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Memories of Bebington
Saint Edmund's on Heath Road
Was a resident there from 1957 until 1960. Interested in hearing from any of the pupils that were in the school photo: Summer 1959, form 3a, Saint John's RC Secondary school. My name is Peter Durkin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Writing on The Wall
I went to St Andrews school in the 80's in Townfield Lane. We were often taken here to see the writing on the back of the church wall where children years before had written their names. The original school was attached to the church I think. I was also married here in 2004.
I remember this wall and steps, I was only 4-5 years old at the time. This wall is of No 47 The Village in Bebington, next door to the Rose and Crown opposite the bottom of Heath Road where there is now a roundabout. It was a very big house and had a massive garden, but was demolished some 25 years later and I remember some of the names of people who used to live and visit. I went to the old St Andrews School which was just off Heath Road. My mother and I were only lodgers there because of evacuation during the war.
I was told by my mum, still here at 88 this week, that my grandad on my dad's side also lived in the old hall with his sister who ran a soup kitchen. His name was Herbert Walter Dawson, the same as my dad. They were both in the police. My dad, after the war, being in the Chesers in Egypt, went into Lever's then into the police. He reached the rank of Sergeant. My other grandad's farther was an interpreter to John Laird.
My mum was born in this thatched cottage in 1946, my nan Margaret Jane Quinn born 1925 lived here with her family beforehand. It was originally two cottages and my nan's mother and father lived next door, they were James Campbell and Mary Campbell. My nan told me many a great story of her home and also of the locals in the village during wartimes. My nan died in 2010 at the grand age of 93, she was probably one of the oldest residents still local.
Dandilion & Burdock Ice Lollies!
My grandparents Mr Harry Thomas Gander & Mrs Louisa Jane Gander, retired as missionaries in India in 1954, having been in India from 1906 in the Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu and came to live in one of the little one bed bungalows in Bethany Crescent, number 9 I think? I remember as a child visiting them with my parents, we travelled all the way from Littlehampton, West Sussex. We went by train and had to cross London to Euston Station; we caught a steam train from there and sat in the first carriage behind the engine with our back to the engine. I fondly remember Bebington - the picture of the village is how I remember it - the shop with blinds pulled out on the left of picture was an old store, sweets and cheap toys included. They sold Dandilion & Burdock ice lollies! We went to church at Bethesda Chapel and took the bus to Rock Ferry, Birkenhead and then went over the Mersey Ferry to Liverpool.... Read more