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Lancashire Archives monthly newsletter July 2023

The latest edition of the newsletter celebrates the recent Windrush 75 events of which Chorley Heritage were heavily involved. The following pages provide further details.

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Myles Standish Key Stage 2 and 3 Educational Teaching Aides more information
October Exhibition in Chorley Library

We are currently displaying photographs and information concerning three local families; Sykes, Sharples and Norris in Chorley Library for the month of October. All the photographs are numbered, so if anyone recognises these people as family members, please get in touch either here or through our Facebook page quoting the number and explaining... more information

CAPTAIN MYLES STANDISH: A Drama linking Lancashire and America

CAPTAIN MYLES STANDISH: A Drama linking Lancashire and America
SCENE ONE: Introducing Myles
Scene- St Laurence’s Church 1860. St Laurence’s Church would serve best, with the dais used for the
Cast: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as Narrator (American professor/poet, fifties, slightly long unkempt... more information

Myles Standish, Man of Mystery: A Play in Four Acts

Setting: Briefly Holland and then New England, 1620-1655 Staging: A sylvan background or wooden hut beyond a platform, dais or visible space will suffice Characters: Narrator and player of small parts if necessary( e.g John Billington, Edward Winslow) William Bradford, Pilgrim, becomes governor of New Plymouth, ages, dies 1657 Myles Standish,... more information

Chorley Celebrates Myles Standish, 1620- 2020 + 1 The Virtual Coach Tour

The Myles Standish Working Group hoped to take people on coach tours to sites associated with Myles Standish (c.1583-1656), the military adviser who sailed with the Pilgrim Fathers on the Mayflower in 1620 and who is seen as one of the founding fathers of modern America. The Covid epidemic, covering virtually the whole life of the project,... more information


In 2020 Chorley, Duxbury and Standish will celebrate Myles Standish and the voyage of the Mayflower in 1620. Myles was the military adviser and leader attached to the Pilgrim Fathers, religious refugees and migrants, who undertook to cross the Atlantic and found their own godly settlement in North America.

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The Sykes, the Sharples and the Norris families. Are you descended from these families?

Recently, a lady with Chorley links sent a number of photographs to the Chorley Heritage Group. Not many are named but with the few details we have established the following:

The Sykes Family

John Sykes of Coppull was born in 1874 in Barkisland, near Halifax. He was the son of Ann (MS Wignall) and Joseph Andrew Sykes.

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Mayors of Chorley

Acknowledged source Chorley BC Website
1881-1883 Augustus William Smethurst
1883-1884 Thomas Anderton
1884-1885 Thomas Whittle
1885-1886 John Heald
1886-1887 Thomas Forrester
1887-1889 Arthur George Leigh
1889-1891 Sir Henry Fleming Hibbert
1891-1893 John... more information

Mystery of Standish Hall Video

A Standish special!

Look at this excellent YOUTUBE video about THE MYSTERY OF STANDISH HALL!!!


Also shown is a photo of the current Chorley... more information