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Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society

 
 
sys2546
Apr 2018
Some notes from the archives. Thanks to Joan and Doreen.

 


Thanks to James of St Laurence's Church Chorley for the amazing 100th birthday cake.
THE FORMATION OF CHORLEY AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
A meeting of persons interested in historical matters was held in the W.E.A. college building in Hollinshead Street Chorley, on Saturday afternoon 14th April 1918, when the Reverend C.T. Porteus was elected to preside.
Copy of objectives of Chorley & District Historical Society: Folk lore, deeds, documents etc.
It is not intended to hold numerous meetings, perhaps two or three a year. The present intention is to receive the stamp of each of the Townships around Chorley and Mr. Sharples has committed to lead the way

Interest in forming Chorley and District Historical Society
It was resolved that a Chorley & District Historical Society be formed.
The inaugural meeting to be held on Saturday 27th April 1918 in the W.E.A. College. Reverend C.T. Porteous B.A. B.D. presided.
Mr. Henry Brierley M.A. President of the Lancashire Authors Association and President of Lancashire Parish Registers Society, gave the address.
There was a large attendance. A discussion followed in which the President Cllr. R.T. Ditchfield and Mr. John Gregson and others took part.
Members in 1926: 17 current members - 9 didn’t renew their membership for unknown reasons, and a further 6 had died in the period since 1918. All listed
First year 1918 ANNUAL REPORT of Hon. Sec and members present at meeting and committee and committee selection.

Apr 27th 1918, the first meeting

ALDERMAN ASHTON DIED IN 1936. NO FURTHER RECORDS FOUND (as yet) REGARDING THE SOCIETY, BUT NO NOTICES THAT THE SOCIETY HAD BEEN DISBANDED EITHER.
October 11th 1946. Chorley Guardian - Lecture in St. Georges Church Institute by Cannon T.C. Porteus MA/BD, on ‘Old Chorley’. Chairman Rev. F. Singleton.
October 25th 1946 Chorley Guardian. Chorley & Dist. Historical Socy. Purpose of the reconstituting of the said society which has not been active for a number of years.
November 13th 1946. Chorley Guardian. Meeting Town Hall. Speaker – Mr. R. Sharpe France – of the County Record Office.
February 21st 1948 Canon Porteus now retiring details of all his past involvements - including Chorley & Dist. Hist. Socy.
Gap now to 1953/54 when Chorley Archaeological Society was formed.