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Local History: A Handbook for Beginners by Philip Riden (Merton Priory Press, 1998)

English Local history: An Introduction by K Tiller (Sutton Publishing, 1992)

The Population History of England - 1541-1871 by EA Wrigley and RS Schofield (Cambridge University Press, 1989) - The details relating to the rest of the country are taken from here. The book is very detailed and not always easy to follow, but it does contain some very useful material giving context to local studies.


Manorial Documents Records Index: Manorial archives relating to various English and Welsh counties.

The Rural History Centre: A collection of material relating to farming, food and the countryside. Mainly British and Irish publications since 1900.

Old Maps of Lancashire: Maps of the area's historic past showing the changing landscape.

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Many local organisations are interested in exploring the development of their town. Some are formal groups attached to national organisations; the local Amenity Society, for instance, is one of hundreds of similar societies set up under the auspices of the Civic Trust to promote local appreciation and understanding of the built environment.

Specific groups concerned with architecture are always worth considering. The National Amenities Societies' membership comprises the Council for British Archaeology, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, the Ancient Monuments Society, the Georgian Group, the Victorian Society and the Twentieth Century Society all of whom run, from time to time, architectural appreciation courses and tours for members.

At a purely local level the local library is the best point of contact - indeed many library services in conjunction with local colleges promote and run evening courses on local history appreciation. Reference libraries usually have good collections of local history books, as well as local sources, such as maps and census details.

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Published: 31-01-2005

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