Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire

‘A worthy champion for the maintenance of civil and religious liberty’ Dr Robert Halley (1796–1876) and his Lancashire: Its Puritanism and Nonconformity

Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire (2019), 168, (1), 45–64.

Abstract

Halley’s Lancashire: its Puritanism and Nonconformity (1869, 1872) is reckoned one of the best of the nineteenth-century regional histories in its field and, one hundred and fifty years after its first publication, still commands respect today. It is as a historiographical monument, however, that the work is assessed here. A careful analysis is offered not only of the book itself and its coverage and the sources and methodology employed in it, but of the author himself and of the chronological, religious and local settings in which he was anchored.

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Richardson, R.C.