History in the Making

History in the Making

The Leyland Historical Society recently celebrated the 50th Anniversary of their first meeting held at the Parish Institute, Leyland Methodist Church, Turpin Green Lane on 1st July 1968.

The events included an “At Home” day where Society members and Lancashire Local History Federation were given talks, lunch, guided Fishwicks bus trip and walks around Leyland. This was followed by two special talks, the first on Codebreakers and Bletchley Park, the second given by Dr David Starkey on “Henry VIII and the first Brexit”.

For seven weeks the Society had a temporary Heritage Centre on Hough Lane which attracted over 1600 visitors to see the various display boards which used to feature in the Craft Tent at the old Leyland Festival and later Craft & Local Societies Fair from 1994 until 2008. It was a great opportunity to celebrate the last 50 years and attract new members to the Society.

The Society also used the Heritage Centre to speak to the people of Leyland and their families and friends to help us add to the database of Leyland and Farington workers, be it Leyland Motors, Leyland & Birmingham Rubber Works, BTR, Baxters, Leyland Paints, the four cotton mills, gold thread works, bleach works, or any other factories or workshop.

Leyland Rubber Works 1900 colour print

As the factories have all but disappeared from the Leyland skyline, it is a race against time to record what the people remember about working in all the Leyland and Farington factories. The aim is to record their memories for future generations making them available to the local museums, libraries, colleges and schools in the form of CD, video and publications.

The Society has produced an updated and expanded second edition of “The Industrial Heritage of Leyland & Farington” book which will be given free to all those who provide memories.

Would you be prepared to let the Society record your memories as we document the working life of the people of Leyland? Telephone the chairman on 01772 641604 or go to the Society’s website www.leylandhistoricalsociety.co.uk  and click on the green button where you can submit your details or just email peter@leylandhistoricalsociety.co.uk

Submitted by Peter Houghton, Chair Leyland Historical Society