Postcard collector appeals for help with his latest find

Chorley Bethel Church men's Bible Class and Pastor 1934
Chorley Bethel Church men's Bible Class and Pastor 1934

A history enthusiast from Chorley is appealing for help in discovering the story behind his latest find.

Ian Bagshaw, 66. has a collection of over 1,000 postcards depicting life in his home town.

But his latest addition is proving more of a mystery.

The postcard shows over 30 men dressed in suits and on the back is an inscription which reads ‘Chorley Bethel Church Men’s Bible Class and Pastor 1934’.

Ian said: “I wonder if any readers can identify any of the people in the photograph or has any idea where it could have been taken.

“I collect anything to do with Chorley and I have a massive collection of postcards.

“I have not really looked into and researched the Bethel church so I need help just to try and place it.

“The picture was taken in the 1930s so there may be people with fathers or brothers in the photograph.

“Things like this are all about the people. If I can get people to place some names then we can build a picture of what was going on.”

The earliest postcard from Ian’s collection is from 1903.

He said: “I have been collecting for about 20 years. I am retired now so I am putting more into it. I started collecting things to do with Chorley FC and it just developed from there.”

Ian is hoping to show his full collection of postcards in September as part of English Heritage Week.

If you can shed some light on the postcard, contact Ian on 01257 277132.