Ormskirk Market Day

Some pictures of former ODFHS chair, Bill Huyton (1947-2021)


Dig Up Your Roots In West Lancashire (event at Emmanuel Methodist Church, Ormskirk) in October 2019
Bill at the Slipway at Burscough in September 2014 (he was steering a canal barge, it was for Kate Hurst's 30th birthday)
With Pam Richardson and Jean Gidman at Ormskirk Mediaeval Weekend in May 2017.
Bill speaking at the unveiling of the reinstated Court No. 8 Plaque on Aughton Street (with the Mayor and Mayoress, and one of the managers of Morrisons) in April 2018. That was pretty much his last "public" act as Chair; he stepped down at the AGM that year.

Bill with the late Dr. Tom Massam (a member of ODFHS) at one of 2011 meetings; the book is in the ODFHS library and is the story of the life of Doris Forshaw
The sandwich board. This was Bill's idea; he wanted one made to promote the society at the Park Praise event in 2010 at Coronation Park, so he got Kate Hurst to make it and paint the letters.
Bill (far right) at Parbold in July 2016, when a few of us took part in a canalside walk from Parbold to Burscough Wharf. (Andrew Scarisbrick and Kate Hurst are also in the shot, on the right.)

Kerfoot and Holland Family (Pam Richardson - December 2020)

These are photos of my gt gt grandmother Mary Brown nee Kerfoot, who was born in Skelmersdale to John & Elizabeth Kerfoot nee Fildes. John was a farmer in Skelmersdale.  Mary married Peter Brown, another farmer, and lived all of her life around Skelmersdale and UpHolland.  I don’t know how old she was in these; she was born in 1834 and died in 1915.  Her dress in the photo on the right looks quite elaborate, could this be a wedding photo?  The man is unknown, could it be her father or her husband.  Whoever he is he seems to be wearing quite a strange outfit.

 Mary Brown nee Kerfoot 1Mary Brown nee Kerfoot 2

[Editor note: the photo inscriptions may hold clues to dating. Silas Eastham is quite a well known photographer, active in Ormskirk and Southport around 1860-1870. James Millard (Wigan) was active around 1880-1900. https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/person/mp88744/silas-eastham ; http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1269231/photograph-eastham-silas/ ; http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1269236/photograph-millard-james/ ; https://www.wiganworld.co.uk/album/photo.php?opt=5&id=4178&gallery=Market+Street%252C+Wigan&offset=0 ]

Mary and Peter Brown had 3 daughters.  Elizabeth, their eldest daughter was my gt grandmother.  She was born in 1853 and married my gt grandfather, John Holland, a joiner and wheelwright from UpHolland.John set up Holland’s Joinery in UpHolland, which is still in business today, although it has been taken over by a large company.

  Elizabeth Holland nee Brown

Elizabeth Holland nee Brown



 John Holland with daughter








 John Holland with one of his daughters

Ormskirk Church
Ormskirk Parish

Ormskirk railwaymen 1908
Ormskirk Station

Scarisbrick Hall 1815
Scarisbrick Hall

Skelmersdale Station

Moor Street market
Moor Street