PROGRAMME FOR 2017 – 2018

 Please note: We have moved to a new venue for the 2017 - 2018 season.

Talks take place at:
The Grange Theatre at the Grange School, Bradburns Lane, Hartford, Northwich CW8 1LU  show Map

There is car parking for up to 130 cars down the road opposite the School on the left hand side of Oak Grange, the new McCarthy & Stone flats. There is a drop off point at the front of the School.

As a member of Northwich and District Heritage Society you enjoy free admission to the Society’s programme of talks listed below. Non-members are welcome on payment of £1.50 admission fee at the door

Getting There
Train: Greenbank station is a 15 minute walk from the Grange School and is serviced by the Chester-Manchester line. Hartford station, a 20 minute walk, is on the line linking Crewe to Liverpool and Preston. National Rail enquiries telephone 0845 484950.
Bus: Buses stop at the Methodist Chapel in Beach Road (5 minute walk) and at the St John the Baptist Church in Chester Road (8 minute walk), at either end of Bradburns Lane.
Cheshire Traveline provides timetable information for any bus, rail or coach service serving Cheshire and Warrington:
0871 200 22 33 (Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras).
or use the Traveline site to plan your journey online.


A copy of our revised programme leaflet is available. Click here to download.

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Thursday 28th June 2018

The Society’s AGM at 7.30pm followed at 8pm by

The Liverpool Overhead Railway – We welcome Gavin Hunter who will tell the story of Liverpool’s iconic overhead dockland railway, sometimes known as the “dockers’ umbrella”. This railway carried hundreds of thousands of passengers for over 60 years.

Please note: this is a change to the original published programme.  Maru Ward's talk is now in May.

Sponsored by CRS Consultants, Northwich

Friday 6th October 2017 – The Richard Kelsall Lecture - at 8:00 pm

Edward Kemp – The People’s Gardener – Elizabeth Davey will talk about the life and work of Edward Kemp. Edward lived from 1817 to 1891 and was responsible for wonderful gardens including Birkenhead Park, Lyme Hall and Grosvenor Park in Chester.

Sponsored by Roberts Bakery, Northwich

Friday 10th November 2017 - at 8:00 pm

The Cheshire Gentry – Clare Pye will talk about the relationships between all the main Cheshire Families and their influence on the history and land ownership and wealth in the area.

Sponsored by Bratts of Northwich

Friday 12th January 2018 - at 8:00 pm

The Canal Duke – Bernard Dennis will relate the history of the third Duke of Bridgewater, better known as the Canal Duke. Knowing the need for coal, he financed and built the Bridgewater Canal. Based on this success, canal mania swept the nation.

Sponsored by Willows Veterinary Group, Hartford

Friday 9th February 2018 - at 8:00 pm

The Williamson Tunnels – Claire Woodhead will give us a fascinating insight into the underground tunnels created by Joseph Williamson in the early 19th century. A wonderful world of archways and exhibitions.

Please note: this is a change to the original published programme.  Alan Lowe's talk is now in March.

Sponsored by Gilroy Wilson Shoes of Northwich

Friday 23rd March 2018 - at 8:00 pm

Aliens in Mid Cheshire – Alan Lowe will talk about the 250 Belgian refugees who found themselves in our area during the first two months of WW1. Their story is one of welcome and then rejection. This is their story.

Please note: this is a change to the original published programme.  Claire Woodhead's talk is now in February.

Sponsored by Bartlett Jewellers and Little Gems of Castle

Friday 20th April 2018 - at 8:00 pm

Elizabeth Gaskell – Anthony Burton from Gaskell House in Manchester will talk about her life, friends and associations and the era of Mancunian history which she lived through.

Sponsored by Mosshaslehurst, Solicitors

Thursday 24th May 2018 - at 8:00 pm

The History of Bunbury – Mary Ward will relate the history of Bunbury starting with the prehistory of Bunbury and finishing with its setting for the TV series Home Fires. Mary will focus on the mediaeval church and the 15th Century panel paintings.

Please note: this is a change to the original published programme.  Gavin Hunter's talk is now in June.