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Geraldo and Chessies (Exchange Vaults) ... any ideas?

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I know that neither of these places exists anymore .. but I used to go to them both so often between mid 70's and early 80's when I lived there. I live in Liverpool now but passing through St Helens today I tried to locate them and know they were both in the area between North Road and College Street but sadly nothing looked familiar! .. :( .. can anyone tell me which roads they both were on? I thought Cooper Street rang a bell for Chessie's but found 2 pubs on there anyway - Cowley Vaults and Turks Head so don't think it would have been there .. anyone able to help?

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The Geraldo was on Lord Street and Chessies was at the top of Union Street which used to be a continuation of Cooper St on the opposite side of North Road at one time.

 

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Snap - Chessies was one of my haunts in the late 70s (they'd let anybody in) and I think it might be snap for the previous poster too, be we didn't know each other then. :)

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They were a couple of my favourate haunts during the late seventies and early eighties.

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And mine late eighties for chessies, earlier for duraldo

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I remember Chessies on a Saturday night. Packed shoulder to shoulder with pint in hand. those days,(nights), will never come back again.

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Yep Dave - Friday and Saturday afternoon to the Raven then onto Chessies and the raldo later on, a couple of times through the week too.

That was late 70s and early 80s :)

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Chessies was on the corner of Oldfield St and Cooper St. and is still there but as to what it is used for I do not know. Joni Pilk was the bouncer in the late 50 early 60s

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Geraldo used have a mixed clientele circa '74/75 ish .fridays and sundays were soul nights thursday/sat were rocker nights. my mate used work the door .Chezzies landlord was john sines a larger than life cockney known as the guvner previously had the lamb happy days in both and many tales to tell..but not tonight lol

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John Simes was the Landlord of the Union at first, just up Oldfield street from Chessies, along with wife Enid Murphy.

 

I believe Enid and her son now have La Tava Restaurant the other side of Ormskirk

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aah thanks so much to everyone who has replied - now I have seen the photos it really has helped! I know that Chessies is now converted to houses but the photo has definitely helped me remember what it used to look like. Also I heard the Geraldo is now a gym? .. That photos really brings back memories (and remember it was Lord St now).. . .. always Chessie's first then Geraldo for the Friday rock nights ..some great times in there head banging and great music, those were the days eh?! .. :)

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Can't half tell I'm in the 'Granny Grunt' category on here :(.

 

Chessie's (Thursday evening Disco) and Geraldo (Friday/Saturday Nights Disco and Sundays for couples) were both late 60's for me :rolleyes:. The last time I went in Geraldo was on a Sunday Evening May 1970 - double-dating with my younger sister and two fellas we were both going with at the time - Albatross (Fleetwood Mac) was being played quite a lot that evening.

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Oh yes.gif, Phyll - it may have been a hit the previous year, but they were playing it to death that particular evening. To the extent that we were wondering if the DJ had either had the rest of his record collection stolen OR was perhaps stoned .. bigwink.gif.

 

No doubt it was because it was a Sunday Evening (mostly couples) and it was probably considered suitable for smoochy dancing to.

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Can't half tell I'm in the 'Granny Grunt' category on here sad.png.

 

 

Me too Ollie but my era was even before yours sad.png I can't remember the day of the week but we bopped at the Geraldlo in the early 60's. Chessies was a few years later 62/3/4 but it was a cracking night they had a live group back then in the corner of the main room, the place used to get packed. Great times smile.png

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Had my stag night in Chessies 1964 first time I tasted Vodka. No going to Prague etc in those days.

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Even I went into Chessies a few times with a workmate from Holman

Michel's Lead Refinery on Chalon Way. He lived in Cooper St.

 

It would prolly have been around 1976-1980. Our other haunts at the time were the Raven, The George and the Alfred. but, there was another, which was also in Shaw St and went 'Bang' one night due to a gas explosion. Was it the Railway?

 

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My late mum worked in service for the family in this pub on leaving school in 1938,she also worked pulling pints in the evenings and then the war came,she then worked at Fosters.

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Liz Meer Cat.. I know you somehow. and I have definitly seen you from way back when.. I cannot just put my finger on it right now.. but..Do you remember Jeff Winnard? Willie Davies? Kenny Taylor? I just know it.. but I have seen you from years ago.. please enlighten me..

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This might seem like a bit of a daft question - but did Chessie's ever get 'checked-out on a regular basis' for under-age drinking? Even when I used to go in there - 1967-69 aged 16-18 - it was very well known for being a cert to get served in, while other places would turn you away for being under-age. Even my mother used to warn me to keep out of there - and she was DEFINITELY NOT up-to-date with teenage hangouts :bigwink:.

 

 

Incidentally I NEVER got pulled up about my age until 1970, when I suddenly got asked my age in The Turk's Head (Cooper Street) at the ripe old age of 19! Considering that I'd 'got away with it for years' I found that :roflmao:.

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I do not ever remember age checks in Chessies and I used to go in there frequently.

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Me and two mates started the Northern Soul nights at the Geraldo about 1975. People from Wigan Casino came there, some had been on TV when Wigan's Ovation were on Top of the Pops, they were bussed down to London 'cos the southerners couldn't do Northern Soul Dancing

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