Ormskirk Market Day

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

Some famous (infamous?) persons with Ormskirk connections: occasional submissions from members...

Here's some hints: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:People_from_Ormskirk


Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull

From Pam Richardson: "I think the photo was taken in Thompson Avenue, Ormskirk in the very early 1950’s when Marianne Faithfull lived in Greetby Hill, Ormskirk for a short period.  Marianne is the little girl with the ribbon in her hair, right hand side of middle row.  On the left of her is Jean Haikalis, nee Robinson (deceased).  Don’t know who the other children in the picture are, but someone may recognise themselves."


King George V & Queen Mary

king and queen ormskirk

From Dot Hawkes: King & Queen drive through Ormskirk in 1913, the morning after the Suffragettes set fire to Lord Leverhulmes bungalow at Rivington.


Ormskirk Church
Ormskirk Parish

Ormskirk railwaymen 1908
Ormskirk Station

Scarisbrick Hall 1815
Scarisbrick Hall

Skelmersdale Station

Moor Street market
Moor Street