TWO more books have been added to the rich collection of gems that celebrate the history of St Helens’ industry and communities.

Firstly, may I draw your attention to the biography of businessman George McCorquodale — Master Printer, written by local historian Geoff Simm.

McCorquodale saw his printing business in Newton-le-Willows grow from small beginnings to become a worldwide company. He did dealings with Pilkingtons and Beechams as well as the railways.

Geoff’s book features plenty of excellent illustrations and he is to be applauded for producing such a fascinating work.

He tells me there are 30 members of the McCorquodale family coming to Newton in November to listen to a talk on their family and a tour around St Peter’s church. You may recall Coffey Time featuring stories on the progress of a book Memories of Eccleston.

The Smithy Heritage Centre in Eccleston has been working on the project to collect the memories of local people.

The former blacksmiths shop, transformed into a local history museum by Eccleston Parish Council, received £5,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories programme to create an archive of personal stories.

I’m glad to say that the book is now available. Readers can get it from the Smithy Heritage Centre in person during open hours. You can even download a copy.

Meanwhile, Ann Johnson, nee Fishwick, a regular reader living in Melbourne, is seeking some help.

She writes: “My great-grandfather, Henry Fishwick, had a butcher's shop in St Helens. He was born in 1848 in Billinge. I would love to know if anyone in the St Helens area has a photo of him. All my living family cannot help me. If you need any more information please let me know.”

If you have any information, drop a line to Coffey Time and I’ll pass it on to Ann.

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