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  1. 6 points
    Taken today. https://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/17603233.statue-to-workers-who-lost-their-lives-unveiled/ Statue to workers who lost their lives unveiled by Robbob2010, on Flickr Statue to workers who lost their lives unveiled by Robbob2010, on Flickr Statue to workers who lost their lives unveiled by Robbob2010, on Flickr Statue to workers who lost their lives unveiled by Robbob2010, on Flickr Statue to workers who lost their lives unveiled by Robbob2010, on Flickr Statue to workers who lost their lives unveiled by Robbob2010, on Flickr Statue to workers who lost their lives unveiled by Robbob2010, on Flickr Statue to workers who lost their lives unveiled by Robbob2010, on Flickr Statue to workers who lost their lives unveiled by Robbob2010, on Flickr Statue to workers who lost their lives unveiled by Robbob2010, on Flickr Statue to workers who lost their lives unveiled by Robbob2010, on Flickr Statue to workers who lost their lives unveiled by Robbob2010, on Flickr Statue to workers who lost their lives unveiled by Robbob2010, on Flickr Statue to workers who lost their lives unveiled by Robbob2010, on Flickr Statue to workers who lost their lives unveiled by Robbob2010, on Flickr Statue to workers who lost their lives unveiled by Robbob2010, on Flickr Statue to workers who lost their lives unveiled by Robbob2010, on Flickr Statue to workers who lost their lives unveiled by Robbob2010, on Flickr
  2. 5 points
    It's still open but taken around 08:30 am this morning. The Horseshoe,Parr. by Robbob2010, on Flickr The Horseshoe,Parr. by Robbob2010, on Flickr
  3. 3 points
    Been up there today, lovely statue. Workmen were cementing the cobbles around it.
  4. 3 points
    Lovely day so had a walk around the Brickfields site next to Chester Lane. Beautiful , the old landfill site all been landscaped . Saw quite a few rabbits. A vast amount of land has been levelled. According to my Google search this is a housing development by Backhouse Developments. A site for 250 houses.
  5. 3 points
    Few more updated yesterday. Gamble building,Victoria Square. by Robbob2010, on Flickr Gamble building,Victoria Square. by Robbob2010, on Flickr I'm not sure if this is listed below. For Sale on Victoria Square. by Robbob2010, on Flickr For Sale on Victoria Square. by Robbob2010, on Flickr
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  7. 2 points
    Copied from an old thread. "Elephant Lane. How did Elephant Lane get it’s name? Some would say it was due to travelling circuses visiting Donkey Common. But according to past lore of ‘Old Uns’, at one time there was a Holy Well in the area. It went by the name of the “Holy Font”, and in true Lank dialect, as spoke by the ‘Old Uns’, it was called “The ‘Olly Funt”, and so, the following poem: In days of ‘owd’ so we are towd, Saint Ellen was a holy place An’t land around Thatto Heath, Were lark a moorland space. Thah noes in’t middle o this land, There wus a Holy Well, All’t locals cawd it “T’holy Font”, Abart it “Thowd Uns” could tell. The Holy Font was “Olly Funt”, To folk as lived quite near, Ant Lane to this fountain went, Ant water was bright and clear. T’was “Olly Funt Lane” to thowd folk, In gradely lanky spent, So when maps come by learned men, And spoke to thowd folk then. “Olly Funt” to them was Elephant, A corruption they would say, But neow it’s cawd Elephant to this very day, Not “Olly Funt” but Elephant iff tha’ asked the way." https://www.sthelens-connect.net/forums/topic/77551-elephant-lane/
  8. 2 points
    Round 13 - Catalans (H)
  9. 2 points
    I think it's because it's been made from old work tools and machinery parts. I never saw the connection with a big girls head and miners myself but nobody moans about the dream. It's a really good statue anyway, the details in it up close are amazing.
  10. 2 points
    Shame if it does go but times are changing and the old communities and friendships built around the local pubs and clubs are starting to die off now. Won't be much left in the Derby Hill end of Parr if it does close, just Parr cons, Church Tavern and Bold miners I think. Cherry Tree gone, Engine gone, Hen and Chickens gone, Railway gone, Bulls head gone. I was a Bee hive lad myself and grew up with generations of my family being regulars. From my grandad and my parents through to aunts and uncles and cousins, the local was a big part of family life and i miss it.
  11. 2 points
    Round 12 - Hull FC (H)
  12. 2 points
    Have put this image on the St Helens topic forum. had a walk through Colliers Moss (the old Bold colliery site) today . lot of clearance/renovation going on. I wonder if this has uncovered the route of the tram/train that carried colliers to pit head. It is just further up from Junction and runs parallel to railway line.
