The Society has published four books:

How it was
 How It Was  Warton 1800-1850  Warton 1850-1900 Warton in the Middle Ages 

How it Was: A North Lancashire Parish in the Seventeenth Century, published in 1998 (out of print, but available in libraries and in second hand bookshops). A digital copy (pdf) is available here.

Warton 1800-1850: How a North Lancashire Parish Changed, published in 2005.

A pdf copy is available here.

Warton 1850-1900: Borwick, Carnforth, Priest Hutton, Silverdale, Warton, Yealands, published in 2009.

A pdf copy is available here.


“Warton in the Middle Ages” (Last stocks are less than perfect - some rusty staples) £3.50

A pdf copy is available here.


Mourholme Local History Society Book prices and outlets:
“Warton 1800-1850” £13.50
“Warton Parish.1850-1900” £13.50

Available at:

  • Meetings of the Society (see Events)
  • Carnforth Bookshop
  • Waterstone’s (Marketgate, Lancaster)
  • Information Office, Storey Institute, Lancaster
  • St Oswald’s Bookstall, Warton

Matchless Tragedy A Morecambe Bay Tragedy
 The Matchless Tragedy  A Morecambe Bay Tragedy

A Society member has published two books:

The Matchless Tragedy - Simon Williams £4

The story of Morecambe Bay's largest loss of life. In 1894 the Matchless capsized at Jenny Brown's Point, with 25 of the 34 on board drowning. The inquest that followed was to prove something of a whitewash.

A pdf copy is available here.

A Morecambe Bay Tragedy - Simon Williams £3

5 men lost their life in 1850, on the return leg from Kent's Bank to Silverdale. This tragedy resulted in a fierce argument over who was to blame. The aftermath involved Elizabeth Gaskell supporting one of the orphaned children.

A pdf copy is available here.

Copies available from the Mourholme Local History Society  - or




You may also be interested in Warton: the Story of a North Lancashire Village, published by the Village Society in 1976, copies now held by the Mourholme Local History Society, and available at various outlets. Price £1.50

A pdf copy of this is available here.