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  1. I was working in the lending library in the Gamble Institute the day the tragedy happened. All the staff were really upset when we heard about it. I started work there in September 1969, so it might have been later that year. I also remember what might have been a disaster, but fortunately was a false alarm.There was a bomb scare in Century House and we had to evacuate the Gamble very quickly as we were in such close proximity.
  2. Many still put posters and the occasional sign board in their garden in the East Midlands. It doesn't seem to be a problem. The fun starts when somebody is brave enough to draw a moustache on the huge expensive billboard belonging to our far right Conservative lady MP. She gets a bit upset about that.I think it is a finable offence, but I suppose they would have to find the culprit first. And no, I'm not guilty lol. Your comment brings back memories non sibi. I helped with a count in St.Helens town hall back in the early seventies. I recognise your description. Some of the councillors were quite rude and intimidating. It is very different now. The counting tables are made into cordoned off squares and the counters sit inside. This gives them some protection from irate councillors!
  3. https://www.facebook.com/prescote/posts/2296004974022199:0
  4. I don't know very much about Jim's family but he and his wife Jess actually lived in Prescot. I think Jim's father was also a James. Son Jim would be around 50 in 1970. It is an unusual name which I had never come across before.
  5. My dad's cousin was married to a lovely man who worked at BICC, back in the 60s/70s. His name was Jim Mee.
  6. You are very welcome. It brought back lots of memories from my childhood. My sister and I used to go to our aunts for tea and she always took us to the paper shop which was in the row in the photo. She would treat us to sweets and a comic each. I am sure she would have known who the wool shop belonged to but sadly she is no longer here to ask. I will let you know if I discover any more information. Phoebe
  7. I think the wool shop was in this row on High Street, Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England. The photo was taken on the 14th July 2012. Photo by ReptOn 1x, own work. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.
  8. Hi Andy, My aunt used to live in a row of cottages off High Street. I often visited as a child in the 50s. I'm almost certain that I have been inside the wool shop, but as a child I had no idea who ran it. I have contacted someone whose grandmother also had a shop there in the 50s. I will let you know if I receive a reply.
  9. Totally different place . Obviously doesn't come up in a search because it was renamed Merton Bank Road.
  10. There is a Sarah Anne Potts baptised 19th Nov 1843 in St.Helens. Her parents are Luke and Anne. Luke is a gardener on the 1861 census for Altrincham, Cheshire. Luke is recorded as born 1810c in Knutsford, Cheshire. His wife Anne and daughter Frances born 1845c were born in Cheshire, but daughter Sarah Ann is born in St.Helens.I also found from various records.. John Potts born 22nd March 1838 Sutton, St.Helens. Harriett Potts born 27. Aug. 1841 in Sutton, St. Helens. Mother's maiden name for Sarah Anne, John and Harriett is Shufflebotham.There is a marriage record that I found on Ancestry for a Luke Potts and Anne Shufflebottom. That took place in Manchester Cathedral on 4th May 1834.The family seem to be in Altringham ( Cheshire, now part of Greater Manchester) on 1851,1861 1871 censuses. On the 1881 census Luke seems to have remarried an Elizabeth who is quite a bit younger than him. There is also a widow Samuel Potts on the 1861 census for Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire. Samuel was born 1795c in Stockport, Manchester. He is living at The Odd Fellow Arms and described as gardener, seedsman and beerseller. He has two sons Edward b.1828 and Samuel b.1831, both gardeners. Also a daughter Sarah Ann b.1840. All three children were born in Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire. AUL is now in Tameside, Greater Manchester. The only Coal Pit Lane I can find near St.Helens is at Rainford Junction, near Bickerstaffe. This photograph of the cottages on Coal Pit Lane Rainford Junction was taken in 2015 http://rainfordhistory.co.uk/transport.htm Industries in the area were farming, coal mining and clay pipe making.
  11. We think my husband's great x 2 grandfather, Patrick Devine, came over from Ireland during the potato famine. Our brick wall is knowing which part of Ireland he came from. There is a Patrick in Warrington on the 1851 census and it looks as if he may have married in the area. The first accurate information we have is his second son's birth record in Runcorn in 1855. The next three sons are born in Widnes between 1856 and 1860. We have the birth certificate of Michael born 1860, and place of birth says Widnes Dock, so presumably that is where they had been living since 1856. Many of my husband's relatives worked in the chemical industry over here.We haven't visited the area, I expect you are familiar with this sitehttp://www.disused-stations.org.uk/features/widnes_dock_and_marsh/index.shtml "The area around Widnes Dock had developed with industry from 1847 when John Hutchinson opened a chemical works alongside the canal. The works was served by both the canal and the railway. Further factories opened up within twenty years and the town of Widnes began to develop. To the north of the dock and the sidings at the point where the railway crossed the canal by means of a swing bridge a small settlement developed which by the 1840s included houses a pub, a chapel and a school. The settlement was known as the Widnes Dock township.'" By 1881 the family had moved to Penn Street in Widnes. Interesting to think members of your family may have met members of my husbands. By 1907 the family had moved to St.Helens to work in the glass industry.
  12. Hi Mark, Have you come across this site before, it photographs the route of the Sankey Canal as it was in 2014. I don't think it will help your search, but there are some great images, including the filled in Winwick Lock. It starts at Spike Island, Widnes Dock, and goes all the way to St.Helens. I have looked into this area as my husband's great grandparents x 2 lived by Widnes Docks around 1860.http://ourlocalvoice.co.uk/sankey-canal-in-2014-and-the-future
  13. Had a quick look for James Monks thinking he may have been the lock keeper at Bradley Lock 1861. He is a labourer at the sugar works but he is lodging with Piers and Sarah Hagleden at Lock House. Piers is a 'lock keeper land'. Possible that his surname has been transcribed wrongly amd could be Hasleden?
  14. You are welcome Mark. I enjoyed looking at the sites myself as I was brought up in Newton-le-Willows. Hope you have some success.
  15. P.S. On the list of workers there is a Thomas Haselden(e), clerk,, living on Vitriol Square in 1891, aged 39. By 1891 he is living in Larkfield House close to the sugar works, so he must have been held in quite high esteem. Also a William Haselden, age 40, mechanic, living at Lower Astley, Vitriol Square in 1911 and Alfred Hazeldine, 18, packer, living at18 Prince(s) Street in 1911. It isn't labelled on the coloured map on the link which is in the top right hand corner of the page, but I think it is in the area at the east end of Earle Street where there is a cluster of red squares. There is a Princes Street which still exists on modern maps.
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