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The following books and DVDs are just a selection of the many publications available from the Horwich Heritage shop.

Those listed below refer mainly to Horwich, Rivington and the Loco Works, but many are available for the surrounding areas and other interests within Horwich.

Rivington Unitarian Chapel

Rivington Unitarian Chapel, including its early registers

Contains an index of names in the baptism and burial registers, lists of trustees and a history of the chapel. A5 glossy, 54 pages.



A Horwich Boyhood, More Memories

A Horwich Boyhood, More Memories

Following on from the success of the first volume of boyhood memories from the 40s and 50s. A4, 41 pages.



Rivington Chapel, Memorial Inscriptions

18th, 19th and 20th century gravestones recorded, with index. A5, 41 pages.

Rivington Chapel - Trustees Minutes

Rivington Chapel - Trustees Minutes - August 1855 - March 1955

Transcription of minutes containing lots of names, including lists of trustees and chairmen. A5, 63 pages.



The Board School

The Board School

Bottom O'th Moor

A guided walk by John Smith




Murder on the Moor -The Death of George Henderson - 1838

Taken from the original report of the trial published in the Liverpool Mercury A4





The Headless Cross Ghost

by David Owen A4



The History of Horwich in 20 Objects




A Horwich Boyhood

A Horwich Boyhood



Horwich and the Locomotive Works (1884 - 1914)

by D. A. Green



Memories of Bottom O'th Moor

by Frank Petty



Memories of Horwich

Looking back at Horwich’s bustling town centre in the 1940s and 50s. A4



More Memories of Horwich

by Brian Smith A4



The Ridgways of Horwich

by I Short



Schoolboy Memories

Schoolboy Memories

A4 softback, 22 pages. Photos and memories.



Wilderswood, A Guided Walk

by John Smith A4






Horwich Locomotive Works

by M. D. Smith


The definitive book on Horwich Loco Works. Lots of photos of the various shops within the Works, the history of the Works and information on the social life of the Works. 209 pages, almost A4 size.



Leverhulme's Rivington

by M. D. Smith


168 pages packed with photos of the house, gardens and area.





British Railway Workshops

A4 Hardback


Ashford, Crewe, Derby, Doncaster, Eastleigh and Swindon will always be associated with their railway origins.



Horwich Parish School

A5 glossy softback, 152 pages.


A history including memories, photos, drawings, archives and interviews.



John Ramsbottom - Engineering Giant

John Ramsbottom

A4 Softback, 96 pages.


Ramsbottom built up his reputation at Crewe but in his later years helped to establish and develop the new works at Horwich for the L&YR.



Underground Above Horwich

Underground Above Horwich

A5 Softback, 82 pages.


The history of the mines, mining practices and miners’ lives associated with the moors above Horwich.



Rivington Unitarian Chapel

Rivington Unitarian Chapel

A5 Softback, 54 pages.


Nonconformist Chapel history including its early registers with index.





Horwich in The Great War

Horwich in the Great War (1914-18)



Of the 2000 Horwich men who left to fight 420 never returned. Running time 30 minutes.


£5.00 of which £2.50 goes to the “Help The Heroes” fund

A History of Bottom O'th Moor

A number of residents and former residents tell of the joys and difficulties of living in Bottom O’th Moor and how things have changed in the last 50 years. Running time 47 minutes



George Henry Fisher

George Fisher worked at Horwich Loco Works and retired as acting Works Manager. A month before his 100th birthday he talked to Stuart Whittle. Also includes other interviews and footage. Running time 20 minutes.



A Tribute to Horwich Loco Works

This fascinating production documents the chain of events that brought the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Works to Horwich.

Running time 1hour 45minutes



Horwich Past & Present

From the Bronze Age to the Space Age including connections with the Romans, a Royal Hunting Forest, the Spanish Armada, the Civil War, weaving, spinning and bleaching, the Industrial Revolution, the Railway Age, aircraft production and Lord Leverhulme. Running time 50 minutes



Jack Smith's Loco Tour

In 2004 Jack Smith was interviewed at the former Horwich Loco Works where he shared his knowledge and memories of the place where he worked as an apprentice 50 years before. He also led a guided tour around the various “shops” explaining how they operated and pointing out features which still survive. Running time 45 minutes.



Historic Footage of Horwich Loco Works

This DVD contains all the known historic footage of Horwich Loco Works and includes steam locomotives being moved around the Works, the last loco to leave the Works, coach refurbishment, the Works just before closure, the fire train of the 1920’s and steam locos at Horwich station.

Running time 13 minutes.



Memories of Horwich Loco Works

The sights and sounds of the Loco Works as recalled by former employees. Running time 20 minutes.



The Parish Records of Holy Trinity Horwich From 1860

Baptisms 1860-1909, Marriages 1881-1917, Burials 1905-1920 plus supplementary data.




Horwich Parish Records 1909-1945

Horwich Parish Records 1909-1945



Includes baptisms, marriages, burials plus graveyard plan, register of graves in the 1921 extension, records of Livesey Funeral Directors and Ridgmont Cemetery burials.



Rivington Parish Records

Baptisms, marriages and graveyard inscriptions for Rivington Parish Church are arranged alphabetically. Marriages can be searched by both groom’s and bride’s surname. Baptisms cover a period from the late 1600s to the 1870s; marriages 1639-1766 and 1777-1874; graveyard inscriptions from the 1600’s almost to the present day.




The Parish Records of St Catherine’s Church Horwich

From 1896

Included on the CD - Baptisms Nov 1896 - June 1954, Marriages June 1910 – May 1956, Banns May 1910 – Nov 1956



Horwich Town Centre Trail

This film covers the development of Horwich Town Centre from the earliest settlement to the present day and in doing so reveals a fascinating story of how it has evolved into its current form.

Running time 50 minutes



Memories of Victoria Mill

Memories of Victoria Mill – a brief history of Victoria Mill, the memories of 4 former employees and a description of the towel making process.

Running time 40 minutes.




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July 21st 2018
Horwich: Past, Present & Future

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100 Yrs Since The End Of World War I

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AGM PLUS On The Go Theatre Co & Heritage Quiz

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This year's programme is turning out to be another good one and the leaflet with the list of speakers & Open Days for the second half of 2016 is now available from the Heritage Centre. Please renew your membership now. If you are not a member why not join? Only £10 for 11 talks.

HORWICH HERITAGE CENTRE is open every weekday 2- 4pm & Saturdays 10 - 12.30pm. It has a shop, shows and sells films about Horwich and has a range of professional exhibitions and displays to delight all the family. Help is also available for family history and other research. ADMISSION IS FREE!

The monthly OPEN DAYS provide additional exhibitions on topics of local interest. Special EXHIBITIONS currently running include: Horwich Loco Works, A Victorian Kitchen, The Way We Were, World War II, Winter Hill Mines & the Turnpike Roads. School Parties and other groups welcome. Contact 847797.