* 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

Pupils from Garstang Community Primary School with copies of Garstang's Great War Heroes


Pupils at four Garstang schools have been learning about the part played by brave local servicemen during the First World War.

Around 1,300 copies of the new book Garstang's Great War Heroes have been given free of charge to pupils at the four schools in Garstang, Bonds and Bowgreave.

The schools receiving the books were Garstang Community Primary School, St Thomas' CE Primary, SS Mary and Michaels Catholic Primary and Garstang Academy.

All four schools lie within the boundaries of the area drawn up by the Garstang and Lower Barnacre War Memorial Committee in the early 1920s. It was from within that area from which the names which appear on Garstang war memorial were selected.

The £4,000 needed for the printing and publishing the new book was raised over the past 18 months following an appeal by co-authors, Paul Smith and Anthony Coppin.

Headteacher of Garstang Community Primary School, Mrs Stephanie Reeves, said: "We are grateful to Mr Smith and Mr Coppin for their work on the book. All the pupils were thrilled to receive a copy shortly before Remembrance Sunday. We would also like to thank all those individuals and local organisations whose donations made this publication possible."

A spokesman for Garstang Historical Society, which has overseen the Garstang's Great War Heroes project said: "Although the book has been written with adults in mind we have given copies to children with the idea is that it will be a 'long term' gift for both them and their families, with the youngsters' appreciation of the biographies in the book growing over the years."

He added: "From the positive feedback we have already had parents are saying they are finding it just as interesting as their children."

Two formal launches of the new title were held in Garstang - one for the sponsors as well as a public launch. The public launch was held immediately before Paul Smith's latest Great War lecture, this time on the topic of Women and the war. Both events were held at Garstang Arts Centre.

*Copies of Garstang's Great War Heroes are available on sale to the public, priced £8. They are can be obtained from Market Place News, Garstang, KwikKutz barbers, The Visit Garstang Centre (near Booths), and The Dewlay Cheese shop.

UPDATE:  More copies of the book are to be given to the three primary schools in Garstang in Autumn 2016. If you are a student at Garstang Academy and have not yet received a copy, please ask your parent or guardian to contact Garstang Historical Society by dropping a note c/o Market Place News, High Street, Garstang, requesting a copy of the book. One will be left for you at the newsagency.  If you are a student from Garstang or West Barnacre and attend a school  or college outside Garstang, and would like a copy of the book please ask your parent or guardian to drop us a line c/o Market Place News, as above.


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.


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.
Web design Google Sites.
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.