  13. 2 points
    This morning had a walk through Colliers Moss then on to Burtonwood. Next to railway just up from Junction (past housing estate) lot of flattening out and clearance. this runs parallel to railway line. Anyone know what is going on ? Here's another view. (takes me ages trying to get correct size image for uploading
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  15. 2 points
    Have you seen this site? Excellent for locating and identifying railways all over the country - also links to canals. http://railmaponline.com/UKIEMap.php?fbclid=IwAR2aHnz2lIuHP0cfAq6DMvwNLwUmDuI-rKlLONSNdv25bGRpBoQzplL70lI
  16. 2 points
    Day and night on me walkabouts. Fingerpost petrol station. by Robbob2010, on Flickr Fingerpost petrol station. by Robbob2010, on Flickr I always say this but as i update my pictures the prices go up Scandalous prices now,Fingerpost petrol Station. by Robbob2010, on Flickr Corporation St. by Robbob2010, on Flickr Holy Cross Church. by Robbob2010, on Flickr The Swan pub,St.Helens town centre. by Robbob2010, on Flickr Is this merging with the new Firestation? Will have to ask. Ambulance Station on Jackson St. by Robbob2010, on Flickr Ambulance Station on Jackson St. by Robbob2010, on Flickr Ambulance Station on Jackson St. by Robbob2010, on Flickr
  17. 2 points
    Yesterday's snaps... Church St. by Robbob2010, on Flickr The new Sefton. by Robbob2010, on Flickr The new Sefton. by Robbob2010, on Flickr The new Sefton by Robbob2010, on Flickr Nsso they're here... The new Sefton. by Robbob2010, on Flickr Secret Garden on Ormskirk St. by Robbob2010, on Flickr New sign up... Nicholson Plaza by Robbob2010, on Flickr Nicholson Plaza,Claughton St. by Robbob2010, on Flickr Nicholson Plaza,Barrow St. by Robbob2010, on Flickr Counting House,Hardshaw St. by Robbob2010, on Flickr Chain Lane car wash to become a store. by Robbob2010, on Flickr
  18. 2 points
    Wow.. What an in-depth and interesting database, cheers Phyll. Here's my 'vlog' of my walk along the Runcorn Gap railway. Cheers, John H
  19. 1 point
    Did you know they now do DNA for dogs. One woman just got a reduction in her pet insurance because they found her dog was a cross, not a pedigree,
  20. 1 point
    I've watched that opening break by Egan Grace a dozen times
  21. 1 point
    Challenge Cup 6th Round - Huddersfield (A)
  22. 1 point
    Anyone from St Helens taking part in the London marathon this? If so St Helens Star wants to know. https://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/17582760.are-you-taking-part-in-the-london-marathon-this-year/?ref=rss
  23. 1 point
    Congratulations to Ann-Marie Barrow and Phil Green for finishing and raising over £7000 for their charity.
  24. 1 point
    I am a Man United fan so well done Liverpool and i hope you win the league also.
  25. 1 point
    Thanks for that explanation, Hort - completely makes sense now! After Mum died, our family has gone to the Crem on her birthday, Mother's Day, her anniversary and the anniversary of scattering her ashes, so The Gerrard, (where she used to work) or The Abbey (where Dad used to drink occasionally) were really convenient venues for us. Hope they decide to do food again - then we can give it another chance.
  26. 1 point
    The reason it went down was due to the the brewery Holts. When Mark was landlord and did his own menu, it was brill and everyone loved it. The meal and bar sales went up and up because of the menu. Then, as other pub owners have done, they put the charge for him using the kitchen up to a ridiculous level. Mark said no and Holts put their own menu and staff in. The menu was crap and the staff knew it. That is went it all went down. Mark left. A new manager took over, the people stopped going . The manager left and now there is a good manageress and its well run but no food. The same situation happened in the Eagle and Child Billinge when Hazel and Chris had it, soaring sales because of the good food, so the owners put the kitchen rental up to stupid levels so they packed in.
  27. 1 point
    The internet lies! It LIES, I tell you!!!! 😀 I do appreciate all the help, Phyll. Having knowledgeable folk on this forum helping answer all my inane questions means a lot to me as I piece together my family's LONG association with St.Helens.
