Celebrating society in hunt for WWI archive material

The old underground Leyland Reservoir in Clayton-le-Woods
The old underground Leyland Reservoir in Clayton-le-Woods

It is a landmark year for members of Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society as members celebrate its diamond anniversary.

Their celebrations started in September last year and will continue until this September.

Members have already had an eventful few months, starting with a two-day visit to Blenheim Palace and the Pompeii exhibition, in London.

They later had a stand at Chorley Town Hall during Chorley Heritage Centre Week, where they displayed their records and photographs and had speakers.

Members also joined a campaign to save the older Leyland Reservoir in Clayton-le-Woods, which has now been demolished to make way for houses.

Thousands of visitors looked around the Victorian reservoir when it was opened by the developers ahead of its demolition.

As part of the 60th anniversary, the society also plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

They are appealing for photographs or information from people in the borough.

They would like to record memorials, lists of people who served and other information.

The society wants to record it all and put it online as the final part of their anniversary year.

Contributions can be made via the society’s website at www.chorleyhistorysociety.co.uk.