The 1715 Battle of Preston at The National Archives

2015 saw the commemoration of the 300 year anniversary of the Battle of Preston, thought to be the last battle to take place on English soil. The anniversary was marked with events across Preston including re-enactments, talks, tours and workshops, and included participation from local history and community groups, cultural services, the University of Central… Continue reading The 1715 Battle of Preston at The National Archives

Lancaster and the West Indies in the Eighteenth Century

  Among the documents deposited at Lancashire Archives by the Governors of Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Clitheroe, is a log book of five voyages made by the big or brigantine Dolphin between Lancaster and the West Indies from 1774 to 1778. Unfortunately, there is no certain information as to how this book came to be among these… Continue reading Lancaster and the West Indies in the Eighteenth Century

The Letters of Richard Hodgkinson of Atherton

[This article first appeared in the Lancashire Record Office Annual Report for 1961] In 1792 Louis XVI of France had been dethroned and was shortly to be guillotined : in England George III had already reigned for 32 years, the American Colonies had been lost and the country was preparing for the long war with… Continue reading The Letters of Richard Hodgkinson of Atherton