Lancashire Local History Federation

Recording the many workforces of the town.

The Leyland Historical is presently in its 50th Season, the society having been formed on 1st July 1968. To commemorate this event the Society are organising a series of events and projects.

            Whilst researching the first edition of the book on “The Industrial Heritage of Leyland and Farington” it was surprising the number of factories and businesses that have been conducted within the area in the last hundred and fifty years.

            All types of business could be found in Leyland and at one time there were over 18,000 people working within Leyland itself with up to 30,000 if you include Farington.

            The second edition of the book, updated and expanded is now available from the Society at our meetings or from Great Grandfathers for £9.95. It  includes all the research undertaken in the last ten years.


Following the success of the first book and the reminisces of the 12,000 people who are on the Leyland Memories site on Facebook, the Historical Society’s committee realised that we were in danger of missing out recording the oral history of the factory workers who helped to run the industries of Leyland and Farington in the last century. The old factory buildings have disappeared, however, their story can still be told.

Following our assistance in previous projects with the University of Central Lancashire and the Commercial Vehicles Museum on Leyland Paints in a small way, the next project in 2016 on the Leyland & Birmingham Rubber Company demonstrated the wealth of knowledge that could be obtained if you ask the retired employees.

The Society then last year contacted the Heritage Lottery Fund who agreed that this was a worthwhile project and will fund the production of the new book together with the costs of a full oral history project.

So the Society is appealing to the people of Leyland and their families and friends to help us establish a database of Leyland and Farington workers, be it Leyland Motors, Leyland & Birmingham Rubber Works, BTR, Baxters, Leyland Paints, the four cotton mills, gold thread works, bleach works, or any other factories, workshops or other manufacturing premises in Leyland and Farington.

Anyone interviewed for the Oral History project will receive a FREE copy of the new edition of the Industrial Heritage of Leyland & Farington book.  

We will then record their memories for future generations making them available to the local museums, libraries, colleges and schools in the form of CD, video and publications.

BFI - Britain on Film Crowdsourcing Map

The BFI is launching its new Britain on Film crowdsourcing platform, and we are keen to spread the word among Britain's grass roots history-lovers and film-enthusiasts. This being so, we are hoping to enlist the help of museums and heritage organisations to get the message out there. As part of the legacy for the BFI’s Britain on Film project we have created a bespoke crowdsourcing platform based on films within the Britain on Film map on BFI Player.

Linking directly from the BFI Player or via,

The crowdsourcing platform will encourage people to share their unique knowledge by 'pinning' locations to the online map. In doing so, they will improve the accuracy and depth of the geo-tagging of films within the Britain on Film national collection, and will enhance our understanding of the films themselves, as well as charting the evolution of our towns and cities. At this stage, we are focusing on engaging with grass roots groups such as local history societies, local museums and local archives. The platform will be populated and moderated by its users, so we are also hoping to create an online community of people who care about archive films and their local history. I was therefore wondering if you might be willing to share some information about the platform with your members, and encourage them to use to the site. We should have a 'how to' guide ready for circulation in the next few days. I do hope we might be able to work together in spreading the word about this incredible resource.

With best wishes, Alex Bingham. 


Buildings and structures within roughly 3 miles of Manchester city centre

that can be identified at the time of Peterloo and still standing in 2018

Nico Ditch, Moss Side (former Hough Moss) to Ashton Moss, 7C-9C
Hanging Bridge, 1421
Union Bridge over River Irk, late 18C or early 19C
St Mary’s Church (now the Cathedral), 1421-1520
Chetham’s, 1421
St Ann’s Church, 1709-12
Acres Field (St Ann’s Square), 13C

Bridgewater Canal Castlefield basin, toll house, 1759-65, offices, c1800
Ashton Canal, locks 1-3, bridge 4, 5, Store Street skewed aqueduct,

lock-keeper’s cottage near Vesta Street, towpath bridge, 1792-c1800
Rochdale Canal, locks 82-92, boundary walls, footbridge and ramps,

Castle Street Bridge, 1795-1805
Dale Street basin, warehouse, 1806

Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, 1791-1808, locks to River Irwell, 1808

Murray’s Mills – Old Mill 1798, Decker Mill 1802, New Mill 1804
McConnel and Kennedy’s Sedgwick Mill, begun 1818
Marslands Mill, cnr Chester and Cambridge Streets, 1795, rebuilt 1813
Chorlton Old Mill, cnr Cambridge and Hulme Streets, 1795 for Robert Owen,

sold to Birley family 1809
Chorlton New Mills, for Birley family, Cambridge Street (first phase set back

from road), 1813-15,
Hulme Street wing 1818

Sinclair’s Oyster Bar 16C?
The Old Wellington Inn mid-16C
Circus Tavern and railings, late 18C or early 19C
The City public house, late 18C?
City Arms, late 18C
Vine Inn, late 18C
Hare and Hounds, c1800

