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 Diary of William Stout 1665 to 1752

Researched by Linda Moorhouse

75 pages of A4


  • The Diary
  • Local people mentioned in the Diary
  • Marriages mentioned in the Diary
  • Historical Events 1665-1752
  • Old Lancaster Warehouses pre 1750
  • Plan of Lancaster 1610
  • John Stout (1763-1846)
  • Lancaster census 1784

WILLIAM STOUT, the author of this diary, was born in March 1665 at Bolton-le-Sands and died 15th January 1752. He became a successful tradesman and merchant in the town and port of Lancaster. Through his connection with Henry Coward, his master, he converted to the Quaker religion and throughout his life was involved in the day to day affairs of the Meeting. He was buried in the Friend's Burial Ground on the 19th January 1752. This diary was serialised in the Lancaster Gazette from 2 November 1850 to the 19th April 1851.

For further details on the significance of the Autobiography see the book
edited by J. D. Marshall for the William Stout Tercentenary Study Group entitled "The
Autobiography of William Stout of Lancaster 1665-1752."


The cost of this book is £4 and the size of the pdf document is 2617KB

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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