NOTE: re April 2016 meeting
Last year saw commemorations around the country linked to the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the earliest document guaranteeing rights to English citizens.
But what part did the north of England have to play in the run-up to its signing by King John, and what were the roles of the Northern barons - the VIPs of the day who were the powerbrokers in this region of the country?
Those questions will be answered at the April 13 meeting of Garstang Historical Society, by Lancaster University history lecturer Dr Sarah Rose.
Her talk is at Garstang United Reformed Church on April 13 at 7.30pm. It will be followed by refreshments in the church hall.
* For more information Peter Burrell on 01995 601054 (after 6pm).
* The society apologises to those unable to gain admission to the January 2016 meeting due to the legal restrictions on numbers allowed in the church hall. It is hoped to invite the January speaker, Mr David Ratledge, to revisit the society within the next 12 months to repeat his talk on the latest developments in tracing Roman roads in Lancashire.
Lest we forget 1914 - 1918
e to the website of Garstang Historical and Archaeological Society.
The society was formed in 1965 to promote interest in historical subjects both local and national.
Lectures are arranged from September to April on a variety of topics.
Our meeting venue is Garstang United Reformed Church Hall.
This website was launched in early summer 2013 .... as it develops we hope to carry more news and information about historical goings on in this part of Lancashire as well as articles, some popular in tone, some slightly more academic, on matters of local historical interest in Garstang and district.
We will be inviting local historians such as Paul Smith, Brenda Fox, Ron Greenall and John Askew to contribute to this site.
SETTLE TO CARLISLE RAILWAY TRIP
ABOUT 40 members and friends of Garstang Historical Society took part in the group's summer outing on May 6 2014..
The trip was a combined coach and train journey taking in highlights of the Settle to Carlisle railway including Ribblehead Station, the nearby viaduct, Pendragon Castle, Hawes and Appleby.
The trip was led by rail historian David Alison, who last year gave a talk on the history of the Settle to Carlisle line, which prompted interest among Garstang Historical Society members for a trip on the line.
The first part of the trip was by coach, the second was a rail journey between Appleby and Settle. Mr Alison was thanked by society chairman Peter Burrell. The trip was organised by society treasurer Pat Hanger.
The 73 mile long railway line takes in vast tracts of scenic countryside in the north of England. In 1984 British Rail announced plans to close the line on cost grounds, but a five year fight by rail supporters resulted n the government saving the line in 1989.
Archive item (September 2013):
RIP: The society is sad to report the death on September 9 2013 of our much loved and respected treasurer Jean Porrit.
The society sends its condolences to her family.
A service was held at Garstang United Reformed Church on Friday, September 20, attended by family and friends.
The minister spoke of Jean's early years, her enjoyment of dancing, her marriage and family life and of her move to Garstang.
She was involved in several local groups as well as the historical society, including the Scottish Country Dancing society.
Following the service cremation took place at Lytham Crematorium.
Garstang Historical Society was represented at the funeral by several committee members, including chairman Peter Burrell and assistant treasurer Pat Hanger.
The society extends its condolences to Jean's family on their loss.
This website was created in early summer 2013.
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Techy stuff/sorting out hosting Norman Hadley of Garstang (using Webfusion).
Answer: Eric Gill, one of the most controversial characters in the arts movement in Britain in the 20th century as well as the nation's best known typographers.
What is his connection to Garstang? Click here or on the photo to find the answer.