Ormskirk was a centre for silk weaving and rope making. Presumably one of the largest markets for the ropes would have been Liverpool.

SS Peter and Paul, Ormskirk.

Monumental inscriptions for SS Peter and Paul, Ormskirk and photos of  Balshaw gravestones at Ormskirk.

Extract from "The Pictorial History of the County of Lancaster," published by George Routledge, London, in 1854.

Various information from trade directories for Ormskirk and Altrincham.

Various entries in the quarter sessions records for Ormskirk and the surrounding area.

My nearest Ormsirk ancestors, Thomas Balshaw, 1801-69, and Lucy Riddiough, 1803-77.

 Christopher Balshaw standing at the head of the gravestone of his 5 x great grandfather and grandmother , John and Ann Balshaw, in Ormskirk.

 Looking down Church Street to the north from the churchyard.

 Looking up Church Street (to the South)

 The Plough, Ormskirk, from the churchyard.  Obviously rebuilt since the time of Nancy Balshaw.

 Another view of The Plough, from the churchyard.

  The Plough, Ormskirk, from the top of Church Street..