The Lancashire Antiquarian Society's latest program

Walk round Warburton with Mike Nevell 1.00 pm Sunday 31 July 2022. A chance to tour the late medieval and post-medieval landscape of the historic village of Warburton. Hear about 30 years of archaeological research on the village's historic timber-framed church, open fields, deer park, cross, and vernacular buildings. This is part of the CBA Festival of Archaeology Meet at 1pm by the lychgate to St Werburgh’s Church on Wigsey Lane, WA13 9SS
We also have a programme for the rest of the year which is below -

Morris Garratt Memorial Lecture (Zoom) Thursday 8 September  7.00pm Alan Crosby  will speak on - 

The darkest of times? Life and death in the Manchester area in the mid-1790s
In Lancashire and north Cheshire the mid-1790s were long-remembered as a time of darkness and despair. The war with France was raging, there were desperate shortages of food, price inflation was out of control, civil and social unrest was endemic, political agitation spilled over into violence, and the authorities resorted to draconian measures in order to try to control what they feared was an ungovernable populace. This talk focuses especially on the year 1795, looking at such events as the shootings in Rochdale market place that August, and using contemporary sources to explore what life was like in the region during those troubled and frightening times.
Walk Round Park Bridge, Ashton-Lyne  with Mike Nevell at 2.00 pm Sunday 11 September 2022 looking at the former industrial hamlet. Now a picturesque village in the Medlock Valley it was once home to the busy ironworks of Hannah Lees and Co and served by a canal and railway. It is said that rivets made there were used in the building of the Eiffel Tower. The walk is part of the Heritage Open Days events and is in conjunction with Tameside Local History Forum. Meet at the Heritage Centre car park (OL6 8AQ).
Castles conference 15 October at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum. A full day’s programme of speakers on castles in the North West is being arranged - details to follow.
Zoom lecture  Wednesday 2 November at 2.00pm 
'"She seems to have lost the power of looking after her husband and family and her home": family poverty and the welfare state in Cheshire, 1945-74'.
Michael Lambert of the University of Birmingham will use this quote, taken from a social work report on a mother from Sale in the 1950s, as a route into exploring the topic of family poverty in Cheshire. 
Zoom lecture Wednesday 7 December at 2.00pm
Old photographs of Manchester and the Wirral

Dr Ian Mitchell, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton, Centre for Historical Research, will speak on his grandfather’s photographs of Manchester and the Wirral taken in the 1890s and 1900s. Ian inherited 7 albums of photographs by this keen amateur photographer. 

Please let me know if you would like to book a place on any of the talks - you can just turn up for the walks.. Contact Alice Lock:  and quote where you heard about these events


Written by : Gay J OLIVER