Westhoughton History Group


Westhoughton Local History group aiming to provide something for everyone who is interested in the history and development of Westhoughton through the centuries.

The Group has grown steadily since it was established in 2005 and fortnightly meetings upstairs in Westhoughton Library attracted over 70 members.

Some are content to come and listen to presentations or to meet old friends whilst others are actively researching the history of the town.

Meetings take place upstairs in the Library at Westhoughton BL5 3AT on

1st and 3rd Thursdays monthly.

A number of publications have been produced over the years and details of these can be found on the publications page of this website.

Contact : howfenhistory@gmail.com

For information about the group and our meetings and events, see:


To join our Group, send a request here:


Site updated 15 October 2021

For more information about Westhoughton’s History, please go to the new website being developed. This site contains still photos and full length videos and much more information.


For more information about the history of Horwich, we invite you to visit their website