The Magic of Music

Carey Park

Carey Park/River Weaver path - almost impossible to see the river from the path, except for one small gap in the tall hedge with a cheap bench and loads of rubbish. Another example of how Northwich completely ignores its greatest asset - the River!

Carey Park Entrance

Witton Brook

Carden Ferry Bridge

Witton Brook from Carden Ferry Bridge

River Weaver towards Anderton

River Weaver towards Town Bridge

River Weaver looking towards Anderton

Bench and Rubbish!

Family Fun Day at Marbury Park

Have a go at decorating your own flower pot

A Call To Arms by Alan Lowe

This is an account of the men of Mid Cheshire who answered the call to arms in 1914 and the families they left behind as reported in the local press of the time.

"A" Company 11th Battalion Cheshire Regiment - July 1916 (IWM)
Resting in captured German trenches on the Somme

The book tells the story of how they joyfully went to war believing it would be "All over by Christmas" before eventually discovering its true horror. You can read how the Cheshire Regiment made a gallant stand at Audregnies which saved the BEF after the Battle of Mons but cost them 78% of their compliment.

1st Battalion The Cheshire Regiment at Audregnies - 24th August 1914 
Click here to purchase a print of the painting by David Rowlands 
You will also read of the people at home who tried to carry on without them. How they raised funds to support the war and made "comforts" for their men at the Front and how they gave succour to the many Belgian refugees who came to the area having fled from the German hordes who had invaded their country. On a lighter note you will be informed of the local sports results and of the many people found to be "Drunk and Disorderly" and their punishments.

But most of all it is about the men who when the call came to do their duty did so without a moment's hesitation. We should all be proud of their bravery and sacrifice and never forget them.

Alan was born in 1946 and has lived all his life in Northwich. He has a wife and two sons and two grandsons. He gained a 2-1 degree in American Studies at the age of 57 whilst working as a Shiftman at Hays Chemical. After taking early retirement he worked as a Teaching Assistant for six years before retiring. He is now on the committee of the Northwich Heritage Society and is a Governor at Sir John Deane's Sixth Form College.

Click here to go to the Cheshire Regimental Museum website

Copies are available to purchase from the 
DAN Office in Northwich Library
£10.00 -  SORRY - SOLD OUT
(50% Royalties go to Royal British Legion)

Published May 2014 - Soft Bound - 6" x 9" - 338 pages

Copies are still available from Amazon here.
Can be ordered through the DAN Office if required.


More information on Northwich at War here.

Information on all those from 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment who
Gave Their Lives here.

War Diary of 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment
August - December 1914 here.

Other publications by Northwich Heritage Society on World War I here.

Heritage Society Publications are also available from the
DAN Office in Northwich Library
Click here for Details

Shot At Dawn

Shot At Dawn Memorial - National Memorial Arboretum
Lance Corporal James Holland 13857 of 10th Cheshire Regiment, from Flower Street, Northwich, was one of 306 British and Commonwealth soldiers executed for cowardice or desertion during World War One. You can read a transcript of his trial here. He was shot at dawn (3.38am) on 30 May 1916, aged 31. All the soldiers were posthumously pardoned under The Armed Forces Act (2006).


The Lost Boys of Lostock by John Knowles

The Lost Boys of Lostock is the culmination of five years of meticulous research, including visits to the battlefields of France and Belgium. The idea for the 150-page book, which features numerous photographs, followed a chance sighting by John, 75, as he went for a routine hair cut to Longworth’s in Station Road, Lostock Gralam. On his way out he glanced at the Memorial Cross in the parish churchyard and recognised a Commonwealth War Graves headstone. The sighting set him off on a quest spanning five years and culminating in the publication of The Lost Boys of Lostock, with profits from the sale of the book going to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

John examined a multitude of military records and unearthed the lives of those who died and the suffering of their families, such as the Connollys of Brook Street, who lost three sons, the Deakins of Ann Street, the Southerns of School Lane and the Millers of Station Road.

Thirteen men from Manchester Road were killed alone, and there is a moving account of three young emigrants who went from Lostock to Canada and returned, at the call of arms, and paid with their lives.

“The Connollys’ story especially inspired me, but they were just three of so many, and I wanted to try and ensure the sacrifice of all these men will never be forgotten and that we should all be ever grateful,” said John, from Lostock Green.

“In the first dozen years of the 20th century these young men had represented the future of Lostock Gralam – but those futures were to be truncated by the bloodiest carnage man had ever experienced.”

John is a Mancunian, whose father was a prisoner in the German Stalags during The Second World War.

He spent 20 years as head of New Wellington High School, Timperley, and moved to Lostock Green upon retirement in 1995.

Copies are on sale locally at:
Bruschetta Café Bar, 84 Witton Street, Northwich
Castle Tiles, Northwich
Eastfield Pharmacy, Lostock Gralam
Firthfield Pet Store, 66 Witton Street, Northwich
Longworth’s Hairdressers, Lostock Gralam

Copies can also be ordered here.

Also to be published soon, the story of the Wincham War Dead -  Northwich Guardian article here.

Belgian Refugees Buried in Northwich

Two young Belgian refugees buried in an unmarked grave in Northwich during the First World War have finally be given a proper resting place.

Around 250 Belgian refugees were housed Northwich and Winsford during the war.

One of the refugees, Frans Buyssens, believed to be aged ten, died of peritonitis in February 1915. He was buried in Northwich cemetery.

In June that year Henri Joseph Burghys, also aged 10, died during an operation at the Victoria Infirmary. He was buried in the same grave as the other Belgian boy.

They are the only two recorded deaths among refugees during their stay in Mid Cheshire.

Their burials were paid for by Sir John, of Brunner Mond, which is now known as Tata Chemicals Europe, but they had no headstone. Local author Alan Lowe has campaigned to give the refugees a proper grave, and it was unveiled in November 2016.

Full Northwich Guardian article here.