Interest and History Links
note that these links open in a new window
into broad geographical areas, but make sure to try
the excellent Britsh
History Online and A
Vision of Britain.
Falkirk and Linlithgow
and Around Tameside
and description of the town and parish of Ashton-under-Lyne
in the country of Lancaster and the village of Dukinfield
Written in 1823 by James Butterworth, this is history
is available at Google Books.
During the 1840s, more than 70,000 people subscribed
to the land company in the hope that they would
be allocated land on one of the colonies of smallholdings
established by the Chartist movement to rehouse
industrial workers. This site lists over 1,000 Ashton
names plus occupations and addresses in 1847.
A contemporary description from the Salford Hundred.
A history of public transport in Ashton from 1902
One of only two Grade I listed buildings in the
Plans and history.
Contemporary and historic information on the town,
including old maps showing the workhouse.
Local History Society
Information and images past and present.
Fairfield Moravian Settlement
Fairfield was planned and built by its own people
and was a self-contained, self-sufficient and self-governed
Excellent free museum on the social history of Ashton,
based in the renovated Victorian warehouse.
of Cheshire Police
The museum of the force formed in 1856.
A collection of digital images created from original
material -photographs, slides, negatives etc - held
at the Cheshire Record Office and in Cheshire libraries.
Resources for Disley, Lyme Handley, Taxal and Whaley
The Marple Website
The community web site for Marple in Cheshire.
A history of the Peak Forest Canal and the restoration
of the locks and aqueduct.
Stockport Heritage Trust is a charity set up in
1987 to promote and encourage the regeneration of
Roll of Honour
Searchable database of the men from Denton wounded
or killed in WWI.
Local History Society
The society exists to research, record,
preserve, display and publish memories, memorabilia,
buildings and town of the people of Denton.
A history of mining in Denton.
From Tameside Council.
West Derbyshire Sources
Censues, parish register, hearth tax, jury and directory.
Captured on film, like the
demolition of Oxford Street, the Queen
Mill, or Parliament
Street in the 1950s, take your pick.
The original Sunday School opened in 1829 and the
chapel in 1840. Site includes a history.
This site is dedicated to the Great Central carriage
and wagon works at Dukinfield. Opened in 1910 on
a 30 acre site situated close to the main line from
Manchester to London. The site opened with lots
of new machinery plus some old ones from Gorton
Works. When opened it was one of the most modern
An alphabetical index of letters sent to Elizabeth
Hannah Kenyon, Mayor of Dukinfield from soldiers
serving in the First World War kept at Tameside
Local Studies Library.
The entry for Dukinfield.
The Dukinfield branch of the Family History Society
A history of the building.
Photos of Dukinfield
Warning, slow loading images.
I hope I don't offend anyone by rolling Gloosop
in with Tameside!
Combines Glossop and Longdendale.
Primarily a residents' site but with historical
and other information.
Ancient Parish of Glossop
The Book of Glossop by Hanmer & Winterbottom
plus a bibliography.
Gateway to Kinder
The Hayfield Parish website with historical
Field Church, Hyde
A history of the church long connected to the Ashton
if Hyde and District
Published on Google Books.
Contemporary photos of Hyde.
Photos of Hyde
A regularly updated blog of photos of Hyde.
Information about Mottram-in-Longdendale.
A history about this fondly remembered district,
which was demolished in the 1960s. Castle Hall was
fairly typical of the small communities of low-cost
housing consisting of rows of terraced houses that
sprang up in the mill-towns of East Lancashire.
Includes a history
of the town.
Useful guide to the waterways in the area,
including a virtual
tour of the Ashton
Local and Family History
Gay Oliver's excellent site with lots of useful
resources, including trade directories, historical
descriptions and much more.
A visitor attraction at Ashton Town Hall that
traces the history of Tameside from Celtic times
to the present day and named after the tribe who
originally lived here. It includes a family history
centre where experts from Manchester University
will help you get started.
The Tameside Local History Forum was established
in January 2000 to increase public awareness and
use of all the elements of local history throughout
the Borough. The site includes the online
A comprehensive list of Tameside related links.
