Ormskirk Market Day

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Next meeting...

Wednesday 26th June 2024

Honoured by a King -

Ormskirk to Rouen, the extraordinary wartime story of Cecil Maples of The Elms, Derby Street, Ormskirk
Kathryn MacDonald



Guide Hut, Moorgate, Ormskirk (Opposite Hesford's) L39 4RU

Doors open 7pm, AGM starts 7.30pm

 All welcome

 Next Ormskirk Library Family History Helpdesk

Monday 1st July  2024

10.30 a.m.- 11.30 a.m.

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Family History and the Lost Buildings of West Lancashire

West Lancashire's rich heritage is not always obvious in the 21st century.  Many architectural features of the past have been lost to wars, politics, industrialisation, neglect and changing tastes.  This free booklet funded by Lancashire County Council and ODFHS crowdfunded donations will be available from the following venues:

Ormskirk Library - Monday 11th June 11 a.m. - 12 noon launch event with talks.  Booklets will be available to take away at this event, or from the library after this date.

Burscough Library - Wednesday 3rd July 10 a.m.-12 noon - drop in session, collect a copy of the booklet, members of the ODFHS publication group will be on hand to answer questions and provide more information.  Copies will be available from Burscough Library from this date.

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New book from ODFHS



 The fascinating stories behind Ormskirk's famous gingerbread sellers.  

 Price £4.00 

Copies can be purchased locally from;

Scott's Butchers, Bloom and Brew and Kas Social

(located in Church Street, Ormskirk)


For those further afield copies are available via Parish Chest


for more information contact;

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Family History Help Desk in Ormskirk Library.

First Monday of each month 10.30am to 11.30am.   All welcome, no need to pre-book.


Would you like to place an advert in our magazine?

A quarter-page space (6.3cm by 9.2cm/21/2 inch by 35/8 inch) has become available; advertising rates £12 per year.

We publish three magazines each year, so each advert costs £4. Please get in touch for further details - contact Kate at: chairman[at]odfhs.email


A Brief History of St. Mary's RC School, Scarisbrick

Mary Ormsby

In 2022, St. Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School in Scarisbrick celebrated its 150th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, local resident Mary Ormsby has researched and published a history of the school. Printed in A5 format, A Brief History of St. Mary’s R.C. School, Scarisbrick 1872-12022 is 127 pages in length, illustrated with black and white photos, and has been written using school log books, headteachers’ reports to Governors, and memories of staff and pupils at St. Mary's School, spanning the years 1939 to 2022.

Priced at £6 (plus £2.50 postage), the book can be obtained by contacting Mary Ormsby at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and all proceeds will be donated to St. Mary’s RC School, Scarisbrick. The ODFHS Research Library now holds a copy.











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Ormskirk railwaymen 1908
Ormskirk Station

Scarisbrick Hall 1815
Scarisbrick Hall

Skelmersdale Station

Moor Street market
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