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  1. A few of my relations worked for British Sidac. They were : Harry Heaton (1904-1967) - he was the Buyer at British Sidac; he also owned the Kit Kat cafe in St Helen's town centre. His sister May was Manageress of the Kit Kat Cafe. Harry's brothers also worked at British Sidac; Eric Heaton (1914-1958) worked on the factory side and John Heaton (1919-1996) worked in the Pay Office - someone must remember him ! The photo (I believe) is of a British Sidac party - sadly, I don't know where or when . . . . . . . anyone there who may be identified by forum ?
  2. Cheers for the replies - much appreciated. I keep thinking that I should join Ancestry, but I've not got round to it yet. So full membership of Ancestry, would allow me to download copies of my Ancestor's wills ? Are there no constraints ? I'm trying to get a copy of the will of Maria (Mynie) Willis; born 1870 in Prescot, died October 14th 1953 aged 83 in Harrogate, Yorkshire. Maria Willis is an ancestor of mine; she was born in Prescot to a family of modest means; she never married and yet somehow, moved to Harrogate and lived in a nice house on The Stray. I'm hoping that the will might provide a bit of interesting info. Thank you again, for the information - much appreciated !
  3. Hi All, A few years ago, I managed to get a copy of my Great Grandfather's will (he died in 1933), from a company which was offering this service for a modest fee. I'd like to find another few wills; however, the company that I obtained the first one from, no longer exists. Can anyone recommend a good source for getting copies of wills ? Thank you for any advice/information !
  4. For many years, I've have had in my possession, what is best described as a 'promotional' book showing photos of buildings. The creators of this book were : John Lucas & Son (Builders) Ltd. Prescot I assume that the company is no longer in existence - or has it been renamed ? Anyone know anything, about John Lucas & Son ? I'm certain, that some of the photos will be of interest to some on this forum. The following images were as they were taken (in numerical order) from the book. It is interesting to note small details, such as overhead cables - for trams or trolley buses ? (Click the thumbnails) Cover Title Forward John Lucas WJ Lucas Directors Admin Staff Joinery Works Joinery Works Swimming Baths for Girls' College Huyton Prescot Council Offices Gas Offices, Prescot County Mental Hospital, Rainhill County Mental Hospital, Rainhill County Mental Hospital, Rainhill Gas Showrooms, St Helens Offices British Insulated Cable Co. Curzon Cinema, Prescot Road Lyme House Cinema, Prescot The Hippodrome, St Helens Rivoli Cinema, St Helens Eagle & Child Hotel, Prescot Eagle & Child Hotel, Prescot Oak Tree Hotel, Huyton Oak Tree Hotel, Huyton Ship Inn, Rainhill Rose & Crown Hotel, Huyton Rose & Crown Hotel, Huyton Rose & Crown Hotel, Huyton Rose & Crown Hotel, Huyton Old Omnibus Inn, St Oswald Street, Old Swan, Liverpool Bottling Stores for Bent's Brewery Co. Ltd, Liverpool Hillside Hotel, Prescot Hillside Hotel, Prescot Bowring Park Hotel, Roby Coronation Hotel, Childwall Valley Road, Liverpool Wellington Hotel, Prescot Wellington Hotel, Prescot Blue Bell Inn, Huyton Yew Tree Hotel, Huyton Grange Park Hotel, Toll Bar, Thatto Heath, St Helens Church Hall, Christchurch, Eccleston Recreation Hall etc, for Messrs. Pilkington Huyton Lane Housing Scheme 'Parklands', Central Avenue, Eccleston Park, Prescot Fazakerley House, Parkside, Prescot 'Penbury', Central Avenue, Eccleston Park, Prescot Oak Tree Cottage, Central Avenue, Eccleston Park, Prescot 'The Limes', Parkside, Prescot 'Edenhurst', Part Street, Prescot
  5. Thank's for the reply, Eddie. I think that it probably is the old Sidac works - although, it must be said, I've never been there. My reason for thinking that you are right, is because I know that the family lived 'onsite' in a factory-owned house; the photo may well have been taken in the backgarden of that property ?
