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Darnhall maps

Historic maps of Darnhall and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all Darnhall maps

Darnhall photos

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Darnhall area books

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Memories of Darnhall

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Old Memories

I remember when I was about 13 years old. Where the roundabout is now there used to be a very high wall which surrounded a large house which was the local surgery and I believe the doctor's name was Dr. Oakell. On the corner of Woodford Lane used to be Chester's ironmongers and the Co-op store and the Co-op butchers. On the opposite side of Woodford Lane was Frank Eaton's newsagents and he also had a bicycle shop next door. Just down the High Street I remember a pub called the Bull's Head which was run by a lady named Phillips, this was on the corner of Geneva Road. I used to live in Swanlow Lane near St. Chad's Church. I remember when the council offices and council yard used to be at what was called "Over Hall", the gardens used to have a large round water feature that always had lots of newts in it during the summer months. The entrance drive was virtually opposite Crossfield Avenue and... Read more


Over Square c1965, Winsford
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This picture brings back the memories of the many years I spent at my pharmacy to the right of the view. I am now retired and in my late seventies. The roundabout has been altered to make way for the bypass to Chester.

High Street Bakers

Over Square c1965, Winsford
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My great, great, grandparents were bakers and shoe makers called Kitchen and lived on High Street.

Wharton Hill

Wharton Hill c1955, Winsford
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I remember parts of this photo. I was born in 1956. The shop with the flags was Brooks' bakers I think. The houses just beyond it up the hill must have been demolished in the 60s. I remember there being 'sticky bob' plants where they were - not seen them anywhere else. The steps on the right by the cafe sign were incredibly steep to a young child and gave me nightmares for years. I also remember the salt wagons going to the rail depot at the top of the hill - you could overtake them on foot!

My Memories

I lived here on the Grange Estate from 1964 to 1968 and attended Meadowbank primary and Winsford high school before moving to Australia 40yrs ago.  The photos I see bring back lots of good times for me. I will write other memories after confirmation of this letter. I am sure readers of this website would be very pleased and amazed.  Thank you.

                                                                Alan Bond

Queens Hotel

My mother and father Vera and Fred Groves took over the Queens Hotel when I was a youg boy (BORN 1957). I remember the circus coming in the adjacent field. One day our dog Jip took ME for a walk down to the Flash reservoir much to the panic of my mum. Till she saw the image of me being lead down the road by Jip, briging me home! I recall pedalling around the hotel in my yellow jeep (with working lights!) and around the car park on the front, and one day falling down the stairs. Mum told me how the pianist used to drive a Bentley. My memories are few because I was so very young, but Dad died in 1979 and mum more recently 25 March this year.
Mum talked a lot about the Queens and the characters who used to pop in for a drink and or a meal. ... Read more

Church Minshull 1956/62

I went to the County Primary School from 1956 until 1962, the teachers were Mrs Bracken and Mr Gore, Mrs Gutterage was the cook and later my mother. The lady who lived directly behind the school kept lots of chickens, and they all wore little blue spectacles to stop them pecking each other. The Post Office/shop was run by a Mrs Brereton and later this moved to the house next to the school and was run by Mrs Calvert and her husband, who also made furniture in a glass lean-to adjoining the house. I had a job as the paper boy, 44 papers, and it took me an hour to deliver them as the round took in the outskirts of the village too, all for 10 shillings a week. Sadly the boy who took over from me was killed when he was hit by a car, somewhere near Eardswick Hall I believe.
We kept a few chickens and got corn from the Mill run by Mrs Billinge. Opposite the... Read more

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