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

Scotforth Village 1801 to 1845

Researched by Linda Moorhouse

71 pages of A4 - 45,882 words


  • History of Scotforth Parish
  • Miscellaneous Events regarding Scotforth
  • Sales of Land and Estates
  • Burrow Estate 1846
  • Scotforth Estate 1834
  • Plan of Scotforth Estate
  • 1841 census for Scotforth Parish
  • View from Scotforth Road



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EXAMPLE of book:

21st October 1820
On Wednesday evening last, as James Parker, of Dolphinholme, was assisting in driving some sheep home from Lancaster fair, being a little on the other side of Scotforth, where the road is very wide and level, and there is a good footpath, he, walking in the hollow close to the path, the sheep being upon it on the right side of the road, and a cart of Mr Hall’s of Forton, being a few yards behind him, drawn up pretty close to the same side, in order to allow sufficient room to pass on the off side, a man of the name of James Hayes, came driving along, apparently at gallop, and instead of passing Mr Hall’s cart on the proper side, where there was abundance of space, he took the near side of the road; by so doing the cart shaft knocked down Parker, and the wheels passing over his head, fractured his skull in a most dreadful manner; he, however, lived till Friday about two o’clock, and was pretty sensible till within a short time of his death.
An inquest was held on Saturday before John Gardner Esq. the Coroner, when the above facts being proved, the Jury found a verdict, that he was killed by the furious driving of James Hayes.
The remains of the poor man were followed to the grave, at Cockerham, on Sunday, by his wife and seven children, accompanied by a numerous concourse of people The above mode of driving, on a public road, is of itself a very great offence, and subjects the offender to fine and imprisonment; and it is much to be lamented, that the law is not more frequently put in force against such misconduct.

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