Yealand ConyersYealand Redmayne & Yealand Conyers

Are two villages sitting on the edge of a ridge of hills stretching north from Warton Crag just to the west of the A6. The A6 enters Redmayne at the county boundary, apart from a couple of houses and the former Clock Filling Station you would not know you are in a village as the main village is nearly a mile to the west however Conyers is nearer to the A6 with several buildings either on or near the A6

 

 

One of the oldest houses in the YealandsHistoric Yealands

The Yealands like many nearby villages are of Anglo Saxon Origin, The names Conyers and Redmayne comes from past Lords of the Manor.

During the mid 17th century the villages of Conyers and Redmayne were associated with the Quaker movement. George Fox, preached in Yealand Conyers in 1652. The Meeting House was built in 1692 is still in use. The village pub, The New Inn, dates from about 1680.Conyers has altered little since World War 1,  however Redmayne has had considerable development in the years since. A village hall and school stand at the boundary between the two villages. It has been suggested that the main road through the villages was once the main road north, however this was unlikely as research suggests the main road being through Carnforth and Burton in Kendal the road through the Yealands never went beyond the status of an alternative road from Warton to Kendal.

 

Map of YealandsThe A6 & M6 in Yealand

The A6 enters Yealand Redmayne at the Lancashire Boundary and continues south through a series of wide bends, passing the former Clock Filling Station and the junction to the village before continuing into Yealand Conyers where it continues south past several buildings to cross the boundary into Warton just as it becomes a dual carriageway. The A6 is wide enough for at lease 3 lanes of traffic however it is moderately quite being just the main link from the M6 to Milnthorpe The M6 is only now about half a mile east of the A6 as they both approach junction 35

 

The double white line xpereiment started near to this garage at Yealand ConyersThe 1960's Double White Line Experiment

Any one coming on the A6 through the Yealands in the late 1960's would have been greeted by signs telling them that they where approaching an experimental Traffic System and that there would be Double White Lines for a mile. As the sign suggested there was indeed a mile where traffic on your side as kept to a single lane and not permitted to overtake, whilst traffic on the other side had 2 lanes to overtake freely. After a mile the rolls where reversed and you now had the two lanes. Just why the Yealands where chosen for this experiment and what this achieved is difficult to say, the only time I have seen anything like this system used is on steep hills on some Trunk Road. In the event at Yealand the original 2 lane  system was soon restored as the experiment ended.