Covid Announcement

To allow an element of social distancing, we have spaced the seating in Yealand village hall for our talks, and we are limiting the audience to 50 persons. For the present our lectures are offered to members via email, and we are unable accomodate guests for now. We will update this notice when conditions change.

Mourholme Lecture Programme 2022-2023

(All meetings are subject to change given any current Covid regulations)

Meetings are held in Yealand Village Hall at 7.30 pm

Our talks generally finish by 9 pm 

September 28th 2022: Lady Anne Clifford – by Christine Rafaat 

Fighting for the inheritance she was denied by her father's will, Anne Clifford risked everything.  She quarrelled in vain with two husbands, many friends and relations, the Archbishop of Canterbury and King James I, whom she (treasonably) defied.  Three decades later she inherited the Clifford estates as prophesied by the Shepherd Lord. 


October 26th 2022: Horrockses Fashions – by Christine Boydell 

Established in 1946 by Crewdson and Company Ltd, Horrockses Fashions took the post-war clothing market by storm. Known for their quality, reliability, and artistic prints, the designs had great appeal to both housewives and royalty. But how did a cotton manufacturer, formed in 1791, most popular for their cotton sheeting and towelling become a recognised fashion house?  


November 30th 2022: Lancashire Archives, Past, Present and Future – Keri Nicholson 

Join Archivist Keri Nicholson for a look back at over 80 years of record keeping in Lancashire. Celebrate our history, learn more about our new ways of working in the wake of the pandemic, and look forward to the challenges of an increasingly digital age. 


December 14th 2022: Arnside Maritime Heritage – Alasdair Simpson 

The Kent estuary forms Kendal’s port, and Arnside has a long maritime heritage. There the Victorians held regattas, and it was where Crossfields built Morecambe Bay prawners and other boats from the 1840s to 1940s. Their boats notably included Arthur Ransome's “Swallow” and Arnside Sailing Club's very own “Severn”.   


January 25th 2023: Roman Roads and the Old Roads through Carnforth – Brian Jones 

Largely for reasons of geography, the road routes northwards from Lancaster pass through Bolton-le-Sands and Carnforth. Although the changes in the style of transport, and the ages of Canal and Railways, led to modifications to the road network, clear traces of the old routes have been left behind.   


February 22nd 2023: County Lunatic Asylum for Lancaster – Pauline Churchill 

The Asylum at Lancaster was the first to be established in Lancashire and was the fourth Asylum to be built in England. In July 1816 the buildings were ready for occupation. We look inside at the inmates, their daily lives and at the key events in this 19th Century institution. 


March 29th 2023 : Short Brothers – Judith Shingler 

This audio-visual Presentation by Ambleside Oral History Group uses extracts from interviews with those who worked at Short’s Sunderland Flying Boat  factory at Lake Windermere during World War 2.  Although a huge enterprise employing over 1,500 people, it came and went almost without leaving a mark. 


April 26th 2023: Market Street, Carnforth – Clive Holden 

A potted history of Market Street from its beginnings in the 1880s up to the present time with, it is hoped, input from members of the audience who may know things that the speaker doesn’t !  


This talk will be preceded by the Mourholme AG


Lancashire Local History Federation

We are a member of this federation, and members may like to see their list of forthcoming activities and events here.