Dad's Old Daimler
We remember the excitement of seeing this postcard at Wallasey post office and realising that the black car was Dad's old Daimler. We could make out the number with a magnifying glass at the time. We recently returned from Scotland on a trip to revisit some old haunts and see how things had changed. Some were good and some were disappointing. These photos remind us of how things were when we grew up in Wallasey.
Summer in The Village
I remember summers in Wallasey Village being absolutely glorious as a kid. I used to live in Green Lane, and during the summer holidays,Ii and my friends worked on the market gardens, from early in the morning until mid afternoon, we would then race down to the sea front to the Derby Bathing Pool; either paying to get in with our hard earned, weed pulling cash, or sneak under the wire off the golf course. The water in the pool was always like ice until you got in and started swimming. My abiding memories of the Derby were the tar covered balconies that used to burn your feet, so hopping from one persons towel to another to get down to the pools edge, was often the only way. Then up onto the diving boards, where in your cut down jeans, covered in allsorts of patches of the day, we would line up on the boards and proceed to 'bomb' off them. The cut down jeans incidently were to protect the... Read more
Guinea Gap Baths
Me and my friend Marilyn, went to Primary school together in London. Her dad was the manager of our local swimming baths. I was devastated when he was offered promotion, it was at a pool in Wallasey, called Guinea Gap Baths. This was just the start of many happy holidays we spent in Wallasey, our parents were great friends and we came up every year for about twelve years. We got up early and went swimming, I think the coach's name was Tony, but he shouted too much so we stopped going to early morning swims. We always remember the milkman coming in the morning and shouting up "Morning Mrs Rushton" and the reply "Morning Mr Forshaw" - the sounds I remember so fondly. We used to go along to The New Brighton Pool to watch the Miss New Brighton beauty contests. We used to feel very important as Mr Rushton was also manager of this pool too. We used to get The Royal Iris across The Mersey to Liverpool... Read more
Betting And Going The Pub at 11 Years of Age ...They Where The Days
I can remember my nanna and grand dad (Charlie and Winnie Davies ) writing their bets out on a piece of paper and me running from Acacia Grove in Seacombe to Alf Spearings Bookies on Wheatland Lane to put them on for them. Alf used to pay me 2d when I walked his grey hounds on The Brokey. My Grand Dad Charlie, worked for Land and Marine Dredging Co. I used to wait on the step of no 10 Acacia Grove for him to come home from work and get money off him so I could go to the Great Float pub and get his bottles of Guiness from the hatch inside which was the offy. I had to stand on a crate so I could knock on the door, I was only 11. The money I got was quickly spent on the penny tray in Hienz's sweet shop on New Street - not Giles shop that was opposite (she shouted at us for playing football in the... Read more
My Dad owned the cycle shop in Wallasey Village firstly at the Leasowe Road end then latterly Harrison Drive end The name was ,Longworths, From 1961 we lived in St. Georges Road (when Piggy Lane was still in existence) I attended St. Georges Road School from circa 1948 and remember Big Miss Little and Little Miss Little. Mr. Grey. Miss Merrick and Mr. Sykes (headmaster) Miss Marsh was headteacher of the infants school. Does anyone else have any of these memories?
Children's Home in Curlew Way, Moreton
I used to play with my best friend at the time who lived in the Children's Home in Curlew Way, Moreton. We had many a happy time at the home; her name was Sandra Satterthwaite and she was also with her sister Carol, and her older half sister Diane Walker. Sandra introduced me to Elvis, she was alway's singing 'I'm all shook up'. We were in Lingham Lane School where Sandra broke her arm aged about 10 or 11. We were very close at the time and sadly Sandra's dad who went to sea, took them all back to Middlesbrough. We were then in Upton Road School for Girls, I remember being very upset at Sandra going and have often wondered what became of her. The home is still there but I think it is for adults with special needs. It would be great to hear from Sandra after all these years.
I have lived in The Village for 75 years. I used to play out with the Uptons and I lived in Lycett Road. I would like some info on my uncle, Mr Leslie Popham, who was killed when he dived into the Derby pool - I think that it would have been in the 30's. I have some letters dated 1936 sent by his brother to a girl friend in Fieldway.
