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Aug 2010

Tue 10 Aug 2010
Charles Singleton
 the Civil War in Lancashire

Charles Singleton has been the House Manager at Rufford Old Hall for 3 ˝ years. He traced his interest in the Civil War back to having watched the Sealed Knot at Hoghton Tower in the 1970s.

He explained Lancashire’s population, religion, agriculture and politics at the outbreak of war in 1642. The causes of war, both national and local, were explained along with the major players on both Royalist and Parliamentarian sides.

Lancashire, Charles said, was the first place in the country that took up arms and was also the last place to lay them down. It was also the place where some of the major battles and sieges took place too. This was aided by the use of maps that illustrated the conflicts and their dates.

Charles Singleton with the canon ball he found near York.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine

The conflict in Lancashire for the first 2 years was confined to locally based forces. It was only in 1644 that the conflict widened by the arrival of Prince Rupert of the Rhine and his forces to retake the north for the Royalists. He was a consummate professional who organised the military and economy. Prince Rupert led a trail of battles through Lancashire, which led him to the Battle of Marston Moor, near York in July 1644. This led in turn to the Parliamentarian march into Lancashire, which led to the end of the Royalist cause there apart from the siege of Lathom Hall of 1644-45.

Charles concluded his talk with his thoughts on why the Lancashire Royalists failed. Finally, he produced a 17th century 12lb cannon that, he said, was found near York. This, and his talk in general, generated plenty of questions, which rounded off an enjoyable evening.

Sat 07 Aug 2010
Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society
Annual Celebration of Family History

The society was invited along to the Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society’s (LFHHS) 6th Annual Celebration of Family History. It was held at Astley Hall on Saturday 7 August. Its primary aim is for family historians to meet with representatives from the major Lancashire family research organisations.

However, our society, not primarily interested in family history, readily accepts its repeated invitation to the event. Its growing popularity is reflected in the fact that other historical societies, Leyland and Brindle, were making their respective debuts.

There were about 10 stands present, which were housed in both the Coach House and Astley Hall. We were installed in the Hall together with Brindle Historical Society and The Chorley Pals stands.

We provided a stand with a photographic display. It included some of the projects and outings that we have been involved in over the years right up to July’s Bank Hall visit.

Right from the event’s start at 11am a steady flow of visitors made their way into the event. Visitors to our stand showed particular interest in the projects and outings that we have been involved in.

However, 5 well attended talks were also part of the event and these took place in the Hall’s entrance hall. These included titles as ‘Ancestral Sources’ and ‘Finding Grandma’.

The organisers declared the day a big success with approximately 400 people taking time out of their weekend to visit the event.

Thanks to Peter and Judith Robinson, Joan and Kevin Dickinson and Kath Purnell for taking time to take their turns to ‘man’ the stand and support the event.