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Historic maps of Banks and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Banks maps
Banks area books
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Memories of Banks
Banks 1957 to 1961
I remember Banks with bittersweet memories.
I lived on Gravel Lane,just outside the village,on Gravel Lane ,there was another girl we went to school with called Carole McCabe,and we played with Janet and Edna who lived on the corner of Gravel Lane,the latter had a brother who played in Banks Brass Band.Tom Finney`s uncle also lived on the lane.
There was a farmer called Billy Ball who used to chase us off his land !
We used to pick potatoes for the farmer who lived on the Preston New Road.
We lived on land owned by Dennis Pass
We were 4 children in all my twin Kevin,my sister Angela,my brother Joe,and myself Catherine all Conley`s.
I went back to Banks last year and it was not how I remembered it,but Gravel Lane was just the same alas all the people i knew who lived there must have moved on.
I really hope someone will read this and think "oh I remember them"
Born in Tarleton
i was born at 19 kearsley ave, tarleton, to fred and lilian bentham, went to tarleton infants then tarleton secondary modern on hesketh lane. does anyone remember the blacksmiths on church road?
Air Raid Shelter - Camp Field, Hesketh Bank
As a child, I used to spend many an hour playing with friends on the old air raid shelter. I have tried to tell my own children what it was like and a bit about the hisory of it, but I can't find any photos, land maps or mention of it anywere. Was wondering if anybody could help?
My Days at The Ormerod Home
I believe I went to the Ormerod Home, at the age of about eight or nine, as a result of the Local Authority (Blackpool) having a number of reserved places at this establishment. Homes such as this were built along the sand dunes near Blackpool in order to provide a healthy environment, in which youngsters from the north west could spend their holidays well away from the smoke and grime of the nearby Lancashire cottons towns. In my case, I was the youngest of four children whose father had died just some 5 years earlier. This meant my mother was out working both day and night to make ends meet. I suppose in these days you could say that I was sent for a period of respite. The period seem to last for about 3 to 4 months and stretched over the Christmas period. I remember this well as I had two parts in the Christmas plays the home put on. The first was as John the Baptist in the... Read more
Me and my brother went to this home around 1954. I would be 7 and he would be 9; we went on the train from Rochdale. I remember mother giving my older brother 2 half crowns - 5 bob for sweets to last a fortnight. I also remember watching someone peeling tats by putting them in a big drum with sharp edges and turning it like a mangle. Unfortunately, I also remember climbing the steps on the slide in the play area and falling off - certainly gave me a headache for a while. The matrons would take us for walks to get ice-creams etc.. from nearby shops and we also were taken to the sand dunes sometimes. Still don't know the reason we went there for? I don't think we were poorly, perhaps some reader may be able to explain why kids went there. Was it because we were poor folks? Eeh, childhood memories....
WELL I REMEMBER THIS VERY CLEARLY I SPENT SOME OF MY CHILDHOOD DAYS HERE CONVALESANT HOME FOR CHILDREN WE WAS SENT THERE TO CONVELESCE IN THE BRACING SEA AIR FROM POLLUTED INDUSTRIAL TOWNS . NUNS LOOK AFTER US THEY HAD LOVELY CHAPEL I BELIVED IT OPENED 1884 . I WAS THERE BETWEEN 1962 1969 AND I LOVED IT.
Days Out in Lytham in The Forties And Fifties
We lived in Preston, Lancashire from 1944 to 1956 and often came here for the day on the bus. My mother preferred Lytham to Blackpool and we spent happy hours on the sands. This picture, taken before the 1st World War, is a view which my father would have seen when he came here as a child - I have a couple of photos of him on the sands with his mother and sister. I can't remember a pier - I think it had gone by the time I started coming to Lytham, and the windmill has since been rebuilt. However, the sands have now gone for ever - all there is between the promenade and the sea is a mass of weeds and not a trace of sand. I asked a couple of elderly ladies in the lifeboat house why this was so - I hadn't been to Lytham for fifty years - and they said that since the docks at Preston are no longer dredged, all... Read more