Lune Valley history book on sale to benefit Lancaster Hospice

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Wray historian David Kenyon has written and published ‘Valley of the Moon Remembered, A Photographic History of the People and Places in and Around a Lancashire Valley’ and has already raised £3,000 for the hospice through the sale of books.

The book is a collection of articles written by David Kenyon that previously appeared in the nostalgia section of the Lancaster Guardian.

The aim is to record for future generations the lives of the ordinary men, women and children who lived and worked in the villages of the Moon Valley during the period 1870-1968.

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Wray historian David Kenyon with nurse Sarah Gorst at St John’s Hospice. David and Sarah are pictured with the covers of the local history book David has written, the proceeds of which go to the hospice.

The book features a wide selection of fascinating photographs and many articles are written from the recollections of local residents, including those of David himself.

David Kenyon said: ‘We have already sold 200 copies of the book which has raised £3,000 for the hospice. We have already supported the hospice by publishing calendars which have raised over £9,000.

“My sister-in-law Stella Kenyon was treated at the hospice.

“The book is dedicated to Tony Wadeson, he was a wonderful friend for many years.

The Valley of the Moon remembered by David Kenyon. A photographic history of the people and places in and around a Lancashire valley.

“A family bought five books, including four for children.

“I would like to thank Graham C Agnew of Drawing Room Design and Kent Valley Color Printers of Kendal.”

The £15 book is on sale at Waterstones in Lancaster, Carnforth Bookshop, Coach House Antiques and Art, Hornby, Burton-in-Lonsdale Post Office and Community Shop and Bridge House Farm Tea Rooms, Wray.

The book is also available from the author direct on 015242 21668.

The image is in the book that David Kenyon wrote. Hornby Road, Caton, circa 1906. Coach-and-four enjoying a welcome rest outside the village post office. The Lancaster to Kirkby Lonsdale route through the Valley of the Moon was a popular scenic route for horse-drawn coach passengers at this time.
The photo is in the book written by David Kenyon on the history of the Valley of the Moon. This was taken at the time of the Wray flood in 1967. The big clean up continues apace in Bridge End. This interesting photograph shows a total absence of today’s obsession with health and safety.
This image is found in David Kenyon’s book on the history of Moon Valley. Maypole dancing, schoolyard, Caton Church of England Primary School, circa 1901. This photograph was most likely taken by William Fearing whose daughter Amy is one of the dancers. Left to right: Nellie Gibson, James Mason, Harold Cook, Mabel Croft, Fanny Leeming, John Gibson, John Goodwin, Amy Fearing, Jenny Bolton, Tom Fairclough, George Goodwin, Mary Massick.
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