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 Villages of the Lune Valley & Estuary 1841-1845

Researched by Linda Moorhouse
Photographs by Dave Moorhouse

255 pages of A4 - 255,189 words


  • Fishing and Poaching
  • Morecambe Bay Sands
  • The Navigation of the River Lune
  • Survey by Captain Denham 1845
  • The Rowing Club and Regattas
  • Ships and Shipping
  • Railway Communication
  • The Weather
  • Map of Morecambe Bay and Lune Valley c1850
  • Miscellaneous events by the River Lune
  • To the River Lune - poem
  • Lines written on leaving Lunesdale - poem
  • Arkholme
  • Arnside and Silverdale
  • Bare
  • Bolton-le-Sands
  • Caton
  • Claughton
  • Glasson Dock
  • Gressingham
  • Halton
  • Hest Bank
  • Heysham
  • Hornby
  • Kirkby Lonsdale
  • Melling
  • Overton and Sunderland
  • Poulton
  • Skerton
  • Tunstall
  • Whittington

Crossing the Sands of the treacherous Morecambe Bay is a common feature. Stagecoaches were turned over, horses drowned as well as the occupants and the bodies disappeared for ever.

Read about what really went on in the Villages of the Lune Valley (Arkholme; Arnside; Bare; Bolton-le-Sands; Caton; Claughton; Glasson; Gressingham; Halton; Hest Bank; Heysham; Hornby; Kirkby Lonsdale; Melling; Overton; Poulton; Silverdale; Skerton; Sunderland; Tunstall; and Whittington).

The winners at the Regattas and Agricultural shows as well as the trouble makers..

“Sweet Vale of Lune
At last, farewell to thee,
Yet though my steps depart
Long shall thy memory be
Borne in my heart”


The cost of this book is £5 and the size of the pdf document is 7198KB

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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