Local Interest and History Links
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Sorted into broad geographical areas, but make sure to try the excellent Britsh History Online and A Vision of Britain.
Around Tameside




Falkirk and Linlithgow

In and Around Tameside

History 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.

Ashton in 1830
A contemporary description from the Salford Hundred.

Ashton Corporation Transport
A history of public transport in Ashton from 1902 - 1969.

Ashton Parish Church
One of only two Grade I listed buildings in the town.

Ashton Union Workhouse
Plans and history.

Contemporary and historic information on the town, including old maps showing the workhouse.

Fairfield Moravian Settlement

Fairfield was planned and built by its own people and was a self-contained, self-sufficient and self-governed village.

Portland Basin Museum
Excellent free museum on the social history of Ashton, based in the renovated Victorian warehouse.

History of Cheshire Police
The museum of the force formed in 1856.

Resources for Disley, Lyme Handley, Taxal and Whaley in Cheshire.

The Marple Website

The community web site for Marple in Cheshire.

Marple Locks
A history of the Peak Forest Canal and the restoration of the locks and aqueduct.

Stockport Heritage
Stockport Heritage Trust is a charity set up in 1987 to promote and encourage the regeneration of Stockport's heritage.

Denton Roll of Honour
Searchable database of the men from Denton wounded or killed in WWI.

Denton Colliery
A history of mining in Denton.

Denton History
From Tameside Council.

North West Derbyshire Sources

Censues, parish register, hearth tax, jury and directory.

Dukinfield on YouTube

Captured on film, like the demolition of Oxford Street, the Queen Mill, or Parliament Street in the 1950s, take your pick.

Kenyon Letters
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.

FHSC Dukinfield
The Dukinfield branch of the Family History Society of Cheshire.

Glossop Pages
I hope I don't offend anyone by rolling Gloosop in with Tameside!

Flowery Field Church, Hyde
A history of the church long connected to the Ashton family.

Annals if Hyde and District
Published on Google Books.

Old Photos of Hyde
A regularly updated blog of photos of Hyde.

Pennine Waterways
Useful guide to the waterways in the area, including a virtual tour of the Ashton Canal.

Tameside Local and Family History
Gay Oliver's excellent site with lots of useful resources, including trade directories, historical descriptions and much more.

History Alive Tameside
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 magazine.

Tameside links
A comprehensive list of Tameside related links.

Tameside 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.

Tameside War Memorials
A searchable database of memorials in Tameside. Alternatively, try 'Carl's Cam' photos for genealogists' with names in alphabetical order.


Old 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.

Greater 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.

Manchester Interactive
The BBC's local website includes the Voices Project, mainly about Levenshulme at the moment. Also webcams and 360° photos.

Manchester Central Library
The city council's guide to using the library for family history research.

Our Manchester
A local history site that includes sections on White City Amusement Park, Belle Vue and memories of Longsight.

Gorton Monastery
The monastery of St Francis in Gorton is Manchester's Taj Mahal accoring to World Monuments Fund.

Manchester Royal Infirmary
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.

Museum 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 industrial city.

Engels in Manchester
Friedrich Engels observations on Manchester in 1844.

Manchester 2002
Site developed for the Commonwealth Games, but includes historical information.

Genealogical information about the Salford Hundred.
Lancashire 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.

Lancashire 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)

The Lancashire Society
Preserving the spoken and written heritage of the county.
Red Rose

Friends of Real Lancashire
Not strictly a genealogy link, more a statement of independence of the Lancashire mind!

Falkirk and Linlithgow

Falkirk Local History Society
Founded in 1981 for those with an interest in Falkirk's history and generally in East Stirlingshire.

St Michael is Kind to Strangers
The motto of Linlithgow, ironic that in my family history two St Michael and All Angels should play a part.

The Battle of Falkirk
The defeat of William Wallace by Edward I on July 22, 1298.

The entry for Linlithgow.
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