The important archive of a Chester-based 19th century historian deposited in the city

20 March 2014

Important notes and papers belonging to the pre-eminent historian of Cheshire - George Ormerod who died in 1873 – have been deposited by his family with Chester – based Cheshire Archives and Local Studies.
His descendant, also named George Ormerod, presented the paperwork so that visitors to Cheshire Record Office interested in his work, now have his actual notes.
George Ormerod was born in Manchester in 1785 and was educated at The King’s School in Chester.
He lived at Chorlton House just outside the city and wrote there ‘The history of the county palatine and city of Chester’ between 1811 and 1817. He died in Gloucestershire in 1873.
The deposit was brought about by the Cheshire Local History Association. Its chair John Hess is George Ormerod’s biographer and lives at Chorlton House and its vice – chair Jonathan Pepler was the former County Archivist.
The two together with local historian Mike Curtis visited George Ormarod and were instrumental in arranging for the deposit of the papers in Chester.
Paul Newman, Archives and Local Studies Manager said:: “We would like to thank George for depositing the notes of his ancestor which are extremely important because his History of Cheshire is still used by researchers today.
“We would also like to thank the Cheshire Local History Association for the role they played in the deposit of this wonderful archive.”

Archives and Local Studies Manager Paul Newman, descendant George Ormerod and John Hess from the Cheshire History Association
​Archives and Local Studies Manager Paul Newman, descendant George Ormerod and John Hess from the Cheshire History Association

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