Morecambe nostalgia: BFI archives

For this week’s Looking Back we have delved into the British Film Institute’s archives.

Vale of Lune 1947.

Lancaster nostalgia: Vale of Lune

Local historian Terry Ainsworth has shared this picture of the Vale of Lune.

This writing box is in pristine condition and very unusual

Perfect writing box in pristine condition

This week a regular customer to the antiques centre came in asking me to value a beautiful writing box that had once been his father’s.

Haymaking, High Meadow, Thornbush Farm, Roeburndale, and (inset) circa 1947, from left: Maurice Preece (father), Arthur Hargreaves (visiting helper), Lawrence Preece (son). Arthur Hargreaves demanded a prompt start after tea break and lunch stating: Theres a lot of work to be done so lets get on with it. However, after the evening meal he was exhausted and had to take to his bed, being near a state of collapse. The following morning, the weather being inclement, he decided to return home and was never seen again in the hay field.

Lancaster nostalgia: Thornbush Farm

In a collection of farming memories Wray historian DAVID KENYON takes us on a journey through the Roeburndale West Valley to Back Farm. This week he looks at Thornbush Farm.

A 1963 4 door saloon Morris Minor which is touring the UK

Why this cult classic still rules the roads

Forty five years after the last Morris Minor rolled off the production line the car remains a cult classic loved by motorists everywhere . Steve Rose, secretary of the Lancashire branch of the Morris Minor Owners Club, explains the enduring passion of the icon of the road.
War veteran Ken Hill

Snakes, flying bullets and malaria couldn’t keep war hero down

From Dunkirk to India via Sri Lanka and Burma, World War Two veteran Ken Hill has lived through numerous traumatic experiences but always come out fighting. Here he tells his story for the first time
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Freehold United FC - 1947-48 winners of the E G Smith Cup. Names of players only: middle row from left, Eric Salter (reserve goalkeeper), Colin Barker, Raymond Troughton, Donald Rutherford and Alan Baines. Front row from left, Ronald Parkinson, Frank Parkinson, Ken Topsy Irving (captain), Owen Westwood and Eddie Redhead.
Kneeling on the ground from left, Gordon Simpson and Jack Tiger Wilkinson.

Lancaster nostalgia: a referee you looked up to

Local historian Terry Ainsworth pays tribute to Eric Salter.

Lord Wimarleigh - John Wilson-Patten

Parishioners unravel history of Winmarleigh’s first and last Lord

It started out as a village celebration. This year marks 140 years since St Luke’s Church in Winmarleigh was consecrated in 1876.

Thousands of people pass Paley's building in Caton Road every day in their cars.

Lancaster nostalgia: Standfast & Barracks

Who would think that the man who designed a Lancaster cathedral was also responsible for one of the city’s most thriving industrial sites? Here, Louise Bryning tells the story of the architect whose building has inspired Behind The Wall, the first project by Mirador, a locally based company using art to interpret the region’s heritage in a fun and imaginative way.

A reconstructed view of Penny Street Station by David Vale.

Nostalgia: Lancaster and Preston railway

Dr Andrew White takes us on a journey through the Lancaster and Preston railway.

Skerton Old Boys, 1962-63, in their dressing room at Chorley. 
Back row from left, Jack Bateson, Terry Young, Jimmy Atkinson, Ken Bleasdale and Dave Carney. Front row from left, Geoff Beard, David Akister, Dave Howard, Stuart Winter, Stuart Grimshaw and Maurice Vickers.

Skerton picture was taken at half time

Local football historian Terry Ainsworth has shared an unusual photograph this week of Skerton Old Boys club from 1962-63.

Oysters stall in Morecambe. Taken from Morecambe Bay on Film, NWFA.

Nostalgia: Morecambe Bay life caught on film

During one of Morecambe’s busiest weekends there will be a chance to delve through rare film archives which show a nostalgic view of the bay.

James Leytham was one of rugby's first superstars

Tragic death of Lancashire's first sporting superstar

August 20 marks the 100th anniversary of the tragic death of a man dubbed Lancashire’s first sporting superstar. Jessica Hay reports

Bob Braithwaite receives his gold medal at Mexico Olympics in 1968

Olympic great conquered the world from a farm in Lancashire

With Great Britain enjoying a gold rush at the Rio Olympics it seems long time since the 1968 games when the nation collected just 13 medals. Among the few success stories of the Mexico games was Lancastrian Bob Braithwaite. Louise Busfield reports.

It looks like a struggle for this little lad trying to persuade his calf to move it at the 1984 Royal Lancashire Show

History of the Royal Lancashire Show

The Royal Lancashire Show gets underway today, John Grimbaldeston looks at how the event became established in local life.

The Friends of the Judges Lodgings in Lancaster are forming a plan to take over the running of the museum.

Judgement day looms for Lancaster museum

A rescue bid has been launched to save the Judges’ Lodgings museum.

Western Apollo II in Heysham Harbour in 1981. Pictures by Paul Coxhill.

Looking Back: Rig look at Heysham Harbour

These pictures show the Western Apollo II in Heysham Harbour in 1981.

1909 Lancaster Harriers v Sutton Harriers.

Lancaster nostalgia: Skerton Harriers

A change of sport for local football historian Terry Ainsworth who goes back to January 9 1909 to feature a combined team of Lancaster Primrose, Friends and Skerton Harriers when they met Sutton Harriers and Athletic Club over an eight-and-a-half-mile course through Scotforth to Thurnham, returning along Cockerham Road to the Lancaster Royal Infirmary.

Garstang Show in 1978

History of the Garstang Show

Garstang Show has been a highlight of Lancashire’s life for more than 200 years, John Grimbaldeston looks back at the event’s early years.
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a Sunday congregation at Roeburndale Methodist Chapel, circa 1946. Back row (left to right): Nellie Preece, William Woodhouse. Third row: Jane Mashiter, May Woodhouse, Margaret Mashiter. Second row: Helen Woodhouse with baby Derek Lord, Dorothy Preece, Mary Woodhouse with baby Tom Preece. 
Front row: Mary Lord, Jean Lord, Isaac Woodhouse, Joseph Woodhouse.

Lancaster Nostalgia: a Wray chapel

In a collection of farming memories Wray historian David Kenyon takes us on a journey through the Roeburndale West Valley to Back Farm. This week David looks at Roeburndale Methodist Chapel.

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