The Story of Urmston, Flixton and Davyhulme. (Michael Billington) £18.99
Paperback. Published by The History Press, 2018. 253 pages.
The townships of Urmston, Flixton and Davyhulme nestle neatly in a triangular area bordered on the south by the River Mersey, on the north west side by the Manchester Ship Canal and on the east by the M60 motorway.
In this, the first substantial book on the area since 1898, local historian Michael Billington draws on census records, newspaper reports, antiquarian books, church accounts, Victorian church parish magazines, trial records, OS maps, burial records, Industrial School Act Records and conversations with local historians and residents.
The author, himself an Urmstonian, takes the reader on a journey discovery in his portrayal of old houses (many now demolished to make way for the motorway), churches, farms, pubs, weaving, the arrival of the railway, children and education, entertainment, sport, customer, culture, the war years and more.