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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 West Lancashire libraries (Ormskirk, Parbold, Tarleton, Burscough, Skelmersdale) or at the following events:

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.  

Ormskirk Gingerbread festival Sunday 14th July 2024 - ODFHS stall (Moor Street, outside the former Dorothy Perkins building)

Parbold Library 10.30 Thursday 12th September - Family History and the Lost Buildings of West Lancashire talk by memebrs of the ODFHS publication group.

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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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The Court No. 8 sign has now been refurbished and, on Sunday 29th April 2018, we were pleased to welcome the Mayor of West Lancashire, who unveiled the sign during a short ceremony.

The sign can now be seen in its new location on the wall, by Morrisons supermarket, Aughton Street, Ormskirk, close to the Fogg family gravestone.


Ormskirk Church
Ormskirk Parish

Ormskirk railwaymen 1908
Ormskirk Station

Scarisbrick Hall 1815
Scarisbrick Hall

Skelmersdale Station

Moor Street market
Moor Street