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  1. 4 points
    I've been in high demand the last few days starting with the Len Banana Day at Lucem House. Taken on Thursday and also it would of been his 66th Birthday. They all did a wonderful show celebrating the life and work of a much loved poet Len Saunders. Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr The Yellow Brick Road is a step free access to the building funded by donations following his death. Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Below Anne Shacklady-Smith Lens friend and Co-founder of Lucem House. Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Below St.Helens Town Centre Manager Gary Maddock being interviewed. Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Lens Sister on the left Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Lens close friend Paul with Ann Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Lens Niece with her husband and baby Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Holy Cross Choir Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr From there i walked down to the bridge for 4:30pm as it was lit yellow for Len Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Then back and caught Santa.. Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr There was tears also.. Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Poet Sue Gerrard Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Lens friend Paul Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Poet Norman Weston Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Len Banana Day by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
  2. 3 points
    Starting at the Lodge... Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Then walked through the park to the Orangery Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr With Poet Sue Gerrard again. Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Also with Norman Weston again Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Santa again... Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Handing out certificates to the children for poetry... Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr And presents too Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Ohhh Ann Carols in Victoria Park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
  3. 3 points
    Your right there @gangad Also noticed this aswell on Crab St...a lady walking past said she 'heard' that there's going to be units built on the land? Former Travellers Rest Pub by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Former Travellers Rest Pub by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Former Travellers Rest Pub by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
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    Taken Saturday Below Town Centre Manager Gary Maddock with Ann-Marie Owens who hosted it....it's second year too. St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr St.Helens Town Hall Christmas Fair by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
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    I'm relatively new to family history but I've made some interesting (to me, at least) discoveries. I managed to push my part of my Haselden line back to around 1725 and almost all were born, lived and died within about 8 miles of where I grew up in Parr! There's a close association with the Sankey Canal in my family, with at least 5 members being lock keepers at various times. Locations include Newton-le-Willows, Widnes Docks and the New Double Locks in Parr. My Great(x3) Grandfather, William Haselden, was the lock keeper at the latter location for many years. He must have known my Great-Great Grandfather James Gamble, who owned a flat and was a boatman living in Sankey Place at the same time William Haselden was the lock keeper at New Double Locks. James Gamble must have taken his flat through those locks many times as he moved goods out of St.Helens. Ironic that that James' Grandaughter and William's Great Grandson would marry 70 years after William and James were working the canal. There's a sad aspect to this Sankey Canal association. William drowned in the canal, as did his father and one of his Grandsons, also named William...spookily, the 2 Williams drowned in the same place, near Merton Bank Road and Island's Brow. Another William Haselden, my Great Uncle, had an "interesting" reputation. We call him "William the Bad". He joined the 1st Bn, South Lancs Regt in 1888 and was posted to Portsmouth to help man the forts defending the south coast. In 1892 he was locked up for 30 days for assaulting a police officer. According to a contemporary newspaper article, he and his mates were coming back from a night on the town when a police officer told them to move along. They duly took off their belts and gave him a beating. Shortly after his release, he was posted to the 2nd Bn (I'm sure the 1st Bn just wanted rid of him) resulting in him going to Gibraltar then Malta and finally Egypt. While in Cairo, he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and was sent home to a military hospital in Southampton. He was discharged in 1894 on medical grounds. His paperwork included a section where his commanding officer could provide comments on his character and general habits. William's CO wrote just 3 words, "Irregular. Intemperate. Bad." William died in the Whiston Union Workhouse a year later due to his medical condition. My military heritage outside the Haselden line is a little more auspicious. George Gamble and his brother James lived in South John Street, Parr. Prior to WW1 they had labourer jobs typical of my family, George in Greenall's brewery and James in the mines. George was enlisted in the Rifle Brigade right after war broke out and military life clearly suited him, progressing through promotions to the rank of Sgt. He was commissioned in 1917 to the rank of 2nd Lt and was sent back to his unit in France in August of that year. Barely a month later, he was in the trenches when he heard German soldiers trying to cut the barbed wire. According to one report, he went to warn another officer of the impending threat (perhaps the Germans were more immediately in front of this other officer's position) but the Germans threw "bombs" (presumably hand grenades) which killed the other officer immediately and mortally wounded George. George's brother, James, joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1915 as an Air Mechanic. He, too, was promoted to Sergeant and then, in November 1917, was accepted for pilot training. I wonder if the death of his brother, George, that September, prompted James to take a more active role in the war. Upon completion of training, he was posted to 11 Squadron in France flying Bristol F2b Fighter aircraft. On one occasion, his engine failed and he had to force-land on a trench which broke the aircraft's fuselage in two. He and his observer where unharmed. At the end of the War, James stayed in the RAF serving with 11 Sqn as part of the occupation forces in Germany. He returned home in July 1919 and was ultimately discharged from the Service in 1923.
