Leyland Historical Society

Mike Lucas - The founder, writer and actor of Mikron Theatre Company talks about the theatres history.

55th Season

Monday 4th July  
Leyland Historical Walk – Meet at King Street Carpark 7.00 pm
Peter Houghton

Monday 5th September
Farington’s First Hall
Oliver Crook with Chris Wild

Monday 3rd October *
Red Sky at Night – the History of Weather
Mikron Theatre

Monday 7th November *
When Dotty met Harry, the dangers of DNA
Dr Nick Barratt

Monday 5th December *
Never work with Children, Animals or Archaeologists
Dr Chloe Duckworth

Monday 9th January 2023
The all-new Archaeological Update
Chris Wild

Monday 6th February
Lancashire Dialect what is it good for?
Sid Calderbank

Monday 6th March
The Worsley Mines
Alan Davies 

Monday 3rd April
Brian Groom 

Monday 1st May** 
16th Annual Historical Society Trip to Pickering & Whitby

Monday 5th June
Tales from the Shop Floor
Peter Houghton

The last talk of the year on 5th December will be a special one as we welcome Dr Chloe Duckworth, the leading archaeologist on the new Channel 4 programme “The Great British Dig”.

Her talk entitled “Never work with Children, Animals or Archaeologists” will give us an insight to the making of the programme and how they persuade members of the public to let them dig up their lawns to find lost buildings and artifacts.

55th Season

For our second year back in the Civic Centre and my 30th as Chairman I have gone for an archaeological theme.

But to start off on Monday 4th July I will be conducting an historical walk through the roads and lanes of Leyland starting from the King Street car park at 7.00 pm.

The first meeting on the 5th September will see Oliver Crook and Chris Wild from the University of Salford giving a detailed report on their findings from the dig down Hall Lane on the site of Lower Farington Hall, the first home of the Farington family in the area.

The meeting should also see the launch of the book on the Faringtons, written by President Elizabeth and Joan Langford with the assistance of Susan Farington, copies to be signed by the authors will be available.




The next meeting on 7th  November we see the return of Dr. Nick Barratt who will talk about When Dotty met Harry, the dangers of DNA, another thought provoking lecture I’m sure.


On 1st May there will be the 16th Annual Historical Society Trip which this season will be going to Pickering and Whitby. The plan is to coach over to Pickering in the morning and have a look around.

Then take the noon steam train to Whitby where we will have a guided walk around the town. The coach will then pick us up in Whitby and take us back home. I am currently speaking to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to get us a good group deal on the train and full details will appear around Christmas with a booking form. 

For 3rd April we have Brian Groom who has written a book about Northerners, It's the first general history of northern England to be published for more than 30 years. Leyland and central Lancashire naturally form an important part of the story so we will hear how we figure in history.

For our first talk of 2023 on Monday 9th January (due to Bank Holiday) we will again be entertained by Chris Wild giving us the yearly update of all things that have happened in the world of archaeology in the past year for the University of Salford. 

The 6th February meeting will see the welcome return of Sid Calderbank who this year is going to be a bit of a mystery, he will explain all on the night.

On 6th March we will have the return of Alan Davies whose talk on Lancashire Mining was popular last year, this time he will concentrate on the Worsley Mines, which led to the building of the Bridgewater Canal.


               To finish the Season on Monday 5th June I am putting together a talk on some of the funny stories I have heard whilst conducting the oral history project, be it from the Motors, Paints, L & B or BTR, all human life is there as you will discover. 

So hope to see you all in the coming season and we will see what we can discover together and don’t forget to set up your standing order or direct payment for the 15th August, anything to save paying bank charges.

Peter Houghton, Chairman & Ex Bank Clerk.                         

Following a highly successful Mikron show at the Leyland Motors Football Ground last year, they return to the Civic Centre on 3rd October with Red Sky at Night – the History of Weather.

Through the chronicles of history, people have gazed up and marvelled at the mysteries of the weather. Generations have tried to master the elements and understand the magic of the skies. Bring your anorak and your factor 50. Well, you never know.


Meetings held in the South Ribble Civic Centre, Shield Room, Banqueting Suite, West Paddock , Leyland PR25 1DH at 7.30 pm 

All meetings marked * are free to members though visitors have to pay £10.00 rather than usual visitors entrance fee of £5.00.

The membership fee of £15.00 per year includes all 9 meetings and the Lailand Chronicle at a discount price of only £1.00, usual price £3.00.

To join the Society click on the Application Form and either send it by post or email to peter@leylandhistoricalsociety.co.uk