Ormskirk library has copies of the Ormskirk Advertiser on microfilm from the late 1840s.
The Leeds and Liverpool Canal passes close to Ormskirk. There is a junction to the Ribble at Burscough Bridge. At Wigan there is a junction to Leigh where it joins the Bridgewater canal. The main route goes through Chorley, to Blackburn, Burnley, Barnoldswick, Skipton and Leeds.
Current OS map of the Ormskirk area
Present day map of Ormskirk