  6. 2 points
    Next time I come to St Helens, I'd best have a good look around while there's still something left of it.
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    I noticed this on Friday...it needs a good lick of paint too. College St,To Let by Robbob 2010, on Flickr College St,To Let by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
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    It was a very successful event. Heart warming to hear and see how much he is loved. He brought kindness, friendship and laughter to so many lives. We were proud to be there and a part of this tribute to a wonderful man and very dear friend. Still miss you Lenny. Always will. Ree Payne & Paul Melling. Len's conservation friends. added 1 minute later Great pics Rob!
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    Taken saturday dinner,i even signed the petition which is also running online.It will be presented to Parliament by Marie Rimmer who was also there. Santa also signed it...hope he never put his address as Lapland #Nomoreknives Campaign by Robbob 2010, on Flickr #Nomoreknives Campaign by Robbob 2010, on Flickr #Nomoreknives Campaign by Robbob 2010, on Flickr #Nomoreknives Campaign by Robbob 2010, on Flickr #Nomoreknives Campaign by Robbob 2010, on Flickr #Nomoreknives Campaign by Robbob 2010, on Flickr #Nomoreknives Campaign by Robbob 2010, on Flickr #Nomoreknives Campaign by Robbob 2010, on Flickr #Nomoreknives Campaign by Robbob 2010, on Flickr BBC Northwest Tonight presenter Mark Edwardson with Danny's Auntie,Dawn Jones. #Nomoreknives Campaign by Robbob 2010, on Flickr #Nomoreknives Campaign by Robbob 2010, on Flickr #Nomoreknives Campaign by Robbob 2010, on Flickr #Nomoreknives Campaign by Robbob 2010, on Flickr #Nomoreknives Campaign by Robbob 2010, on Flickr BBC Northwest Tonight presenter Mark Edwardson with Marie Rimmer #Nomoreknives Campaign by Robbob 2010, on Flickr #Nomoreknives Campaign by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
  10. 2 points
    Sue asked me to come down on Saturday morning. Book signing with Sue Gerrard by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Book signing with Sue Gerrard by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Book signing with Sue Gerrard by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Book signing with Sue Gerrard by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Book signing with Sue Gerrard by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Book signing with Sue Gerrard by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Book signing with Sue Gerrard by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Book signing with Sue Gerrard by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Book signing with Sue Gerrard by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Book signing with Sue Gerrard by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Book signing with Sue Gerrard by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Book signing with Sue Gerrard by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Book signing with Sue Gerrard by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Book signing with Sue Gerrard by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Norman Weston again Book signing with Sue Gerrard by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
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    Hi, This may help - according to GRO there is a birth for a Doris Agnes Barrow Q3 1903 Chorlton - mother's maiden name Coulton. 1911 Census has Doris Barrow - adopted aged 7 living at 41 Duncan Street, St Helens. Unable to find the parents of Doris - died ? I would be interested to look at service record of James Barrow as I have not been able to locate it. John added 31 minutes later Having just read your earlier reply Arthur Pownall and wife Mary Ann are living at 19 Wilding Street, Barton Eccles with Amy Barrow 9 step daughter.
