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‘The Diaries of William Lloyd Holden’
October 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm£20
Thursday 17 October, 6:30pm for 7:00pm
‘The Diaries of William Lloyd Holden’,
Supper with Mr Jonathan Pepler.
In the history of cartography, William Lloyd Holden is not a familiar name; however, the chance
survival of his diaries provides unique evidence of the actual processes involved in producing the
county maps published by private surveyors and publishers in the period between the end of the
Napoleonic Wars and the rise of the Ordnance Survey. Holden worked for William Andrewes Bryant
in Cheshire – where he covered most of the northern part of the County from the Wirral to the
Longdendale panhandle – and in the West Riding, particularly in the Holmfirth area and the Dales. He
also spent the winter of 1829-30 in London, where he did odd pieces of work for Bryant as well as
spending time with his family. The dairies show that the ‘actual’ surveys of Bryant, the Greenwoods
and their contemporaries were primarily exercises in compilation and synthesis from existing
large-scale local mapping, rather than new surveys. The diaries also provide a fascinating picture of the
social life and activities, entertainments, flirtations and interests of an insatiably curious young bachelor,
and incidentally of the communities in which he spent time.
We are fortunate to be joined this evening by Mr Jonathan Pepler, the editor of the Diaries which were
published by the Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, who will be giving a talk in the
Newsroom after supper. Jonathan Pepler has been a Council member from 1995, President 2003-2012.
A history graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, Jonathan has pursued a career in archives mainly in
local authorities (Norfolk, Pembrokeshire and Cheshire) apart from a brief interlude in the NHS with
Tower Hamlets Health Authority, and was latterly Cheshire County Archivist 1997-2012. He has also
held various offices in national and local archival and historical organisations including Chair of the
National Council on Archives, and membership of the Railway Heritage Committee and the
Archbishop of Canterbury’s Advisory Panel on Libraries and Archives. He has published a number of
articles in local historical journals and has a particular interest in maps and cartography.
£20.00 per person, including two-course supper