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Local History of Liverpool, articles, photos, maps, bulletin board, record office information, University courses, useful links, plus much more. Essential for Local Historians!
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Web Sites designed and maintained by Mike Royden - Various Local History Sites - including aspects of Merseyside History, World War One Battlefields and local men who fought, and a History of Ellesmere Port/South Wirral
Holt Local History Society



Our Welsh neighbours with whom which our history is so entwined. Founded in March 1992, their aim is to promote the study of the History of Holt and the surrounding area.
St. Chad's Farndon Parish Church



History of St. Chad's Church contained within the general church website.
Farndon & District Brass Band Pages



Now in its 110th year, the popular local brass band now has its own web site.
BBC WW2 History - Farndon Memories



On the 14th October 2004, BBC researchers came to Farndon Memorial Hall to record villager's stories for the Peoples War website creating a lasting archive of WW2 stories. See here for some of the results of Total Recall Farndon.

Farndon (Cheshire) Local History Pages
(left: Farndon Bridge)

Farndon is a village in the county of Cheshire, England, on the banks of the River Dee, 8 miles south of Chester, and close to the border with Wales. Linking Farndon to the Welsh village of Holt on the other side of the Rive Dee is the famous medieval bridge originally constructed in 1339. John Speed (1542-1629), the famous cartographer was born in Farndon, and King Edward the Elder died here in 924.

Some historians believe that Farndon was the location of the first ever competitive horse race with riders, in a local field on the banks of the River Dee. Nearby, Chester Racecourse is said to be the oldest racecourse in Britain.

The village was at one time famous for its strawberries, which were grown in the surrounding fields. Today, this is no longer the case and the nearest fields are now in Holt.

Farndon has a population of about 1,800 people. There are several buildings of historical interest including the Grade I listed bridge over the Dee and at least sixteen Grade II structures. There are also other buildings of interest not included in listed status which can also be viewed walking around the village including the three public houses, and Farndon Hall, a former Victorian school house. There are pleasant riverside walks, places to eat and drink, including an Italian Restaurant. Paul Burrell's Flower Shop is also in the village.

The maps in the left hand menu feature 'hot spots' where photographs of the village and additional information can be accessed. This is not a complete site by any means and research is ongoing. Contributions are most welcome.


www.farndon.org.uk

History of Farndon

by Farndon Local History Group, Edited by Frank Latham (1981)
This has been out of print for some time, but copies do come up occasionally on ebay - click here for a copy currently on sale.
If you dont want to purchase it there is a downloadable pdf version available on this site.


'In years to come, Liverpool genealogists will be saying: if it isn't in Royden, it isn't worth knowing about'!

Family History Monthly (June 2010)

Tracing Liverpool Ancestors - a Guide for Local and Family Historians
by Mike Royden

Mike Royden is well known on Merseyside as a historian and lecturer who now lives in Farndon. He has appeared on local and national radio, plus several history TV programmes. He has several books to his credit and has now had his latest book published by one of the UK's bggest publishers of History books, Pen & Sword.

Tracing Your Liverpool Ancestors provides a fascinating insight into everyday life in the Liverpool area over the past four centuries. Mike Royden introduces readers to the wealth of material available on the city’s history and it’s people. In a series of informative chapters he describes Liverpool’s history through shipping, manufacturing and trade from the original fishing village to the present cosmopolitan metropolis of today. He includes the living conditions of people, including poverty and the labouring poor, health and the ravages of disease, the influence of religion and migration, education and the traumatic experience of war. He also shows how the lives of Liverpudlians changed over the centuries and how this is reflected in the records that have survived.

According to the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are magazine;
"Among Liverpool's contemporary local historians Mike Royden holds an honoured place, having taught, researched and written extensively on aspects of the city's history and the lives of its people over the past 25 years. There are few people better qualified to write a practical guide to researching family and local history on the city and surrounding area, and Royden has done a great job in this excellent new book.
It has all sorts of strengths: for a start, I don't think I've seen a guide on this sort of subject that has a better range of topics...
It's immediately apparent that a great deal of hard work and a very systematic approach lie behind this book. It's a model of its kind and one I know I will refer to often".
Alan Crosby, Who Do You Think You Are Magazine

Click cover for more information, reviews and how to order.

Farndon-Holt Village Walks Leaflet

Designed by Mike Royden (webmaster of this site), glossy leaflets are available free in most local outlets, shops, hotels, garden centres etc. Following the installation of steps on both sides of the Dee riverbank at the A534 village by-pass it is now possible to complete a circular walk from the Farndon Bridge to the by-pass and back on the opposite bank.

