Southport, Merseyside
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Southport and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

Weekend Sunbathing

I used to go to the bathing lake every weekend rain or shine , I used vinegar and olive oil to get a tan, I even lay on tin foil at one time , I used to arrive as the baths opened , alongside the life guards , I have a photo somewhere laying on the wall, by the café . met my first husband as well , who used to come from ...Read full memory

Look Out For The Policeman!

This photograph of Southport shows a member of the local constabulary on point duty in Lord Street in the mid 1950s. The wearing of white coats was introduced in some towns during the Second World War, and gave policemen at least a sporting chance of not being run down by traffic during the blackout. There was ...Read full memory

A memory of Southport by Julia Skinner

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 ...Read full memory