A book which brings Chorley's history to life - from Roman times to the present - has been released to mark a society's 50th anniversary.

Romans to Roundabouts has been produced by Chorley and District Historical and Archaeological Society and provides details of eight history walks in the area of various lengths, from half-a-mile to four miles.

The book, which was produced with the help of lottery funding, relates places of historical interest in everyday locations around Chorley, ranging from rural walks in Rivington and Croston to a town centre walk.

You can learn about the mills built alongside the canal in Withnell Fold, the last section of the Leeds-Liverpool to be built in 1816.

It also shows the site where a hoard of 21 Roman coins were found close to the village of Brindle in 1934.

Other walks include journeys through Euxton and Pincock and the Yarrow Valley and Birkacre.

Chair of the society, Joan Dickinson, said: "The book seemed the perfect way to celebrate 50 years.

"It has been a huge effort by many members to compile the book and I'm sure it will be enjoyable to readers to discover the rich history that is all around us in this area." The society also kept the production of the 96 page book close to home by using Chorley design and layout firm Crumple Zone and Newbury Printers from the town.

Romans to Roundabouts, priced at £3.50, will be formally launched at Astley Hall on October 20 but is available to buy now.

It is available from Chorley Central Library, Chorley Information Centre, and other outlets listed on www.chorleyhistory.co.uk.