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 Opening of Ripley Hospital, Lancaster - 3rd November 1864

"amid great public rejoicings."

Researched by Linda Moorhouse
Illustrated by Ben Moorhouse

72 pages of A4 - 44,153 words


  • Introduction
  • First Communion Certificate
  • Confirmation Photograph 1906
  • The History of Ripley Hospital
  • Thomas Ripley
  • Events leading up to the building of Ripley Hospital
  • The Committee
  • Subscribers to the Ripley Hospital Procession Fund
  • A visit to Ripley's Hospital by the Rev. Charles Howe
  • The Opening of Ripley Hospital 3rd Nov 1864
  • Map & Ripley Hospital from the air
  • The Committee concludes it's work
  • Miscellaneous events
  • Floral, Musical and Athletic Festival at Springfield Park, Lancaster
  • Julia Ripley
  • The Funeral of the late Mrs Ripley
  • The Chapel
  • Old Pupil's First day
  • The War years by Mr P.E.W. Ford
  • The Transport Platoon of the Royal Fusiliers at Ripley Hospital in 1941
  • Appendix
  • Census 1871
  • Census 1881
  • Census 1891
  • Census 1901
  • Poem
  • Postcards of Ripley Hospital, Lancaster


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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
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