This book, a collection of photographs of rural dwellings that have long since vanished, and those that still stand but have changed beyond all recognition, records the changes inflicted upon the Lancashire townships of Maghull and Lydiate by the turnpike, the canal, the railways and the more modern demands of nearby Liverpool. It shows cobbled streets, peaceful tree-lined roads, village schools and shops: a way of life now lost in an area that helped pioneer changes in British medicine.
John K. Rowlands was born in a coal mining village in County Durham and grew up in Middlesbrough. After graduating from Durham University, he worked on Teesside before becoming a lecturer at Guy's Hospital, London. He moved to Maghull in 1974, and began his research into the local history before leaving London. Now retired, in 2002 he received the Maghull Town Council Civic Award.