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  2021 - 2022 session meetings:

 Further Meeting dates will be available as soon as arranged.

Our first physical meeting in Autumn 2021  was a visit on 2nd September to Leigh Archives followed on 9th September by a talk on the "Burglaries Register" in Warrington archives by Phillip Jeffs  at our first regular   meeting including our delayed AGM for 2019 to 2021  covering our 'closed period' when Covid-19 regulations did pot permit physical meetings of groups of people.

A  small group attended a talk on "Who put the Muck in the  Mucky Mountains" on 14th October 2021 with reference to the local Soda Ash industry.

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In 1832-4 James Muspratt established a chemical works besides the Sankey Canal to manufacture Vitriol (Sodium Carbonate) by means of the Leblanc Process. This process was inefficient, producing two tons of waste for every ton of Vitriol. The waste, known as Galligu, was piled high and became known locally as the “Mucky Mountains”. The process also released large amounts of Hydrogen Chloride toxic gas into the atmosphere. Lawsuits from local land owners followed and despite Muspratt erecting one of the tallest chimneys in the country (400 feet high) to try and reduce the problem, the lawsuits continued. The works were closed in 1851 and the chimney was demolished in 1925. The importance of the site nowadays for nature and the cultural heritage of the Borough is recognised by St Helens Council, which has designated Mucky Mountains as a “Site of Community Wildlife Interest”.

Please continue to takeCovid-19  precautions in group meetings.

Please continue to wash your hands thoroughly and wear a face covering (scarf or mask) before attending public gatherings or public places.

Note on a CLHG publication on "They shall not grow old as we who are left grow old"
by Zoe Chaddock is in our reports section about persons on Culcheth War Memorial .


20200506 Record and thanks for actions in and around Culcheth and Leigh.

In this time, when the 'lock down' of people to their homes during the Covid-19 disease caused by a coronavirus SARS-COR-2 emanating from P.R. China has incapacitated many firms and persons from normal activity, we should record the past actions of a local charity that is  now closed  which gave good support to ex-service-people in the area over the past few years.

Please see our report  20200506 StoS.

Meetings are held at:
Culcheth Community Centre, 2 Jackson Avenue, Culcheth, Warrington, WA3 4EL, UK.
(See map and parking details under location heading in top menu.)

Starting time 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm.  Tea from 7.15 pm to 7.30 pm  at a small donation.

Group Publications.
Some members of the Group  and others have written scholarly articles on
local history subjects, which have been published by the group or in other publications.
Details can be given on request.


The Raven Inn.
CLHG gets action in other places : British Archaeology

The magazine of the Council for British Archaeology ["CBA"] "British Archaeology"  in their May/June 2019 issue have considered the Raven Inn to be similar to Carlton Tavern, York case and discuss both in their article 'casenotes 43 ' by Bob Sykes, the CBA's listed buildings caseworker for  England. The CBA considered the original planning application for the Raven Inn flawed (with a considerable number of mistakes) and would result in "total loss" and the "harm" would be considerable. Thus they lodged an objection. They noted that the original planning application was withdrawn just as they went to press. This was as a result of a CLHG member advising them of the application to demolish the Raven Inn.

"Facebook Group".  (Applicants need to join the group as it a "closed group".)

The campaigners have set up a "closed group" on Facebook. Where only members of the group may read  entries. Should you wish to join the campaign group, you can register to join on the group page.


Culcheth Local History Group  [ CLHG]. 

Culcheth Local History Group, founded at Culcheth local library in 2006, is an all age group who meet monthly in Culcheth, Warrington, England to hear speakers on wide ranging matters of interest, visit local (and not so local) sites and events.

Visitors are very welcome.
Members pay a small annual fee.  Annual fee  of £10.00 payable in September.
Visitors pay a visitors fee per meeting. A fee £3.00 is payable at each meeting.

The Group meets on the Second Thursday of each month in 

 Culcheth Community Centre, 

2 Jackson Avenue, Culcheth, Warrington, WA3 4EL, England.

Starting time 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm. 

Refreshments available.

Parking is available at nearby council car park and local shopping centres. 

See 'location tab'.


Meetings for 2021-2022 session.


[Thursdays ]





 Philip Jeffs

 Warrington Archives,

The Burglary Register 
and (postponed due Covid-19) AGM. 


John Scott

 Who put the muck in the 'Mucky Mountains'.




Brian Joyce

  Fasting Ladies





T.B. A.

   To Be Announced.


January 13th, 2022



 To Be Announced.

February 10th, 2022


  To Be Announced.


 March 10th, 2022



 To Be Announced.


April 14th, 2022



T. B. A.



 To Be Announced.

May 11th, 2022




To Be Announced.




 Future Meetings


Future Meetings will be notified when arrangements are made in autumn of 2022.



 Autumn 2022


  2022-2023 program to be advised.

















































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