In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Morecambe like this:
MORECAMBE BAY, a sea-inlet on the coast of Lancashire and Westmoreland; entering between Rossall Point, 2¼ miles W of Fleetwood, and Haws Point, at the S extremity of Walney Island, belonging to Furness. It measures 10 miles across the entrance; it extends 19 miles north-eastward to the mouth of the river Kent; it expands, in the lower part of the SE side, into Lancaster bay; it connects, at the middle of the NW side, with the estuary of the river Leven; and it has a mean breadth of about 10 miles. ...
It presents a grand appearance when the tide is up; but is nearly all a waste of sands, with shifting pieces of soft and dangerous bottom, during a long period between tide and tide. The sands can be crossed on foot; and they formed, from remote times, the line of communication between central Lancashire and Furness; but they ought never, on any account, to be attempted by a stranger without a guide. The views from them include a great sweep of country, away to the Furness mountains and to the backbone of England; and are very imposing. The southern and central portions are often called Lancaster Sands; and the northwestern portions, toward the mouth of the Leven, are called Leven Sands. The bay is noticed by Ptolemy as Moricambe estuary.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Morecambe has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Lancaster. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Morecambe and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Morecambe, in Lancaster and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 27th January 2015
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