Welcome to Royden History. Co. Uk



Online publication catalogue for writer and historian Mike Royden. Details about all books and how to order. Signed copies available.


Local History of Liverpool and surrounding areas, articles, photos, maps, bulletin board, record office information, University courses, useful links, plus much more. Essential for all Local Historians!


If you have always wanted to find out more about your ancestry and to bring to life your own personal 'Who Do You Think You Are?' record, we offer a professional, comprehensive and friendly service.

We have several fixed price packages where you will be able to select one to fit your needs. For example, you may wish to have a single one name family line traced, or two or more of your grandparents lines reearched - whatever your requirements, we aim to provide you with a record to treasure as a family heirloom.

Do you have a particular ancestor who took part in the First World War that you have always wanted to discover more about? We have the expertise to provide you with a record of your relative's war experience.

If your ancestors are from near to our base in the Merseyside / West Cheshire area, we can also offer guided tours where you can visit the former homes, sites and locations frequented by your family members. Please visit the website for full details.

Recent Publications

Tales from the 'Pool - A Collection of Liverpool Stories

From the most detailed study of Liverpool Castle yet to appear in print, to the most up to date account of the Liverpool Hitlers, Mike Royden has produced a fascinating collection of stories about the Merseyside area, including grim accounts of the workhouse and two stories of gruesome murders. Two chapters look at aspects of Liverpool’s role in the First World War, while the story of Titanic survivor Ruth Bowker, unknown until now, appears for the first time. Fully illustrated with over 90 images, this fantastic collection will delight those interested in delving into detailed historical accounts of Merseyside heritage.
Signed copies available

VILLAGE AT WAR - The Cheshire Village of Farndon During the First World War

With a foreword by the late Duke of Westminster, Village at War gives a fascinating insight into everyday life during the First World War. Part I covers what it was like during the dark years of the war; the call for duty, the hardship of families left at home, attitudes towards 'aliens', rationing, the Defence of the Realm Act, conscientious objectors, prisoners of war, and air raids. Throughout, the author concentrates on the lives of the local people. The second half of the book details the individual stories of all the men who lost their lives from the local communities in the Farndon area of West Cheshire. This book is a useful tool for anyone researching the effects of the First World War on local communities at home, as well as the stories of the men who left them to fight abroad. 
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Tracing Your Liverpool Ancestors

Tracing Your Liverpool Ancestors provides a fascinating insight into everyday life in the Liverpool area over the past four centuries. Mike Royden introduces readers to the wealth of material available on the city’s history and it’s people, while also providing an essential handbook for local and familyhistory research. Full details, latest reviews and ordering online.
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Liverpool Then and Now

Liverpool Ten and Now takes the reader on a journey through a city once considered the 'second city of empire'. Some 70 historic photographs of Liverpool's past are paired with specially commissioned contemporary views taken from the same vantage point. You can see the same streets and buildings as they were 'then' and as they are 'now'. Part of the bestselling 'Then and Now' series, this charming contrast of old and new photographs highlights the stunning changes - and the equally amazing similarities - of one of the most loved cities in Britain, its well-known places but also some of its hidden gems. Full details, latest reviews and ordering online.

Web Sites designed and maintained by Mike Royden

From this page you can select the Web Site you require

Halewood Parish Local History Pages


Halewood lies to the south east of Liverpool and was once a township in the large parish of Childwall. This website is still in preparation and will hopefully be online by the end of summer 2007. Various aspects of Halewood's history will be covered, including articles, documents, photographs, maps etc.

Farndon Parish Local History Pages


Farndon is a village in the county of Cheshire, England, on the banks of the River Dee, 8 miles south of Chester, and close to the border with Wales. John Speed (1542-1629), the famous cartographer was born in Farndon, and King Edward the Elder died here in 924. There are several buildings of historical interest, including the Grade I listed medieval bridge and at least sixteen Grade II structures.

Royden Family History Web Site


A family history site for the Royden name or family. History pages, the full tree, coat of arms, name meaning, guestbook, message board and feedback form for those who are or think they may be related.

Liam Royden


Liam has been writing songs and performing around the Chester and Liverpool area since his early teens. His first band Cosmic Debris reached the final of Chester's Got Talent. Then his next band, Eastgate, won it the following year. He now fronts the brilliant band TIRO LARK. His personal website features photographs, live gig information and downloads of recent videos and songs. Contact information is also included.

Lewis Royden Photography


Lewis Royden's photography pages. After training at college and university, Lewis is now a professional photographer concentrating mainly in action sports, music, and landscape. This website showcases examples of his work, together with his exhibition and gallery work. Contact information is also included.

Everton F.C. Nostalgia Pages

Pages featuring latest news concerning Everton throughout the media, the Hall of Fame presentation evenings 1999/2000/2001, the Hall of Fame books and Lewis Royden, the Everton mascot presenting awards at the 2001 Gwladys Street Hall of Fame.


Ellesmere Port War Memorial Project


Dedicated to the memory of Ellesmere Port men who have given their lives during confict, this site is an ongoing project attempting to piece together a little more background about the men who fought and died. It also ties in with tours of the Battlefields where we are trying to visit the graves or memorials of as many soldiers recorded on the Ellesmere Port War Memorial as we can. This website reports the results of those efforts and shows where future researches may lie.

Farndon During the First World War


War had a devastating effect on the small population of Farndon, and the First World War took the lives of many well known young men of the neighbourhood. There were no government provisions laid down on how to commemorate those who were lost, but in Farndon there was equal support for a war memorial and some form of community hall. As a preference could not be agreed, it was decided to have both. This site is about Farndon during the war years, the men of the memorial, and of the surrounding villages in the parish.

Halewood War Memorial Project


The aim of this project is to trace the men of the Halewood War Memorial and to research a brief biography of each man. The battlefields of Belgium and France are also visited regularly to discover more about where the men fought and where they are now remembered. There is also a focus on how the war affected Halewood highlighting the hardships and experiences of those enduring life on the home front.

WWI Battlefields Tour

A tour of the World War One Battlefields of Flanders Fields, Belgium and Vimy Ridge and the Somme in France. Site contains full tour photographs, archive photographs, poetry, tracing soldiers who died in the Great War, plus links to useful sites.

A Family at War

The Effects of the First World War on the family of John and Elizabeth Royden of Liverpool(1872-1920)

The First World War had a devastating effect on the family of John and Elizabeth Royden, and for those at home their lives would never be the same again. Three fathers lost their lives and twelve children would no longer see their parent walk through the door of the family home again.This new biography covers the family in their original home, close to the bustling port of ninteenth century Liverpool, before looking at each of the children in turn to see how their lives were changed by the First World war.

Bombardier Charles Royden R.F.A. (1881-1918)


Charles Royden was in the Royal Field Artillery in the First World War and was killed in 1918. It has taken many years of research to compile enough material for this modest biography. To ensure that even this was not forgotten visit these pages for a more detailed account of Charles Royden at the Somme and his war record.