  6. Hi there, I'm almost certain, that he was a Policeman.
  7. The following pictures are of Joseph Heaton (1873-1949). Joseph was in St Helen's Police, when it was combined with the Fire Service based in part of the St Helen's Town Hall buildings. The first picture dates (I'm guessing) from between 1885-1895 - Joseph looks quite young. The 2nd picture (shame about the quality) was taken in 1909 and is of a group of Mounted Police at the back of St Helen's Town Hall. Some of the older forum members might just remember Joseph - He latterly became Night Watchman on the gates at British Sidac. A picture of Joseph Heaton in later life; also pictured is his wife ( Annie {Abbott} 1874-1955) and one of his daughters. Behind them is a very large building - but where is it ? A few of my relations worked for British Sidac. They were : Harry Heaton (1904-1967) - he was the Buyer at British Sidac; he also owned the Kit Kat cafe in St Helen's town centre. His sister May was Manageress of the Kit Kat Cafe. Harry's brothers also worked at British Sidac; Eric Heaton (1914-1958) worked on the factory side and John Heaton (1919-1996) worked in the Pay Office - someone must remember him ! The photo (I believe) is of a British Sidac party - sadly, I don't know where or when . . . . . . . anyone there who may be identified by forum members ? Everyone loves a wedding ! These photos relate to the wedding of Joseph Heaton's daughter Minnie Heaton (1910-1992) to George Norman Thackray - June 10th 1937. Pic 1 - Joseph & daughter Minnie Heaton about to enter church - I don't know which church. Pic 2 - Minnie (Heaton) & Norman Thackray Wedding Group. Pic 3 - Right to left, Eric Heaton,his sisters - Lilla, Minnie & the groom, "Norman" Thackray. Pic 4 - After Wedding Group - June10th1937 Again, anyone see someone that they recognise ?
  8. I was told that the oldest photo (which has no date), might be of somewhere in Rainhill. Bowling Group 1925 Bowling Group 1930 Bowling Group 1931 Bowling Group 1932 The non-bowling images are of my Great-Grandfather (John Willis); he was a member of The Lodge of Loyalty 897 and a founder member of The Lodge of Loyalty 4151. I've also included images of his Worshipful Master medal and his Founder's medal. Finally, an image to show the marriage of John Willis and Maude Tatlock in 1935 and an image of St Helen's Show Judges in 1911 - but where was it taken ? I'm certain that members of St Helen's Lodge of Loyalty & Lodge of Integrity will be on these pics - and most likely, other lodges, too !. It would be great if someone could recognise a person that they could positively identify.
  9. I had a stressful moment last night, when I realised that the computer hard drive on which my images were kept, expired last year. After searching around, I found a USB stick which contained all the photos - result ! When I find out how to do so, I'll put the images up on this forum.
  10. Many thanks indeed, Alan ! I wonder where he lives ? It would be great to give him an interview. I trawled all over the Internet looking for him, and you've found him so quickly . . . impressive stuff !
  11. I'll put the photos up, probably on Friday night. The downside, is that they are all quite large images; the flipside, is that they are all really excellent photos. It would be great, if someone could spot someone that they know. Mind you, the youngest of the images, dates from about 1932. Most of the pics are dated and some give locations - but not specific details. They have titles such as : 'Bowling Picnic' - Rainhill. If I need help uploading the images, I'll certainly ask for it. I've had such an unexpectedly brilliant response to my queries, that I'd really like to post some images which might be of interest to other members- thank you, one and all !
  12. Hi All I've a number of scans of Masonic Bowling Club photos, dating between about 1915 and 1932. (I've given the original photos to The Lodge of St Helens). My Great Grandfather was in the Lodge of Loyalty 897 and Lodge of Integrity 4151, but the photos show at least 25 -40 members, so I guess that other Lodges must have been involved. If anyone would like to see if any of their relations are present on the photos, I'd be pleased to send them an email containing all the pics. My Great Grandfather was a Founder Member of The Lodge of Integrity and also a 'Worshipful Master' at some stage - I have the 'medals' to show this. For many years, I assumed that the medals were some kind of brass, but it turns out that they are gold.
  13. Whilst researching my family history, I've found that my grandfather (who was called John S. Heaton); had a cousin also called John "Jack" Heaton. I'm told that Jack Heaton played for Waterloo & England (Rugby). I've also been told that Jack Heaton had a cousin (on the other side of the family) called 'Dickie' Guest who also played for England. Jack Heaton died some years ago; I wonder if Dickie Guest is still alive ?
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