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The local history resources available on this web site are organised into the nine townships of which the metropolitan borough of Knowsley is comprised, and famous people from or associated with the borough. From the home page you can select one of these sections, search the site, or view the guestbook.

You can return to the Local History home page from any of the lower pages by clicking on the Knowsley Logo, the red and grey icon located at the top of the left hand side navigation.

Townships

Information for each township contains some or all of the following options. When at a lower level page within a township, you can return to the home page for the township by clicking on the township name at the top of the left hand side navigation.

  • History Tour

    This gives a concise history of the township in several parts, and will include links to photographs with further information - if you follow a link you can return to the history page you were reading by selecting the Back to History Tour option in the navigation on the left hand side of the page displaying a photograph.

    A Display for Printing option is available which will allow you to display and subsequently print all parts of the History Tour as one document, as black text on white background ( thus saving printer cartridge ). To return to the original from the print option, select the Back to History Tour in the left hand navigation.

  • Timeline

    This gives a list in several parts of significant event dates for the township, and includes links to relevant photographs - if you select a link, you can return to the Timeline document you were reading by selectiong the Back to Timeline option in the left hand navigation. A Display for Printing option is available, as in the History Tour above.

  • Browse

    This provides you with the opportunity to browse through all the photographs for the township, and for the larger townships may include a Highlights option.

    Browse

    The normal browse option will present you with a full list of all photographs for the township. If you click on any one of the links, a photograph and text will be displayed. You can step through all the results by using the Next and Previous options in the left hand navigation.

    Browse Highlights

    This option allows you to step through a limited selection of the highlights of the photograph archives, using the Next and Previous options in the left hand navigation.

  • Maps and Plans

    This option allows you to view a selection of tithe maps and active OS maps of the township. Hotspots on the OS maps are indicated by an icon comprising a red circle betweeen two red triangles. The viewing method for the OS maps will depend on which browser and options you are using:

    Older browsers will display the OS maps as normal. If you click on a hotspot, a photograph and text associated with that point on the map will be displayed. There will be an option to Return to Map on the left hand side navigation.

    Browsers with Java will display a java applet comprised of two windows, one of which will show a thumbnail version of the map with a red rectangle 'viewfinder', and the other an enlarged active version of the portion of the map in the viewfinder. The viewfinder can be clicked on and dragged around the thumbnail map to view all areas of it. Wheb a hotspot on the enlarged version is clicked on, a relevant photograph and text will be displayed, and you will have the option to Return to Map on the left hand side navigation.

    Browsers with DHTML capability will present a thumbnail and an enlargement of the map. To navigate round the thumbnail, click with the left mouse button and drag the mouse briefly. you should then release the mouse button and be able to move round the map by moving the cursor. If you wish to link to a hotspot on the enlarged version, click with the left mouse button in the thumbnail, release the button, then you can click on the hotspot in the enlarged version. A relevant photograph and text will be displayed, and the option to Return to Map will be available on the left hand side navigation.

  • Towntrail

    This provides a present day walking tour guide, in several parts, of the township including a map, pointing out details of historical interest. All parts of the text and the map can displayed as one document which can then be printed out and used as a hand-held guide for the tour.

    Links from the Towntrail will display relevant photographs and text, and you can return to the page you were reading by using the Back to Trailtour option on the left hand side navigation.

  • Search Township

    There is a search box throughout all township pages, which will allow you to perform a search for a keyword(s) restricted to the current township. If you perform a search, a list of links will be returned. When a link is selected, the option to step through the other links returned by the search is available using the Previous and Next options in the left hand side navigation. A Display for Printing option will be available, which will redisplay the photograph and information in a relevant form for printing (i.e. black text on white background), which you can then print from your browser. To return to the original use the Return to Local History option at the bottom of the screen.

In addition to the above options Knowsley Village has a dedicated section on the Knowsley Estate, the family seat of the Earls of Derby, including the following options:
  • History of the Estate

    This provides a concise history of the Knowsley Estate, which is organised and navigated in the same way as the township History.

  • Family Tree of the Earls of Derby

    This provides a family tree for the Earls, and provides links to photographs and further information about each of them.

  • Derby Line of Succession

    Provides a chronological display of the line of succession (Shockwave plug-in is necessary to view this). This allows you to pinpoint the relevant Earl of Derby at any point in time since the First Earl, along with details of the line of succession. The photograph displayed on the right is active, and if clicked on will present a larger photograph and further information about that Earl. You can step through the line of succession by using the Previous and Next options at the top and bottom of the time bar.

Famous People

For each of the famous people, details for their lives is provided, in several parts, with links to photographs in the collection. When a link is clicked on, you can return to the page you were reading by using the Back to Famous People option in the left hand side navigation.

Search

The search box at the bottom of the home page, and at the bottom of all the lower level pages will allow you to perform a search across the entire collection for a keyword(s) referred to by any item in the collection. Type in a keyword and press ENTER and a list of links will be returned. When a link is selected, the option to step through the other links returned by the search is available using the Previous and Next options in the left hand side navigation. A Display for Printing option will be available, which will redisplay the photograph and information in a relevant form for printing (i.e. black text on white background), which you can then print from your browser. To return to the original use the Return to Local History option at the bottom of the screen.

Guestbook

We would welcome your additions to our Guestbook, including comments, suggestions and further information, both about the web site, its contents and the local history of Knowsley.

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