A VILLAGE history group has launched a new book featuring local families.

Luminaries of Appleton-le-Moors is the latest publication from the Appleton-le-Moors Group.

Formed in 2006, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the group’s objective is to create a history archive readily accessible to all.

In 2014, the Appleton-le-Moors History Group completed its first publication, Appleton-le-Moors and the Great War, to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. With the success of the first publication, the history group decided that there were many properties in the village worthy of investigation, and A Baker’s Dozen: Thirteen Properties in Appleton-le-Moors was produced.

Jim Hall, secretary of the group, said: “Flushed with success, the group looked for another project. Margaret Allison, author of the seminal Appleton-le-Moors: A 12th Century Planned Village, had given an illustrated talk in 2015 entitled Eminent Victorians in Appleton-le-Moors, which fascinated all who witnessed it. From these roots the present publication grew.

“Margaret was kind enough to produce a written version of her talk and it is this that has pride of place in opening the book. It was decided to revisit some of the families featured in the talk, to add more flesh to the bones. It was also decided to extend the chronology through the 20th century and into the 21st allowing the inclusion of a number of other personalities.”

“Some of the families and individuals included are the Buntings, the Shepherds, the McDougals, The Scoresbys, Grace Owen, Anne Taylor and Lewis Creighton, as well others.”

Luminaries of Appleton-le-Moors priced for £ 5.99.

For more information, go to appletonlemoorshistory.btck.co.uk