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  1. 'DISTRUCTIVE'? surely it should be DESTRUCTIVE.
  2. It was still chucking off plenty of smoke this affo - most of Parr was under a cloud of smelly smoky air.
  3. In 1891, Blackbrook Rd was not the one we know today. It was in fact what is now West End Rd Haydock. The housing from the Owl's Nest down to the Ship Inn was developed in a piecemeal manner - blocks of 2 or 3 houses erected by individual builders, and they appear in the census returns as ' Cunliffe's, Turton's, Chadwick's etc property'. In some cases, the property builder/owner lived in one of the houses that bore his name. By 1901, the numbering scheme for Blackbrook Rd we see today had been introduced.
  4. If you go to the NLS site and select the 'side by side ' option, you can place the curser over the location of Cat's Tail Hall on an early map and simultaneously see its exact location on a present day map. That's how I was able to see that the location is now occupied by the house I mentioned earlier.
  5. Terry, just had a look on the NLS maps website and Cat's Tail Hall is shown on all the OS maps from the original 1849 to the 1906, 1925 and 1938 editions. After that, (1943 edition) the building is labelled 'The Grange'. The site now appears to be occupied by a rather impressive looking house - 3rd one down on the left coming from Moss Bank Rd.
  6. I used to have a flat about 100yds from spaghetti junction and all the windows in all the properties in the area were retrofitted with triple glazing when the motorway was constructed in the 70's. With the windows closed, you couldn't hear a thing from the traffic. I now live in North Birmingham about 2.5 miles from the junction and when the wind is blowing in the right direction, I can still hear the traffic from the motorway when I'm outside.
  7. Last time I visited with a pal of mine was 40odd years ago - all the pubs shut on a Sunday so we ended up in the British Legion on Sunday night and were treated to a concert by the Welsh Police Choir - very uplifting boyo. BTW Rob, what are those blokes on the beach with the bins looking at out to sea?
  8. The Sankey canal merged with the St Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway in 1845. This company then merged with the LNWR in 1864. It's therefore possible that the photo shows a group of canal workers employed by the LNWR. As for location - anybody's guess, although it could be at the Old Double Lock Cottages where several canal families are shown living in various census returns. The Illidge family were prominent boatmen in the late 19th century - could any of them be on the photo?
  9. According to Theo Barker's book, in the early years of the 18th century there was a glass house in St Helens, which was Leaf's works, situated in the 'Thatto- Heath/Ravenhead area of Sutton'.
  10. I walked up there in the mid fifties when we went on nature walks from St Mary's school. I don't remember any cottages but my mam told me that there used to be several on the right hand side just after you go past the slitting mill on the way to Carr Mill.
  11. When I was taxi driving for Keith Farrell in the early 70's, there used to be a rank alongside the front of those buildings where we taxi drivers would wait for a fare in the wee small hours. There used to be a line of trees along the edge of the pavement which we'd park underneath - looking at streetview, they aren't there any more. Anyroad, when it went dark, there would be hundreds of starlings roosting in those trees. Unfortunately, they would crap all over the cars, so every now and again, one of us would get out and kick the trees to scare the little buggers off. Sadly, they would soon return.
  12. I have a cutting from the Reporter with an account of the funeral at Lowe House church of the three victims . Probably because of wartime restrictions, there is no mention of the circumstances of their deaths. It just says they were 'victims of a recent tragedy'.
  13. Are civilian casualties recorded on the cenotaph? Three of my relatives, Francis Martha and Veronica Smith, were killed by a bomb which fell on their house Talbot street in September 1940.
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