HORNBY is a small, picturesque stone built village in the Lune Valley between Kirby Lonsdale and Lancaster, located on an old traditional pack horse route through the county. It sits astride the River Wenning, and was originally part of the parish of Melling, but its history really dates back to the construction of Hornby Castle in the 13th century, though there were probably small settlements there well before this time.
Hornby Castle was founded in the reign of King Stephen by Roger de Montebegone, who held several lordships in the county of Lincolnshire. The castle is well known as the subject of one of William Turner’s paintings. The church of St Margaret holds several pre-Norman decorated crosses.
Entered here 30 December 2006 by Lynn Ransom Burton.