Lancaster in the 19th Century

The books, listed below, are taken ‘word for word’ from the Lancaster Gazette. They are a unique account told by their reporters ‘on the spot.’
Genealogists searching for their elusive ancestors may well find them here. The text contains thousands of names of individuals, families and businesses.

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1. A Comparison of Lancaster, England and Lancaster, Pennsylvania written in 1880 (10 pages 600KB)
2. Castle Howell School, Queen's Square, Lancaster (10 pages 581KB) List of subscribers, Register of Pupils, census of head teachers & staff 1851/1861/1871/1881
3. Literary Associations with Lancaster & District 1929 (19 pages 246KB) List of names

The Gude Auld Towne of Lancaster in 1803

Researched by Linda Moorhouse

A4 size 105 pages - 76,942 words
Complete articles taken from the Lancaster Gazette


  • Chronical Sketch of the Remarkable Events of the Year 1803
  • TheTownspeople
  • The Lancashire Militia etc.
  • Public Meetings and Official Notices
  • The Shipping Reports
  • Patriotic Poems and Songs
  • Ladies Fashions
  • The Theatre etc.
  • Businesses in Lancaster
  • Dividends and Bankrupts
  • Items for sale
  • Jobs
  • Houses to Let or Buy
  • Marriages reported in the Newspaper
  • Deaths reported in the Newspaper
  • Epistle to John Dent Esq. Member for Lancaster
  • British Beer
  • Lines on the Derivation of “Lancaster”
  • Map of Lancaster 1807

The cost of this book is £4 and the size of the pdf document is 2591KB

EXAMPLE of book:

8th October 1803
We have to announce a very gallant action, in the West Indies, between Paragon, of this port, of 18 guns, and about 30 men and boys (having nearly 20 French prisoners on board) and a French schooner privateer, of 12 guns and 100 men; which latter she beat off. The following is an extract of a letter from Capt. Hart, of the Paragon, to his Owners in this town, dated Barbadoes, Aug.16, 1803:-
“Yesterday morning, 18 leagues to the windward of this island, I fell in with a French schooner privateer of 12 guns, and about 100 men, who lay the Paragon on board on the starboard quarter, and after a desperate action of near an hour, he got disentangled and made off, quite a wreck. During the engagement, he made several attempts to throw his men on board the Paragon, but was resolutely repulsed by our small crew. Our heavy guns on the quarter deck, with grape shot, made dreadful carnage among the crew of the privateer; her decks were almost covered with dead bodies, before she got from alongside, and her scubbards ran with blood. I am sorry to add, out of our small but brave crew, two were killed and seven wounded.”

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The Loyal Town of Lancaster in 1811
Peace in Lancaster in 1814
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A Genteel family's Tour of Lancaster & the Lake District 1827
The Ancient Borough of Lancaster in 1831
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