Summers at The Chalets
My friend Vanessa had lovely times with our children down at the chalets, we used to rent them during the holidays, two weeks in her name and then two weeks in mine, you could only rent for two weeks. Some had an oven in as well as two gas rings to heat up beans on toast for lunches, they had deck chairs too. The children played safely under the watchful eyes of us and other parents. The summers were hotter then, we would leave for home before dark to return the next day, such happy days.
1968' the year we were married, I got a job working for Quayles chemist opposite the pig farm, now St Mary's College. The smell from the pig farm was awful. I remember having to sweep outside the shop every morning, holding my nose from the smell! Next door was Joynson's market gardener and every Saturday they used to open the doors of the barn (now Hardman's double glazing) to sell their produce; the queue would be outside along the pavement. Next door was a shoe shop/repair called Howard's, where I would buy my children's school shoes and black pumps. The village was special, not like now where you can have a manicure, hairdo or a takeaway, and not much more.
The Village Gave me A Great Wife Now of 60 Years.
Early 50's. My wife is Audrey a member of the Upton family who lived at 101 Wallasey Village over Sayers cake shop. Her sister, Doreen, worked across the road in Strongs Dairy. Happy memories of playing cricket with her brothers Bernard and John and Norman in the back 'jigger' which led into Lycett Rd and the sweet shop near the bottom of St John's Rd (Sunday nights on front of the telly). Ted Upton worked the market gardens in Leasowe Rd and I enjoyed many a pint in the Twenty Row, Farmers and Cheshire Cheese. I recall too, during the War the rockets being fired from the gun emplacements at the park at the end of Wallasey Rd. Hauling a trek cart with the Scout troop through the village and down Leasowe Rd thence via Moreton to the Overchurch camp site. Sat soccer on the Leasowe Rd playing fields over seen by a Mr. Collins (if not too deep... Read more
Our First Date.
I was a Drill Instructor at RAF West Kirby and my wife and I set eyes on each other at a dance for the RAF personnel at the Methodist Church Hall in Wallasey Village on Jan 23rd 1950. A week later we had our first date at the Capitol Cinema to see Orson Welles in 'The Third Man'. Six months later we got engaged on July 23rd and on January 20th 1951 we were married in St. Johns Church in Liscard Road, Liscard. Sadly this Church is now closed but we revisit every year when the RAF West Kirby Association has it's Annual Dinner at Leasowe Castle. We are still very happily married and will celebrate our 62nd wedding anniversary in January 2013.
No.1 Lycett Road.
My friends, the 'Bartups', lived at No.1 Lycett Road. John, the father was an accountant who worked for ICI. His wife Isabella (Bella) was a Scots lady from Kirkcudbright, I believe. Two children John and Jean. John went to the Wallasey Grammar School and I think that Jean went to the Girls High School. After Father John died, they moved to Leasowe Road. That would be about 1960. I lived in Moreton, at 12 Stuart Avenue and went to Wallasey Technical Grammar School 1957-1962. On leaving the Tech., I was in the Merchant Navy, trained as a Marine Engineer with Esso Petroleum Company Ltd, Marine Department and went to Leith Nautical College near Edinburgh. With regards to the photograph of Wallasey Village, I remember it well and remember trying to catch the 'Bus home to Moreton. we would try first of all to get on the 'Bus at the bottom of St Hilary's Brae. If that didn't work we would walk on into the village by the roundabout to the Bus stop... Read more
I lived in Seacombe all my life, drank in five bars, Stanley Arms, Mona Castle, hung around with Jackie Beaty, Tommy Jones, Geoff Kilby, Bobby Benett, Johnny Rutter Sango, we had great times, went to the boys club. My friends were Tina Else Cathy Margie Graham we used to go the Joes club and the light house davey jones locker and the penny the good old days miss them so much .
I Lived in Lycett Road
I too lived in Lycett Road - from 1943 to 1959, when I got married and left for New Zealand. Grower Jones was Bob Jones, who lived at either No.1 or No.3 Lycett. He had a couple of daughters, one, Jacqueline was about my age, the other one somewhat older.
Billy Hannah didn't mention Hockings, the newsagent on the corner of Beechwood Road. Mr Hocking and his brother ran it, and I did a paper run for them for several years, as did a few other local kids. And before that, after McEneanys and Dewhursts, there was an electrical good shop, then McFisheries, then Eccles greengrocers, and in the middle of the block George Longworth opened a cycle shop. On the other corner of Beechwood before the war was P.L.Edwards, a ladies lingerie shop. I remember it being destroyed in the blitz. And he also forgot Mrs.Povals, a little sweet shop between Sparks and the Cosmo Garage. Down two stone steps into a little wonderland of jars. The Cosmo... Read more
Met my Wife, to Be, Here in 1970.
