Ormskirk Market Day

News update

Next meeting...

Wednesday 22nd May 2024

Annual General Meeting followed by a raffle and presentation

Family History and the Lost Buildings of West Lancashire

Discover the stories uncovered whilst recearching for the forthcoming ODFHS publication  


Guide Hut, Moorgate, Ormskirk (Opposite Hesford's)

Doors open 7pm, AGM starts 7.30pm

 All welcome

 Next Ormskirk Library Family History Helpdesk

Monday 3rd June 2024

10.30 a.m.- 11.30 a.m.

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Crowdfunding News

The fundraising stage of our Crowdfunding project, Sharing People's History of West Lancashire, is now complete.

We are delighted to announce that we reached our funding target.

Thank you to everyone who contributed and also to Lancashire County Council who pledged half of our total.

Over the next few months we will be busy researching and gathering information to produce the two booklets

promoting the history of West Lancashire.





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 Church
Ormskirk Parish

Ormskirk railwaymen 1908
Ormskirk Station

Scarisbrick Hall 1815
Scarisbrick Hall

Skelmersdale Station

Moor Street market
Moor Street