This year's volume includes seven articles and 18 book reviews. Fresh insights are offered on a wide variety of subjects with the chronology ranging from the early modern period to 1914. There is perhaps more focus on scientific matters than in recent volumes and the spatial focus is on Lancashire. Also included is a retrospective look, fifty years on, at R.C. Richardson's key text, Puritanism in North-West England, by its author.

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Editorial note
Notes on contributors

RESEARCH NOTE

Puritanism in North-West England: Fifty Years On
R.C. Richardson

ARTICLES

The Rise and Fall of the Shuttleworths of Asterley, Gentlemen
Steven Shuttleworth

The Ingenious Mr Towneley: Collaborator, Patron, and Pioneer in Seventeenth-century Science
Lois Roddy

The Royal Lancashire Astronomical and Meteorological Observatory: A Still-born Mancunian Project of the Early Victorian Period
D.J. Bryden

A Town Clerk Disgraced: The Case of John Lewthwaite of Lancaster
Philip J. Gooderson

An ‘Exceptionally’ Modest Working-Class Dwelling? 10 Hockenhall Abbey, Liverpool
Lucy Kilfoyle

The Tracts and Pamphlets of W.E. Gladstone
John Powell and Bertie Dockerill

Manchester’s Challenge to the Supremacy of the Liverpool Cotton Market c.1895 to 1914
Nigel Hall

Book Reviews

Report of the Council for the Year 2022

Council and Officers for 2022

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This year's volume includes six articles and sixteen book reviews. Whilst a wide variety of subject matter is presented, the spatial and chronological focus of this year's articles, in comparison to those in recent editions, is Lancashire-centric and modern. The inter-disciplinary nature of Transactions is underlined by James Moore and Catherine Site's article focusing on Lancashire's pioneering impressionist painters. Also included is a retrospective look at John Walton's key text, Lancashire: a social history 1558-1939.

This volume is not available in digital form on our website at present. HSLC members receive a copy of this volume plus online access to this and other recent volumes through Liverpool University Press.

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Editorial note
Notes on contributors

RESEARCH NOTES

Retrospective: Thirty-five Years On: John K. Walton, Lancashire: A Social History 1558-1939
Alan Crosby

Liverpool’s Renewed Liberalism: Britain’s Third Party in Post-war Merseyside Politics
Marc Collinson

ARTICLES

Administration of Justice in Victorian Cheshire, 1840-1890: A Quantitive Survey
John Wallisss

Attitudes to Male Homosexuality in Late Victorian England: Charles Freston, a Case Study
Anthony Tibbles

Lancashire’s Pioneering Impressionists: The Manchester School of Painters and its Critics, 1868-1914
James Moore and Catherine Tite

City of Plague: Victorian Liverpool’s Response to Epidemic
Marie Riley

Decolonisation, Diversification, and Decline: Liverpool Shipping at the End of Empire
Nicholas J. White

Three Cheers for the Pirates! The History of Merseyside Smugglers and Wreckers: Realities, Myths and Legacies
James Houghton

Book Reviews

Report of Council for the Year 2021

Council and Officers for 2021

Cover Image: Adapted from Liverpool Mersey Docks and Harbour Board Docks, ‘Plan Shewing river entrances to Sandon half-tide dock also passages to adjoining docks’, c.1909

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This year's volume includes ten articles and fourteen book reviews covering a broad range of time periods and geographical areas within the two historic counties of Cheshire and Lancashire together with a compelling argument for placing the Battle of Brunanburh in the Wirral. In addition two research notes reflect the work of past and possibly future historians with a reflection on P. F. Clarke's seminal work, Lancashire and the New Liberalism while pupils from a Bolton Primary School look back at the experience of evacuees in World War Two.

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Editorial note
Notes on contributors

RESEARCH NOTES

Researching War-time Evacuation with Belmont Street Primary School Children
George Skinner and Judith Peel

Lancashire and the New Liberalism: A Half-century Retrospective
Marc Collinson

ARTICLES

A Wirral Location for the Battle of Brunanburh
Clare Downham

Inheritance and Identity in Pennine Lancashire: The Stansfields of Inchfield, Walsden, 1591-1767
R. E. Stansfield-Cudworth

The Preston Cock, Adultery, Homophobia and the First Petition for Female Suffrage
John Belcham

Morris Ranger: The Rise and Fall of the Liverpool Cotton Market’s Greatest Speculator, 1835 to 1887
Nigel Hall

The Memoir of Florence Garstang (1870-1941): Honour, Injustice, and Gendered Sacrifice in an Upwardly Mobile Blackburn Family
Penny Bayer

Anglican Nuns Come to Liverpool
Janet Hollinshead and Pat Starkey

Community, Class and Identity: An Analysis of the Harle Syke Strike, 1915
Jack Southern

‘Liverpool’s first Labour MP’: The Untold Story of the Edge Hill By-election of March 2023
Paul A. Nuttall

Book Reviews

Report of Council for the Year 2020

Council and Officers for 2020

Cover Image: St Margaret’s Church, Princes Road, Liverpool (Hugo Lang & Co Series Postcard, 6493. First published, 1906.

