This is a society for anyone interested in local history, however much of an amateur they may be. We use the work “local” in a very wide sense! We meet at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, on the first Wed. of each month, except during July and August.

Our normal meeting takes the form of a talk by a local expert, on a variety of subjects, from the servant situation at North Wales country houses, to the story of a WW2 flying ace. There is plenty of time for refreshments and socialising afterwards.

We also have many trips to local places of historic interest, e.g. Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and country houses not normally open to the public. We also take part in Cheshire-wide initiatives e.g. the recent Heritage weekend, when we manned Backford Church and also conducted a walking tour of Old Mollington Village. From time to time we have a social event.

Some of our members have conducted local research and we have published two books about the area of the 5 villages. If you are interested in matters historical, even at a very superficial level, then it would be very nice to hear from you. Contact nos. as given, or just turn up at one of our monthly meetings.

Contact committee members using the details below:

 Name Position  Telephone  Contact
John Hess  Chairman  01244 390098  Email John
Ann Marie Curtis Secretary  01244 851717  Email Ann Marie
Mike Richardson Treasurer 01244 300628 Email Mike


The meeting schedule for 2019 is as follows:

Date Speaker Subject
6th February 2019  Sheila Pemberton  Speke Hall - History of the Grade I Tudor Manor House in Liverpool.
6th March 2019  Peter Young Operation Pluto - The pipeline which fuelled the invasion in 1944 and which started in Backford
3rd April 2019 Celia Webber Cultural Growth of a canal town - Ellesmere Port - How their history society is making a difference to the old town.
1st May 2019 Michael Richardson AGM - followed by Sgt Helme of Mollington and his WWII service in the RAF.
8th June 2019 John Hess Open Day - 50 years at Chorlton Hall
4th September 2019   The Gladstones of Hawarden - the well-known family and their life there.
2nd October 2019 Fred Morris Chester City Baths - Designed by John Douglas and opened in 1901 but recently completely refurbished
6th November 2019 Bob Burgess The Battle of Rowton Moor 1645 - New ideas on the course of this action
4th December 2019 Ken Pye The curious origin of our Christmas Traditions - A light-hearted look at many matters we take for granted


Purchase our published books!

Both are of excellent quality, with colour pictures illustrating the articles about local life throughout the centuries and local buildings of historical interest.

Book 1 – Beneath the Surface (red book) has articles ranging from, the Roman Road through Mollington, via the impact of the Railway, to details of a Duel fought at Backford. Local families and events are well documented. Price £12.

Beneath the Surface v1

Beneath the Surface, Volume 2 (green book) delves deeper into the history of important local families, such as the Hunts of Mollington Hall, the Feildens and the Henrys. Humbler, but equally interesting families include the tragic family of the Bennetts of Backford and the Bradleys of Chorlton Hall. Interesting stories include that of Cobber Kain, the first RAF fighter ace of WW2 and the gory tale of Gibbet Mill near Saughall. Price £16.

Beneath the Surface v2

Price of both volumes bought together is only £25!

Contact Mike Richardson 01244 300628