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.
Having now retired from a professional life in public service, I now spend much of
my time researching local history. 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
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). I have written many articles on
various aspects of Cheshire History . I am a regular speaker/lecturer to local history
and similar societies and a part-time lecturer in the subject with local adult education
centres. Over the years I have taught classes on local history research and detecting
family history at a number of adult educational establishments.
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.