I live in the Swanlow area of Winsford in the very heart of Cheshire and am descended
of a family that has lived in the Northwich district, especially the parish of Davenham,
for several hundred years. I have three adult sons, two of whom live in Macclesfield,
Cheshire, and the other in Harrogate, Yorkshire.
For thirty years I served the people
of Cheshire as an officer with the Cheshire Constabulary. On retiring in 1998 I worked
as a Community Safety Co-ordinator with Vale Royal Borough Council until April 2007.
I was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 2007 and sat on the South & East Cheshire
Bench at both Crewe and Macclesfield Magistrates Courts: I retired from the Bench
in December 2016 having reached the statutory age for retirement.
Since my school
days I have had a passionate interest in the history of my home county. My interests
resulted in obtaining a B.A. in History (Manchester, 1991) and an M.A. in Local History
(Keele, 1994). Over the years I have taught classes on local history research, detecting
family history and heraldry at a number of adult educational establishments. Having
now retired from a professional life in public service, I now spend much of my time
researching local history, heraldry and genealogy. I am a regular speaker/lecturer
to local history and similar societies. I have written many articles and a few books
on various aspects of Cheshire history.
As well as being a member of a number of academic societies in the region, I have
completed two three-year terms as chair of the Cheshire Local History Association
and am now a member of its Executive Committee with a responsibility for their web-site.
I am Hon. Treasurer of the Winsford & District History Society of which I was chairman
for many years. During the 1990s I wrote and edited a short series of the Winsford
History Society’s publications: The Winsford Record. I have recently retired as Chairman
of the Northwich Heritage Society , a position I held for several years, but am
still a member of the committee.