Over sixty years  after taking his first photographs of daily life in his home village Alan Taylor, now 83, is as committed as ever to preserving and sharing the history of Lymm. And this week a year long project comes to fruition with the publication of a new book,  “Historic Lymm in Colour". It’s a collection of close on 300 images that Alan has meticulously restored and coloured to bring the distant past  into the present.  Some, like the photograph from around 1902 of “H” (Lymm) company of the Cheshire Rifle Volunteers,  needed extensive research to ensure the uniforms were correct in every detail. The result is stunning, with many people finding it hard to believe that they are looking at a picture that was taken 120 years ago. ( See below.) 

The book also  includes pictures from many other sources, a large number of which of which have never previously been published. And every picture tells its own story, with the narrative provided by his regular collaborator, Alan Williams. It really is a unique contribution to the heritage of the village that belongs in the home of anyone who has any interest in  Lymm's story. 

Historic Lymm in Colour  goes on sale on Friday November 19th. 

It will be available at Lymm Heritage Centre 1 Legh St Lymm WA13 0DA. 

It will also be on sale at Lymm Post Office and  at Ruby & Harry's on Bridgewater St. 

Price £15  - great value for the size, content and high quality finish.

A limited edition luxury, hardback version will be available from November 23rd at £25.

All profits to our registered charity 1164961 to help sustain the Centre.   

You can also buy online at


You can see more photographs of old Lymm, including many by Alan Taylor at THELYMMARCHIVE.CO.UK 


LEFT Alan learning the ropes in the 1950s. 

ABOVE Putting the finishing touches to the restoration and colouring of a 120 year old photogragh of Boer War volunteers from Lymm and their comrades.  


As well as Alan Taylor's own photographs and his collection there are contributions from many other local people and organisations including Cheshire Record Office and, surprisingly, the Lancashire Archive.  It was here that one of the Heritage Centre volunteers,  Jackie Cooling,  stumbled across a small collection of glass slides dating back to World War One.

The pictures ( an example is shown below)  show the Watkin family, local gentry, who lived at Dane Bank House. The sons are home on leave from the war and pose in front of a canalside cottage that has been long since demolished.  What is particularly striking is that the pictures have been carefully hand-coloured,  increasing their impact and somehow bringing the viewer closer to the subject.

One of that collection is shown above.


A few more examples from Historic Lymm in Colour.

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