Meeting Place: Westhoughton Library

Meetings take place on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month in the room above Westhoughton Library in a friendly and convivial atmosphere.

For those who are new to Westhoughton, the Library is situated at the side of the Town Hall in Library Street Post Code BL5  3AT.

Come along one Thursday morning between 10 and 12 to gain a fascinating insight into the life and times of yesteryear. Admission £1, which includes tea or coffee and a biscuit and time to meet others interested in our past.

All are welcome.


Welcome to the New Year


                                              Events in 2020

2 January      No Meeting

16 January    Review of year

                    A look back on what the History Group achieved in 2019, the walks, talks

                    plays, and exhibitions and the visits as well as the friends we have

                    welcomed and lost.

6 February     The White Lion - Victoria Coyle

                    Victoria has recently completed her Masters Degree in which she

                    researched Westhoughton’s oldest pub, The White Lion  

20 February   Animal Heroes - Graham Stirrup

                    A welcome return for Graham to tell us about the ways in which animals

                    served in both World Wars. A tribute to the remarkable roles they


5 March        A Bolton Journey - David Lloyd

                    David takes us down some of Bolton’s famous streets in a nostalgic


19 March       The Concise History of Coal Mining - Alan Davies

The following events were suspended following the Coronovirus Lockdown

2 April           The Staff of Life - David Tomlinson

                    The amazing story of Warburtons by the former technical director of

                    Warburtons. This is a light-hearted morning tracing the origins of

                    Warburton’s bread.

16 April        A visit to Vietnam - Phil Wood

                   Committee member, Phil transports us to the other side of the world with

                   stories and photos of his recent visit to Vietnam

7 May           Midwifery - Linda Sawley

                    Linda has entertained us several times and today returns with tales of

                    midwifery in years gone by

21 May          Visit - venue to be confirmed

4 June           Ancient Festival of Abram called the Morris Dance - Peter Bearon

                    Peter tells us about the History of the Abram Morris Dance from the 18th

                    century to today with the history associated with the Ground in Park Lane.

18 June        You always remember your Co-op Number : the amazing rise of the

                   People’s Own Shops - Dr Stephen Caunce

                   Dr Caunce returns to tell us the fascinating story of the rise of the Co-op            


2 July           The Lancashire Lodging House - Joseph O’Neil

                   Retired teacher Joseph talks about life in Lancashire Lodging Houses in the

                   19th century and their connection to criminality.

16 July        Courts, Crime and Constables - Marianne Howell

                   Marianne, chair of Lancashire Local History Federation returns to tell us

                   about the history of crime and punishment from the Romans onwards

                   telling us about the many gruesome and intriguing stories along the way.