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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 3 points
    Taken Saturday for the official opening my niece has opened her studio up in Haydock at the former Bethany church in Bethany Close ,Haydock. Vibrance,aims to be a multipurpose dance and fitness space for the local and wider area. Heather has studied dance since the age of 4 and is due to complete her 3 year teaching course at Manchester’s prestigious CentrePointe dance college over the next few weeks. Heather knows first hand the benefits dance can bring to students young and old - fitness, confidence, discipline, mental wellbeing and above all FUN! Heather wants people to feel welcome and is keen on promoting a strong community spirit and this was in full effect at Vibrance’s recent grand opening event on 13th April and classes in all dance disciplines (both classical and current styles) are well underway. Search Vibrance dance studio on Facebook. All the best Heather,made up for you Heather aged 4. by Robbob2010, on Flickr Heather aged 20. by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr Vibrance Dance Studio,Bethany Close,Haydock by Robbob2010, on Flickr
  4. 3 points
    I have some pictures i've taken over the years. These three below was taken over the bridge on the railway line and there is needles thrown on the lines,dirty sods. 2011...i was just starting then. Peasley Cross Old Lines by Robbob2010, on Flickr Peasley Cross Railway Bridge by Robbob2010, on Flickr Peasley Cross Railway Bridge by Robbob2010, on Flickr 2012 Peasley Cross Road Bridge by Robbob2010, on Flickr 2013 Peasley Cross Footbridge by Robbob2010, on Flickr 2011 Peasley Cross Footbridge by Robbob2010, on Flickr Behind Matalan Railway tracks behind Matalan by Robbob2010, on Flickr There's plenty more on here John but it's a start,i can't find half of them
  5. 3 points
    I have been inside it a few times and explored the Tunnels underneath (put loads of pictures on here ) think they must have got lost during the forum upgrades
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 2 points
    http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/
  11. 2 points
    I worked at UGB for three months in 1961. Memories fade but there were two very ancient buildings, either of which could have been the Cannington Shaw building. They were both close to the lodge-entrance behind the old gas-works. One housed a huge glassware forming machine called the Owens Machine. This made pressed glassware such as tankards. The other building which had a similar shape had long-since ceased to function for glass-making and was used as a factory stores for all kinds of consumables plus the storage of redundant moulds. If I had to choose, my money would be on the latter
  12. 2 points
    I replied to this on the Echo Look at this facebook page for the friends of Cannington Shaw, they will tell you all and also the story of how they saved it from demolition and how they are trying to get the place restored. https://www.facebook.com/CanningtonShaw/
  13. 2 points
    It's funny reading this again, recently I've started trying to recreate my past, I keep looking for things from back when, and buying them. I've got an old Avo meter, the same one I had when I was an apprentice, I bought an old Black and Decker drill, in very good nick, because it was the same as the first drill I ever owned, I bought an old Bosch drill, again in good nick, because it was the same as the one I had when I was an apprentice, at the weekend I even went out and bought a leather jacket, identical to the one I had when I rode motorbikes many years ago, Sadly I can't find a cycling proficiency badge (triangular it was) but I keep finding, and collecting other things from my past. I did find a motorbike like the one I had, but couldn't afford it, not at several thousand pounds, and to think I paid a little over £400 brand new back then. I listened to a Max Boyce video on YT the other day, I'd not heard it for nigh on 30 years, but I still knew it off by heart, lol. I remember some mad things about the old days, remember uncle Dave, or John, or whatever his name was, he wasn't a real uncle, just a bloke down the road who'd borrowed your dads drill or some other tools. Sayings too were quite funny, 'you could make a meal out of nothing if you had the stuff', or you can't have a butty if you haven't got one, or some of the really silly ones that your mum said to you as a kid, 'if you fall of that wall and break your legs, don't come running to me', or 'do you want a good hiding', that was a cracker wasn't it? I always wondered if anyone ever replied with something like, 'well actually mam I was going to ask for an ice cream, but go on, I'll have a good hiding instead', but of course nobody ever did, because you didn't answer back, or 'wait 'til you father gets home, that's all, you just wait' Remember your mam counting, 'I'll count to three and that's it, one, two, and right on three she'd throw her shoe at you, they were always those wooden sandal things, Schol's I think they were called, then you had to take it back to her, and if she missed she'd belt you with it when you took it back.
  14. 2 points
    Second one there I believe, as someone said on the comments, 'it's one way to get around planning regs' , Funny how these old buildings have a habit of spontaneously combusting, even though they've been stood for years, still, think of how many nice expensive homes somebody can build on the land now.
