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  1. FRANK

    150 homes on former Carr Mill Cafe and land.

    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.
  2. FRANK

    Llandudno 2019

    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?
  3. 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?
  4. FRANK

    Glass industry 1700s st.helens

    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'.
  5. FRANK

    path from ship inn to carr mill

    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.
  6. FRANK

    The New WHERE'S THIS then? Thread!

    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.
  7. 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'.
  8. Yes Dave, I've seen them on there.
  9. 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.
  10. FRANK

    Haunting in St Helens Mill Street

    Probably Johnny Welly.
  11. FRANK

    Suggestions please.

    Thanks for the suggestions.
  12. FRANK

    Suggestions please.

    Unfortunately, my only info is from census records which just say born Ireland and with a name like Kelly, I'm at a loss.
  13. FRANK

    Suggestions please.

    I've got stuck whilst delving into my mother's side of the family. One of my Gt.grandparents is Rose Ann Kelly born ca 1851 in Ireland. How do I pursue her lineage further back?
  14. FRANK

    Shaggy Mushroom

    I understood that the rock was not a meteorite, but was a geological erratic deposited in St Helens during the retreat of the glaciers in the last ice-age.
  15. Is St Helens 'twinned' with Stuttgart? Is this the reason for the project? Perhaps Stuttgart council are paying for it.

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