A HISTORY society celebrated its third birthday with a fascinating talk charting 200 years of Ellesmere Port.
Last Tuesday, Carl Collier, a founder member of the Ellesmere Port Local and Family History Society, spoke at the National Waterways Museum about the industry of the town from 1880 to 1969.
His talk covered a wide range of industries. Members discovered that even before the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal in 1893, the town had grown exponentially from its birth as a port in 1795.
By the early 1890s it had a substantial amount of heavy industry employing vast numbers of men.
Celia Webber, from the society, said: “In later years, it was interesting to associate the town’s changing fortunes with these industries as they came and went.
“It was appropriate that the talk was about the port and its industry as the society has just celebrated its third birthday. Its inaugural meeting was on October 20 2009 and, since that date, it has grown from strength to strength.”
For more information about the society, which meets once a month at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, email email@example.com or call the National Waterways Museum on 0151 355 5017 and leave a message for Celia Webber.
Membership opens again in January 2013 and is £10 per annum.