Daresbury District Heritage Group was formed in 2014. Our initial aim was to find a way to celebrate the lives of the 16 men of the parish who died in WW1 and are commemorated on the War Memorial in the churchyard. This grew into a major project to tell the stories of all those who went to war and also of the families and villages that they left behind. We have had a Heritage Lottery Grant to help us in this work, for which we are very grateful. This part of the project has now come to an end. What did we achieve?
- We have researched and told the stories of nearly 250 soldiers and their families
- We have looked at life in the villages during WW1
- We have published a book “Daresbury: The Story of a Parish in World War One’
But that’s not all! We are a very active group, interested in the whole history of the parish and our work is far from done. We celebrated 100 years since the end of WW1 in November 2018 and the soldiers stories will continue to be updated on our website as new information comes to light. Currently, we are looking for information about the parish in WW2. There are not many records available on line, so we are interested to hear any family stories. Can YOU help, please?
Daresbury was an Anglo Saxon settlement. We are interested in every aspect of the history of the villages of Daresbury, Moore, Preston Brook, Newton-by-Daresbury, Hatton, Keckwick and Sandymoor – people and families, buildings, transport, farming and the landscape.
We have more than a 1000 years of history to celebrate!
We share all our research with the local community through workshops, displays, talks and walks. If you have any stories to tell, we’d love to hear them.