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 Ancient Borough of Lancaster in 1831

Researched by Linda Moorhouse

A4 126 pages - 91,799 words
Complete articles taken from the Lancaster Gazette and Lancaster Herald.


  • The Weather
  • The Townspeople
  • The Sinking of the Neptune
  • Celebrating the Coronation
  • Entertainments
  • Public Meetings
  • The Elections
  • The Lancashire Militia
  • The Corporation Tolls
  • Police Reports
  • Advertisements
  • Businesses
  • Assignments
  • Houses for sale
  • Jobs
  • Items for sale
  • Marriages reported in the newspaper for 1831
  • Deaths reported in the newspaper for 1831
  • Ship News



The cost of this book is £4 and the size of the pdf document is 2359KB

EXAMPLE of book:

10th September 1831
POLICE TOWN-HALL 29th Aug - Edward Jefferson was duly convicted of breaking into the Garden of Mr John Lodge, situate behind his house, in Church street, on the night of the 20th August last, and of stealing pears therein, for which offence he was committed to the Castle to be kept there to hard labour for three calendar months. We trust this will operate as an example to deter others from prowling about at nights, robbing orchards and gardens, which we are very sorry to hear is no uncommon practice in this neighbourhood.

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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