A History of Whiston - From the Stone Age to the Plastic Age, by William K. Blinkhorn

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A History of Whiston - From the Stone Age to the Plastic Age, by William K. Blinkhorn
A History of Whiston - From the Stone Age to the Plastic Age, by William K. Blinkhorn

Book published by Leonie Press, 200 pages. Paperback (N6493)


From the rear side cover: Whiston is an ancient town lying south of the road linking Liverpool and Warrington, and crossed by the Liverpool to Manchester railway. For more than 450 years it was known for its coal mines. Its recorded history begins in the 13th century but its roots are much older. A polished stone hand-axe, a relic of the Neolithic Age, a was discovered there in 1941 and in 1986 fragments of flint tools were found on a local farm.

William K Blinkhorn, honorary secretary of the Whiston Historical Society since it was founded in 1974, has spent years researching the town's history. In this wide­ ranging book he traces the story of Whiston from its Stone Age beginnings right up to the closure of one of its most modern industries, the B.l.P. Chemicals' amino-plastlcs factory which had been built near the site of the Old Halsnead Pits Nos. 9 and 10.

He looks at the derivation of old place and field names; the lords of the manor and tenant lords of the manor of Whiston; taxes, tithes and land ownership; listed buildings; the effect of the plague; almshouses and charities; ale-houses and beer­ houses; the care of the sick; religion and schools. There are numerous family trees showing the genealogy of Whiston's most noted gentry.

A section devoted to the industries of Whiston examines agriculture, coal mining, communications, watch and hand-tool making, shoe-making, blacksmithlng, tanning, nailmaking, quarrying, Tushingham's brickworks, Stoves Ltd (Gas Appliances) and the production of pipes and pots. The book is illustrated with copies of old documents and photographs, and with pen and Ink Illustrations by the author..... the result is a fascinating and readable dip into Whiston's past.


Condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is an old price printed and a small price sticker, both on the rear side cover.
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