Local Studies Library
If your interests lie in the Tameside area, a visit
to the Local Studies Library in Stalybridge is highly
recommended. You will find extremely helpful and
knowledgeable staff and a wide range of resources.
This website outlines what is available. A Tameside
bibliography is available as a PDF.
Also see important
dates in Tameside, the Manchester
Regiment, the regiments involvement in the Boer
War and memories
The Tameside photo archive has more than 12,000
photos with a searchable database. Prints can be
Burials and Cremations
The local authority is gradually putting all its
burial and cremation records as a searchable database
on the web.
A searchable database of memorials in Tameside.
Alternatively, try 'Carl's
Cam' photos for genealogists' with names in
Lots of information about Tameside, town by town.
Another useful Manchester and surrounding area resource.
Try the maps
and the local historical
Excellent contemporary images of the Greater Manchester
area and articles. In particular, see the explanation
of place names.
Photos of Manchester
The Central Library has a collection of 80,000 photos
of Manchester available in digitised form. Others
can be ordered from this site.
Manchester County Records Office
The office store historical records relating to
the Greater Manchester area, and to make them available
for members of the public for research. There are
now some 4 miles of shelving of records, which date
back to 1197.
Part of the site dedicated to ex-pats. Includes
historical information, webcams,
and videos about parts of the conurbation.
The BBC's local website includes the Voices Project,
mainly about Levenshulme at the moment. Also webcams
The city council's guide to using the library for
family history research.
A local history site that includes sections on White
City Amusement Park, Belle
Vue and memories of Longsight.
The monastery of St
Francis in Gorton is Manchester's Taj Mahal
accoring to World
Monuments Fund. Also see Buildings
Those whose family research takes them
into Manchester often find references to Manchester
Royal Infirmary. The hospital began in a small
house on Garden Street, off Withy Grove, in
1752, was later found in what
is now Piccadilly Gardens before moving to its
present site on Oxford Road. The MRI celebrated
its 250th anniversary in 2002 and this site
gives details of its history and photos.
of Science & Industry in Manchester
Situated in the oldest passenger railway buildings
in the world, the Museum tells the story of the history,
science and industry of Manchester - the world's first
Friedrich Engels observations on Manchester in 1844.
Site developed for the Commonwealth Games, but includes
This well-known landmark on Hyde Road Gorton, has
been around since 1703. Robert Siddall's has examples
of his collection of memorabilia, including a short
Local History Society
The Local History Group is provided by the Varna Adult
Education Centre, Manchester. Members research of
the history of Gorton and Openshaw and surrounding
Genealogical information about the Salford Hundred.
Various pages about Lancashire past and present, including
some surname origins and a few church websites.
Association of Change Ringers
Bell-ringing was and is an important aspect of church
life. This site provides more campanology information
in north west England.
Sad to say, George Formby is a big part of my past
— b/w films on the BBC on a Sunday, but they
were pretty good. This site commemorates some of
George's best songs in MIDI format, although not
quite true to the original. Hey, and I believe George
was born and scratched an early living in Ashton.
County Cricket Club
What is better than a day at Old Trafford when the
sun is shining, as it often does in Manchester (don't
believe the publicity)
A good site for those who have lost sight of their
Lancashire roots and dialect! (Hear it online).
"Don't' preich at me. Ah don't apologise for
meself an' Ah don't need anybody else to apologise
for me. My past is one o' high endeavour an' no
heeltaps. Yours is full o' inhibitions. Don't do
this an' don't do that. Yo' cannot knit a full life
o' negatives. If ever Ah get to heaven, Ah'll fly
theer on positives."
Great quote - sounds like my g-grandad, Jack Prestwich!
Derek Stanton's lanky dialect site includes a dictionary
Yard by Samuel Laycock.
of Real Lancashire
Not strictly a genealogy link, more a statement
of independence of the Lancashire mind!
Local History Society
Founded in 1981 for those with an interest in Falkirk's
history and generally in East Stirlingshire.
Another history from Falkirk Online,
The entry for Falkirk.
Battle of Falkirk
The defeat of William Wallace by Edward I on July
Michael is Kind to Strangers
The motto of Linlithgow, ironic that in my family
history two St Michael and All Angels should play
The entry for Linlithgow.