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    I'm interested in a Gamble family line that may (or may not) be distantly related to David Gamble who funded the Gamble Institute. One of my Great-Grandmothers was Mary Gamble (born 1857) who married John Lee in 1877. By the 1891 Census they were living in South John Street in Parr. By the 1911 Census, Mary's brother, William Gamble, was living on the opposite side of South John Street with his wife Louisa (nee Oakes). William and Louisa had 10 kids: Emily born 1890 George born 1892 James born 1894 Ernest born 1895 Eva born 1896 Louisa born 1900 Doris born 1901 William born 1904 Hilda born 1910 Charles born 1914 Emily Gamble married William Thomas Evans in 1910 and they had 4 children, the youngest being George Gamble Evans, presumably named after Emily's brother George (see below). George Gamble Evans served as an Army officer in WW2. George Gamble joined the Rifle Brigade in 1914 and rose through the ranks to Sergeant before receiving a commission in 1917. He returned to his unit in September 1917 but lost his life during a raid by German soldiers on his trench line just a month later. James Gamble joined the Royal Flying Corps as an Aircraft Mechanic in February 1915 and was promoted through the ranks to Sergeant Mechanic. In November 1917 he was accepted for pilot training and went to France in September 1917 flying Bristol Fighter aircraft with 11 Squadron. He survived the war, eventually retiring from the reserves in 1923. I'm keen to get in touch with anyone else researching William Gamble's family, particularly any descendants from his children.
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    They spelled his forename wrong. https://www.sthelensreporter.co.uk/news/benefits-cheat-rapped-in-court-1-7459426 A determined crew of five.
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    Sunset over Cancun !!
  15. 2 points
    st helens has never been any good for shoping ex since the knocked the old market down
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    Recently there was an article about how our council plans to erect a giant glass dome over the middle of town and give it a revamp, it also mentioned that it's going to cost one hell of a lot of our money! I was born and bred in St Helens, and a couple of weeks ago I went into town after an absence of about a year, and I have to say what an absolute dump it was! Shops closed down, litter all over the place, and shop workers who were either sat around doing nothing or as miserable as sin. It was so bad in Poundland that I gave up and walked out, staff doing nothing, and a load of customers struggling to use those stupid self-checkouts, while the staff who could have been running tills stood around watching nobody pinched anything at the self-serve! I remember a while back, there was an outcry because someone wanted to open an adult store on the East Lancs rd, "it will corrupt the innocent children" cried the horrified public! On Saturday, I visited Warrington, they are building a new market and have a temporary one until the new one is built. I walked around it, stallholders smiled and said "hello", it was far busier than my hometown, yet everyone was friendly, there was no pushing and shoving, I was served by people who actually smiled! At one point I met the mayor, he was doing a walkabout and asked what I thought of his town, I had to be honest and tell him how much of a pleasure it was to find clean streets, polite, smiling staff, and streets lined with shops that were actually open. He advised me to visit Golden Square, there was a Christmas event on, stalls selling various food and drink items, a large covered area where you could sit and relax, again it was spotlessly clean, in the background played cheerful music, loud enough to hear, but not loud enough to be annoying. I then ambled into the main shopping centre, again all the stores were open, it was like a mini Trafford centre. I was looking for a particular store, so I asked one of the cleaners, she smiled and not only gave me directions but also pointed out one of a number of map boards that they have to help you find your way around. All in all, it was a very pleasant experience, I only intended on popping in for one item, I actually spent several hours there, oh and they have 2 adult shops, yet the kids are not corrupted, or wandering about causing mayhem or hanging around in large groups. I'm sorry to say this but for shopping in future I shall be visiting Warrington, they have loads of good shops, staff that are pleasant, and streets that don't resemble some Eastern European rat hole. The members of our beloved council would do well to visit Warrington and ask how they do it, because from what I can see their council tax bills are not massive, so it can't be more money, it has to be a question of how it is spent.
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    My father worked on that building around 1960.As a glazier.
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    I think I managed to avoid the camera again. I was a Santa's elf for the weekend and the following weekend too. Great to meet up with Rob.
