Trio pens Bolton-le-Sands history book

Barry Guise with his book about Bolton-le-Sands
Barry Guise with his book about Bolton-le-Sands
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A husband and wife and a former mayor are the brains behind a new local history book.

Retired teachers Barry and Lesley Guise, and Keith Budden are Bolton-le-Sands villagers with a shared passion for things past.

Their mutual fascination with history gave birth to ‘Bolton-le-Sands portrait of a village’ just three weeks ago.

Starting with a brief potted history of the village, the book goes on to illustrate it with a generous array of postcards.

Each card is like a time capsule accompanied by a substantial explanatory caption and often the words that were written on it.

Barry who used to teach at St Martin’ College, Lancaster, said: “The idea was to have a look at the village roughly about a hundred years ago and quite a bit of it was based on the 1901 census.

“I wrote the book with my wife and Keith, who is an ex-mayor of Lancaster, has quite an extensive postcard collection. He’s been collecting a long time.

“A lot of the cards in there are from his collection and some from other people in the village.

“I’ve talked to quite a lot of the more elderly residents who’ve got memories of the earlier village and those are in there too.”

The book took its first teetering steps after a conversation between Barry and Keith.

Barry said: “I’d got quite a few old postcards because I collect them too and I was talking to Keith who’s got this big collection and we said it’s a shame the postcards are stuck in our albums and nobody can see them. It’d be a good idea to let people have a look at what the village used to be like.

“It was only going to be a small book to start with and then it developed.”

The book is Barry’s second to be published by Carnegie who are based in Lancaster.

“I wrote a book about the Midland Hotel in Morecambe and they also published that,” he said.

All profits from the new book go to Bolton-le-Sands Playground Fund.

Priced £9,99, you can buy it at Carnforth Bookshop, Bolton-le-Sands post office and Blue Anchor pub, and from Waterstones in Lancaster.

You can also order it directly from the authors on 01524 824300 or from the publishers on 01524 840111.