I would come here on a Saturday morning for the matinee shows in the 1950s. I remember singing 'We are the Ovaltiners happy girls and boys'. Some time in the 1960s it became the ABC cinema and in the late 1960s it held dances every weekend. On a Friday it was heavy rock night and we would go and watch local bands such as Black Widow and Blister. I met my wife Susan here for the first time and we are about to celebrate our 40th Anniversary in September 2011. I would love to hear from anyone that remebers me from those times.
Re The Buffs
The Royal order of Buffalos..... Next door but one to the nurses home (as was), now a nursing home. I was born in Highfield hospital, Mill Lane, lived in Wallasey until I was 62 and now live in the north of Scotland. When I was a child we would go to Central Park, opposite The Buffs, and when I had my first child I lived in a flat next door to The Buffs so I remember it well. I lived along Poulton Road, and can remember The Chandlers, The Florists, Brertons the butchers, The Co-op and even my mum's divi no 41226. Those were the days when kids could play safely in the park, and I would go out for bike rides in the summer hols with my mates to Raby Mere and be gone all day without my mum worrying, we would also go to Bidston Hill via biddy footpath as we called it, some days we would go to New Brighton Baths or the Derby Pool, they were good times and... Read more
I remember Wallasey Village before the arrival of St Mary's College. Strong's Dairy, where my mother used to buy me a carton of fresh cream. Hoylands Butchers. Peggy Rogers and all her chickens. My grandads grocers shop - YORKS STORES. And all those glace cherries I used to eat. I remember Big Yard before it mysteriously dissapeared because of St Mary's College. Quayles Chemist and Hamiltons bakery - I went to school with Jimmy Hamilton. The Sparks market garden family. Going down Sandy Lane on roller skates. Sledging at night in Harrison Park. Leaving the back door open all day. The Phoenix matinees - and playing flash Gordon on the way home. ADRIENNE RIDE my childhood friend - WHERE ARE YOU NOW? Now what have we got ST MARY'S VILLAGE, and they call it progress !!! What were the circumstances for the loss of BIG YARD. Why did we lose it? How did it happen? Why couldn't a "Stopping Up Order" be found in the records?
Hello Billy And Heggies, Boormans and Ellis's, Melia's, Grants the Chandlers, the Coop...(later across the road), Midland Bank, Linda Gail, The Dairy... The Parish Hall Down Leasowe Road, Paulie's Field, Whites sweetshop, Cross Lane, The Market Gardens... Joynsons, Crosses, Jackson and Swift, The Websters, Malloys. Yorks, The Phoenix, Irwins...the Bus Shelter, The Cop Shop on the side, Manleys the Chemist Wow, memories eh?? Santos
The Roundabout in Liscard
I remember passing this roundabout time after time while being dragged around Liscard shopping with my mum. I also remember when it was being demolished and I am sure that there was an old Victorian public toilet found underneath - am I right?
Childhood in The Village
I lived in Lycett Road from 1955 to 1981, what a change! Mostly the quietness at night, no cars or buses, no people. The street lights went out at midnight. The building on the right was Woods, something to do with cars, behind that was waste land till "Grower" Jones, a kind of home grown veggie shop, then nothing till Big Yard with its pig farm, a builders called H.H.Woods, then about two old cottages, then Hoyland and Garners and an old Anderson shelter, then a big house on the corner of Sandy Lane. Back to the roundabout and on the other side was a block of new shops, I think Timpsons was first, then Taskers, then a paint shop, opened by "Len Fairclough", can't remember the next two but then there was Jack and Jills, then an entry, then Macaneenys? Dewhursts, R and A wool shop, Johnny Grahame's, Thomas's then Berties, then Beechwood Ave, Rushtons, Howards, Quails and Joynsons. The rest was Sparks market gardens till the Esso station... Read more
I was really chuffed to chance upon this photo. The bungalow in the picture is where I grew up during the 50s and 60s. Many happy memories. Although I now live in the Midlands I had a drive by late last year and was suprised to see large trees in the garden. Great times.
Unfortunately it seems to me that in general the Village is rather run down, especially my Dads old shop, Roberts the butchers. My Grandfather purchased the shop as a new build early in the 1900s. Oh well I suppose that's progress!!!
