Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Exhibition "Recollection" - Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

"Recollection" is a group exhibition, Louise Wood is one of eleven artists.
The opening of the exhibition where the 'Ainscough Mill' work will be shown, is at the Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, down the road from the Burscough mill itself. The exhibiton is on for six weeks.

Chapel Gallery,
St. Helens Rd. Ormskirk,
L39 4QR
01695 571328
Exhibition opening date 23rd April 2010.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wanted - stories about the Old Flour Mill

Louise Wood ( has a request for more information, stories, diaries from the Ainscough you know anybody that used to work there or may have old photos or other sources of information. Please contact Louise directly if you can help.
On 23 Feb 2010, at 12:06, wrote:
Do you have any knowledge of any stories about the mill, accounts from the families perspective? Or ever heard any stories that have been passed down orally of memorable days, or any sayings, that became family sayings that came with the family's ownership of the mill? Or do you know whether any diary was kept while they owned the mill?
Or were any photos ever taken at the mill by the family?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Exhibition - "Recollection" (based on Ainscough Flour Mill)

On 19 Feb 2010, at 19:16, wrote:

Hello Barbara
I found your email address on the Ainscough family history website, and I hope you don't mind me contacting you. I am an artist, and I create work about peoples associations to place,
and am currently investigating and recording histories of different people who worked at Ainscough Mill, in Burscough. The piece of work created will be exhibited at The Chapel Gallery, in an exhibition called "Recollection."
I recognize that Hugh Ainscough, was the mills founder and was joined by his brother Richard, and today have visited the Ormskirk library to look at Hugh's funeral (1894) details, being particularly interested in the detail that three of the longest serving workers helped carry his
coffin. I was hoping to contact a member of the Ainscough family perhaps who had knowledge about the history of the mill, or photos? I was given a contact from Mr. P. Tucker, (once divisional director), for a member of the Ainscough family, but unfortunately was unable to make contact.
I would be very grateful for any assistance you might be able to offer me, or if you could direct me towards someone who might have knowledge they are willing to share.
Yours sincerely,
Louise Wood

ps. For your interest I have attached a poster I am using to advertise
the project. The ceramic piece shown, is my last commission in 2009.

Friday, February 12, 2010

More about the Finch family (Mawdesley)

Hi Barbara
The Finch family are definitely from Mawdesley. They are a very old family dating back to middle ages & their ancestor was St John Finch, Martyr. The family home, Lane End House, still there in Mawdesley & occupied by David Finch dates back to the 1500s.
In the roof of the house is a Chapel where Mass was said in the days when it was forbidden to say mass. One of the family, James Finch founded Hayes & Finch, one of the largest suppliers of church furniture, candles vestments etc. Cuthbert Finch in one of the photos is the present David Finch's Grandfather.
One of the photos mentions a priest from Wrightington Hall & in brackets Ainscough family.
It was the Diccinson & Gerrard Family who lived at Wrightington Hall not Ainscoughs. I'll have a further look at some point & see if David Finch knows any of them.
Interestingly this year is the 150th anniversary of the opening of SS Peter & Pauls School & Thomas James, & William Finch were both benefactors & trustees of the school in 1860.
We'll be holding various celebrations & an open day later in the year, I'll keep you posted. I'll speak to David Finch & see if he can identify anyone. There is an old Aunt of his still living in Maghull, in her 90s now (Cuthbert Finch's Daughter) but I don't know how well she is, I'll see if I can find out as it is likely that she may know them.
Perhaps you could pass this on to the sender.
Kind Regards
John Cobham

On 17 Feb 2010, at 19:25, Paul Bridges wrote:
I did further research on this, and found that 11 of the 12 children of Hugh Ainscough & Susannah Fairclough were baptised at Wrightington Hall. The one not mentioned was John.
regards, Paul

On 6 Dec 2010, at 18:58, Mary Ainscough wrote:

I have just had this back from my cousin Mary Joyce. I dont know if you can make any sense of it..........