 

 

 

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This year's volume offers a wealth and breadth of subjects and periods with transport, housing and civil politics, particularly in Liverpool, being the dominant themes. It also offers a contrast of places visited - from Speke Hall to a Cheshire residential street. In the aftermath of 2019's commemoration of the Peterloo Massacre there is a detailed look at the role the military played while the opening article explores hot air-ballooning in the late eighteenth century.

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Thomas Baldwin and the Creation of the Hot Air Balloon as a Scientific and Aesthetic Site of Knowledge in the Late Eighteenth Century
Fiona Amery

Through Other Eyes: Changing Attitudes in the Decoration and Interpretation of an English Country House, Speke Hall, Liverpool
Anthony Tibbles

Cavalry in Aid of the Civil Power: Hussars and Yeomanry at Peterloo, 1819
John H. Rumsby

The Regulation of Chemical Nuisances in Liverpool, c. 1820-1840
Richard A. Hawes

‘If you strike a King you must kill him’: Sir Archbald Salvidge and the Revolt of Liverpool’s Conservative MPs, 1927-1928
Paul A. Nuttall

G.H. Tupling (1883-1962): Pioneer of Regional Economic History in the North West
R. C. Richardson

‘Liverpool’s best bedroom’? The Development of One Wirral Street, 1840-1950
Christine Verguson

RESEARCH NOTE

Cheshire’s Celtic Place-Names
Andrew Breeze

Book Reviews

Council and Officers for 2019

Cover Image: Speke Hall from the south west by Anthony Tibbles

 

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To commemorate the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre this volume includes two research notes on aspects of the legacy of this momentous event. The cover image is reproduced courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives.

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Notes on contributors

RESEARCH NOTES

From Pantomime to Peterloo: ‘Hearts of Oak’ and the Contest for Englishness in Songs of Protest
Alison Morgan

Teaching Peterloo at University: Considering Legacy and Commemorations
Lowri Ann Rees

ARTICLES

The Lost Reputation of William Downham
P.J. Cox

‘A worthy champion for the maintenance of civil and religious liberty’ Dr Robert Halley (1796-1876) and his Lancashire: Its Puritanism and Nonconformity
R.C. Richardson

In Search of Thomas Green and the Authors of Liverpool’s Caxton Press
Nick Foggo

The Poet, the Newspaper Editor, and Working-class Local Literary Culture in Victorian Blackburn
Andrew Hobbs

‘A second Waterloo’: The Claughton Tragedy of 1827 and its Afterlife
Alan G. Crosby

Fearing for Merseyside: Liverpool, its Defences and the French Invasion Scare of 1858-1859
James Crossland

Book Reviews

Council and officers’ reports for 2018

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Topics covered in this volume range across both counties over the centuries. The cover image of ‘Lancaster Castle from churchyard’ is reproduced by kind permission of TuckDB Postcards.

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CONTENTS

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Notes on contributors

Lancashire and the British Kingdom of Rheged
Andrew Breeze

A ‘Lewd Company’ at Prayer: Plebeian Catholics in Elizabethan Cheshire
Howard Barlow

Who Did Lancaster Castle ‘Belong to’? The Duchy of Lancaster, the County and the Home Office c. 1698–1930
Michael Winstanley

Warrington Academy Invoked and Recalled: Reflections on a Contemporary Manuscript Anthology
David Sekers

Fact vs Fiction: The Early Years of the Liverpool Constabulary Force in Contemporary Literature
N. Foggo

Liverpool Botanic Garden: Early Curators and Gardeners
Eric Greenwood, Steve Lyus, and Ray Lampert

The Interwar Politics of the Liverpool Irish: A Story of God, Class, and National Identity
James R. Evans

HSLC Undergraduate’s Dissertation Prizewinner 2017
“Cheer up a Bit Lunger”: The Function of Dialect Poetry during the Lancashire Cotton Famine
Jack Cottam

