Recording the many workforces of the town.

William Waring 

I am afraid I have to announce the death of our President,  Bill Waring who passed away in July 2016. Bill was the go to person if you wanted to know about any person or building in Leyland.

A full appreciation is on our website on the committee page. The Society would like to offer our condolences to his sister Ann and all his family.


Tuesday 12th July 2016. - Community Archives & Heritage Group Awards

Hear the chairman being interviewed twice on Leyland Festival Radio

Our latest newsletter, click on the above button..

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. 

Held at the University College London, the Society's chairman, Peter Houghton,  is presented with the award for the Best Website of the Year by the Group Chairman, Sue Hampson and Dr Nick Barratt of the University of London.

The Judges commented " “Leyland stood out for the depth of their work and the (inter-operability) of their Facebook links with the (society’s) website. Overall, this site (offers reams of ideas for) other groups to learn from and follow, such as its (evocative) ‘Through the Lanes’ series, enabling site visitors to ‘walk’ a local route along with pictures of how places looked in times past"

For those who don't know Nick Barratt was one of the original people behind the TV series "Who Do You Think You Are", so what do you think the chances are that I asked if he would come and give the Leyland Historical Society a talk. I did and he said yes so see him in November 2017.

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 or come along to the FREE meeting at the Civic Centre on Monday 12th February at 7.30 pm.


The Leyland Historical is presently in its 50th Season, the society having been formed on 1st July 1968. To commemorate this event the Society are organising a series of events and projects.


            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 book is currently out of print but the second, updated and expanded edition will be available in early 2018 which 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.

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 find out more about the Oral History project come along to a free Leyland Historical Society meeting on 12th February at 7.30 pm in the Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland or go to the Society’s website  and 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

             There are also leaflets available around the town in many shops, offices, churches, library and museum. Please complete the slip in the leaflet and forward it to Leyland Historical Society, c/o 14 Clifton Avenue, Leyland PR25 3ES or 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..