The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"HESKETH, a parish in the hundred of Leyland, county Lancaster, 9 miles N.E. of Ormskirk. It is joined with Becconsall, and includes the port of Hesketh Bank, being a subport to Preston. The village is situated near the junction of the rivers Douglas and Ribble. In 1720 the sea broke in between Hesketh and Cockerham, overwhelming a large tract of land. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Manchester, value £275. The charities consist of a share of those belonging to Croxton."