On Sale: The Appley Bridge Meteorite book.

Latest News… Russell Parry has recently presented his talk on 2 transatlantic crossings on Queen Mary 2 and at the Linder Theater in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City… July 2018

This is the fascinating story of the fall and find of the Appley Bridge meteorite in 1914 as told through newspaper reports and archive documents of the time.

It tells the story of the confusion with enemy Zeppelins, the confiscation of the meteorite by the police and its subsequent release for analysis.

The book includes previously unseen photographs of the meteorite and images provided by various organisations around the World.

The current locations of samples of the meteorite are also listed together with articles and publications on the meteorite.

Signed Copies ONLY £10

Amazon Reviews


By Paul Harper on 12 August 2016 An Exceptional Work!

I would highly recommend this book. The author has really researched the subject matter, capturing the historical and social setting at the beginning of Great War. What I really like is the authors in knowledge and style in bringing over the scientific story. He must have done a lot of research.


By Amazon Customer on 30 January 2016 . I didn’t want this book to end!

I would recommend this book to all. The social history and setting, being 2 months after the outbreak of the Great War, are just as fascinating as the scientific story which began billions of years ago. The depth of research along with the knowledge and insight of the author are outstanding


By Hrodebert on 3 November 2014 All in all a good tenner’s worth for anyone interested in meteorites

This book was of particular interest to me as I live just a mile or so from where the meteorite landed (some 30 years before I was born, I might add). I am fascinated by all aspects of local history, and Russell Parry has produced a little gem here. He has conducted intense research into his subject and dug up every known fact regarding the incident. The story is presented in a very readable style, and he has added a considerable amount of technical/scientific information about meteorites in general – well worth a read just for “general knowledge”. All in all a good tenner’s worth for anyone interested in meteorites, or local history (if you happen to live anywhere near Appley Bridge)

The Appley Bridge meteorite on TV

BBC news videos on the 100th anniversary of the Appley Bridge meteorite featuring the author Russell Parry

Below are 4 videos of the That’s Lancashire talk show from December 2016. Russell talking about his work, band, radio and the Appley Bridge meteorite story….

Talks on the Appley Bridge meteorite

  • 2018 Talks

  • Friday 26th January 2018. World Museum Liverpool. Stargazing night.

  • Monday 12th March 2018. Burscough Heritage Group.

  • Thursday 15th March 2018. Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society - Chorley Branch

  • Saturday 28th April. Whats Your Story, Chorley 2018 Festival. Venue to be confirmed.

  • Wednesday 23rd May 2018. North Wales Astronomy.

  • Wednesday 27th June 2018 Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic crossing Southampton - New York

  • Tuesday 3rd July 2018 NEW YORK CITY USA. American Museum of Natural History - Linder Theatre

  • Wednesday 11th July 2018 Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic crossing New York - Southampton

  • Monday 8th October 2018 Museum of Wigan Life

  • Saturday 13th October 2018 Newtown Astronomy Society. 104th Anniversary Talk.

  • Tuesday 4th December 2018. North Staffordshire Astronomical Society.

  • 2017 Talks

  • Wednesday 11th January 2017 St.George‘s Men’s Fellowship Group, Chorley.

  • Tuesday 24th January 2017 Hindley Green St Johns Mens Fellowship

  • Thursday 16th February 2017 Southport Astronomical Society

  • Saturday 25th March 2017 at 2pm The World Museum - Liverpool

  • Friday 7th April 2017 Furness and South Lakeland Astronomical Society

  • Tuesday 11th April 2017 Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society

  • Friday 12th May 2017 The Spaceguard Centre Powys

  • Friday 2nd June 2017 Huddersfield Astronomical Society

  • Friday 9th June 2017 Runcorn & Widnes Astronomical Group

  • Saturday 12th August 2017 The Solarsphere Festival Builth Wells

  • Thursday 19th October 2017 Keighley Astronomical Society

  • Friday 13th October 2017. Euxton Astronomy (Euxtronomy). The 103th Anniversary of the Appley Bridge Meteorite.

  • 2016 Talks

  • Wednesday 26th October 2016 Chester Astronomical Society

  • Wednesday 9th November 2016 Salford Astronomical Society - Salford University

  • Tuesday 15th November 2016 Bamber Bridge

  • Thursday 1st December 2016 Bamber Bridge

  • Monday 12th December 2016. Appley Bridge Mens Association

Book a talk…

Russell is always happy to provide his entertaining and informative talks on the Appley Bridge Meteorite story to museums, libraries, societies, clubs and schools.

Please send your enquiry to Russell by email on russell@food-safety.co.uk or telephone 07973 452889 to discuss.