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.’
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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

On the Banks of the River Lune 1801-1840

Researched by Linda Moorhouse

144 pages of A4 - 122,322 words


  • Introduction
  • The Banks of the Lune - poem
  • The Weather
  • The Vale of the Lune - poem
  • Bridges over the River Lune
  • The Salmon
  • The Poachers
  • Fishermen and Anglers
  • Shipping on the Lune
  • Ship Advertisements
  • The Canal
  • Glasson Dock Church
  • The Farewell - poem
  • Navigation of the River
  • Drownings in the River
  • Farewell Address to the Lune - poem
  • Miscellaneous Events by the Lune
  • Property for Sale
  • The Lads of the Lune - poem
  • Overton and Sunderland
  • Morecambe Bay Sands
  • Morecambe Bay Railway Embankment
  • Address to the River Lune - poem
  • Homeward Bound or Huzza for Glasson - song
  • Survey of 1838
  • Fisherman's Stories - picture
See what the weather was like, the storms, the great floods & deep snows.

Read poems that were written in praise of the River Lune.

Find out how good the fishing was, what was caught, who was caught (the poachers and why they were transported) and who lost their lives on the River Lune.

Read about the ships that were built in the Lune boat-yards, which were for sale, which were ship-wrecked etc.

Experience the rivalry between the Lune Rowing Club and the Chester & Liverpool Clubs for the cup.

The Navigation and Improvement of the River Lune is included as well as property for sale along the Lune and Morecambe Bay.

The coming of the Railways and the antics of the Navies are covered in great detail.




The cost of this book is £5 and the size of the pdf document is 2787KB

Reviews: On the Banks of the River Lune 1801 to 1840

Lancaster Guardian - 10 Jan 1997

David and Linda's painstaking research is grouped under a number of headings designed to interest everyone from fishermen to railway enthusiasts.

Salmon poachers, anglers, navigation and shipping all get a special mention along with Glasson, Overton, Sunderland and Morecambe Bay Railway.

There are accounts of 2000 skaters making their way from Skerton to Hornby without having to leave the river during an exceptionally cold winter and tales of carriages making the notoriously dangerous journey across Morecambe Bay Sands.

Human tragedy is also recorded in the chapter "Drownings in the River."

Songs and poems about the Lune are included in the book, as are readers' letters written in the flowery language of the day.

The Westmorland Gazette - 14 March 1997

Some things survive the passage of time: The book is a compilation of newspaper reports from the old Lancaster Gazette which give a 19th century viewpoint on subjects like the weather, poaching, fishing and even the property market.

All the reports focus on the area around the Lune, which flows from north of Tebay, passes Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale and flows through Hornby and Lancaster before emerging into Morecambe Bay.

It took Linda two years to write and research the project. She spent her mornings in Lancaster Library using a microfiche reader to look at newspapers from the period. Her husband, David, helped to compile the illustrations which come from a 19th century fishing manual.

On the Banks of the River Lune is packed with unusual snippets of information. For example, a cutting from January 7, 1822 reads:

"Lately a trout was caught by Mr Thomas Kirk, jun., of Middleton, near Kirkby Lonsdale, which on being opened, was found to contain two dormice."

There is also news of the porpoise hunt on the river in 1840 and the 'fisherdog' belonging to John Rawlinson of Cartmel, which captured salmon on Lancaster Sands.

Also Reviewed in Lancashire Life Magazine March 1997

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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