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 Assize Town of Lancaster in 1821

Researched by Linda Moorhouse

150 pages of A4 - 129,967 words


  • Cronological Index of Public Affairs in 1821
  • The Weather
  • Miscellaneous Events
  • The Coronation of George IV
  • The Militia
  • Entertainments
  • Ladies Fashions
  • Jobs
  • Businesses
  • Bankrupts
  • Items for Sale
  • Houses and Land for Sale or Rent
  • The Assize and other Courts
  • The Shipping Reports
  • Marriages reported in the Newspaper
  • Deaths reported in the Newspaper
  • Debtors Yard, Lancaster Castle 1836



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EXAMPLE of book:

19th May 1821
Longlevity – There are now living within one mile of the White Horse Inn, in Myerscough, about six miles from Preston, (a district not remarkably populous) no fewer than 27 persons, the youngest of whom is 72, and three of them 93 years old, and the total amount of whose ages is 2,190. The fact is so curious, that we give a list of their names, with their several ages annexed:-

Mr Henry Blacow 93; Thomas Hindle 79; Hannah Hothersall 93; James Wilkinson 79; Hannah Lee 93; Elizabeth Darlington 78; Mr Richard Fisher 91; James Lee 77; A. Santas 88; Mr Harper 77; Francis Wells 86; Mr John Barton 77; John Darlington 86; Elizabeth Rogerson 76; James Sidgreaves 86; Mrs Barton 74; Richard Latus 82; Elizabeth Wells 74; Agnes Hardicar 82; Ann Cook 72; Robert Amer 82; Mary Wilkinson 72; Elizabeth Carter 81; William Abbot 72; Agnes Abbot 80; Isabella Turner 80; Lydia Cottom 80; Total 2,190

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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