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    I think I have found Service Record on FMP. Despite a few discrepancies I think this is your man. James Baker attested 7 Sept 1914 to St Helens Bn of South Lancashire Regiment, age given as 32 years 9 months, occupation Sawyer, next of kin daughter Amy Mary Barrow of 2 Eldon Street, St Helens. Posted to France 5 Nov 1915, transferred to Kings Liverpool Regiment 3 April 1917 and then transferred to First Labour Bn 29 Apr 1917.Demobilised 28 April 1919 to 111 Corporation Street, St Helens. James arrived back in England from France with a broken left forearm caused by being thrown from a waggon 21 Feb 1916. He was treated in Fazackerly Hospital Liverpool Family details: Married Mary Ann Coulton 31 Dec 1903 Kirkham., child Doris. John
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    If plans are approved the ground floor will be turned into a shop in Parr. The Ramford,Ramford St. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr The Ramford,Ramford St. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr The Ramford,Ramford St. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
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    Don't know about a lick of paint Rob it could do with demolishing
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    There are only 2 on the 1911 census one in Billinge and one born Cadishead, both are miners I think, obviously not yours. Got him on the 1891. Its the name is the problem, mistranscribed a lot. Barron, Bavvon. Barrost... so try every possible variation and search for everyone on that census separately because he may turn up with them along the line. In 1901 Catherine is a widow at 29 Liverpool street with sons George Joseph William Walter. They are correctly there as Barrow. George wasn't found in 1911 using this under Barrow. William is at 16 Drake St St Helens a gas stoker married to Lily, daughter Dorothy. George wasn't found either. There is a Catherine Barrow age 64 a widow nursing children but she says shes born Liverpool not Ireland. The address 42 ?Harrowly Street Manchester. She is a boarder, the only other person is the head Mary Settree 32 cotton spinner born Manchester Sorry can't help much more than that. You need to scour that 1911 census using all possibilities for the name but it would take hours Who did James marry?
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    You mean Randy Wise, he used to live in Houghton Rd the last house before the 2 shops (veronicas) chip shop, his dad was a chimney sweep who had a Morris 1000 traveller, I think he gained the reputation of hard man because he was known to of used a knife, whether that qualifies for hard man is debateable.
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    I was chuffed to read this morning that our Cumbria County Council have written to Coca Cola saying that the truck is not welcome here. Spoil sports? No, just determined to help tackle childhood obesity
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    Anyone else find it crazy that he owed £8458.83 and he was only issued a £400 fine and ordered to pay legal costs of £80.
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    You are correct Phyll.Lesley Heaton was Dennis's daughter. She married Ronnie Swift who sadly passed away a number of years ago. I always thought Bob Heatons was a separate company altogether but it appears that in the very beginning ( before social media,Tv,electricity etc!) they were the same family. Charlie Heaton maintained the premises in Dentons Green Lane ( until Baxters Lane depot was built) but Bob Heaton moved his general haulage outfit to Merton Bank Road. I have trawled t'internet but there are no photographs of Heatons Removal lorries anywhere. A shame that such an important StHelens company has disappeared and doesn't feature anymore on photo sites. They were the main contractor for Pilkingtons when they moved offices whether that was Head Office or Lathom. I even remember moving Sir Alistair Pilkington to Eaton Square London!!! Now that is a tale to tell!!
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    With being familiar to the site and knowing where to look there are the odd remnants, 2 clay pipes which carried the filtered water from the sand beds into the stream including pieces of the iron railings embedded in a tree trunk Due to further weathering much more of the shelter is visible. – These latest photos were taken last Feb and I was surprised to find the sofa had disappeared.
