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  1. Ghost boy on new bridge

    At least up to the sixties Pilks. had a large railway siding there part of which was used for the delivery of white sand .I am sure I read over time children were buried whilst playing in the sand as it collapsed on top of them .There was at least one fatality.Maybe there is a connection.
  2. Rag and Bone men

    My apologies if this in the wrong place on this forum but this tale was told to me 40 and more years ago. A monumental fiddle was going on in a coalyard"somewhere in St Helens" .Probably in the late 50,s a certain coal lorry was fitted out with a 40 gallon oil drum underneath the chassis and before entrance to the coalyard was filled with water.Having arrived and weighed in at the coalyard the water was duly discharged out of sight leaving the lorry with an added capacity for an extra 3 1 cwt bags of coal . Hardly worthy of comparison to the Brinksmat Heist I admit but surely a feat of working class ingenuity ?.
  3. Motor bike shops

    Yes I remember the Bentley as well.He sold a product known as Porzelack car polish and used to say "that,s what I use on my car".Champion spark plugs were 5/- each or 25p each. Duckhams,and Castrol GTX was about 25/- for a gallon can.And you could park outside the shop as well!.
  4. Sherdley Park

    Spot on .Lets not forget painting a white line across the footpath and calling it a "cycle lane".A very cheap way to gain green Brownie Points
  5. Sutton arms pub land

    Roughly facing the Sutton Arms before it was built was Jack Goodisons Farm and a bit further on was Ernie or Aaron Kirkmans cottage , who was a very tall man with size 14 or thereabouts shoes .In those days Sherdley Rd went round in a curve to meet Elephant Lane and did not reach as far as Eltonhead Rd.At the bottom of Sherdley Rd and the corner of Burtonhead Rd was the Pig and Whistle.A very small pub this being merely two terraced houses joined together .Fantastic beer 1s/8d for bitter 1s/6d for mild.About 1966 I think.
  6. Cenny Mod

    I have seen him twice many years ago now both times on North Rd ,the first time I think was in the mid-eighties in the Magpies Nest and then later on in the barbers shop next to the YMCA .I think he owned both businesses.Another event I recall was the last day before the summer holidays, and the head prefect that year was a lad named Small .He wasnt very well liked and a number of the leavers grabbed him along with a length of rope and tried to attach him and the rope to a overhanging lamp bracket over the entrance (the one nearest Glasseys toffee shop) .I dont think for a minute it was a serious attempt,but the lad himself was understandably very shaken.
  7. Cenny Mod

    Hi Hangonamo. What a fantastic guy Sid Griggs was.If old Griggsy was your form teacher that I think puts you in 1D right next to me in 1C. I did the same 4 years as you .He always came to school in a brown trilby and a fawn trench coat and in class the same tweed sports jacket ,he always seemed to be smoking (I'm sure he smoked in class) and the state of his fingers with nicotine was terrible.Also we could never place his accent which seemed somehow foreign, a tiny bit German we thought.The worst teacher I remember was Mr Finch but no more of that .In I think 1962 it was, there was a school trip to Speke Airport where we saw a couple of DC3s , and a jet engined caravelle take off and then on to Speke Hall.That was the best afternoon I spent in school .It took us into another world altogether and it just didn,t last long enough.Finally ,do you remember "the beast of cenny mod".Keith Bennet .Playtime one morning I remember him taking a hymn book from the stacks on the window ledges in the hall and throwing it at Mr Griggs.Whether it connected or not I fail to recall ,or the bedlam that ensued.
  8. House in the entry

    I think at least up to the 1990,s this house was the home of a sorter at Ravenhead Glass .George (eccy) Eccleston.He was on C shift in 31 shop stemware.
  9. The Clegg

    This Clegg in no way shows the size of the clayhole that preceded it which was of a considerable size and depth, with railway tracks and winding gear to draw tubs of clay up to the brickworks for manufacture with a supply of coal from the same source to burn in the brick kilns .Between the brickworks and Eltonhead Rd was a small low brick building set in the middle of a farmers field known as the magazine where we as kids were told the explosives to loosen the clay were kept.Nearby was a farm I think was named Ditchfield Farm,the farmer was a Mr Battersby. A character like most farmers much given to economical practices. He had a sit up and beg type bike where arranged round the wheels were sections of different sorts of tyres about 8 inches long sandwiched somehow together.Also his boots were adorned with homemade spats made from the tops of wellingtons carefully pierced and laced. Later on I learned from my Mother he was a frequenter of the Black Horse and sometimes after dark on Eltonhead Rd in former time I think we may have passed each other by.
  10. Long since gone bust?

    Bought my first car from (Arnie)? Appleton. His garage was adjacent to The Clarendon on College St .It was a 1964 Austin A40 BAX 299B at £385. I think he lived in Devon St.It was about 16th or 17th of Sept. when Ibought it and it was decided not to tax or drive it till the first day of the following month which didn,t go down well with a teenage driver!.
  11. Who remembers Rainhill Hospital?

    I was in the same class as Brenda Forshaw at Infants School and Junior School in Nutgrove ,in fact she is on a school photo taken in the playground ,it would be about 1955.There was 27 of us in the picture,and I remember all the names except one little girl .The Headmistress was a Miss Reardon.The only teacher I recall was Miss Hilton,and yes, she was a very nice girl.
  12. lion in the clegg

    I must ask .That boat looks very much like those we all enjoyed so many years ago on "The Big Lake" in Taylor Park."Come in number 8 your time is up!". If the wind was blowing the right way we could hear this in Exeter St!"
  13. Does anyone remember Dialect Tales in the St Helens Reporter. They were in the 1960,s by Geo.C.Miller .Such characters as I think were Jonty Grimshaw, Constable Kay, and the "Owdest Inhabitant".Some of the stories were set in and around a pub called the Hare and Hounds.It seemed to be about a full half page on the Saturday edition which is as good as a full page of todays tabloids
  14. Menswear Shops

    I remember some of the tailoring shops in Church St in the 50,s and 60,s. Peter Pell, Burtons, John Collier Regent House,Weaver To Wearer,Austin Reed, or was it Neville Reed, Dunns ,Alexandre, Jackson The Tailor, and on the other side of Church St past the old Post Office, J Kennon and Roberts And Bromley . You could buy the cheapest pair of jeans in the World at Harts department store (creaky wooden floor) for 12s/6d (Empire Made) Levi,s or Carharts were about 25 bob at Jack Barnes
  15. Nutgrove & Thatto Heath shops

    Hello Again Donkey Commoners and 141 Scoles Lane I'm 4 years older than you but you should remember turning left onto Eltonhead Rd towards Lea Green the first building was a Mr Battersby;s farm which I think was called Ditchfield Farm This venerable old farmer I remember had his own recycling habits so long ago. He used the ankle and leg parts of an old pair of wellingtons as a pair of spats or gaiters up to his knees. A feature of his sit up and beg bike and if you could notice was that the wheels were covered with about 10" sections of different types of tyres along the rims. He must have had some engineering prowess to manage that. If you can picture him with flat cap with pipe alight cycling along past Grove House Farm past the Colliery Offices later to be Yanks there were two cottages set well below road level and set maybe 20 yards away from the road I haven,t seen these on any map before. but they looked to have been abandoned for many many years. The next thing which I think was Lloyds transport depot and then the level crossing joining NCB transport depot to Lea Green Colliery