FLIP BOOKS..  Just click the cover to leaf through the book 

These on-line books provide a friendly and engaging way to show documents, books etc on line in a format that comes as close as possible to the experience of leafing through a book in your hand. 

If you have a document, programme, souvenir, scrapbook or similar that you would like us to convert in this way we would be very pleased to receive it and get it back to you quickly. In return we would like to be able to share it with other through this page 

 

LYMM MAY QUEEN SOUVENIR PROGRAMME  

 MAY 27 1926 

 

A programme like this  gives us a valuable insight into the event itself, held on a Thursday but obviously on a huge scale - just look at the number of people involved in organisation. 

* The ads are arguably the most interesting part of the programme.  They could be used as part of a school project into how and why the village (and all villages) have developed and changed in the past hundred years.

* Helps to bring family history to life. How much more interesting to see these ads than just an entry on a census.

Digitised from the original programme donated by  Mr and Mrs  of Stockport. Mrs Potts' grandmother Winnie Yearsley was the May Queen that year 

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OUGHTRINGTON & BEECHWOOD ESTATE SALE 1911

The Dewhursts , cotton magnates lived at Beechwood Hall - roughly where Lymm rugby team now play - in a grand house for 50 years - You can still see the entrance gate on Crouchley Lane. They invested a huge amount in the village, provided land for the Grammar School, built roads, built St Peter's Church in Oughtrington, served as magistrates..provided land for the council offices. At one time they owned 1,500 acres of land in Lymm and Oughtrington ( including Oughtrington Hall).. but today all that remains is that arch on Crouchley Lane and a sadly dilapidated family grave at St Marys . .. They are not even remembered by a Dewhurst Close or a Dewhurst Park .. What they did leave us was an incredible snapshot of the village in 1911 when the whole estate was put up for auction.. You can see an extract of it here. The whole catalogue is over 100 pages. Several copies survive. We are grateful to Don Smith, now sadly desceased,  who gave us this copy on loan.

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ANNIE INGHAM - LYMM FIRST LADY COUNCILLOR

First elected as an Independent female councillor in 1925 onto a council dominated by Conservative and Liberal men Mr Ingham must have been quite a forceful character. her  By 1930 she was leader of the council.  Remember in those days it was Lymm Urban District Council, with its own gasworks, waterworks (hence the the Water Tower on Tower Lane) and its own staff including a Borough Surveyor and Inspector of Public Nuisances. 

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LYMM WESLEYAN SUNDAY SCHOOL CENTENARY 1903

Lymm has a strong non-conformist tradition with Methodists at the forefront of that.  Methodism was often associated with the working class, a new phenomenon in the new industrialised settlements. Sunday Schools were often the first thing to be established by a potential Methodist congregation and Lymm was no exception. The village was certainly predominantly agricultural in 1803 but would undergo rapid change over the following fifty years as fustian cutting became the dominant occupation. For many fustian Cutting  was seen as being associated with "moral decline" as  the nature of the industry - long working hours included - did much to damage the civilising fabric of family life.  Alcohol was seen as a particular problem and the Methodists  part of the group of churches that under the auspices of the Band of hope set up  the "Band of Hope " festival that later became the May Queen, as an entertainment and distraction from the evils of alcohol. Unfortunately within a few years of its starting the newspapers were reporting that the local pubs appeared to be the main beneficiaries !  

Thanks to Diane Thompson for this donation. 

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CYCLING - THE QUIET REVOLUTION 

Initially the preserve of well to do and adventurous gentlemen, at the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th cycling  became the great escape for masses of people. This chapter from the Wheels and the Water tells a little of that revolution and its impact on the village of Lymm, which felt the need to put an extra constable on duty on the weekend to try and exercise some control over the invading masses.  

The book is available here. 

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EVANS - CHEMIST & DRUGGIST 1866 Catalogue

When Isaac Evans opens his Chemist and Druggist shop at the Cross in 1865 he certainly "hit the ground running" producing a large Almanack for free distribution to his customers. Among the 32 pages of products .. many of his own concoction he seems to have offered cures and treatments for most known ailments whether they affected your horse, your cattle, your wife or your children. In addition to that he did a nice line in Tea and Butter, Knife Powder and Rat Poison. And if all else failed he was also an agent for Caledonian Life Insurance.  

A fascinating insight into what you might have expected to find on the shelves of a Lymm Chemists 150 years ago. 

Thanks to Andy Richardson for the loan of his copy so we could make this flipbook 

1937 CORONATION PROGRAMME - LYMM CELEBRATIONS

This is the last  coronation where most of the population weren't glued to a television. Towns and villages all over the country put on events and entertainments to celebrate the event in their own way.   Among the more eccentric (to our modern eyes) aspects of the event were a gift of two cwt of best coal to every unemployed man and woman, and a blindfold driving race where the gentleman was blindfolded next to a lady driver. 

Donor Anonymous... 

LOOK@LYMM - A SHORT WALK THROUGH HISTORY 

This booklet with its unique collection of twenty images  take the reader on a stroll through the centre of historic Lymm. Whether you take the trip from your armchair or do the actual walk its a great way to immerse yourself in a Lymm that is long disappeared. 

The actual booklet can be purchased at the centre for just £2.50 

LYMM & OUGHTRINGTON DIAMOND JUBILEE SPORTS  1897

June 22 was a very busy day with parades, communal singing, the cross was decorated as were all shops but theculmination of the day was the Jubillee Sports in the evening. Now for the first time we have acvquired a copy of the programme of events desrbied in a beautifully printed and embossed programme. 

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