Leyland Historical Society


Recording the many workforces of the town.

Update - 31st January 2021

Following our successful Zoom Meeting with Chris Wild in January, tomorrow Mark Dowding will be on Zoom to give those present Part Two of the Songs of the People, with songs, stories and poems.

If you wish to join the Zoom meeting and haven't received the joining instructions, please email me at peter@leylandhistoricalsociety.co.uk.

For March Dr Alan Crosby has agreed to conduct his lecture on Zoom on 1st March. When this all over we will be arranging one or two extra events to make up for the ones we have missed.

We will have to see if the trip can go ahead on 3rd May 2021.

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This page will feature recent queries from members of the Society and visitors to the website. These may involve identifying buildings, people or both. If you can help contact the Chairman via the contact page. 


            Whilst researching the first edition of the book on “The Industrial Heritage of Leyland and Farington” it was surprising the number of factories and businesses that have been conducted within the area in the last hundred and fifty years.

            All types of business could be found in Leyland and at one time there were over 18,000 people working within Leyland itself with up to 30,000 if you include Farington.

            The second edition of the book, updated and expanded is now available from the Society at our meetings or from Great Grandfathers for £9.95. It  includes all the research undertaken in the last ten years.


Following the success of the first book and the reminisces of the 12,000 people who are on the Leyland Memories site on Facebook, the Historical Society’s committee realised that we were in danger of missing out recording the oral history of the factory workers who helped to run the industries of Leyland and Farington in the last century. The old factory buildings have disappeared, however, their story can still be told.

Following our assistance in previous projects with the University of Central Lancashire and the Commercial Vehicles Museum on Leyland Paints in a small way, the next project in 2016 on the Leyland & Birmingham Rubber Company demonstrated the wealth of knowledge that could be obtained if you ask the retired employees.

The Society then last year contacted the Heritage Lottery Fund who agreed that this was a worthwhile project and will fund the production of the new book together with the costs of a full oral history project.

So the Society is appealing to the people of Leyland and their families and friends to help us establish a database of Leyland and Farington workers, be it Leyland Motors, Leyland & Birmingham Rubber Works, BTR, Baxters, Leyland Paints, the four cotton mills, gold thread works, bleach works, or any other factories, workshops or other manufacturing premises in Leyland and Farington.

Anyone interviewed for the Oral History project will receive a FREE copy of the new edition of the Industrial Heritage of Leyland & Farington book.  

We will then record their memories for future generations making them available to the local museums, libraries, colleges and schools in the form of CD, video and publications.


            The Society are opening a pop up Heritage Centre in an empty shop on Hough Lane for 2 months in the summer, also funded by the Heritage Lottery Grant as part of the Society’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. It will show what the Society has achieved over the last 50 years, with displays, talks and walks about all aspects of Leyland’s history.

            The venue will also be used to obtain more volunteers to be interviewed for the Oral History project, either being interviewed there and then or at a later date as the project is planned to run for two years. The University of Central Lancashire will be assisting with the training of the interviewers and the interviewing.   


            To leave your details for the oral history project  click on the large green button which leads to a page where you can submit your working details to the Society or just email the Society at peter@leylandhistoricalsociety.co.uk

             There are also leaflets available around the town in many shops, offices, churches, railway station, library and museum. Please telephone the chairman on 01772 641604.

              Extra copies of this leaflet are available to ensure that no one is missed so if a member of your family, a friend or a neighbour worked in a Leyland or Farington factory ask them to get in touch..

As i have now started to Index the 250 interviews we have conducted so far I have a category which is styled "Quotes" so here are a selection of those so far which mainly relate to the Motors.

​If you would like to know more contact me by emailing peter@leylandhistoricalsociety.co.uk 

Click on the button above to record your details for our oral history of the many many people who worked in the industries of the town.