The Industrial Heritage of Leyland and Farington, by Peter Houghton

The Industrial Heritage of Leyland and Farington, by Peter Houghton

The Industrial Heritage of Leyland and Farington, by Peter Houghton, subtitled 'An Historical Guide to the towns factories, workshops and other industries'

Published by the Leyland Historical Society, 124 pages. Paperback (N5861)

This book provides a fascinating history of the factories and industries in and around the Lancashire town of Leyland.

From the introduction: To read the last official guide and industrial handbook produced by the Leyland Urban District Council in the early 1970's before the creation of South Ribble, it seems like a different world. To quote from the guide "Leyland is a highly industrialised town where some 18,000 people are employed. Of these, over 8,000 travel in daily from the surrounding districts"

While I was impressed by that figure it does not tell the full story as I realised that this was Leyland Urban District Council, which in the years before 1974 did not include Farington as this was in Preston Rural District Council. So if you add in the workforces of Farington Mill, Leyland Motor's Spurrier and Farington Works and BTR Farington the number of employed in this area almost doubles.

While some large employers are still in the town, it no longer contains "the largest manufacturers of commercial vehicles in the kingdom, also important rubber processing firms, a large paint works, bleach works and other traditional and contemporary undertakings". The decline of the manufacturing industries from then to the present day, has led to the redevelopment of much of the area around Golden Hill Lane.

Of course... for the vast majority of people outside Leyland, Leyland means Leyland Motors or British Leyland. This is an attempt to redress the balance in a small way....

Condition of the book is generally very good. The cover has some minor scuffs, but the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.
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