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    This in Stanley Bank Wood has been discussed on here before with pics. Over 100 replies. Here is the link = click on it to get to the topic
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    On Sunday 22 nd Sept 13 I decided to go for a walk through nearby Stanley Bank and lucky enough I took along my camera. On reaching a recently laid bridle path I followed it into nearby woods and headed towards what was once an old sewage works which I assume was first made redundant and later demolished though in which year I’m uncertain. On striding over a stream I was inside those same grounds then on looking up I spotted a rectangular concrete object so during an immediate investigation it brought back memories from half a century ago. At the age of 11 following an exchange of house along with my parents I decided to follow suit with others in the same street where we ended up in these same woods alongside the East Lancashire Rd. the A580, as we approached the woods I could see two securely locked entrance gates with a 5 foot tall fence either side with sharp spikes and being my first time I began to wander what it concealed. Once inside the woods there was a rope swing which overlooked this compound so I was able to see some unusual circular brick walls with gaps in between and over the top pipes were circulating round and water sprinkling out and with none of us being any wiser it became an interesting subject, At a later date I returned to these woods on my own so just for curiosity I decided to ‘investigate’ and within 30 minutes I learned all that I needed to know of what goes on inside a typical sewage works.! I ‘trespassed’ inside these works two maybe three times when on one occasion I took more notice of a large grass covered mound of earth much taller than myself which to me seemed unusual all the more as it was set back from the main works and me being so adventurous I climbed on top not realising what was beneath my feet. Over to one corner was a rectangular ‘hole’ which wasn’t oversize and secured in concrete along with several metal bars and even glancing through them I was still none the wiser so the novelty soon wore off and by the time I had reached school leaving age I never give it any further thought all the more being sewage works so I didn’t enter that side of the woods for many years. If I can remember right it was in the mid 80s when I re traced my steps only to find the plant had disappeared leaving no sign of its existence not even the original boundary fence in fact anyone coming here for the first time would never guess it once contained a sewage works. Once inside I noticed this same grass covered mound of earth had reduced in size, mainly by weathering and at one end a concrete corner piece was visible but still having no idea of what it was I continued on my journey. During this same tour I finally realised what the weather and vandalism had revealed as from the brook I could see several partly buried vertical concrete panels some broken and as I approached even further a 50 year old mystery to me was solved as directly in front was an original WW2 Anderson air raid shelter so I immediately began taking photos. Internally the solid floor was grubby and to my surprise in the far corner was a sofa which must have been a struggle plus an oil drum and a battered metal chair. The inside length is approximately 30ft therefore with not having adequate lighting I withdrew my investigations just in case it contained any syringes. On the side facing the East Lancs photos reveal a concrete ramp supporting a wall of red brick and looking from the inside it’s reinforced even further thus concealing the only entrance hoping to make entry virtually impossible but for some reason they did not add any additional surface reinforcement so in later years this became its weakness. On bricking up the entrance using this material has given a clue to when it was sealed which was several years post war so prior to this it may have been used for other purposes. I can only assume once the entrance was sealed several lorry loads of soil was placed over top thus creating a large mound hoping what was underneath would go unnoticed which it did for many decades all the more being on private land, placing a vent directly over the only entrance may have given the game away as with the aid of a torch shining into a dark open space would have unveiled its secret. On this visit I took many detailed photos, first of all taking into account the age and size of trees morose the firm roots concealing the shelter even further and surprisingly there are no invading roots, with the aid of a torch I investigated the inside even further by taking additional photos of the main entrance including the vent and the vertical / curved reinforced walls from both ends. All these concrete panels are bolted together and as expected over the years they and steel reinforcements have corroded even so they still remain undisturbed and so for a second time I took many more photos collecting as much evidence as I was able, I couldn’t help but notice several empty bolt holes, was it down to a cut back or where they made use of elsewhere With a stick in my hand I searched through rubbish scattered across the floor where I found several bottles buried in one corner all of which were very grubby so I placed 3 inside a polythene bag and once outside I cleaned them up with much interest but it soon fell flat as on a green bottle was 'best before May 2009' and along the bottom was its contents measured in m/litres so they went back inside. At least it does give a date to when the shelter was first opened and taking this into account there is much rubbish on the floor but apart from the forced entry point there is no other structural vandalism, I then investigated the entire area close to the East Lancashire Rd. hoping to find any evidence of the original entrance where I did find 2 steel gate stumps though not the original. During further treading and cursing through nettles I found and recognised two poles originally from inside the boundary fence which at one time supported a sign, most likely Trespassers will be Prosecuted, and who at the age of 11 would observe such warnings as it makes it all the more interesting. Originally this plant came under the area of Ashton in Makerfield and was built in the early 30s serving newly built properties in Liverpool Road and with being on a gradual fall the plant was ideally situated alongside a fast flowing stream just inside the woods making it ideally camouflaged It has taken half a century to observe what was beneath my feet even though I then lived within easy walking distance so to make up for lost time I have taken many images added 12 minutes later added 15 minutes later
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    added 5 minutes later Its still in the same spot but as time goes by its becoming vandalised and bartered with graffiti added 23 minutes later
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    First, let me introduce myself. My user name is a nickname I picked up when I was working in London - Sharky Ward. I went to Eccleston Lane Ends primary and then PGS. Incidently, my grandfather also attended PGS when it was located in the old clinic. My other grandfather lived in Prescot, whilst my Great Uncles were wheelwrights and were based at the top of Eccleston Hill on the way to St Helens. But my real name is Keith and there are a few names on the forum that I have recognised. My father (Vic) worked for the BI all his life and just after the war founded the Prescot Road Club (Cycling), which leads me to the topic of this post. My father passed away in 1993 and one of the items that came to me was a cycling medal, inscribed "L Roberts 1959". For some reason, he cannot have collected his medal at the end of season awards dinner. So if anybody knows an L. Roberts who was a cyclist and a member of Prescot RC, or is a descendent, I would be more than happy to hand over the medal.
