LOCAL AND FAMILY HISTORY, CHURCH NOTES, ABSTRACTS OF CHARTERS, DEEDS, WILLS, &c.;
FOLK LORE, LEGENDS, TRADITIONS, & etc.
From the preface:
"Re-print from the Leigh Chronicle "Scrap Book," In the volumes will be found many Historical and Genealogical articles and facts which have never before appeared in print, and which, in all probability, would not now be accessible to the student of History but for the existence of the "Scrap Book." The value of the Notes in the re-printed form, will, it is hoped, be greatly increased by the addition of an Index,which, it will be seen,is a very copious one.
Many of the contributions are of great importance as hitherto unpublished contributions to the local history of Leigh Parish and the general history of the two great Counties of Lancaster and Chester."
(Also available as separate volumes on CD - see below)
July 1878 - July 1879
Description see above
July 1879 - January 1881
February 1881 - May 1883
The original Gentleman's Magazine contained articles on a vast array of subjects, including lots of wonderful topographical pieces.
In 1891 George Gomme republished all of these topograhical articles but edited and indexed them into county specific order. Each of Gomme's works contains between two and four separate counties, except for the London volumes.
An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places.
This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer.
It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.
Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen.
Published in 1816 this tiny book gives an accurate sketch of Chester's very early history. The Roman walls of the city, streets and lanes are all described, it's like taking a tour around the city two hundred years ago. The book covers topics such as local Churches and benefactors, local government, the jail, library, monasteries, charitable institutions and schools, the trades and guilds and the plays they put on for the education of the town.
The chronology chapter is a date line of interesting events, dating as far back as 73 AD. An example, the entry for 1739 reads, "The great frost of 13 weeks: carts regularly crossed the river and a sheep was roasted on the ice"
Written by J. Aiken M.D. and published in 1795 there is only one word that is suitable to describe this book....... Stunning.
Highlights include street maps and plans of Manchester in 1650 and 1793, a plan of Liverpool (with street names), maps of Lancashire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, West and North Ridings of Yorkshire and the northern part of Staffordshire. There are also lots of beautiful engravings to illustrate the text.
On the title page the book is described as containing 'it's geography, natural and civil; principal productions; river and canal navigations; a particular account of its towns and chief villages; their history, population, commerce, and manufactures; buildings, government &c.
The superb descriptions of the principal places in Lancashire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, West and North Ridings of Yorkshire and the northern part of Staffordshire are *incredibly* detailed and will help you to build up a wonderful image of what life must have been like in the 18th century and before.
If your ancestors lived within forty miles of Manchester you will find this book absolutely fascinating.
A fascinating book which documents dozens of Cheshire people as well as religion, especially non-conformists, in the county.
Carefully preserved since its publication in 1815, this book has the history of Chester from its foundation to the present time collected from public records, private manuscripts and other authentic sources. The book contains a chronological register of important events up to 1815 and lists Chester's town clerks, recorders, Clergy, Members of Parliament and so on.
The book addresses many aspects of Chester's history, much of which had never previously been published. A great resource, full of names, for Chester researchers
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