Historic maps of Birkdale and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Birkdale maps
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Memories of Birkdale
Wragg's Photographic Studio?
Hi - I have a couple of photos of my great-grandmother taken by Wragg, a photographer in Wigan and Leyton Arcade, Southport. I'd like to hear from anyone who can help me date the pictures by comparing the frames.
My One And Only Visit to Southport
Yes, I have been to Southport! Sadly I saw this lovely town once only when I went there to see Southport FC play at their home ground in Haig Avenue.
The occasion was a Monday night in March 1969 and the visiting team were Watford, the team I had been supporting since childhood. I had been studying and working for a couple of years in Manchester so for me it was quite an easy task to get to the ground for the evening kick-off.
Understandably there were no other Watford supporters at this mid-week evening fixture so many miles frm Hertfordshire. I positioned myself near the halfway line on the same side of the pitch as the players' tunnel. Being alone I kept quiet but I couldn't resist cheering the final whistle when Watford came in with a 1-1 draw. This was an important point towards their eventual 3rd Division Championship and promotion to Division 2.
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Manz World, Lord Street
I moved to Southport in 1978 and worked at Manz World, I worked with three of the best guys I have ever known, David Pitson, Paul Foreman and Peter Poulter. If anybody remembers me I would love to hear from you.
Bessie Tarver's Book - Light And Shade
My Grandmother, Bessie Tarver, wrote a book about her life from 1891-1919. She mentions going to Southport, after her mother's death in 1897. She describes going to the pleasure fair and going to her friend's house, which was Sephton House, Princes Street, Southport. Her friend's name was Nellie. I don't have her surname. In 1904, Nellie still lived at Sephton House. It is described as having two large bays windows, with net curtains, a lovely garden with tennis courts. Would anybody know if this house is still standing? I have tried various censuses, without success.
The Copper's Helmet And The Nut Cracker
The ride in the middle of this photograph of the children’s playground on the beach at Southport was known as a ‘copper’s helmet’, and the nearest one on the left was called ‘the nut cracker’. As the nutcracker swung higher and higher the children standing on the ends had to watch out that they didn’t crack their heads (‘nuts’) on the cross members.
I Want A Baby Goat!
I used to love going to the children’s zoo at Southport as a child in the 1950s, when I was about the same age as the little girls seen in this view. The baby goats were my favourite animals there. I remember we had a family scene once, when I wanted to take one home with me. My mother and father couldn’t make me understand that I wasn’t allowed to, and I had a little girl’s paddy about it. I’m afraid there were lots of tears before bedtime that day…!