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    Things you 'Don't hear anymore' if this counts... Crackling on a record? I remember going back to Boots on Church St in the early 80's (i was around 12) with my Madonna album. It kept jumping. Some woman checked the record in the shop and she said it's fine. It turned out there was fluff on my needle added 0 minutes later Take no notice of me added 29 minutes later Ahhhh... Memories of the old St.Helens Hospital Gamble ward
  33. 1 point
    Right or wrong, it happened, and there's no need for personal attacks regards subjective experience. Recent topic:
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    This was taken in March last year. Baldwin St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
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    i thought i put these on...taken with the above. Former Co Op Bank,Hardshaw St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Former Co Op Bank,Hardshaw St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Auction 14th Dec 2017 by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
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    What a load of crap, when I was a lad, you'd even get a clip round the ear off the village bobby, most of us turned out fine and none of mine have ever been in trouble with the law. I'm talking a timely slap, not a severe beating, or are you one of these people who advocates a "no boundaries" approach to rearing children? There was some right stupid cow on tv a while back, her kid peed on the floor because it didn't want to go to the toilet, it was about 5 years old, another one scratched a neighbours car, "it's fine, he's just expressing his creative side" replied the woman, when asked what she thought about what he'd done. Creative side my arse, if he'd done several hundred pounds worth of damage to my car then there'd have been hell to pay. There are too many parents these days who abdicate responsibility, there was an old lady killed at the weekend by a 14-year-old on an illegal motorbike. Perhaps if his parents had taken a bit more interest in his upbringing then there wouldn't be an old lady lying in the mortuary.
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    Shhh,don't say anything @Phyll Donk's is a female. Only messing Donk's
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    Telex and Fax machines. Comptometers Typewriters Short hand courses Log tables Slide rules
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    We have finished all the soldiers graves I have posted photo's you can see them on Face Book. St Helens Connect or Chantry St Helens
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    thanx robbob.those rooms could tell a few tales.
  44. 1 point
    This site is full of negatives.
  45. 1 point
    Here is an article in the Liverpool Echo about the Chantry and the Volunteers. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/land-forgotten-merseysiders-unearthed-after-13596793#comments-section added 18 minutes later And here are the volunteers last Sunday
  46. 1 point
    This is when i was passing last week. By eck Ned...y'all getting carried away? Windleshaw Chantry by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Windleshaw Chantry by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Windleshaw Chantry by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Windleshaw Chantry by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Windleshaw Chantry by Robbob 2010, on Flickr more to follow.
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    The national library of Scotland has just scanned in and put online loads of old maps including ones of St Helens such as this one http://maps.nls.uk/view/126522425 http://maps.nls.uk/geo/find/#zoom=12&lat=53.4635&lon=-2.7421&layers=64&b=7&point=53.4573,-2.7320
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    Seen it but nothing special,it's because of the christmas advert...nice though. Rola Cola by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Rola Cola by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Rola Cola by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Rola Cola by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Rola Cola by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
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