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 Good Old Town of Lancaster in 1841

Researched by Linda Moorhouse

101 pages of A4 - 68,839 words


  • Chronological and Statistical Table for 1841
  • The Weather
  • Everyday Life of the Townspeople
  • What the Townspeople did in their free time
  • Lines written in Lancaster Churchyard
  • Lines written while sailing in Morecambe Bay
  • To the Lancashire Witches and Readers of the Lancaster Gazette
  • Christmas Festivities
  • The Lancashire Yeomanry
  • The Meetings of the Town Council and other Public Meetings
  • Events leading up to the Election
  • Curious Family Register
  • The Duchess of Lancaster Steamer
  • Reduced rates of Freight
  • The Shipping Reports
  • The Police Reports
  • Marriages reported in the Newspaper
  • Deaths reported in the Newspaper
  • Joseph Cunard ship
  • Map of Lancaster



The cost of this book is £4 and the size of the pdf document is 2275KB

EXAMPLE of book:

14th August 1841
WANTED :- A good Plain COOK of middle age; who thoroughly understands her situation.
A little girl aged 2 daughter of John Till of Market-street, tailor fell into the fire and died.
Thomas Shaw knocked down by a horse and carriage in St Leonard Gate. The deceased was a half penny member of the Lancaster Benevolent Burial Society and his parents have received from the society £2 12s. for funeral expenses.
Narrow Escape - A youth named Varley was knocked off his ladder by a coach when he was painting a window three stories high in Nicholas-street. By great presence of mind he seized on the window side and held fast till the ladder was replaced.
A young man Whiteside, a plasterer, in the employ of Mr Preston of New-street was working at Mr Armstrong’s house at Acrelands when he fell off his ladder and died in a few minutes.

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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
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North West England History Books