Wednesday 1st May. This month we have Dorothy Kazer from Leyland who will be giving us a talk on the history of Leyland with particular reference to the Farington and Charnock families. Both were and ancient landed Lancashire families. The Faringtons lived at Farington Hall until it was lost to them in the mid 16th century. Its successor Old Worden Hall on the ROF site, was abandoned in favour of Shaw Hall in the early 18th century, which was rebuilt as Worden Hall in the mid 19th century. Worden Park was eventually obtained by the council in 1950.
Last Sunday a team of 4 from our Society began to survey this site which lies to east of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Higher Ince. We have been asked to get involved with this project by Liz Vango-Smith, of the Wild Life Trust. The intention is to see if we can identify and record features of the old iron works that may have have survived recent landscaping – for more details see the Kirkless tab.