  15. 2 points
    https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/heritage-at-risk/search-register/list-entry/48565
  16. 1 point
    It never surprises me what's going on now,it won't go better will it. Burglars ransack Chain Lane Co-op store by Robbob2010, on Flickr Burglars ransack Chain Lane Co-op store by Robbob2010, on Flickr Burglars ransack Chain Lane Co-op store by Robbob2010, on Flickr Burglars ransack Chain Lane Co-op store by Robbob2010, on Flickr https://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/17578166.burglars-escape-with-cash-and-cigarettes-after-ransacking-store/ Taken before.
  17. 1 point
    Even of more "interest" to some of us is the litte railway that ran alongside carr mill dam ! My mum used to work on munitions at Risley during war. Hoping to follow up on the line that ran from the Central station on corporation st.that took her there.
  18. 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
  19. 1 point
    sadly cant cos as it stretched right to widnes could have had bits closed at different times.If you google the Runcorn gap..?There are also station records and they do show dates they closed.So that would give you a general idea.Clock face closed 18 6 1951.
  20. 1 point
    Hi.there is loadsa comments on this site.I used this line as a kid .The line was a passenger line.If you go to central station and stand on the platform line to liverpool.Back to the line.You will see the old platform still there. It ran thru sutton padt the now gone engine sheds at morrisons,sutton oak,then didn't go to juncgion.But split then thru clock face,sutton manor and on to widnes.I dont know the full name but it was part of the Runcorn Gap lines.Google that as well. Others will i am sure point you to threads on this site.There are also engine fotos around as well.
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  22. 1 point
    Another one for you John. https://www.sthelens-connect.net/forums/topic/91313-cannington-shaw-from-above/?tab=comments#comment-583741
  23. 1 point
    Thank you 👍🏻
  24. 1 point
    My mate worked there, he was an electrician, Ian Gee, his dad was a chargehand IIRC, anyway he served his time there as an apprentice spark and had a bad accident when he fell on a piece of glass and injured his hand and arm. He took me for a walk around one day, I'll never forget it, we arrived on our motorbikes and went in, we walked all around the site wearing our leathers and bike helmets and nobody batted an eyelid. Just as we were leaving someone shouted us to stop, we turned around and it was his dad, he only stopped us because he recognised the helmets and wondered what we were doing there. I served my time at a steel pressings place off Reginald Road, Penlake industrial estate, behind what used to be Reginalds, the big store in the late 80's, all that's gone now. I wonder if anyone has any photos of the old place, it would be nice to see it again and show my grandson.
  25. 1 point
    I used to be frightened of nothing, I'd go where I wanted, when I wanted and not think twice, now I get worried about going to the cashpoint. Ok I can handle myself, but these days you've no chance, they'll stab you before you know what's happening, it's pathetic. Whatever happened to the good old fist fight, like when we were young, maybe we should start a campaign to bring them back at least they proved something, I beat you, so I'm harder than you, but he beat me, so he's harder than me, it established a sort of pecking order, but now with a knife, or increasingly a gun a tiny person can take out the biggest. They say they carry weapons to get respect, HA, they don't even know the meaning of the word, respect is something you earn, not something that you get because you carry a weapon.
  26. 1 point
    Not when a gale force wind is blowing down the canal.
  27. 1 point
    Buggers aren't they now carrying knives. It frightens me as i'm always out but they are hooded up. I've always been street wise but that has now gone.
  28. 1 point
    UGB video taken shortly before it closed.
  29. 1 point
    Round 10 - Warrington (H)
  30. 1 point
    I thought i put these on but with doing that many pictures around i don't know where i am. Carpet Corner at Bulls Head. by Robbob2010, on Flickr Carpet Corner at Bulls Head. by Robbob2010, on Flickr https://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/17563464.plans-to-transform-former-betfred-on-parr-stocks-road/
  31. 1 point
    it was the base of a crane used to lift boats in and out of the dam it was hand operated
  32. 1 point
    Round 9 - Catalans (A) Short one this
  33. 1 point
    Round 8 - Hull KR (H)
  34. 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.
  35. 1 point
    It DID run on rails but, for part of the way at least, the track was slightly 'sunken' below the level of the ground either side of it . You're right, non sibi sed omnibus - it didn't 'uncouple'; at its furthest point, the track went around in a loop through the trees - not far from where the 'original boathouse' had been. There's a photo on here of 'Carr Mill Railway Station', but I don't actually remember seeing it looking like that - we always got on it close to the Roller Skating Rink and Paddling Pool. Somebody has commented that the piece of wall on the right hand side is part of the Roller Rink, but I don't think you'd see the Helter Skelter that close if that were the case. Sunno - maybe time is clouding my memory .
  36. 0 points
    If you haven't seen it... https://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/17573827.fire-breaks-out-at-former-green-dragon-pub-sutton-manor/
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