Click the illustration to download a PDF copy of the complete leaflet.


Local War Heroes - Latest research

After again visiting the WWI Battlefields in March 2009 to carry out research, I also took time to track down the resting places of some of the men of Farndon recorded on the War Memorial. There are now several reports online and the rest are in preparation to be gradually uploaded. Reports include Lance Corporal Frank Moscate who was in the 4th Battalion Tank Corps, a recently formed regiment and a pioneer soldier of the early tanks. Click here for more

Battlefield visit by local Farndon residents In August, Ken Wakefield, Neil Lewis and Colin Capewell, visited the battlefields in Belgium and France. They also traced the resting place of Charles Williamson of the Old Red Lion in Churton, who is recorded on the Farndon War Memorial. Click here for Ken's report and photographs.


Lance Corporal Frank Moscate - the tragic story of a local Tank pioneer

Lance Corporal Frank Moscate was in the 4th Battalion Tank Corps, a newly formed regiment in 1917, and a pioneer soldier of the early tanks. His story is tragic, and begins with almost Dickensian overtones regarding his mother's difficult life and the circumstances surrounding Frank's birth. It ends in tragedy with yet another local life cut short by war. Click here for a detailed account


Farndon Village - Then and Now

Here is a selection of archive photographs of the village, set up to view the same scene today as you roll the mouse over the picture - an interesting look at the village through its changes.

If you have a photograph you would like to contribute it will be gratefully received.


Farndon Village - Photographic Archive

This is intended to be as full a collection of Farndon archive photographs to found anywhere on the internet or in local record offices. They have been collected from a variety of sources over the last few years. I have uploaded the largest images possible for download and use by all. If they are to be used anywhere public, please drop me an email - I usually request acknowledgement of the website to promote further publicity and use.

If you have a photograph you would like to contribute it will be gratefully received.


Farndon - A View from the Tower

Ever wondered what the village looks like from the church tower? So did John Speed when he was practicing his map making skills back in the early 1600s. Click here for a variety of views taken in more recent times.


Farndon Village - Downloads

Books and source material on Farndon are rare - hence one of the reasons for this website. Peter Gauterin has kindly made his 1934 copy of Farndon - Church & Village Records Through the Centuries available for scanning.
Click here for downloads of village history.

If you have any source material you would like to contribute it will be gratefully received.

John Speed - A famous son of Farndon

John Speed (1542-1629) the famous Stuart period cartographer whose maps of English counties are often found framed in homes throughout the UK was born in Farndon. Click picture for more. Click here for more

English Civil War Window

Hidden away in a secluded part of St.Chad's Church is a stained glass window depicting key players and scenes relating to the Civil War. St. Chad's took quite hammering during the war and suffered a great deal of damage. This window itself was damaged but restored in 187- . A very rare artefact, it is featured in many text books on the history of the war. Click picture for more.


King Edward Died in Farndon

Edward the Elder (c.874-877 – 17 July 924) was King of England from 899 until 924). He was the son of Alfred the Great and Alfred's wife, Ealhswith, and became King of Wessex upon his father's death in 899. He died leading an army against a Cambro-Mercian rebellion, on 17 July 924 at Farndon and was buried in the New Minster in Winchester. Click picture for more.


The Farndon Races

The Farndon Races began in 1631 and were one of the earliest competitive horse meetings in the country. They were held in a local field called Farndon Hey on the banks of the River Dee. Click picture for more.


Farndon Bridge

A Grade I listed medieval sandstone bridge links Farndon with its Welsh neighbour Holt on the opposite bank of the Dee. Built in 1339 and it was recorded as having ten arches in 1754 and on the fifth of which stood a large gate tower (see banner picture top left of this page). This tower was demolished to bridge level in the late 18th century and two archs were lost on the Welsh side. Click picture for more.


Lewis Royden Photography

Local photographer Lewis Royden can often be seen on location around the village or in Chester. Many of his photographs appear on this website and in the Farndon-Holt Village Walks leaflet. Click here to visit his own website showcasing his photography.


Liam Royden - Local Singer/Songwriter

Winner of Chester's Got Talent 2010, up and coming Farndon musician, Liam Royden can be seen regularly playing at local venues such as Telford's Warehouse in Chester, Alexander's Bar or playing with fellow musicians entertaining the crowds in Eastgate on Saturday afternoons. His band Eastgate have just released a 7 track CD recently showcased at their storming performance at the OsFest in Oswestry. Visit his website for audio and video downloads, photographs and latest dates.



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