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Local History and Reference Books
Lancashire history
Supernatural Lancashire by Peter Hough
Paperback 224 pages - 2004
Crossen, Banks, Hundred End, Hesketh Bank, Becconsall, and Tarleton History
North Meols to South Ribble by John Cotterall
Paperback - 1985
Halsall History
Halsall: The Village Built on a Rock by John Cotterall
Hardcover 160 pages - 2000, ISBN: 1859360823

Longton History

Memories of Longton and Area by Jane Riding Smyth
Paperback 100 pages - 1996

History of Burscough

Burscough: the Story of an Agricultural Village Ernest Rosbottom, Alan Crosby
Paperback - 1994
The History of the Canal Boatmen at Burscough West Lancashire
Burscough Boatmen by Robert Cheetham-Houghton
Paperback 48 pages - 1999

Lancashire Canal  boatmen

Lancashire Canal Carriers by Norman Jones
Paperback - 2000

Hutton History


Hutton: A Millennium History by Alan Crosby
Hardcover - 160 pages - 2000
Published to mark the beginning of the new millennium, this text relates the story of the village of Hutton over the last 1000 years. What sort of lives did the people of Hutton lead, what did the parish look like in the past and what have been the influences for change over the centuries? This book provides the answers to many such questions, dealing with subjects as varied as the ancient landscape, the fisheries, old buildings, life in medieval Hutton, the grammar school, road and transport, the River Ribble and the police headquarters. Its detail gives a vivid picture of a Lancashire village community.

Farrington History

Farington, a Lancashire Cotton Mill Village: Way it Was by Joan Langford.
Paperback - 2001
West Lancashire History
Leadbetter Papers: Being Certain. Aspects of West Lancashire History,14th-19th Centuries by Frank Leadbetter.
Paperback 45 pages - 1992

History of Leyland Hundred

History of the County of Lancashire: Leyland Hundred and Part of Blackburn Hundred William Farrer (Editor), J Brownbill (Editor)
Hardcover facsimile edition - 1992

Preston to Southport Railway

Southport Via the West Lancashire Line by Stuart Taylor
Paperback -

Freckleton History

The History of Freckleton by Peter Shakeshaft
Hardcover - 280 pages 2001
History is everywhere in Freckleton - it can be seen in the very physical and social fabric of this village near Preston, Lancashire. The shape of the fields, the street plan, the houses and buildings are all evidence in one way or another of hundreds of years of human endeavour, character and tragedy. The village is known for many things: its grazing marshes, its boat-yard and the bleak beauty of the Naze; but above all for its very strong sense of community, witnessed by the range and number of church and social organizations flourishing in the area. Peter Shakeshaft has delved into a range of archives, as well as talking to dozens of local residents, to uncover the village's rich and varied history. There have been settlements in the area since as far back as the Bronze Age, while the name itself is Anglo-Saxon in origin. In the medieval period the de Freckleton family was prominent, while the Black Death claimed over one-third of the population in 18 months. The Tudor and Stuart periods saw a number of families rise to prominence, and Freckleton even witnessed a minor Civil War battle. This predominantly agricultural village moved into manufacturing in the 18th and 19th centuries with the advent of the Industrial Revolution, and then suffered when King Cotton declined. Arguably its darkest hour came during World War II with the tragic events of 1944. The author weaves these local and regional elements into their wider context, and he brings to life names which will be familiar to everyone in the area: Harrison, Hall, Rigby, Brown, Garlick, Rawstrone, Cowburn, Hankinson, Sharples, Iddon and Mayor, to name a few.

Ormskirk History
Ormskirk and District by M. Duggan
Paperback - 1999
Ormskirk Health Report 1800's
Ormskirk Board of Health Report,1850 by Robert Rawlinson
Paperback 61 pages - 1991
Trails around Ormskirk
Ormskirk Town and Country Trails by Ruth Hurst Vose
Paperback 24 pages - 1987

Ormskirk History

Ormskirk: The Making of a Modern Town by Mona Duggan
Paperback - 256 pages - 1998
Early modern Ormskirk was the archetypal provincial market town. This book offers an in-depth history of Ormskirk. It examines the progress of education, the townsfolk's changing attitudes to theatre, art and sports amongst many other issues pertinent to the development of a settlement. This title is intended for anyone interested in the history of Ormskirk and for any student of early modern social, religious or economic history.

Old photos of Ormskirk

Ormskirk and District in Old Photographs by Mona Duggan
Paperback - 1999
This addition to the "Britain in Old Photographs" series brings together a collection of black-and-white pictures spanning the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Drawn from family albums, local collections and professional photographers, they show the way things were and how they have changed. Every photograph is captioned, providing names and dates where possible, revealing historical and anecdotal detail and giving life to the scenes and personalities captured through the camera lens. Bringing together all aspects of daily life - celebrations and disasters, work and leisure, people and buildings - the collection should inspire memories, as well as serve as an introduction to visitors.

History of Ormskirk

Ormskirk (Lancashire) by Mona Duggan
Hardcover - 1992

Chorley History

A History of Chorley by J. Heyes
Paperback - 1994

Chorley in the '50s

Chorley Through the Fifties by Jack Smith
Hardcover 208 pages - 1999

Old Postcards of Chorley

Chorley in Old Picture Postcards by Jack Smith
Paperback - 1998
Crossen, Banks, Hundred End, Hesketh Bank, Becconsall, and Tarleton History
Preston: Centuries of Change by David Hunt
Hardcover 192 pages - 2003
David Hunt's new history of Preston tells the story from prehistory to the present day. He takes the reader through 4000 years of constant evolution that created the modern city and left it with an extraordinarily rich heritage. His narrative recalls, and illustrates, early settlement in the area, Roman rule, the trials and insecurities of the medieval period, the town's pivotal role in the civil wars, the rise of manufacturing, and the enormous economic and social changes that have occurred during the last 100 years. This wide-ranging and beautifully illustrated account is an essential introduction to the history of Preston, and it gives a vivid insight into the character of the modern city. The book features over 200 illustrations that show every aspect of Preston's past, from the scant remains of hunter-gatherers discovered by archaeology, through engravings and paintings of the city during its first period of industrial expansion, to archive photographs that record the changing shape of the city over the last century.

