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Welcome to LANCAT

LANCAT is the online catalogue for Lancashire Archives in Preston and the North West Sound Archive in Clitheroe.

It contains over 900,000 descriptions of archives which you can search by keyword using the 'Search' field above. You can also browse through collections by clicking the Reference Number in individual search results.

The 'Advanced Search' search field gives you more options, particularly that to limit your search to Lancashire Archives or North West Sound Archive.

By clicking on 'Showcase' you will find examples of the kind of collections held at Lancashire Archives, including some of the most significant, whilst the 'Image Gallery' enables you to see a very small sample of items from our holdings.

If you find details of something you want to see or hear, here's what to do:

Lancashire Archives

Please see the Visiting Us section for information on coming to Lancashire Archives, Copies of documents to request a copy or Enquiries and research to have someone research on your behalf. You can always contact Lancashire Archives if you cannot find a reference to what you are looking for, and think it is something we may have.

North West Sound Archive

You need to make an appointment to listen to material at the archive in Clitheroe. Copies of sound archives can be provided in most circumstances. Please contact the North West Sound Archive at if you want to explore these options.

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Edward Lipman Ltd., money lender

Edward Lipman Ltd., money lender

Edward Lipman was a German Jew born in 1878, who came to Britain in the early part of the 20th century. He appears to have undertaken a number of jobs, but by 1913 he had set up as a money lender, eventually running his company from 36 Guild Hall St Preston. The business quickly expanded, and by 1940 there were additional offices in Blackburn, Accrington and Warrington. The ledgers which we hold are of wide interest because they not only record financial information but also details about the individuals borrowing money. This can include occupation and salary, marital status and number of children, any financial assets including whether or not they own their home, and other circumstances which may have an impact on their situation such as illness or the loss of work.
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