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Publications by David Hayns about the history of the Malpas area

For over fifty years David Hayns has been researching and writing about the history of the Malpas area.

In that time he has published eleven booklets as well as writing numerous articles for local newspapers, magazines and other periodicals.
In 1995 he arranged the printing of a facsimile edition of the booklet 'Malpas, Parish, Town and Church', first published in 1895 by William Kenyon (Rector of Malpas 1873-1896).

A pdf file of that booklet is included on this site.

All twelve booklets are now on this website in the form of pdf files, so that they can be easily read and downloaded, free of charge.

Print copies of some of the publications are still available for purchase by contacting David at:
Stoke Cottage, Church Street, Malpas, Cheshire SY14 8PD
Tel:01948 860486


The Jubilee Hall 1887 – 1987
Using research into the original Malpas Victoria Jubilee Hall Management Committee minute books, local newspapers, other local records and information from some local individuals, this booklet begins with an account of the foundation of the Malpas Victoria Jubilee Hall, as a permanent memorial to mark the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria's reign.

Alport, Cholmondeley and Dod for the King: Malpas during the Civil Wars
An account of the way in which the Civil Wars of the 17th century affected Malpas and the surrounding area.

Heavenly Henry
The life and times of Philip Henry – (1631-1696)

Malpas and the Great War (1914-1918)
Published in 1993 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Armistice.
The book tells of the way in which Malpas reacted to the outbreak of war in August 1914

Richard Alport's Charity Children
The story of the Malpas Alport School: Part One 1745-1903
This was published in 1995 to mark the 250th anniversary of the Alport School's foundation.
It is based on research into the school's logbooks, local newspapers, and a range of other local records and publications.
The book takes the story up to 1903, the year in which the school ceased to be a voluntarily run charity foundation (originally a 'Blue Coat' school)

Malpas and the Home Front
Wartime life in a small Cheshire town
Published in 2005 to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War 2.

Malpas: Cheshire's Town in the Marches
A concise and well illustrated general history of Malpas, written for both local residents and visitors to the town.

Malpas, Parish, Town and Church
Malpas is a spur of the range of hills which rises abruptly from the Cheshire Plain at Beeston; follows the ridge of Peckforton to Bickerton; and thence branches to Broxton, Carden and the neighbourhood.

We look over the valley of the Dee towards the first upward slope of the Welsh Mountains, on the farthest side of the river.

More old fashioned than most
A look at Buildings in the Town (1980)
"The town has remained old fashioned for longer than most though today apart from the Church, its antiquarian interests are of the slenderest" ( Fred Crossley – "Malpas Church" 1936)

Mean may be our buildings and old fashioned our town but we hope that this short guide to "old fashioned" Malpas will prove that it is certainly not slender in antiquarian interest!

A Malpas Miscellany
Articles and Poems about a Cheshire community.
This is an anthology of articles on many aspects of the history of Malpas and its surrounding area.

A second Malpas Miscellany
Articles about the town's facilities and the community activities

Poet and Parish Priest
An account of Reginald Heber's life in Malpas and Hodnet.

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