History of Preston

Preston Memories

Preston Folk

People of Old Preston by Keith Johnson
Paperback - 1998

Scary stories from Preston

Chilling True Tales of Old Preston by K.A. Johnson
Paperback - 1998

Brought up in Preston

Memories of a Preston Childhood by Alan Wilding
Paperback - 1992

Old photos of Preston

Preston in Old Photographs by Alan Crosby
Walks around Parbold
Walking in Parbold and South West Lancs by Ormskirk Book and Art Shop.
50 pages - 1995

History of Formby

My Formby: Recollections by Joan A. Rimmer
Paperback - 1998
The history of Vikings in West Lancashire

Viking Mersey: Scandinavian Wirral, West Lancashire and Chester by Stephen E. Harding.
Paperback 253 pages - 2002
1100 years ago marked the start of a Viking invasion of the Mersey region, which reached out into Chester, West Lancashire and beyond. The Vikings left behind place-names like Kirkby, Kirby, Meols and Croxteth, which can also be found in Iceland, another region they were invading. This book is about these people in peace and war, their customs, traditions, pastimes, their paganism and their Christianity, their governments and their financial centre at Chester. It also includes a section on how modern genetic research is being used to discover the descendants of these Invaders in the modern day population.

Rural Lancashire Life
Rural Life in South West Lancashire by Mutch
Paperback - 1988
Scouts in West Lancashire
Scouts of West Lancashire: The History and Development of Scouting in West Lancashire by Michael Loomes
Hardcover 85 pages - 1996
55th West Lancashire Division

Story of the 55th (West Lancashire) Division by J.O. Coop
Hardcover 184 pages - 2001

Lancashire history

Lancashire : A Social History, 1558-1939 Walton
Paperback - 1988

1700 Lancashire

Seventeenth-century Lancashire J I Kermode (Editor), C B Phillips (Editor)
Hardcover - 1984

Memories of Lancashire

Memories of Old Lancashire by Dawn Robinson-Walsh
Paperback - 1994

Thora Hird Memoirs

Thora Hird's Book of Bygones by Thora Hird
Paperback - 192 pages - 1998
Thora looks back at domestic life, the theatre, going to church, growing up before the war, working in shops, and, never forgetting her true Morecambe roots, the hustle and bustle of the Northern seaside town. In her chatty and anecdotal style, she reminds us of all those words, objects and expressions that have gone out of modern usage and illustrates them with stories from her own early years.

West Lancashire Flora
Flora of West Lancashire by J A Wheldon & A Wilson
Hardcover 141 pages - 1978

Wakes holidays in Lancashire

Lancashire Wakes Holidays by Robert Poole
Paperback - 1994

Photographs of old Lancashire

Francis Frith's Lancashire Living Memories by Francis Frith (Photographer)
Hardcover - 96 pages - 2001

Lancashire villages

The Lancashire Village Book by the Lancashire Federation of Women's Institutes
Paperback - 256 pages - 1990

Lancashire towns

Historic Towns of Lancashire by John Burgess
Paperback - 1990

Cotton made in Lancashire

The Lancashire Cotton Industry by Mary Rose
Hardcover - 1996

Industrial heritage of Lancashire

Made in Lancashire by Geoffrey Timmins
Hardcover - 376 pages - 1998
This is an analysis of the development of the Lancashire economy since the 16th century. In particular it charts the move from an agrarian to a manufacturing base, arguing that industrial activity, especially in the textile trades, had become strongly represented in the economy well before the classic Industrial Revolution era. Analysis is undertaken of such key issues as the change from domestic to factory production and of the growing concentration of manufacturing activity in urban areas. The study goes right up to the present day, enabling use to be made of recent information and statistics from local government and regional planning bodies.

Whiteheads of Lancashire

Lancashire Life (with the Whitehead Family) by David E. Wray
Paperback - 286 pages - 1999
Life in the cotton mills of the 1900s required keen skills and hard labour with many families passing the expertise through their generations. This memoir of the Whitehead family is set in the early decades of the 20th century and follows the changes that Moorland Mill undergoes.

Talking Lancashire Dialect

The Lancashire Dictionary of Dialect, Tradition and Folklore by Alan Crosby (Editor)
Hardcover 234 pages - 2000

Map of old Preston

Central Preston 1909
Map facsimile of 1909 edition (1981) Alan Godfrey Maps; ISBN: 0850545927

Map of Preston in 1900's

Preston (West) 1909
Map facsimile of 1909 edition (1981) Alan Godfrey Maps; ISBN: 0850546664

Map of old Southport

Central Southport 1909
Map facsimile of 1909 edition (1981) Alan Godfrey Maps; ISBN: 0850547547

Map of Southport in early 1900's

Southport (East) 1909
Map facsimile of 1909 edition (1981) Alan Godfrey Maps; ISBN: 085054761X

Old Map of Chorley

Chorley 1909
Map facsimile of 1909 edition (1981) Alan Godfrey Maps; ISBN: 0850542499

Very Old Map of Lancashire

Lancashire: 1577
Map (1 January, 1990) British Library Publishing; ISBN: 0712304630