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Cheshire's Charms: Ancient Villages & Hamlets

Cheshire's Charms: Ancient Villages & Hamlets - a new book by Tony Bostock 


The old county of Cheshire is rich in treasures from the past and has a fascinating history. The county owes much to its geographical position, its natural features - rocks and rivers - and its people, the occupants of the villages, who made and shaped her history. The largely unspoilt rural landscape is dotted with quaint towns and villages, all of which have a story to tell and each has its own unique charm - landscape; architectural gems in the form of churches, houses and cottages; legends and historic curiosities. In this book the author considers over fifty villages explaining the origin of their place-names, their early history and interesting and unique aspects. For those who just wish to learn something of Cheshire's villages and their character, or those who want to get out and explore some of those places which lie off the beaten track, this book will provide much needed information.

120 pages; 177 colour photos, Paperback (6”x9”) coloured,

AVAILABLE NOW from AMAZON BOOKS UK ( or contact the author at

Price £12.99 E-book (Kindle), price £4.99 


TONY BOSTOCK is the author of a number of books and many articles on various aspects of Cheshire history, contributing regularly to the annual journal, Cheshire History. Much of his work is published on his web-site: He is a regular speaker to local history and family history societies and other organisations throughout the county. As well as being a member of a number of academic societies in the region, he has been an active member of the Executive Committee of Cheshire Local History Association since its formation in 1998: he was chairman for several years. He has also chaired the Northwich Heritage Society and is a member of the Winsford Local History Society, of which he was also chairman for many years. Having retired from a professional life in public service, Tony applies himself to the research and study of local history, heraldry and genealogy




University of Chester Seminar Series

History and Archaeology Dept at the Univeristy of Chester Autumn/Winter Seminar Series


Full details are in the poster image above - all these sessions are online and all free and ANYONE can attend 


To attend any (or all!) of our seminars, please email Kara Critchell: to receive a link to the Microsoft Teams site

Free Access to Find My Past Military Records
From 5th until 12th November Find My Past are offering free access to all of their military records
You will need to sign up for a free account in order to take advantage of this offer 
You can use any of Findmypast's sites worldwide, but please bear in mind that the start and end times are based on London time (GMT).
Free access to some Ancestry records

Ancestry is offering free access to UK wartime records for Remembrance Sunday, offer closes at midnight on Sunday 8th November

To access the records, you need to register for a free account.
Offer includes 1939 Register, First World War service records will be free to search. This consists of the surviving service records of non-commissioned officers and other ranks who served in the British Army.

It includes attestation forms, which were completed by the individual when they enlisted; medical history forms; casualty forms; disability statements; regimental conduct sheets; awards; and proceedings on discharge.

Other free record collections include Civil Gallantry Awards, which were awarded to members of the Civil Defence Volunteers for bravery; the First World War Medal Rolls Index; and lists of First World War prisoners of war.