Uncle Ben Craven [ father of Angela, who married her cousen Peter Finch of Maudsley R I P last year, Angela now lives in a cottage at Maudsley. Pam living in Ireland, Anthony and Mary [ nee Craven ] who are both married and live in Lancs. I don't know how they were related to the Finches but I think Uncle Dick Finch [married to A Aggie ] was Uncle Bens Uncle. I know someone called Alison Westinghouse [of the cooker fame ] who lives down here, her sister stayed in the North and married one of the Finches

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ainscough-Finch Photos 1869-1890s

Elizabeth Speakman 1860? (1840-1922)
Susannah Ainscough with 8 of her children (1890's)??

I have a lot of photos from an album that I believe belonged to my GGrandmother Elizabeth Finch, who was the daughter of Mary Speakman (neé Ainscough), daughter of Richard Ainscough & Elizabeth Livesey.
These photos are from the late 1860s to the late 1890s, and include some Ainscough family members. There are about 90 of these photos, most of them unidentified. I have attempted to name some of them and estimate the year they were taken. I have copied these photos to a website at:

Tony Ainscough suggested I contact you and see if you think it is appropriate for you to add this information to your Ainscough Blog. My interest is in naming the people in the photos.
Paul Bridges - Ottawa, Canada (

On 29 Nov 2010, at 19:37, mary holder ( wrote:

Hi Barbara,
I cam accross your blog/website on the Finch family and was delighted to see a photo of my great great grandmother - Elizabeth Finch (nee Speakman). It appears she was married to William Finch and they had 4 children, one of these being my great grandmother Mary - she Married Charles Craven and had John Craven (my grandfather)...
I will try to spend some time researching Elizabeth's family further - are you also related to Elizabeth???

Would be great to find out more ....

Mary Holder

Monday, February 01, 2010

Who was E.H. Gooch?

Click the title above to link to more information about Ayscoughfee Hall.

Not an Ainscough or an Ayscough but a largely self-taught scholar, Ald. Gooch was well-known as the local historian and published “a History of Spalding,” and “Place Names in Holland, Lincolnshire” including research about Ayscoughfee Hall. His work might be useful to anybody researching the Ayscough links.

Edward Henry Gooch, “Harry” or “Skipper” to his friends, was a Spaldonian gentleman-adventurer and fifth generation fellmonger (dealing in wool and skins.) Born in 1885, he lived through the reign of four monarchs and during the height, and fall, of the British Empire. He was a fervent patriot and his greatest pride was that of being a Lincolnshire man.

He was a soldier, fighting in the trenches of the First World War, struggling to get some sleep on the piled up corpses of his fellows with only the rats to keep him warm. He was gassed and returned to civilian life where he had many an adventure as an amateur sailor. He was shipwrecked a number of times. In WWII he did his bit in the Home Guard and then in the “little ships” before returning to fellmongering.

He partook fully in municipal affairs. Probably one of the most outspoken men in the district, he was a member of the County Council from 1919 and an alderman from 1935. In 1919, he became a member of Spalding Urban Council and sat until 1927. After an interval of 11 years, he again returned to the Urban Council and, until he retired from that body in 1950, occupied several chairmanships and committees. He was Worshipful Master at the Hundred of Elloe Lodge of Freemasons.

His memoirs and some of his extensive historic poetry (presented by his grandson, Bruce Watson) will be published shortly in a book entitled “Gooch of Spalding.”

Bruce Watson ( lives with his French wife and family in the South of France, where he has published a book of short stories about the French Way of Life called “Life’s not all Wine and Roses” published by Iuniverse and available through W.H.Smiths or (ISBN 0-595-27703-9)

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From: Shaun Tyas
Date: 9 March 2010 23:32:44 GMT

Dear Barbara,
Thank you for posting the E H Gooch information on your website. I wonder if I could get in touch with whoever is writing / has written the mentioned book on him? Perhaps it is yourself? I have recently been preparing a conference paper about Gooch's book on Lincolnshire Place-Names and it is good to find some basic biographical information, but the bulk of my talk will be about his place-names. He was, of course, a respected local historian, but I fear the majority of his interpretations of the names are simply wrong because he believed they were Celtic. It would be good to have a chat with someone who knows more about him, though. I live in Donington near Spalding, email as above. Unfortunately I have only just discovered your site and my talk is on Saturday!
Best wishes
Shaun Tyas