SNAPSHOTS of a bygone era in Kingsley and Norley have been collected in a new book taking readers on a nostalgic ramble through rural Cheshire.

Also featuring nearby Acton Bridge and Crowton – Times Past, which includes hundreds of rare photographs – also includes mysterious tales of maps, trails and hidden places.

Co-author, Mark Bevan, a former journalist who has been writing and publishing books for more than 20 years, said: “The photographs and the supporting text are superb and the cover illustration of Kingsley Windmill, and an extremely rare shot of old Acton Bridge, are collector’s items in their own right.

“The book contains more than 170 illustrations of long forgotten places and faces. It is a rare treat for anyone who knows and enjoys this lovely corner of Cheshire.”

Tom Wright, the book’s other co-author who was born in Norley and is now in his 80s, has spent much of his life collecting material relating to the area.

Previous to Times Past he released Three Parishes, covering Norley, Delamere and Oakmere, which prove to be very popular.

Times Past is on sale at £9.95 from selected village shops and can also be bought direct from CC Publishing, Chester, by ringing 01829 741 651 or visiting