56 King Street, around 1700
35-37 King Street 1736
Cobden House (County Court), Quay Street, 1770s (best preserved Georgian house)
15A Byrom Street, late 18C
25-31 Byrom Street and chapel, late 18C
St John Street, 8, 8A, 10, 11-13, 12-16, 18, 19, 20, 21-25, 22, 24A, 26, 28, late 18C
Portico Library 1806
29 Shude Hill, former warehouse, c1810
105 Oldham Street, late 18C
10 Tib Lane, late 18C or early 19C
48-50 Thomas Street, workshop houses, mid 18C
31-35 Thomas Street, late 18C
3-5 Kelvin Street, 3-storey houses, 1772-4
1 Kelvin Street, late 18C or early 19C
7 Kelvin Street, warehouse, late 18C or early 19C

37 Turner Street, 1760s
36, 38 Back Turner Street, late 18C or early 19C
42 Back Turner Street, 4-storey house and basement, ?
30-35 Thomas Street, town houses, late 18C - early 19C
Lever Street, 69-77, late 18C or early 19C, backed on Bradley Street

by the city centre’s only

Surviving on-up one-down houses (rebuilt 1996)
4, 6, 8 Bradley Street, late 18C
24, 26, 28 Dale Street, late 18C
50-62 Port Street, late 18C or early 19C
45, 47, 47A Hilton Street, late 18C
47 Piccadilly, late 18C?
97 Piccadilly, late 18C
Paton Street, the Brunswick Hotel, houses 2-4, late 18C; 13, 15, 19, c1800
74-80 Portland Street, late 18C
65-71 Princess Street, houses, late 18C (includes The Waterhouse)
87-91 Princess Street, late 18C?
39 Chorlton Street, c1800
9 Richmond Street, c1800

House, later Stationmaster’s house, Liverpool Road, 1808
215-219 Chester Road, Cornbrook, c1800
2-4 and 19 Chester Road, St Georges, late 18C-early 19C
Hulme Barracks, c1807

Ordsall Hall, early 16C, extended 1639
Sacred Trinity Church, Salford, 1635, 1752-3
Independent Chapel (Chapel Street and Hope United Reformed Church),

Chapel Street, Salford, 1819
Former Punch Bowl public house, Chapel Street near Booth Street, 1817
Encombe Place, Salford, townhouses, early 19C
1 Massey Street, Salford, early 19C
19, 20, 21 The Crescent, Salford, early 19C
32, 34, 36 Broad Street, M6, early 19C
St Mary the Virgin, Eccles, 13C
Hall’s Buildings, Eccles, 17C
A.V. Roe House, early 19C
388 Lower Broughton Road, Salford, 17C
453-5 Lower Broughton Road, Salford, early 19C
Kersal Moor, site of fairs, race meetings and sports from 17C
Kersal Cell, early 16C
St Mary’s Church, Prestwich, 16-19C
38 Church Lane, Prestwich, 18C
Church Inn, Prestwich, 18C
Courtyard Block, Nazareth House, 18C
Nazareth House, Prestwich, 1792
Hearse house, St Mary’s Churchyard, 1801
Philips Park Conservatory, Prestwich, shortly after 1800

Barlow Hall, Chorlton, 1570s
Hough End Hall, 1596
Rowthorne House and Barn, Chorlton, late 18C
Higginbottom Farmhouse, Chorlton, early 19C
62 Beech Road and others, Chorlton, late 18C–early 19C

Platt Hall, Fallowfield, c1764
Platt Chapel, Fallowfield, 1790
174-178 Ladybarn Lane, late 18C
96, 98 Ladybarn Lane, late 18C or early 19C
132 Ladybarn Lane, early 19C
Rose Cottages, M14, late 18C
Grove House, originally 3 cottages, Plymouth Lodge and Ukrainian Club, M13, early 19C
Richmond House, Longsight, early 19C

 Hough Hall, Blackley, late 16C or early 17C
113 Crab Lane, Higher Blackley, late 18C?
136-142 Crab Lane, Higher Blackley, early 19C
691-695 Rochdale Road, Harpurhey, early 19C
Crofters House, Moss Brook Road, Harpurhey, c1810
21-5 Middleton Road, Crumpsall, early 19C
Pleasant View, Crumpsall, early 19C
All Saints Church, Newton Heath, 1814-15

St Thomas, Ardwick Green 1741
Ardwick Green, 1790s
21-23 and 25 Manor Street, Ardwick, 1805-6
31 Ardwick Green North, early 19C
Milford House, M12, early 19C
Slade Hall, Levenshulme, 1585
Clayton Hall, 15C
Bridge over moat, Clayton Hall, 17C
46-50 Far Lane, Gorton, 1762
56-60 Tan Yard Brow, Gorton, late 18C
Gorton House, late 18C
Spring Bank Farmhouse and farm building, Gorton, c1780
60-66 High Bank, Gorton, c1800
Fairfield Moravian Settlement, Chapel, 1785

The Bootle Street wall of the Friends’ Meeting House
The Sir Ralph Abercrombie - possibly
The Shamrock, Bengal Street, 1808 (extant at time of writing)

Unless stated otherwise, numbered addresses were originally houses. Tombs, gravestones and small structures are not included.
Information is from
Manchester (Pevsner Architectural Guides, 2001) Page 315 is particularly interesting about the Birley and Marsland families and their Chorlton-on-Medlock mill interests.

Lancashire: Manchester and the South East (Pevsner Architectural Guides, 2004)
Listed Buildings in (Greater) Manchester found in Wikipedia and other websites.
I assume all buildings shown are extant.

Steve Roman, 15.6.18