimney which was located in a nearby field.


The village, designated as a historic conservation area, is split into two parts – a higher village and a lower part, called Lower Dolphinholme, situated on the River Wyre. The river is the boundary between the Lancaster and Wyre districts. Dolphinholme sits on the edge of the Forest of Bowland and is less than five miles away from Lancaster.

Transport links

It is only 2½ miles from Junction 33 of the M6 motorway. The nearest railway station is Lancaster.


The village has a school (Dolphinholme Church of England Primary School), a village hall, a parish church (St Mark's C of E), a Methodist chapel, a pub (the Fleece Inn), a recreational ground, a tennis court, a bowling green and a garage (Rogerson's).

Most of the historic lower village is still intact, the mill has been converted into apartments but the chimney is still standing.

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