The Standish of Duxbury Muniments

The Record Office has acquired a collection of some 300 documents (DP/397) relating mainly to the Standish family of Duxbury [this article was first published in the Lancashire Record Office annual report for 1969-70. The collection can be seen at Lancashire Archives and you can browse the catalogue here]. They range from the early 13th… Continue reading The Standish of Duxbury Muniments

A Lancashire Manufacturer and the Cotton Famine

Among documents purchased from Shaw’s Bookshop of Manchester is a collection of letters written to William Horrocks of Farnworth, near Bolton, while he was a medical student in London (DP 412). The 179 letters were written by William’s father, George Horrocks, a cotton spinner and manufacturer, and brothers Joseph, Henry and James between 1 October,… Continue reading A Lancashire Manufacturer and the Cotton Famine

Mary, Duchess of Norfolk, 1692-1754

With the death of Mary, Dowager Duchess of Norfolk, on 17th September, 1754, the ancient family of Shireburn of Stonyhurst became extinct. For more than 500 years the Shireburns had counted themselves amongst the most wealthy and influential of the Lancashire gentry. They traced their ancestry to Robert of Shirebuen, who was granted the manor… Continue reading Mary, Duchess of Norfolk, 1692-1754

Blackpool Lifeboat Institution

All the records which reach the Lancashire Record Office are informative, and many are interesting even to the layman, but it is a rare event to receive records which are genuinely dramatic. Such an event did occur this year, however, when the Blackpool Lifeboat Institution serve records were deposited here (DDX 1153) [this article was… Continue reading Blackpool Lifeboat Institution

Chew’s Asylum, Billington

For nearly a century the Chew family ran, at a high profit, an asylum, the building of which still stands at Billington, near Whalley, Lancashire [now the site of the Mytton Hall Hotel and Golf Club]. Its fame was widespread. The Senhouse family of Netherhall in Cumberland paid regularly to Dr. Chew from 1759 to… Continue reading Chew’s Asylum, Billington