Ormskirk Market Day


Following requests from members; on the fourth Wednesday’s meetings, from now on we will open the Guides' Hut earlier, at 19.30 (7.30 p.m.) to allow members to meet and chat. We will also stay open a little longer after the talk has concluded, again to allow members to exchange information.

FREE ENTRY for MEMBERS, Visitors are requested to make £1.00 donation.


Please note: there is a map showing the location of the Guides' Hut on the "Library" page


Our 2018 Meetings

At the AGM, there were some changes to the committee of the ODFHS.   After 13 years in post, Bill Huyton resigned as Chairman and the position was accepted by Kate Hurst.  Bill is now termed "Chairman Emeritus"

Also thanked for their work were Don Holt and Jean Gidman who have stepped down after devoting their time to the Society for many years.

On June 27th we were entertained by a talk about Milestones by Mr John Armstrong.  He had ensured that he included some local information and covered all the different types of milestones and finger posts and even included Toll gates, such as at "Toll Gate Cottage" opposite the new "Booths" in Burscough.


Mr. Roger Bell joined us on July 25th, to share his great knowledge of railways in the Ormskirk area. He was able to explain how the railway system in and around West Lancashire developed, with illustrations of maps and pictures the staff from various stations. He concluded his talk with a short film of a steam train running from Southport, around the Burscough curves to Ormskirk station. Dating from the 1960s, this footage included many location familiar to our members (including Southport, Burscough and Bescar Lane), and it fascinated members.


On 22 August, committee member Dr. Andrew Scarisbrick presented a summary of Sources used in the search for Scarisbrick Lodge, Southport. The talk drew an audience of more than 40, was inspired by research into the owner, Sir Charles Scarisbrick,  and offered much insight into resources available to trace the history of properties (e.g. trade directories). Illustrations included photographs of the opulent furniture and the 1923 catalogue for the sale of the contents. To conclude, an artist's impression based on existing building, the room dimensions and map outlines was displayed.


Below is a list of our INTENDED forthcoming meetings.  While every meeting is on the 4th Wednesday evening of each month, we cannot guarantee that the details are exactly as listed below.  PLEASE check nearer the time.

SEPTEMBER 26th South West Lancs Agricultural Strike, 1913, Mrs Pat Ireland

OCTOBER 24th West Lancs WW1 Memorial Gardens project by the Lancashire Gardens Trust, Ms Elaine Taylor

NOVEMBER 28th Quiz night

NO meeting in December







Ormskirk Church
Ormskirk Parish

Ormskirk railwaymen 1908
Ormskirk Station

Scarisbrick Hall 1815
Scarisbrick Hall

Regal, Ormskirk
Regal Cinema

Skelmersdale Station

Moor Street market
Moor Street