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  1. New Computer Shop

    Morning Steve, This is their web site: https://zygone.co.uk/ They appear to be already operating in Kirkby and Huyton. Why not call or email them? Col
  2. Cricketers Arms

    Couple of friends of mine did their Laurel and Hardy act there on one of the presentation nights. Possibly 2015.
  3. Lambert Clayton

    I knew a chap called Lambert Clayton who is likely to be the same one as discussed here. It's hardly a common name. The chap I knew was introduced to me in a Billinge pub sometime in the 1980s, by a mutual friend. If I recall correctly both were working at Nugent House in Billinge. I think Lambert may also have been into caving.potholing at some time, like myself and our mutual friend. I certainly recall discussing it with him. I hadn't seen Lambert for many years but am obviously sorry to hear if he has left us. Col
  4. Transport Museum (21 pix)

    If I'm not mistaken, my former boss John Foster, was involved in setting up the museum.
  5. What we used to eat

    When ahh wur a lad.... Breakfast was usually Cornflakes. I liked 'em with hot milk and sugar. Porridge was also often on the menu.. and I recall my old Mum giving me a spoon of Malt every morning. If the milkman didn't make it and there was no milk.. it would be fried bread, done in Beef Dripping. Gorgeous. I used to come home from school and there was always a 'hot dinner'.at 'lunchtime'. My favorites were 'Pea and Ham' made with dried peas and a boiled ham hock. ( You lot would call it a shank.. ) Other favourites.: Apple Turnover. Basically a basin filled with suet pastry and apples, then steamed. Potato Pie. A wartime recipe. Sliced spuds, cheese, egg etc. with milk. Cooked in the oven. 'Rissoles' Made from the remains of the Sunday Beef. Beef was much cheaper than Chicken back then. Tea time would often be a tin of Heinz tomato between 3 but with loads of bread., or Banana Butties, or even Apple Crisp and Cheese.. on a good day. Them wert days.
  6. WW1 Medals

    Sounds like a pretty stout fellow! Good on him.. My Grandad got the 1914-15 Star, The British War Medal, The Victory Medal, and most importantly, the Military Medal (For Bravery in the Field.) Arch
  7. Even I went into Chessies a few times with a workmate from Holman Michel's Lead Refinery on Chalon Way. He lived in Cooper St. It would prolly have been around 1976-1980. Our other haunts at the time were the Raven, The George and the Alfred. but, there was another, which was also in Shaw St and went 'Bang' one night due to a gas explosion. Was it the Railway? Arch
  8. Early Chinese Restaurants

    I wasn't in 'Tellins in the 1950s and in 1959 I was only 10., but I remember a few crackers in Nottingham. We used to favour a place called the Mayfair. For a long time in the last couple of decades it must've been doing badly because bits of the sign fell off and it was just the Ma Fa Still, it is now back up to full Mayfair status and every time I'm in Nottm. I promise myself I'll go back in there, but it doesn't happen. My mate Rog.. who was a big bloke.. used to like having a bit of a pretend 'kung fu' sparring match with one of the waiters. All good fun. One night though, we were all upstairs and Rog caught the waiter unawares on the stairs. Next thing, Rog is in a heap at the bottom of the stairs and the waiter is all over him with a 'Aaaghh Mr Log, me very sorry, you suplise me!. Mr Log got a free meal and there were no hard feelings.
  9. 'Tellins Abstract.

    Thanks Ollie, very interesting. The talk I went to was by a chap from St Helens libraries and was held by Billinge Local History Society at Billinge Labour Club. Arch
  10. 'Tellins Abstract.

    Robbob. I went to a local history lecture on Carr Mill Dam. It seems there was a boathouse on the point on the left in my pic. Some folk said the footings are still visible, though I can't comment. News to me was that the Dam originally was on two levels, with weir across roughly from the point to the opposite side. Weir is supposedly still there underwater and was just submerged when the overall level of the Dam was raised. Arch
  11. 'Tellins Abstract.

    Correct! Was that you I was chatting to on Sunday before last? Actually, I believe there useter also be a boathouse on the left.. on what you call the point. Pedantic? Moi? Arch
  12. 'Tellins Abstract.

    This one was taken to the brief of 'Moving Still' in the photo section of another site wot I visit. There's a theme every month with the winner getting only glory and the task of setting the next theme. I drew the short straw with this one..... Anybody like to take a stab at the location? Arch
  13. Just ordered. Alan, you have a PM. Arch
  14. crank caverns where do they go

    Even though I am now almost 65, with a dodgy heart and a couple of minor strokes under my belt, I am an experienced caver. In my opinion, just from looking from the outside, the roofs of the more obvious cave entrances are unstable and dangerous. From my memory of my one and only venture deeper into the caves ( Around 1977) the deeper sections are generally more stable. However, they are all dug by man and therefore inherently unsafe. Nature tends to dig caves by using water to wear or dissolve the weaker parts of the rock, leaving the strongest bits behind. Men just go charging about digging holes in search of whatever they are after. (In the case of Crank this was the fine 'cleaving' stone used locally and still visible on some properties, as a coarser version of Welsh roofing slate.) I would love to have one last go at looking around Crank Caverns while I can still remember my name. Anybody up for it? Col
  15. crank caverns where do they go

    The Anti Aircraft would I suppose have been placed in 'Gun Site Lane', which was the last lane on the right as you came up Crank Road from the direction of Fairfield Hospital/Rainford By pass. It is still there, but no longer has a road sign, which I think it did when I first moved up to Billinge. The covered reservoir is still there on the right as you follow the track to Delph Cottage/Crank Caverns from Crank. Oddly, if you approach it from the Moss Bank end, it is on the left. Spooky! The Anti Aircraft would I suppose have been placed in 'Gun Site Lane', which was the last lane on the right as you came up Crank Road from the direction of Fairfield Hospital/Rainford By pass. It is still there, but no longer has a road sign, which I think it did when I first moved up to Billinge. The covered reservoir is still there on the right as you follow the track to Delph Cottage/Crank Caverns from Crank. Oddly, if you approach it from the Moss Bank end, it is on the left. Spooky! Ollie. There was never a gun mounted on the top of the 'Lump.', so your Grandad was indeed 'barking'.. In recent history the lump had a sloping roof. The only military installation on Billinge Hill was an observation post. It is still visible. Below the 'Lump' on the south side, used to be a small concrete 'bunker'. It was maybe 6-8 feet deep at best and not much more square.. It contained an old iron bedstead when I first moved up to Billinge. The 'Bunker' is now capped off with concrete. There are still the remains of the four concrete posts which surrounded the bunker and carried barbed wire. I see them every time I go up there, which is at least once a month. Arch
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