I live in the Swanlow area of Winsford in the very heart of Cheshire and am descended
of a family that has lived in the Northwich district, especially the parish of Davenham,
for several hundred years. I have three adult sons who all live in Macclesfield.
thirty years I served the people of Cheshire as an officer with the Cheshire Constabulary.
On retiring in 1998 I worked as a Community Safety Co-ordinator with Vale Royal Borough
Council until April 2007. Having now retired from a professional life in public service,
I now spend much of my time researching local history. I was appointed as a Justice
of the Peace in 2007 and sat on the South & East Cheshire Bench at Crewe and Macclesfield
Magistrates Courts: I retired in December 2016.
Since my school days I have had a
passionate interest in the history of my home county. My interests resulted in obtaining
a B.A. in History (Manchester, 1991) and an M.A. in Local History (Keele, 1994).
I have written many articles on various aspects of Cheshire History . I am a regular
speaker/lecturer to local history and similar societies and a part-time lecturer
in the subject with local adult education centres. Over the years I have taught classes
on local history research and detecting family history at a number of adult educational
As well as being a member of a number of academic societies in the region, I have
completed two three-year terms as chair of the Cheshire Local History Association
and am now a member of its Executive Committee with a responsibility for their web-site.
I am Hon. Treasurer of the Winsford & District History Society of which I was chairman
for many years. During the 1990s I wrote and edited a short series of the Winsford
History Society’s publications: The Winsford Record. I have just retired as Chairman
of the Northwich Heritage Society , a position I held for several years.