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.

The books are viewed with Adobe Reader and are 'bookmarked', printable & wordsearchable. If you haven't got Adobe Reader on your computer you can downloaded it here

If you would like to purchase one of my books please email me:
I will send you a Paypal invoice and when this is paid will attach the PDF to an email for you.


The Scotforth Murder in 1866

Researched by Linda Moorhouse
Illustrated by Ben & David Moorhouse

33 pages of A4 - 19,850 words

"I remember the night of Thursday the 11th January, 1866. The night the snow fell...."


  • Introduction
  • The Murder
  • Elizabeth Nelson's headstone
  • The Witnesses
  • Miscellaneous Events
  • Images
  • Plan of the Locality
  • Scotforth Murder walk starting at the Ruskin Library, Lancaster University

The Scotforth Murder portrays a vivid account of the murder of Elizabeth Nelson, in Scotforth, during the winter of 1866. The events recorded yield a fascinating insight into the daily lives of the people living in and around Scotforth during that period. There is both sadness and humour in the story, from Elizabeth’s widowed mother to the local bobby who had the body washed before examination thereby shifting suspicion onto himself.

The cost of this book is £3 and the size of the pdf document is 2473KB

EXAMPLE of book:

James Arkwright
I live at Mr Whalley’s Farm at Burrow and am the horseman. I knew Elizabeth Nelson, the deceased. I last saw her alive about a week before her death, at Richmond House. I also saw her at Burrow at the latter end of harvest last year when I was with Thomas Wilkinson, who was driving a cart. It was on a Saturday between three and four o’clock in the afternoon. The deceased came up with us as we were standing at the Jerry Shop at the Pointer. She said she did not know the way to Burrow, having only been there once before with Mrs Wilson. She got into the cart and rode with us to Mrs Wilson’s at Burrow Beck Farm where Thomas Wilkinson lives. I then walked with her from Mrs Wilson’s to my cottage, which is just past Mr Welch’s and then she went forward alone. I have never seen her there at any other time. It was in the afternoon in broad summer time.

Download an example of a page

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