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LATCHFORD HISTORY  GROUP

The Latchford History Group was formed in 1996.

 

Our aim is to research the history of Latchford, from the buildings to the people and their livelihoods. We make our findings available through exhibitions, publications and by developing a significant archive of photographs, documents and publications. We also include film and audio recordings.

 

The Latchford History Group embraces the past with enthusiasm. We are inevitably surrounded by change and progress, and an interest in local history gives us an understanding of what the area used to be like and how and why it has developed into the place we live in today.

 

The group meets every Wednesday at 10 am to 12-0 noon at St Hilda’s Mission Hall, Slater Street, Latchford, Warrington.

 

We hold an informal meeting each week where we discuss on-going projects and embrace any future ideas.

 

Occasionally we invite speakers to focus on relative subjects.

We organise outside visits on a regular basis to places of significant interest to members.

 

We work on publications relating to the history of the area.

 

As a group we are interested to hear from anyone who may have memories, memorabilia or photos of the area and the people of Latchford which they are willing to share with us.

 

Do join us if you are interested in Latchford and its history.

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LATCHFORD HISTORY GROUP

Invite you to join us to launch our latest book on

Wednesday 7th May 10.30 to 12.0 noon

at St Hilda’s Mission Church  Slater Street  Latchford.

 

KEEPING THE HOME FIRES BURNING

 

A new Book of Latchford life in the First World War  1914 – 1918

80 pages full of photographs, over 100 articles, cameos, and memories, plus local churches Rolls of Honour.  

The book gives a flavour of Latchford life during the First World War and pays tribute to the brave men, steadfast women and children who lived through the terrible years of conflict.

Extract for the book –

‘Men with serious wounds were taken back to England for all manner of treatment including prosthetics.  The demand for prosthetic limbs vastly exceeded supply. One soldier, Gunner Ben Ellis of the Royal Garrison  Artillery, who came from Stockton Heath and  was a patient at Raddon Court Red Cross Hospital, Latchford, was awaiting a new limb.  His limb had been smashed when an artillery piece crashed over and crushed his leg beyond repair.  His answer to a never ending wait was to make his own. Fortunately with the Hospital being so close to his home, on visits there he began devising experiments.  He came up with the idea of an artificial limb made from leather, wood and iron.  It was so good that he was able to walk to and fro from Stockton Heath to the hospital on Knutsford Road, with no great trouble.’

 

LHG April 2014     Barbara Worrall. Hon Sec.

      Tel 01925 266282