Hi to any old pals who may chance upon these comments.
Guinea Gap Baths
I am so pleased I first put my memory of Guinea Gap Baths on here. So pleased that people have responded. Val, yes the baths are still there its got a web page its great to look at.
Finding Old Mates
I remember the Great Float, Mona Castle, Five Bars and the Stanley Arms and the Bird and Hand. I used to go round with Johnny Rutter, Bobby Benette, Geof Kilby and a lot more. They were the good old days, going to Davey Jones Locker or the Embo. Lost touch with a lot of my old mates - tried to find some on face book - if you remember get in touch, love to chat.
I remember my happy days in Wallasey, being born in 1942 in Neston as Wallasey was struggling with bombing, then moving to Clifford Road, and having great times with friends. Stuart Youds, Brian Avery, Alexander Park and Keith Norbury playing football and cricket in Central Park, in addition to great times in the Scouts at Claremount Road Methodist and vamping at Overchurch having taken the trek cart there. I have travelled, lived in; London, East Anglia, Alderley Edge and now for the last 25 years in Wrexham but travel to Wallasey, with my wife who is a Cheshire girl, regularly and to my next love Everton Football Club having supported them for 65 years. Would be great to here from old friends if they read this. Poulton Road Primary, Gorsedale School both now sadly demolished, and then to Birkenhead Technical College to train as a chef, which I continued for many years in London
Guinea Gap Baths
My memory is not so much as my own, but about what my grandfather told me. He says there was no such thing as swimming baths when he was young. Their swimming baths was the docks, if the 'cocky watchman' wasn't keeping an eye out for them. The memory I have is short and one I feel proud of. When Guinea Gap was being built his father, my great grandfather, was one of the workmen who helped to dig out the foundations (no such thing as mechanical diggers back then). This was when the golden guineas were found, what his part was in the finding of these guineas I dont know, I just wish that I knew more. Thank you for letting me share this with you all.
My husband, John Van Hoek, has asked me to put this in for him. His grandfather, Thomas Howells Meredith, and his wife Edith Jane, lived there. Their children to name a few were; Louise, Gwen, Richard (Dickie), Jack, Sally (John's mum), Connie and Olwyn who tragically died there when just a small child. His grandfather planted a plum tree, which was still there right up to the 60's. John says it would be nice to hear from other people who have memories of Creekside, probably told to them by their own parents or grandparents.
Moreton Barnston Lane School.
I went to Barny Lane during the war. There were brick air-raid shelters in the 'garden'. Mr Hibbert was the headmaster. Miss Banks was one of the teachers. There were no men on the staff [apart from Mr H.] as all the men had been called up. Does anyone else remember the 'good old days'?
I Remember my Childhood in The Early 1950s
I grew up in Seacombe in Wallasey, when your neighbours were like your family, you played out in the street till your legs fell off, top and whip, hoolahoop, kick the can, shammy knockanose, twist. We would save bonfire wood and hide it for Guy Fawkes Night. What memories, you got a swipe if you were naughty ha ha. We would go to the swings, or the local cinema, the Embassy in Borough Road, MARINA, near riverside school,guinea gap baths,crown bowling green,or the CAPITAL in liscard, loved Central Park, I practically lived in Vic Park Hospital with broken this and that. Then I grew up and married, had my two children at Highfield Hospital, and now I live in Perth in Australia, a beautiful part of the world. But my heart's still in Wallasey.
Where St Marys is now used to be a narrow lane with sandstone cottages. I remember one day in the early '50s seeing them demolish these cottages. They wrapped a steel cable round the bases, attached it to a tracked bulldozer and pulled. The cottages simply folded in on themselves. I was quite sad.
Does anyone remember the gun facilities which stood where the dips are today. I remember playing "catch a girl, kiss a girl" there in the summer of 1953.
They seemed enormous, half below ground level and very smelly (the gun emplacements I mean!). They must have been removed in the '60's.
Anyway the dips are now going to be filled in using dredgings from the Marine Lake and a Morrisons is to be built on them.
Has anyone any more information?
My Dad often talks about Creekside off the Dock Road in Seacome. His Grandmother, Sarah Eliza Jones, married to George Jones, lived in the large house there, and he says the basement would fill up with water. He would also go to the blazing stump the get beer! He would have been no older than 12. I have done a lot of family history into the Jones, Williams and Hazlehursts so these stories are fascinating to me. Would love a photo but cant seem to find one.