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  29. 1 point
    c.1970s Colour photograph of the Lock Keeper's Cottage at the Old Double Lock on the Blackbrook branch of the St.Helens (Sankey) Canal. Colour photograph of the mechanism for the Old Double Lock on the Blackbrook branch of the St.Helens (Sankey) Canal. c.1970s The photograph features the Lock Keeper's Cottage.
  30. 1 point
    Sadly, remember Grenfell. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/grenfell-tower-cause-fridge-faulty-fourth-floor-london-kensington-disaster-latest-a7792566.html
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  32. 1 point
    seen it from the road this morning driving By (you can just about make it out !)
  33. 1 point
    Thanks for that pic, Phyll. You'd think the first staircase locks in England would be restored but alas not. 😓
  34. 1 point
    Temporary ....yeah right. I don't even particularly care where it is as long as it's adequate. The thing I can't stand is the underhand way they did it, treating us like we're stupid and don't matter, now they have cottoned on that they may well lose out, all of a sudden they come out with this and this
  35. 1 point
    http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/
  36. 1 point
    Just found this on Wikipedia... "St Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway, later known as St Helens Railway, was an early railway company in Lancashire, England, which opened in 1833. It ran originally from the town of St Helens to the area which would later develop into the town of Widnes. Branches were opened to Garston, Warringtonand Rainford. The company was taken over by the London and North Western Railway in 1864. The line from St Helens to Widnes and the branch to Rainford are now closed, the latter terminating at the Pilkington Glass' Cowley Hill works siding near Gerard's Bridge, but part of the lines to Garston and to Warrington are still in operation. Widnes Dock Junction and the flat crossing were causing problems of congestion and the LNWR dealt with this by building a deviation line of just under 1.5 miles (2 km) to the north of the original west-east line, crossing the line leading north to St Helens by a bridge. The deviation line was authorised on 5 July 1865 and opened on 1 November 1869. The line was connected to the St Helens and it included a new station for passengers. With the opening of the line from Weaver Junctionacross the Mersey on Runcorn Railway Bridgeto Ditton Junction, west of Widnes, the Garston extension became part of the Liverpool-London main line. Following the merger of most of Britain's railways into four private companies in 1923, the line from St Helens to Widnes became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS). Large quantities of freight were carried on the line and the passenger train from St Helen's to Ditton Junction station was nicknamed the Ditton Dodger.[1] Following the end of the Second World Warpassenger traffic declined and the service provided by the Ditton Dodger ended on 16 June 1951. Freight traffic initially continued to be heavy but it declined during the 1960s. In 1969 the line north from Farnworth and Bold station was singled and in 1975 the line south of the station was also singled. The line closed to through traffic on 1 November 1981. The track has been lifted and some of the southern part of the route is occupied by Watkinson Way, a road providing an easterly bypass for Widnes and connecting the Silver Jubilee Bridge with the M62 motorway. The base of the swing bridge which carried the railway over the canal is still present in Spike Island." Cheers, John H
  37. 1 point
    it was the base of a crane used to lift boats in and out of the dam it was hand operated
  38. 1 point
    Robbob, It was part of a fence to keep people out of pilks where the sand dunes were, it was covered in corrugated sheets that extended a few feet over the canal so you couldn't climb around it. There was another one similar at the other end of the hotties opposite the hotel.
  39. 1 point
    If memory serves me correctly, the position the photo was taken looking up to the road, one of the entrances to the old fair ground used to be there. And where the rail is situated by the slope, is a spot where a Fort used to stand. This fort was built at an odd angle so as to give the impression that the floors listed as you made your way through it's passages. The actual ramp that is evident in the photo, was used the put Row Boats into and out of the water. The Boat Swings, Roller Rink etc, were situated close to were the current Waterside Restaurant is and part of the very same building is where the Club Cat's Whiskers used to stand. Where the current Waterside Bar is situated, there used to be a long building with a number of lock-ups that were used to keep safe the many items which were used for hire - Rowing Boat Oars, Peddle cycles and a Motorised train which ran on wheels not tracks. etc. There was also a Helter-Skelter on it's roof, so would be visible from the main roads. The actual train which did run on tracks left from a makeshift boarding station around the end of the current Waterside Restaurant, it then ran through the woods past a turn style running parallel to Carmill Road. It then terminated at a point between Kirkstone Avenue and Carmill Primary School and returned via the same route. I was fortunate to have lived at Clinkhamwood between 1952 - 1968 and lucky enough to have experienced the delights of Carmill Fair - It was a magical time!! I hope I have gone a small way to explain the history of the memories of what these photo's mean. Kind regards Ron H
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