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 Loyal Town of Lancaster in 1811

Researched by Linda Moorhouse

153 pages of A4 - 115,123 words


  • Chronological sketch of the remarkable events of 1811
  • The Weather
  • Businesses
  • Bankrupts
  • Employment
  • The Militia
  • Miscellaneous Events
  • Houses and Land for Sale or to Let
  • Items for sale
  • The Assizes
  • The Theatre
  • Fashion for Ladies
  • Inclosing and Embanking Lands
  • Ships
  • The Weekly Shipping news
  • Marriages reported in the newspaper
  • Deaths reported in the newspaper
  • Poems
  • To the memory of Ensign Thompson


The cost of this book is £4 and the size of the pdf document is 7700KB

EXAMPLE of book:

29th June 1811
The PROFITS arising from this evening’s performance will
be transmitted to the Fund, in London, (by the hands of
Messrs. Worswick and Co., bankers) in aid of the
subscriptions already announced, to the honour of the
British nation; and as several of our brave countrymen,
from this town and neighbourhood, stand in need of every
assistance, it is hoped that this application will meet with
general encouragement and support from the inhabitants
of Lancaster and its vicinity.
On MONDAY, July 1st., 1811
(not acted here these twelve years)
Mrs. Cowley’s fashionable Comedy of
Lord Sparkle, Mr. Platt; Beachamp, Mr. Yates; Fitzherbert,
Mr. Penn; Bobby Pendragan, Mr. Barley; Belville, Mr.
Prior - Lady Bell Bloomer, Mrs. Stanton; Sophia
Pendragon, Mrs. Penn; Clarinda, Mrs. Bailey; Kitty, Mrs.
Welch; Julia, Mrs. Yates.
Two favourite COMIC SONGS, by Mr. Bailey
To conclude with the laughable Farce of
Tickets to be had of Mr. Jackson, printer, New-street; and
at the principal Inns.

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The Diary of William Stout of Lancaster 1665 to 1752
The Terrible Railway Accident at the Bay Horse in 1848
The Gude Auld Towne of Lancaster in 1803
The Loyal Town of Lancaster in 1811
Peace in Lancaster in 1814
The Assize Town of Lancaster in 1821
A Genteel family's Tour of Lancaster & the Lake District 1827
The Ancient Borough of Lancaster in 1831
The Good Old Town of Lancaster in 1841
The Opening of Ripley Hospital, Lancaster in 1864
On the Banks of the River Lune 1801 to 1840
The Villages of the Lune Valley & Estuary 1841 to 1845
Scotforth Village 1801 to 1840
The Scotforth Murder 1866
Inhabitants of Westmorland as listed in the 1858 Post Office Directory
Printed Lancaster Books for sale
North West England History Books