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Memories of Bidston
I too am intrigued by stories of this pass, and have no images of it, although I have an extensive section on Bidston and surrounds on my own site. I am also in communication with Joan Grey on this. I phoned the Rangers of the Hill, and they told me that the pass was simply 'Upton Road, now leading down Ford Hill' but joan tells it it was an actual area of the Hill and now, contrary to the terms of ownership, the Council built Noctorum council estate on it. The terms of ownership of Bidston Hill is that NO buildings will be constructed on the area at all, as it is held in perpetuity for the public.
My Mum's cousin Ken bought Leasowe Castle and we were all very excited for him especially my Mum! We lived down near London but went to visit as much as my Dad could get time off work. Ken and his lovely wife Jean worked so hard to make this castle as beautiful as you see it today and my brother and I have such happy memories of the time we spent there with the family before our mum died far too young in 1985.
I worked for Hen in the hotel, he was a great boss. I did not know Jean but would have loved to have met her, the only advice I got of Jean was through a medam saying I would go far in life and that she loved her Ken and missed him and did not like changes to the hotel, she said where has her stables gone, it was the old building we used to do functions in across the car park .
Big Christmas Tree in The Cross, Moreton
One of my fondest memories is of the big Christmas tree at Moreton Cross all lit up, you could see it way up Pasture Road in the dark and to a small child it was magic. I also loved the great hot summers and the very interesting shops in Moreton at that time, much better then than today, happy days at the shore, lots to do and see, spent hours there with my family, that's all most people could afford then, a day at the shore, but we loved it.
I was brought up in Claughton Village (Wirral) and in the holidays as children we regularly walked through Bidston Hill to Thermopylae Pass. We would spend all day on the Hill and at Thermopylae and walk home at the end of the day exhausted and happy after playing and running about all day. At the time we didn't know its real name, and called it The Moppoly Paths. Sometimes we called it "The Mops". The grandmother of a friend used to live in the house in this picture, I recall that there were stables on the west side of the house. I am not sure whether she owned it or just lived there. We used to love Thermopylae, it was wild and free, more so than Bidston Hill. Even as a child I felt disappointed that housing in Noctorum was encroaching on the Thermopylae Pass as I felt it spoilt the vista and the wildness of the place. It was then truly a beautiful place and I hope it still... Read more
The White Cottage
I was born in that White Cottage that once stood at the top of Moreton Road and have many happy memories of it and old Upton Village. In the days before the Catholic Church was built, Gemmels Wood used to stretch from Moreton Road to the start of Miss Gemmels Garden and her house which fronted Church Road. The laneway at the back of the Stonehouse Cafe was called Quinesway and they operated a hardware shop which you can just see in the picture. The shop was taken over by the Coop and they sold linens to Manchester. My grandfather lived in that Cottage from before 1900 and raised 10 boys and 1 girl. The one girl was my mum. 5 boys served in the first war, and the other 5 in the second. The board in the front garden advertised my Uncle Walters handiman business, he operated as the 'village handiman' from the end of the war until the end of his life. I moved out in 1958 when... Read more