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Blundell diary to aid children.

Byline: Chris Hannaway

THE squire of Little Crosby has re-published a fascinating history of his famous ancestor and diarist Nicholas Blundell.

The book is one of the most important documents about early Lancashire life, say historians.

In 1702 Nicholas Blundell made the first entry in his `Great Diurnal' - a diary which he kept for the next 28 years.

He wrote of the growth of the port of Liverpool and the everyday celebrations and quarrels in the small village of Little Crosby.

In 1952 Margaret Blundell published a biography of her four times great grandfather, entitled A Lancashire Squire. She used material from the diary and other accounts and letters, to create a modern and fascinating insight into life in the Crosby area 300 years ago.

This week Mark Blundell, the present occupier of Crosby Hall, proudly unveiled a glossy new edition of his great aunt's book.

All profits from the book go to the Crosby Hall Educational Trust (CHET) - the children's outdoor pursuits centre which was the brainchild of Mr Blundell.

He is hoping the new publication will reach a far wider audience than the first.

Mr Blundell, 51, said: ``I do not know if Margaret realised that her book was published exactly 250 years after Nicholas started the diary but, by happy chance, the year of the publication of this new edition is exactly 50 years after the first.

``This provided a good excuse for bringing the book out in print after all these years.

``The original diary would be quite hard work for the average reader but Margaret managed to tell the story in a fascinating and very readable way.

``The book will appeal to anyone who is interested in local history. I myself feel a great sense of pride to be part of this great family line and the knowledge that Nicholas probably sat in these rooms writing his diary is very special to me.''

The book was compiled with help from historical consultant David Brazendale.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 6, 2002
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