After 32 years living in the United States, first in Boston and then in San Francisco,  I recently returned to live in England, this time in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire – up North! I’m a Lancashire lass myself, born and raised in the tiny village of Affetside, perched high on the moors above Bolton.


  1. My name is Elizabeth Ann West, nee Wrigley, daughter of George, Willie Wrigley’s eldest son. Would be grateful for contact.

  2. Hi Heather.
    Lovely to meet you this morning. To be honest, I don’t want to know too many grim facts about the place I live, so I may read selectively! Drop me a line though.

  3. I’m Ishmael’s great niece. We’ve been trying to find out more about their father James but are struggling – would love to get in contact.

  4. Hello,
    Researching my family history and delighted to find the map of Garden Square (which is now a car park) on your website. Thank you so much for publishing it. My great-great grandparents, William and Catherine Bell lived at number 20 Garden Square in 1861, both fustian cutters.

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