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Welcome to Hoole History and Heritage Society

Hoole Urban District Council Crest "All is in vain without the Lord"

Welcome to the new Hoole History and Heritage Society (the 'Society') website. The site continues to be developed as we transfer from our old provider (BT Community website at http://hoolehistorysoc.btck.co.uk/) to whom we are very grateful for many years of support to the Society.

News and Updates


The latest update can be found in Leisure & Recreation in Hoole under the article '29th April 1953: His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh opened Coronation Playing Field' which has been expanded following the recent death of Prince Philip. Inevitably this has provoked interest, and for older people memories of his visit to Hoole in April 1953.


As many of you know, our meetings programme is currently suspended following Government advice on the Coronavirus pandemic. We will update this message when it becomes clear that we can safely resume. Please do continue to contact us with news, questions and history snippets. Meanwhile, we wish you well.

Whilst meetings in person are unavailable, we have initiated a series of group Zoom presentations for Society members. It is hoped that these presentations will form the basis for future updates on this site.

The first of these presentations is entitled “The Couturière, the Duke and the Deed of Gift” - being the story of the early lives, careers and relationship of Hugh Richard Arthur Grosvenor, “Bendor”, Second Duke of Westminster, and Mlle Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel. The presenter, Monty Mercer, uses slides of contemporary photographs to illustrate the events of the times through which they lived, together with comment on the sometimes convulsive nature of the historical context, and the long-term relationship that they enjoyed. The presentation is in two parts, Part 1 aired on Tuesday 20 April and Part 2 will be on Tuesday 18 May at 7.30pm. Society members will be contacted and invited individually.


During the shutdown the Society has continued to keep in touch and share information with its members through Newsletter emails. These are now being shared to a wider audience:

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Data Protection & Copyright

Data Protection Policy and Procedures

Hoole History and Heritage Society is committed to protecting all personal information that is entrusted to us by people and to respecting their rights around how their information is handled. If you wish to see our data protection policy in full, please use the 'Contact Us' page and request a copy of the 'Hoole History and Heritage Society - Data Protection Policy and Procedures'.


A clause has been added to our 'Terms and Conditions' page to address regular requests the Society receives for copies of the photographs we have on the website. This clause reads "Materials (including photographs) from which the articles in this website are developed are, unless otherwise identified, believed by the Society to reside in the public domain. Should anyone or any organisation dispute this assertion please contact the Society (through the Contact Us page) and we will do our utmost to resolve the matter to everyone’s satisfaction (e.g. by appropriate attribution)."