LFHHS Chorley Branch
Research Project into the Movement of Chorley People.
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LFHHS Chorley Branch, led by Ron Chapman, are undertaking a Research Project into the movement of Chorley People.
The people of Chorley moved in and out of the town over the years. Why did they do that? The reason may have been personal, or it might have been for reasons that affected a whole group of people. For example, a slump may have occurred in a particular trade or industry or conversely a boom. Maybe an area of Chorley had an outbreak of Cholera.
For an individual the reason for a movement might require huge amounts of research. Population statistics may help, but if we had a database that showed, for example, that over a two year period 150 people moved into Chorley to join the cotton industry and a fair proportion of them came from agricultural areas then its worth looking for a general slump in agriculture and a boom in the cotton industry in Chorley.
The database will only be useful if we have lots of facts about lots of people. If all our members with Chorley interests could join the project, you might help not only yourselves but also help others.
This is where you come in. If you have people in your Family History who moved into, out of or within Chorley from 1800 to 1911 inclusive we would like you to give us the details – we are not asking you to do any further research – just tell us what you know!!!
We would like to know:-
- The name of the person or family (Sufficient so that we can find them in the records)
- Where they moved from
- What was their occupation before they moved
- Where they moved to.
- What was their occupation after they moved
- When the move took place
- If you know why they moved
- If you have any clues as to why they moved
- If you have any ideas as to where to find out why they moved
- Your thoughts, notes and the sources that you have used
Example of Spreadsheet
Name of Person / Family
James Baines (Single Man)
Moved From / Occupation
Springfield, Heath Charnock Farm Servant
Moved to / Occupation
149 Bolton Street, Chorley
Between 2 Apr 1871 and 3rd April 1881, exact date unknown
Why did they move
Clues / Ideas / Notes / Sources
Unknown for certain, but following are worth researching:- He must have had some money as between 1881 and 1889 the James Baines Haulage Company was set up. Did a slump in agriculture occur at this time? His father died in 1871 and the family farmhouse was demolished shortly before to make way for Yarrow Reservoir Perhaps he got some money from the sale of the farm. Check wills. He also married in 1882. Source 1871 and 1881 census and maps