Local history group

Local history-speakers – March to August 2018

Venue:     Lydiate village hall, Lambshear lane, lydiate, L31 2LA
Time:      2pm and 4pm.
Date:      1st. Tuesday of the month. £2-00 including refreshments.

March 6th  Mr. Ken Pye  “beer, bails and boozers”
Fun stories from some of Liverpool cities most fascinatng pubs.

April 3rd   Mr. Ray Obrian – Merseyside entertainers from both sides of the river-charts the background of stars such as Ken Dodd, Arthur Askey, Leonard Rossitor and Patricia Rutledge.

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Local History

Important notice to all group members

From April 4th 2017 we will be moving to

Lydiate Village Centre on a Tuesday

Future talks:

March 13  Mr. Charlie Southern Part 2 on Liverpool shops  (St. Andrews)

April 4th    Mr. Bill Sergeant – World war 1 nurses

May 2nd    Mrs. Diane Cox – Liverpool women pioneers

Old Soldier’s story

Cliff Duncan has written an absorbing account of his time on National Service with the RAF in the 1950’s. It has been published  and can be viewed on line – see link below. Alternatively Duncan has one or to typed copies which he is prepared to lend interested members. It is a fascinating account of  a life changing experience. You can read how Cliff was a key man in the evacuation of Khartoum after the crisis of 1955 and how he commandeered the queen’s temporary throne at the El Adem RAF base!

Cliff  pictured with his book which you can read  online here.

Well worth a read, whether you suffered National Service yourself or just wonder what you missed. DK


Local History

For February ONLY we will meet on Tuesday 7th due to a clash of dates.

February topic will be ‘The history of Liverpool cow-keepers’ presented by David Joy.

Subsequent meetings will be on the 2nd Monday monthly.

March 13th – Mr. Charlie Southern will continue with part 2 ‘brand names and history of Liverpool, Walton and Maghull shops’

Entrance is £1.50

Lydiate’s people


Lydiate's People CD

Lydiate’s People CD

Family History Group

Family History Group

For those who do not know it Lydiate is a village set in the rich arable farmlands lying between Liverpool, Southport and the Western Pennines.  For those who do know Lydiate the CD, which we have just published, will  be of great interest particularly anyone interested in family history. This unique CD is the fruit  of several years work researched by the  members of our Family History group. Using various websites and microfiche sources we have downloaded from the censuses between the years 1841  and 1871 the details of every inhabitant of Lydiate. Continue reading

Liverpool’s Children in the 1950s

Two years ago Pam Russell, an enthusiastic member of our Local History Group and president of the Maghull & Lydiate Local History Society,  appealed to u3A members for help with a new book she was working on Liverpool’s Children in the 1950s. The book has now been published and is available in all good bookshops and on Amazon, including a Kindle edition. Continue reading

Angus Tilston MBE

Angus Tilston MBE, LIverpool author, film maker and local historian who was  awarded the MBE for services to the Historical Film Industry in the North West was the  distinguished speaker at our meeting earlier this month when he entertained us with a fascinating  talk on aspects of Merseyside during the 20th Century. Many members with an interest in Liverpool history will probably have at least one of his DVD’s but there is much more information available in film and video archives which you can access below.