People came to Leigh from every part of the country to open businesses. This is a unique CD that shows every shop at every number in every street that has been advertised in Leigh from when the numbering system was introduced till 1865. This is followed by over 200 pages giving details of every advertised shop from 1791-1965, plus galleries of period photographs and advertisements. A must for genealogists, dating old photographs, local historians etc.


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Through the years 1914 to 1918 millions of men enlisted to fight in the GREAT WAR, some through patriotism, some from romantic idealism and many more from conscription. As they marched off to war laughing and singing, they had little idea of the carnage that was to follow, and mans inhumanity to man; they were marching into the jaws of hell for they had signed COVENANTS WITH DEATH! These pictures are taken from authentic photographs by a national newspaper of scenes that the government of the day did not want the public to see. The book was only published in 1934 and is now quite scarce. It has been faithfully reproduced here in its original sepia tones in CD format and includes the sealed section that was thought not fit for children or people of a nervous disposition.

 

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The Roll of Honour of the London & North Western Railwaymen who lost their lives while serving with his majesties forces during the Great War 1914-1919. This rare and richly decorated book on which no expense was spared, was privately commissioned by the LNWR and presented to each of the 3,700 families of the casualties. Very few copies have survived and would be extremely expensive to buy if a copy was to become available; this copy was purchased at great expense and has been faithfully reproduced here on CD format. Each page is one sided in landscape certificate form, on high quality cream coloured paper, richly illuminated with silver or gilt decorations, and gives the name, grade, station employed and naval or military rank of the fallen. This is followed by an engraving of the Euston War Memorial. The next page shows the Victoria Cross and the citations of the three recipients J. A. Christie, E Sykes and W. Wood, the book continues with a page illustrating all the different medals awarded to the LNR Railwaymen followed by 18 pages of the names and details of all those awarded Naval or Military Honours. 41 MC, 2 DFC, 1 Air Force Cross, 1 Albert Medal, 1 Albert Service Medal, 106 DCM, 4 DSM, 417 MM, 1 DFM and 151 MSM medals. (a total of 756 UK Medals). Also 34 Foreign Medals-11 French Croix de Guerre, 1 French Medaille Militaire, 15 Belgian Croix de Guerre and 1 of each of the Serbian Gold Medal, Serbian Silver Medal, Serbian Cross of Humanity, Roumanian Medaille, Greek Military Cross 3rd class, Russian Order of St Stanislaus & Italian Croce di Guerra. Also included are the details of the recipients of 69 Mentioned in Dispatches & 52 Brought to Notice for Valuable Service. Then a facsimile of the Roll of Honour which was displayed in all LNWR stations and a page dedicated to the war work done by the London & North Western Railway. At the end of the book there is a page bordered with entwined roses and thistles where a record of family and friends who served could be entered, which in this case is blank A superb memorial, and a must for WW1 historians and medal collectors

 

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Carlisle Directory for 1952 published for the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce by James Beaty & Sons This is a more localized directory for a period that is particularly hard to research. There is a short history, a section on public buildings and dignitaries, a street directory, a suburban directory that includes Carleton, Cummersdale, Dalston, Durdar and Blackwell, Garlands, Houghton, Kingsmoor, Scalesceugh, Scotby, Stainton, Wetherall and Whiteclosegate. Then a trade directory, a Lake District and West Cumberland supplement and numerous advertisements, post offices and letter box locations over 400 pages.

 

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This CD contains all the births marriages and deaths contained in the Lowton St. Mary’s parish magazine covering the period 1899-1903. It also covers the social events in the church calendar, giving the names of hundreds of local parishioners. It also contains many photographs of the gravestones relating to the text.

 

 

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This CD contains all the births marriages and deaths contained in the Lowton St. Mary’s parish magazine covering the period 1904-1907. It also covers the social events in the church calendar, giving the names of hundreds of local parishioners. It also contains many photographs of the gravestones relating to the text.

 

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This CD contains all the births marriages and deaths contained in the Lowton St. Mary’s parish magazine covering the period 1909-1912. It also covers the social events in the church calendar, giving the names of hundreds of local parishioners. It also contains many photographs of the gravestones relating to the text.

 

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This CD contains all the burials in the new Leigh Cemetery listed in the Leigh Chronicle from the first internment 13 September 1856 to 16 December 1858. Also included are 14 burials from the Atherton Cemetery in 1857. The CD is indexed creating a useful aid to locating all consecrated, unconsecrated and Roman Catholic burials

 

 

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OSBORNES GUIDE

TO THE GRAND JUNCTION RAILWAY

 

This is a scarce and early work on the railway written in 1844 that should delight both the historian and railway enthusiast. Not only does it give the history of the line and its construction, the author has described the towns and cities through which the line passes. Chapters include Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham, giving particular emphasis to the Staffordshire mining district, the Potteries and the Cheshire salt district. A map of the line is included as are many woodcut illustrations.

 

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 The Jack Hesford Collection

One Mans War – With a Camera Jack was born at 355 St. Helens Road, Pennington on the 16 August 1919 the third son of Edward and Ellen Hesford. Following the outbreak of war against Germany, taking his elder brother Bob’s lead he enlisted in the army on the 17 June 1940. After fitness training at Croydon, he took further training as a fitter on tanks, joining the 4th County London Yeomanry “The Sharpshooters” ranking as TPI 1572598. The Brigade reached Egypt in October 1941, and without time to acclimatize they were immediately thrust into Auchinleck’s big offensive “Crusader” the relief of Tobruk. They were then attached to Montgomery, and were in and out of action for a further 18 months, taking part in all the major actions of the 7th Armoured Division the famous “Desert Rats”. They were present at the gun barrage at El Alemien and at the victory celebrations in Tripoli attended by Winston Churchill before leaving for Italy, then onward for the D-Day invasion, through to the south of Holland by September of 1944. He witnessed the failed airborne assault on Arnhem “Operation Market Garden” and then ever onwards to Antwerp to support the infantry. They crossed the Rhine on March 26th, then the Elbe and into Hamburg. Throughout the war he recorded on camera, not only major events, but life as a soldier on the front line, a unique insight into life as a “Desert Rat”. The Sharpshooters fought for three and a half years in four major theatres of war, Jack was Release Class W. Royal Army Reserve on the 7th February 1946, and went on to create a successful plumbing business. Like all good soldiers he died with his boots on, the 22 August 1996 aged 77 years.

 

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