The landscape of South Ribble is composed of three geographical units:

The Ribble Valley (consisting of Penwortham, Walton-Le-Dale and Samlesbury), the Lancashire Plain (Leyland, Bamber Bridge) and the lowland and former Peat Moss (the Western Parishes but also tracts of Lostock Hall, Leyland and Farington). The history of each district and ward within the authority is closely related to that of the unit to which it belongs.

The former mosses originally extended roughly west from the line of Leyland Lane - Leyland Road, but at Bamber Bridge reached eastwards almost to Station Road. The peat was used as fuel and was being reclaimed for farmland from medieval times. From surviving samples it is clear that formation here was underway by 3500BC.


Since the museum is a very young one archaeological finds from the district are primarily to be seen in neighbouring museums - particularly the Harris Museum in Preston however the finds from E.E.Pickering's excavations at Roman Walton-Le-Dale have pride of place in our collection. The site today is broadly centred on the western end of the Capitol Centre complex in Walton. Subsequent work has revealed the site to have been occupied throughout much of the Roman period in Britain, and to have served as a supply base for the military forces.


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Polished Perforated Axe-Hammer Roughed Out Stone Axe Selection of Pottery Later Neolithic to Medieval
Reproduction Mortarium with Original Fragments Reproduction Samian Ware Bowl with Original Fragments Reproduction Amphora with Original Pieces
Neck of Roman Glass Jar Roman Coarseware Fragment Incorporated into Reproduction Vessel Roman Jet Bracelet
Roman Blue Glass Beads Roman 'Carbonised' Grain Samples Roman Brick and Floor Fragments
Bog Oak Roman Coin 19th/20th Century Clay Field Drainage
Small 17th/18th Century Cannon Ball

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