Skelmersdale and Upholland Group Home
Welcome to the Skelmersdale and UpHolland group's home page. Within these pages you will find information relating to our group, where we meet, upcoming speakers and any projects we are carrying out.
The group meet at the Upholland Library Community Room, Hall Green , Upholland WN8 OPB on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Traditionally there are no meetings in July and August, please see our programme page for full details. The meetings will start at 7.30 p.m. Project work may well continue into July and August though not in the Community Centre.
New members are always welcome to any of our meetings and members are always willing to try and help break down a 'brick wall'.
For more details of upcoming meetings please see our programme page.
Back in the late 1970's, Audrey and Les Walker became interested in trying to trace their ancestors, but weren't sure how to go about it. They discovered a night school class was starting at Glenburn high school and quickly joined up. They found the course most interesting and made a number of new friendships. At the end of the course they became members of the Liverpool & District FHS and after meeting with Harold & Joyce Culling it was suggested they helped to form a local Branch in Skelmersdale.
Our first Chairman was Tony Lancashire and our early meetings were held in a room at the Highwayman pub, then later for a short time at Quarry Bank. Eventually we heard about the Hall Green meeting room where the group still meets to this day.
In the early days of the group we helped with the transcribing of the 1851 Liverpool Census , also with a number of other members we recorded and indexed the monumental inscriptions for the churchyards at St. Paul's, St. Richard's and St. Thomas the Martyr in UpHolland.
Les was Chairman of the group for a number of years - Audrey and Les also became Project Secretaries for the Liverpool Society.
The following links contain useful information regarding Skelmersdale. They do not represent the views of the Society, and they should be fully validated by viewing the original source where possible
Skelmersdale Heritage Site the Skelmersdale Heritage Society web site.
Lathom Park Trust this website is a starting point for a journey of discovery about one of the most historically significant sites in West Lancashire.
A fascinating history of St. Thomas The Martyr, written by one of our members