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  1. cottage in Boardmans Lane

    The ATC 1545 Squadron was based there in the 1940s and had a Brass band. The Musical Director was Leo Murphy who later formed Redgate Boys Band when the 969 Squadron took over the building. During the late 40s and early 50s there was a W.D. depot at the Redgate end and a Timber Yard. I
  2. Around St.Helens

    The bridge was at the bottom of MacDonald Ave. and off O'Sullivan Crescent and allowed access to Stringmans field which became a playing field.
  3. Around St.Helens

    I've been trying to find a photo of the bridge that carried the LNER railway over the bottom of Macdonald Ave. Blackbrook, where I spent my childhood in the Forties and early 50s. Not many folk had cameras then.what a pity we didn't have a Robbob. His photographic record is first class in every respect. Thanks Robbob. If anyone can help,I'd be most grateful.
  4. Pocketnook in the 50s and 60s.

    Hi mummyof2 I remember your Mum,Dad and most of your family. I married a girl from a bit further up in Pitt St. in 1958. Haven't met any of you though since Johnny's funeral a few years ago. Nice to hear from someone from the past. I used to go into Maud's shop quite often for bits and bobs.
  5. I was married at the Church, and the photos were taken in the gardens which were made when the station was demolished. I also attended services there until it was sold to YMCA. The Dodd family were members of the Church for many years. I was not aware that prior to the Mining School the housing terrace was there unti I saw Phylls photos.#Thanks Phyll!
  6. The Mining School was on the corner of Birchley St and ran along Corporation St. to Central Station Ticket offices.The Church was built on land owned by the Dodd family (Practical Clothing & Supply Co.) On the left of the Church were two houses and then Websters Timber Yard. The old Church which had been on the Webster site (on the corner of College St and Corporation St) was bombed in 1941 during an air raid. Lincoln House was owned by The Practical Supply Co. and named after Lincoln Dodd, son of Archie Dodd an Alderman of the Borough
  7. I attended Parr Central Boys School from 1946 to 1950.It was a first class school under the Headteacher Jack Houghton.I played in the Rugby and Soccer teams and also took part in the Gilbert & Sullivan Operas. We got a very good education from a great staff,including a number of ex servicemen who had served in WW2 with great life-skills.
  8. Local butchers

    On the subject of local butchers,I can remember a butchers on the corner of Traverse St and South John St. I think it was Gallivers?. I was in Redgate Band playing for the walking day at Parr Mount and the butcher sent out bottles of lemonade for us that he bought from a shop next door to his.It was a very hot day and it tasted great.I think it would have been about 1951-52 and I have never forgotten that Butcher.
  9. Air raid shelters

    I remember the Air Raid shelter near Blackbrook St. Mary's Parish Hall. As children we were taken there during the air raids in the 1940s and we took part in community singing and games to keep us occupied during many a long night in there. The men patrolled the area under the supervision of the Air Raid Warden Mr Flynn. A bomb was dropped on Moncriefs farm not far from the shelter and caused great concern for our Mothers. As children we thought it was a great adventure, but the 'fun' stopped when we had Table Shelters installed in in our homes.
  10. Lincoln House: Corporation Street, St Helens.

    The Mining Institute was as quoted on the corner of Birchley and Corporation Streets. Central Station Building was between that and The Unitarian Church. On the other side of the Church was a pair of houses which were demolished to build Lincoln House for The Practical Clothing & Supply Company . The building was named after Lincoln Dodd whose family owned the Company and was taken over eventually by St Helens Council. The Timber Yard was Websters and was on the site of the old Unitarian 'Tin Chapel' bombed in 1941
  11. area bordered by duke st westfield st ormskirk st and lowe st

    The shop skyman mentioned was Colin Murrays on the opposite side to 'Sir Anns' it was like an alladins cave and a pal of mine bought a couple of paintings for 10 bob each which he had cleaned and sold at Southerbys for £1100. Talking about Sir Anns I used to buy my wine and beer making stuff from a Home-Brew shop above Taylors, which I think was originally Pimblets and then John Allen's Wine Loft
  12. I was born in South John Street in 1935 when my parents were living with an Aunt & Uncle. We were allocated a Council house in Blackbrook in 1937 but I visited my Aunt & Uncle every Saturday. I remember some of the shops in Traverse Street (my favourite being Evelyn's toffee shop).There was also a Butchers where I helped out doing minor tasks. The owner was Sam Galliver who I think retired to The Isle-of-Man. The area mentioned by non sibi sed omnibus was a thriving community supporting about five pubs. I wonder how many survive today?
  13. Rumbellows/Rotherys

    Hi artyfarty The topic on Rothery Radio goes back some time and can be found by typing the word rotherys in the search box (top right} If you follow the thread, I think you might find what your looking for.
  14. RIP Roy Jackson

    Sorry I missed your second post pauloyick through not going on the Connect site again until now. Otherwise I would have been to pay my last respects to Roy and family members
  15. RIP Roy Jackson

    I used to enjoy the odd pint with Roy in The Bulls Head in Southworth Road when Eric Crowle was landlord.Although he and I were on opposite sides of the employment fence (I was a Personnel Manager). We enjoyed our discussions and had a lot of respect for each other and each others point of view. He was proud of his family and his background and I am sorry I didn't hear of his death and was therefore unable to be at the funeral service. My belated condolences go to his family and all who knew and respected him.
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