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Posts posted by Glasstowner

  1. Yeah, I think we are missing a trick with this canal. Would be nice to see it get used again and attract more visitors here. Probs cost an arm and a leg to make it navigable again though. I think the section near where Cephos bridge was would be the hardest to reinstate. It would probably be easier to take it through the actual Sankey Brook that runs to the side...or I could be talking complete Llobocks 🤣

  2. I think the weather station left us in the 90's. I remember there always seemed to be kids hanging around there and some of them vandalising it with paint. The windows kept getting smashed and it was broken in to multiple times, so they wooded them up and put barbed wire around the roof because young 'uns started getting in through the hatch on top. I think it got burned down eventually like with the old mans hut near the bowling greens and Cowley Girls School around the corner.

    Very sad to remember all the things that have disappeared from Vicky Park over the years, the waterfalls at the bottom end of the 'Ducky' (referred to as 'the fish ponds' on old maps), the numerous toilet facilities (three that I can remember). the games hut near the ducky, the boathouse, the bowls hut and cafe. I just hope they can find a way to make use of the Mansion House before that goes the same way as the weather station etc...

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  3. Amazing footage of my favourite place in all St Helens. I like the shot of the drone cam seemingly flying backwards through the new bandstand 

    - the footage is very cleverly reversed, although you can see the dog walker (to the right of the frame) walking backwards :)

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  4. (Onion) Street, in its present 3 storey form, has always been a bad area, notorious for anti social behaviour and drugs at least since the 1980's. People from the surrounding areas were known to walk around the estate, rather than take the shortcut through it, to get to Pimblett's or the Post Office ☠️

  5. Ok, first post from scratch and sorry if this has been done before or in the wrong place #newbalert 😂

    I was just wondering what you guys are reading or have read and would recommend?

    I have just read Sue Gerrard's 'Secret St Helens', History of St Helens with local landmarks, by James Brockbank and I am about 2/3 of the way through Steven Wainwright's 'The Hidden History of St Helens'. I also enjoyed 'A Pictorial History of St Helens' by Mary Presland.

    Thanks in advance.

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  6. I would say it is the best park in St Helens largely because I grew up in it, but also it is the only park in St Helens that retains a lot of original features and it is the only park that still has its house!

    I read a story on my kindle a few months ago, by Sue Gerrard - only a short story called 'The Pale Boy', a ghost story set in modern times in the park itself, which I really liked and would recommend if you like that sort of thing xD

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