Village past is family affair

Photo: David Hurst'All Saints Church, New Longton, Warder Andrea Smith and her dad, David Lund with their book of New Longton history which coincides with the churches 50th anniversary. They are poictured at the very spot featured on the cover,featuring  the former station
Photo: David Hurst'All Saints Church, New Longton, Warder Andrea Smith and her dad, David Lund with their book of New Longton history which coincides with the churches 50th anniversary. They are poictured at the very spot featured on the cover,featuring the former station
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A father and daughter team have put pen to paper on the first book exploring New Longton’s history.

Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the present All Saints’ Church building, Andrea Smith and David Lund decided to chart the development of the village from its rural beginnings to today.

Andrea, a mum of three, said: “The church has been in different places throughout the village, starting in 1866 in one of the old stone cottages in Station Road.

“Fifty years ago it got its first permanent home and we thought it would be a nice idea to celebrate the milestone properly by looking at where the church had been and the rest of the village as a whole.

“It’s a young village and it’s history often gets tagged onto Longton or Hutton’s history, so this will be a first.”

Last year the pair began researching the book by speaking to local parishioners and gathering memories and photographs, with David spending hours trawling archives.

Andrea said: “In living memory the village was completely rural. There are some lovely tales of the development of the school by the church and how children were allowed to do short school days so that they could tend to the farming chores.

“With the modern day advances of transport and the effects of Dr Beeching’s 1964 Report, the book recalls how the railway line was permanently closed down, at which time the station saw 26 trains per day passing through.”

She added: “There is historic value recorded now in one place for this village. It was important to record the efforts and contributions that past residents have made to the developments of this village before that information was lost.”

Around 250 copies of the book have now been sold, which some posted as far away as America, Australia and Canada.

It is available from AB&B Scott newsagents in Station Road for £9 or via www.allsaints.btck.co.uk