Book Reviews

Council and officers’ reports for the year 2017

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This volume of our Journal was produced by our new editor, Bertie Dockerill, it includes the HSLC Master’s Dissertation Prizewinner for 2016 together with a variety of articles, mostly covering topics from modern Lancashire history

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CONTENTS

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Editorial note
Notes on contributors

Some Early Members of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
P. J. Cox

John Bruen of Stapleford (1560-1625) and his Biographer
R.C. Richardson

‘My Interest Be Your Guide’: Richard Watt (1724-1796), Merchant of Liverpool and Kingston, Jamaica
Anthony Tibbles

John Gray (1812-1881), Lancashire Cotton-mill Owner: Adventures of a Yachtsman, Artist and Entomologist
R.B. Williams

Beyond Her Benny: Reimagining the ‘Street Arab’ in Victorian Liverpool
Lucy Kilfoyle

New Crowds in New Spaces: Railway Excursions for the Working Classes in North West England in the Mid-nineteenth Century
Susan Major

Exploring Sentencing Patterns for Female Drunkenness and Crimes of Violence in Mid-Victorian Lancashire
Craig Stafford

HSLC Master’s Dissertation Prizewinner 2016
‘Militant Liverpool’ as Liverpool Exceptionalism: The Rise, Fall and Character of the City Council, 1983-1987
Jonny Ball

Book Reviews

Council and officers’ reports for the year 2016

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This volume was edited for us on this occasion by Alan Crosby and articles cover the history of both counties from late medieval to modern times

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CONTENTS

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The exemption of Chester Abbey: papal power and local consent
Peter McDonald

A tale of two maps: the town plans of Manchester by William Green and Charles Laurent
Terry Wyke and Brian Robson

Liverpool Corporation and the origins of municipal social housing, 1842-1890
Bertie Dockerill

The residential development of Sefton Park, Liverpool, c.1872-c.1900
Joseph Sharples

Working-class women shareholders in mid-nineteenth century Lancashire
Peter Hampson

Technological change and the decline of Britain’s largest steel company: Barrow Haematite, 1864-1918
A.J. Arnold

Bibliographical notes on the dating, numbering, and indexing of Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
C.B. Phillips

Bridging the Mersey again: the new Mersey crossing and its historical dimension
Pat Cox and Alan G. Crosby

Review of Periodical Literature

Book Reviews

Council and officers’ reports for the year 2015

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This cover image from the volume is of Baffler's Ford on the River Lune

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The oaths at Woodchurch, 1643-1644: tensions in civil-war Wirral and its aftermath
Tony Dyson

The appointment of churchwardens in the Archdeaconry of Chester circa 1720. And before?
C. B. Phillips

The introduction of powered dredging on the River Lune
Peter Skidmore

Friend or foe? Internment in Huyton 1940-1941
Pat Starkey

Review article:
Lancashire north of Morecombe Bay in the early modern period (c. 1550-1750): a survey of research published since 1995
James Mawdesley

Research in progress:
Out relief, wages and household income in mid-nineteenth century Lancashire
Andy Gritt and Lewis Darwen

Short research note:
An early fourteenth-century use of the F-word in Cheshire, 1310-11
Paul Booth

Digest of Periodical Literature on Lancashire and Cheshire published in 2014
Lewis Darwen, Andy Gritt, James Mawdesley, Máirtín Ó Catháin, Susan Pomfret, Robert Poole and David Stewart

Book reviews

Council and officers’ reports for 2014

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The articles in this volume once again cover a wide range of geographical areas and time periods

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County History and Civil War: Sir Philip Mainwaring, William Dugdale, and the attempt to publish a History of Cheshire in the 1650s
Fiona Pogson

The Duke of Monmouth’s 1682 progress and political division in the north-west
Geoff Baker

The north-west and the 1798 Rebellion
Máirtín Ó Catháin

The Bloody Code in Cheshire: the Chester Court of Great Sessions 1805-30
John Walliss

Settlement, disease, poverty and conflict: the Irish in Birkenhead, 1841-51
Mike Handley

The Lancashire Boggart Plays: a lost local theatre tradition?
Simon Young

Dreams of helicopter travel in the 1950s and Liverpool’s undeveloped plans for a city centre heliport
Martin Dodge and Richard Brook

Research in Progress:
The Commissioners’ Churches on a Lancashire religious frontier – vital bastions of a nineteenth-century Anglican ‘Counter Reformation’?
William Walker

Research in Progress:
Protest and the state: understanding the Home Office Disturbances Papers
Robert Poole

Book reviews

Council and officers’ reports for 2013

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