LOCAL HISTORY SECTION
History Group Report 2010
'Formby and Freshfield Through Time'.
Prichard's bookshop report that our new book 'Formby and Freshfield Through Time', largely based on the society's photo archive is selling well -
Published by Cotswold based Amberley Publishing, this is one of a new series in which comparisons are drawn between old photographs of interesting local places and their present appearance. In our case all the old photos are from the society's archive, many originally taken by Muriel Sibley. The new ones specially taken for this work will now themselves become part on the visual record of how Formby and Freshfield are changing and developing.
This ongoing process often goes without notice so the contrast between old and new is sometimes quite stark and thought-
New light on the ‘Devils Hole’!
Even some local people are not familiar with this striking geo-
Certainly the effects of a landmine dropping on the dunes would have been significant and as this area is very exposed particularly to west and north-
There are still two meetings left in the current history group programs. On Thursday 11th March Dr. Jen Lewis is to speak about recent archaeological research at Lathom House, abandoned by the Earls of Derby, following the Civil War but where recent research has revealed hitherto more ancient occupation. On 8th April we have our annual Member’s Evening, when there are usually three contributions. This year Dr Phil Smith will give a short introductory account of his recent research on (until recently unrecognised) Black Poplar in Formby and Mrs H. Broadfoot will talk about her former old thatched farmhouse, ‘The Elms’ which stood in Brows Lane on the site now occupied by Pritchard’s Bookshop. Our summer programme is being prepared and may include a visit to the site of the former Formby Lighthouse on Altcar Rifle Range when we will have an opportunity to discuss the reasons for its construction there in the early 18th Century and search for any remaining foundations left after it was demolished during WW2