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INAUGURAL MEETING JANUARY 16th 2010


From Pilling to Warton and from Blackpool to Garstang a good deal of research is being done across the Fylde which would be of great interest to all local historians in the area, but currently there is no system for liaising and communicating between the Local History Societies or between Local Historians.
Peter and Maureen Shakeshaft and Christine Storey arranged a meeting to which they invited all like minded local historians in the Fylde in order to consider how links could be forged and the results of research shared.

Dr Alan Crosby spoke to over 50 local historians who took up the invitation to attend the inaugural meeting of the Fylde History Network in Staining Village Hall on Saturday January 16th 2010.

But – where are boundaries of the Fylde? Is Over Wyre part of the Fylde? In the Domesday Survey Amounderness stretched as far east as Ribchester.

Dr Alan Crosby, the guest speaker, spoke about the Fylde as a distinct and significant area of Lancashire, from the first use of the name ‘Amounderness’ in the 10th century to the world-wide significance of the rise of Blackpool in the 19th and 20th, addressing both the historic isolation of the area and the links between its local communities. As he spoke, he touched on potential topics for research which might appeal to local historians in the Fylde.

Peter Shakeshaft led the discussions which followed, encouraging local historians to consider setting up a Local History Society in their area where none existed.

Refreshments gave people an opportunity for chatting and for browsing the selection of Fylde books, pictures and documents on Bob Dobson’s stall.

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The FYLDE HISTORY NETWORK
in partnership with
THE LANCASHIRE LOCAL HISTORY FEDERATION
OCTOBER 16th 2010

‘ST ANNE’S ON THE SEA – The Opal of the West’

Dr ALAN CROSBY –
Monarchs of all they surveyed? The Clifton family and Lytham 1600 – 1900

PETER SHAKESHAFT –
St Anne’s on the Sea – The first twenty-five years

Guided walk around St Anne’s using the new Town Trail led by members of the Lytham St Anne’s Civic Society.

FRANK KILROY
The Wreck of the Mexico – an account of the lifeboat disaster of 1886

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The FYLDE HISTORY NETWORK
STAINING VILLAGE HALL
MARCH 2011

LOCAL HISTORY CONFERENCE

Mike Coyle
War Memorials

Margaret Croker
Windmills

Dick Gillingham
The early development of Fleetwood

Christine Storey
New research on Poulton

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The FYLDE HISTORY NETWORK
in association with
THE LANCASHIRE LOCAL HISTORY FEDERATION
&
The HISTORIC SOCIETY of LANCASHIRE & CHESHIRE

SATURDAY OCTOBER 22nd 2011

MANORIAL COURT RECORDS
To mark the holding of the first Manorial Court by the Clifton family

The conference was opened by Mr James Hilton Lord of the Manor of Lytham pictured here enjoying lunch

Peter Shakeshaft
Lytham Manorial Court 1611- 2011

Dr Bill Shannon
The Prior of Lytham’s Map of 1531 & other early dispute maps of Lancashire

Choice of two Guided walks around St Anne’s

Colin Penny
Life in Lancaster Gaol in 1811

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The FYLDE HISTORY NETWORK
in partnership with
THE LANCASHIRE LOCAL HISTORY FEDERATION
& THE LANCASHIRE PLACE NAME SURVEY

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3rd 2012

LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION

Bruce Jackson County Heritage Manager –
An introduction to the Lancashire Place Name Survey

Dr Alan Crosby –
Place Names and Landscape in medieval North Lancashire

Dr Sarah Rose –
Lancashire Manorial Records

Dr Mike Winstanley –
Lord Burleigh’s Map of Lancashire

Peter Shakeshaft –
Freckleton – History through its Street Names and Field Names

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The Conferences were well known for the delicious buffet lunches

Until their retirement, the catering was by Childs of St Anne’s.

Latterly it was provided by Ma Baker’s of Westby

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The FYLDE HISTORY NETWORK

     In partnership with The Lancashire Local History Federation

SATURDAY OCTOBER 18th 2014 in St Anne’s on the Sea

     ‘450 YEARS OF EDUCATION IN THE FYLDE’

Dr Mike Winstanley

Senior Lecturer Lancaster University  

‘Educating the Masses – schooling in Lancashire 1818-1918’

Barrie Stacey

Headmaster Kirkham Grammar School 1991 – 2002   

‘The History of Kirkham Grammar School’

Helen Unsworth  

Archivist AKS  

‘Arnold, Edward and Mary – an Independent School archive’

Peter Shakeshaft

 Fylde History Network

‘Aspects of education in the parishes ofKirkham and Lytham 1683 – 1891’

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THE FYLDE HISTORY NETWORK
In partnership with the Lancashire Local History Federation

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7th 2015

STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL
Poverty and Society in Lancashire 1630 – 1900

The speakers
Dr. Jonathan Healey
Lecturer in English and Social History – Kellogg College, University of Oxford

Dr. Michael Winstanley
Senior Lecturer (retired) – University of Lancaster

Dr Alan Crosby
Honorary Research Fellow Lancaster & Liverpool Universities, Editor ‘The Local Historian’

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The FYLDE HISTORY NETWORK
In partnership with the Lancashire Local History Federation

SATURDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2016

TUDOR LANCASHIRE – DISPUTES and DEBATES

Dr. Alan Crosby
Tudor Lancashire: an overview of its society,
landscape and economy

Dr. Alan Crosby
Out with the old, in with the new … or perhaps not?
Faith and belief in Tudor Lancashire

Dr Bill Shannon
Staining Carr, the Abbot of Whalley
and the Pilgrimage of Grace

Dr. Michael Winstanley
Was Shakespeare in Lancashire?
The strange case of John Cottom of
St Michael’s on Wyre, Stratford schoolmaster

An excellent lunch gives an opportunity to browse the stalls and discuss the conference topics.

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THE FYLDE HISTORY NETWORK

In partnership with the

Lancashire Local History Federation

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4TH  2017

WARP AND WEFT FROM COTTAGE TO MILL

Peter Shakeshaft

Local history author and co-founder of the Fylde History Network

The Village of Freckleton:

four centuries of linen and cotton production

Dr Alan Crosby

Honorary Research Fellow Lancaster & Liverpool Universities, Editor  ‘The Local Historian’

The early decades of the cotton industry in Preston:

building and fitting out the mills

Prof Geoff Timmins

Emeritus Professor, University of Central Lancashire

After the handloom weavers:

changes in the mid-Ribble Valley economy in the late Victorian Period

Dr Michael Winstanley

Senior Lecturer (retired) University of Lancaster

‘Life and work in the Victorian cotton town’

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THE FYLDE HISTORY NETWORK
partnership with the Lancashire Local History Federation

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3RD 2018

‘THE MAKING OF LANCASHIRE’

Rachel Newman
‘Expect the Unexpected: the contribution of recent development-led archaeology to
our understanding of the past’

Dr Alan Crosby
‘Creating a county: the emergence of Lancashire 700-1200’

Dr William Shannon
‘The Chancery Court of the Duchy of Lancaster at Westminster in the 16th and 17th Centuries’

Dr Michael Winstanley
‘Who did Lancaster Castle belong to c.1698 – 1930?’