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Telling the story of Lancashire's past - a very small sample from the thousands of collections we hold. Each one, large or small, an important piece of the county's history.

Lancashire Courts of Quarter Sessions


The Quarter Sessions was not only the main body responsible for administering the justice system in the county, it also had a wide range of other responsibilities, including: repair of roads and bridges; construction and maintenance of county buildings; supervision of public and private lunatic asylums; licensing of public houses; supervision of the Poor Laws; the county militia; the police and setting the county rate.
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Lancashire Football Association 1878-1965

Five of the twelve founding clubs of the Football League were from Lancashire and this collection from the county's football association includes minutes 1878-1963, financial records, competition results and receipts, 1879/80-1964/65, registers of players fined or cautioned, 1953-1960s, press-cuttings 1931-1935
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Kenyon of Peel 1319-1960


One of our richest family collections, containing mainly 17th -19th century material, which provides insights into many areas of historical interest. It contains large quantities of correspondence, which documents the public roles held by family members as well as their personal lives; diaries, legal notebooks and briefs; accounts and estate records, including plans, rentals and documents of title
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Culshaw Papers, 1824-1960

This wonderful collection comprises just over six thousand items, most of which are architectural drawings or plans for buildings in Liverpool, the Wirral and other parts of the North West.
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W. and J. Foster Ltd., Preston, knitting-machine manufacturers


One of the many businesses represented in our holdings, this collection contains stock records, company accounts, publicity material and some personal papers of James Foster (including diaries).
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