Lancashire Local History Federation


Lancashire Local History Federation is delighted to publish a book of original essays written in honour of Dr Alan Crosby. He has made an invaluable contribution to furthering the understanding and enjoyment of local history in Lancashire.

The contributions span many centuries and nine varied aspects of county history.


1. Red lines, over-sands crossings and King Arthur: a re-appraisal of the depiction of the North West on the Gough Map - William D. Shannon
2. The Catholic Cliftons and the Church of England at Lund and Lytham - Peter Shakeshaft
3. Pilkington and its fieldnames - Diana Winterbotham
4. Cheesemaking in the Goosnargh area in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries - Zoë Lawson
5. A Peculiar People transformed: the changing face of Quakerism in Victorian Lancashire - Angus J. L. Winchester
6. Working at home during the nineteenth century: a case study of Winckley Square, Preston - Geoff Timmins
7. Success to the ladies of Worden: the trials and tribulations of a Lancashire estate - David Hunt
8. The Seward stained-glass studio of Lancaster - Margaret Edwards
9. Local history and the Lancaster Historical Pageant of 1913 - Mike Winstanley

Includes a foreword by Paul Booth; an extensive list of works by Alan Crosby; and a comprehensive index.                              

Fully illustrated. ISBN 978-1-5272-6533-2.

Lancashire Archives is currently closed - we will update you as soon as we know what's happening. 

To conform with Covid 19 restrictions, the following arrangements apply, the building will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm, for pre-booked appointments only. The archives will close from 12.30pm to 1.30pm so that the public areas can be cleaned between sessions. There will be no public access to the building during this time.

Visitors will be asked to complete an online booking form, giving their preferred dates and sessions and listing all the document reference numbers, titles of books, or details of other material that they would like to use. An Archives Card will also need to be applied for in advance of a visit. More information is available at

For those who can't book online, appointments can be made by emailing the archives directly at

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "I'm delighted that we are now able to announce the reopening of our wonderful archives to the public.

"We are really looking forward to welcoming people back into the archives again, but we need to take a careful approach to this.

"People will need to book an appointment to visit, respect social distancing rules, and to order materials that they will need in advance.

"I'm grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding, and I'd ask everyone to keep an eye on our website and social media channels where we will announce further details of other libraries and museums reopening, when it is safe to do so."

When visiting the archives, all visitors will be required to wear a face covering unless they are exempt. People are asked not to visit if they are self-isolating, or showing any signs of Covid-19.

Visitors will be required to follow social distancing guidelines, and to keep a 2 metre distance from other visitors at all times.

All books, maps and documents, microfilm and microfiche that visitors want to look at must be ordered in advance.

Everyone will also be asked to provide their name and contact details to support the NHS Test and Trace system. This can be by scanning a poster in the archives building using the new NHS COVID-19 app.

More information about visiting the archives during the current restrictions is available at

The copying and enquiry service is still available and catalogues can be searched online at

For more information visit, telephone 01772 533039 or email


 The Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire is pleased to announce that many of its publications are now available in digital format, free to users.

A full list of digitised volumes, and links to access them, can be found on our website:

This digital library – comprising 140 volumes, and covering a wide range of topics and historical periods from the eleventh to the twentieth century – will provide a valuable resource for all those interested in the history of Lancashire and Cheshire. Editions published within the last ten years are not available online, but can be purchased via our website.

The Record Society seeks to promote understanding of, and public interest in, Lancashire and Cheshire’s past, through the publication of editions of historical documents. For an annual subscription of £20, members receive each year a hardback volume and an invitation to an historical lecture. For more information, including details of upcoming publications, please go to

Lancashire Archives Family History Friday talks go online

19th February at 12.30pm

Going underground  - our Lancashire coal-mining ancestors;

David Tilsley

19th March at 12.30pm

Memories public and private- scrapbooks and commonplace books;

Kathryn Newman

9th April at 12.30pm

Last orders please!-researching pubs and publican ancestors;

Keri Nicholson

Booking is essential for these free Zoom talks.

Please email for a link

This is a questionnaire to all members of the Federation, to capture some information and views about how the University might help to support local history activities. 

University of Central Lancashire Questionnaire.