Rainford’s Roots: The Archaeology of a Village, edited by Sam Rowe and Liz Stewart
The Society in collaboration with National Museums Liverpool brought out the first of two publications on the Rainford’s Roots Community Archaeology Project in October 2014.
The Rainford’s Roots Community Archaeology Project was established by Merseyside Archaeological Society and National Museums Liverpool and launched in January 2013, after receiving funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project sought to investigate the rich early post-medieval industrial heritage of Rainford village. Through a series of surveys, excavations, and finds analysis, the project shed light on the pottery and clay tobacco pipe manufacturing industries that thrived in Rainford from the 17th-20th centuries.
Rainford’s Roots: The Archaeology of a Village, edited by Sam Rowe and Liz Stewart, presents the important new findings from the recent project and looks briefly at past archaeological work in the village. Copiously illustrated in colour, the book has benefited from the research and knowledge of Society members and volunteers involved in the project:
Martin Cox (towns and markets), Ron Dagnall (clay pipes, the tennis courts and other digs), Maurice Handley (geology and natural resources), Allan Moore (railways and transport), Peter Keen (canals) and Glyn Quigley (the Stanleys and Lathom). Other research has been contributed by NML staff: Mark Adams (the tennis courts dig), Ron Cowell (prehistory), and Jeff Speakman (ceramics and the library dig).
The book is available from the Publications Secretary, and the Museum of Liverpool bookshop. We hope to sell at outlets in Rainford and St Helens. Price £6. ISBN 978-1-902700-52-6