Hi, my dad was a member of the Buffs in Seacombe in the 1950s. We as kids did not know a lot about these clubs, which were cery hush hush but a very important part of Seacombe's history. My aad was Seacombe born and bred and proud of it, as was I.
Lingham Lane School, Moreton, Wirral
I remember happy days in Lingham Lane School, I had many friends including Sandra Satterthwait and sister Carol. I would love to get in touch, they lived in the children's home in Curlew Way, Moreton and were from Middlesborough. We all went to Linghan Lane School which is now only a field and no more, but I do have some photos of it before it was pulled down. Margery hall, nee McCombe.
My mother was born in Wallasey in 1931. Maureen Brown. She married a US Air Force Sgt. Jim Humphires in 1955. In my early teens we were stationed in Germany and my mother, brother and sister lived with my grandmother (Mary Brown) in the early 70's. We all attended school there for 6 months. I have never forgotton that experience. My mother was able to get back home several times but became ill and passed away last year. Now my sister and I will be returning next summer for a visit and I cannot wait. Those photos on this website brought back memories as I'm sure it all has changed. My parents retried in Columbus, Ohio and I live just 45 minutes away in Newark, OH. I really enjoyed reading your memories I'm more anxious then ever to come over and visit Wallasey.
Left Wallasey in 1964 for Australia. Lived in Russell Rd and went to St Albans and St Hildas. Was also in the 28th Wallasey scouts. Those days are full of good memories. I have been back a few times most recently in 2006. If anyone with a memory sees this message I would love to share some memories. I am hoping to make the trip again this year. Peter Maher from Seabank Road, Peter Barber and Michael Thomas?
From Tony Upton, Perth Australia
I remember Saturdays at the Pheonix, Corgi toys from Rushtons,i ce lollies from Fieldings,v inegar from Ellis's, 99 tea from the Co-op and the "divi" (15046) and Green Shield stamps, pink stamps from Berties, school shoes from Howards, sliding face down on the parquet floor in the library and getting told off, crossing the village from the old Co-op to the post office without waiting, milk from the machine by the Black Horse (6p), walking from St Georges Road to the huts by the "Cheese" in a "crocodile" hand in hand, two abreast, every morning, and last but not least, long long happy summer days and snow drifts you could get lost in. "ee bah goom, when I worra lad........"
I was born in Seacombe, Wallasey.
When we were kids, say 1948/1952, we used to visit Creek Side near Duke Street Bridge and Dawbarns offices. There was some sort of smallholding there and we used to go and look at the pigs. How exciting it was when new piglets were born and we were allowed to go and see them. I often wonder now who owned this smallholding and would love to know if anybody remembers Creek Side and any info about it. My name when I lived in Seacombe was Joan Roberts
My mother June Eisenberg nee Lester was born in 1931. She was brought up and lived in Wallasey village all her life. She was the very first "Miss Liverpool" - in those days it was a personality contest - I think a pretty face helped but my mother was muched loved by many, sadly not realised until the day of her untimely death.
Memories of Merseyside
I was born just after the Second World War and like many people came from a fairly poor working class background. I was, however, blessed in many areas of my life and one of them was having an aunt who lived at 8 Hamilon Square, Birkenhead. It was an insurance building and she lived in the basement and was employed as a cleaner. We visited her every year and explored the Wirral. They were such happy times. I particularly remember New Brighton, as we went there every year. I have an early memory of travelling on a children's train through a series of tunnels, which were illuminated with childhood characters. I must have been around five or six, so that particular memory is now rather hazey but I know I really loved it. I loved the souvenir shops and usually managed to get my mum and dad to buy me something I probably didn't need. I love the photograph of the 'Royal Iris' coming into New Brighton. I went on... Read more
The Fairground And Tower
I remember well the fairground with all the rides that did their best to make you sick after the hotdogs and the candyfloss. Who got a kiss in the ghost train or at least a cuddle from their girlfriend? Everywhere the smell of food and the constant music playing so loud. I remember the 'Tower' which was destroyed by fire in 1969.
Good Old Days
Good old days. My husband, used to go to the Tower Ballroom and the Empress Club on Saturday nights. Anybody have any memories of the Tower in those days? Although I cannot remember any names from those days, if anybody went to the Empress or Tower - would love to hear from you.
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.
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