My Granny, Elizabeth Ann Ball, lived at 15 Cross Lane, in Newton le Willows. She was born around 1884 and died 1883 aged 99. She had three children, Monica, Beryl and Jim. She was married to Alfred Ball who died before I was born. I am told he designed something for the railway which if he had patented would ...Read full memory
The year I began at Newton le Willows Grammar School, I had sprained my ankle running through the back lanes of Earle Street in the holidays and had my foot in a bandage. We lived in Brookfield Street until I was 5 or so with my Grandma and then moved to the new council estate in Wargrave. I loved my school, the District C ...Read full memory
Joined the school in 1939 in 3A. I remember Miss Peters, a Cambridge graduate, who taught English, Mr Pidcott who taught Maths, Mr. Goody History. It was a very happy school. I still see Favel Harrison and her brother Michael. When the siren sounded we went into the air raid shelter until the ...Read full memory
My parents farmed here before it was sold for industrial units. We also farmed the one in Newton le Willows with the same name.
I remember Lightfoots fishmongers in Legh Street, it was under Harry Berry's dance studio, facing District School on Legh Street. Does anyone else remember this?
Does anyone remember Marshes pie and confectionary shop, corner of Old Whint Road, opposite no 1 Labour Club? They were the best pies ever made at the back of the shop.
I loved the Friday markets. The crowded stalls transformed the drab square. The cries of the stall holders, the bustle of shoppers, the baskets laden with fruit and veg. My favourite stall was the toy stall and I spent all of my weekly pocket money here - fake cigarettes with their puff of 'smoke', fake flies that looked so ...Read full memory
I remember when there were two fishmongers in Earlestown, Lyons's fishmongers in Bridge St. and one whose name I can't remember in Legh St., now we have none. We also had two picture places, the Rink where the Police Station is, and the Curson near the station, now we have none of those either. My interest ...Read full memory
we used to live at 70 earls street, my dad used to work in the signal box that was situated opposite. I can still remember when our house got modernised when they turned one bedroom into a bathroom.
I was now old enough to drink (18) but unofficially you could always get a drink at certain pubs, which I'll not name but say thanks for looking out for me when I got tipsy on two pints of mild. My memories of Earlestown are magic, the Viaduct club & Vic's dance nights, they were something to look forward to. ...Read full memory
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