LOCAL HISTORY SECTION
History Group Report to AGM April 2013
By Reg Yorke
The History Group Winter programme, 2012-
Member, Dilys Firn, has kindly transcribed a considerable number of interesting Tudor period documents relating to a dispute about the Formby Parish boundary in the 16th century. This has been done using high quality document photographs obtained from the Public Record Office dating from 1553 to 1562. Not surprisingly some of these are rather illegible, but Dilys has been able to transcribe most. These are all statements under oath given by contemporary residents of Formby and Halsall in connection with a legal dispute between the Lords of the Manor of Formby and Halsall. They describe important landscape features at that time and this information is very helpful in our understanding of the Formby Parish Boundary.
We continue to receive many interesting e-
Following the hasty relocation of most of our physical archives from a local shop, where conditions had become unsuitable, member Colin Cooke kindly responded to a request for help and is now well into an on-
We receive regular requests from local organisations for talks on aspects of local history and try to respond to them all. Popular topics include ‘Early Flying at Freshfield’, ‘Sefton Coast at War’, ‘Ravenmeols Heritage’ and ‘Formby-
We continue to gather interesting information for the Ravenmeols project, now in its last year. Particularly interesting have been accounts and photographs from a brother and sister now living in Canada who both spent very happy childhood holidays at Stella Maris under the auspices of a Salford philanthropic organisation in the late 30’s. One of their memories is of (happily) waving to HMS Thetis as it passed Formby Point on its tragic fatal diving trials off Anglesey on 1st June 1939.
Stuart Evans the well known expert on the Arts and Crafts movement is coming to re-
Having been encouraged to submit an application for funding of a ‘stand-
‘Formby, Then and Now’ published by the History Press last November has been well received and seems to be selling well.
The History Group are planning events for the Festival of British Archaeology in July and Heritage Open Day in September. The programme of History Group Meetings for the rest of this year is now organised and published in the Newsletter and on the website. This notably includes a unique chance to see the recently discovered 8,000 year old Lunt Meadows Stone-
I would like to finish by saying that Local History is very much alive and well in Formby. We are well connected to Local History activities in Lancashire (through membership of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire), with Liverpool , (through the Liverpool History Society) and nationally through the Federation of Local History Societies. In connection with maritime matters the Liverpool Nautical Research Society and finally in connection with Archives, the Community Archive & Heritage Group.