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  1. Old family Business's in Southport
    Started by kate1970 04/06/2010

    Just wondering if anyone on here has had a 'family' business in Southport? My Great Grandfather and my Grandfather had a building business... many years ago... i believe was in Virginia Street. My family name is Southworth... as was their name. Wondering if anyone remembers this ??? Or if...

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  2. Gordon Munro - Jazz Musician 1950s/60s/70s
    Started by lostsoul 21/08/2015

    Back in the 1960s/70s, I was a fan of jazz musician Gordon Munro. Gordon was a wonderful jazz guitarist, and also taught the guitar locally. Gordon died back in the 80s, I think. Now, years ago, I recall hearing that there were some recordings of Gordon knocking around. Recordings that I'd...

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    21/08/2015 03:18 PM
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  3. Barbers we have known
    Started by blowick 12/07/2007

    I don't recall a thread about barbers, so here goes . . . When I was little my mother used to take me to Rimmers in London Street, but when I was old enough to go by myself I went for years to Harold Holden on the corner of Sussex Road and Norwood Road. Later I became a patron of Horace Beecham...

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  4. old police station
    Started by blackstypejag 23/07/2015

    There is a double fronted building round the corner of Tithebarn Rd into Hart St proper that has "Police" engraved in the stone lintel over the the right hand doorway. The stone work has been overpainted in black and the lettering is just visible. Obviously it is an old nick but when did it open...

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  5. Chapel St.
    Started by the poshes 15/02/2005


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  6. Do you remember this...
    Started by wooster 27/07/2015 This old girl was registered in Southport in November 1938. But that is all I know. I am desperate to find out more about her early history. Who was her first owner? Which garage/dealer sold her? Where was she during the war? Her reg. no. is DWM 608. She is a 1939 Rover 14. If you can...

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    27/07/2015 09:34 AM
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  7. Has Anyone Noticed This Red Box ?
    Started by tonyB 17/01/2015

    This electricity box on the Promenade is almost identical to ones located in School Lane and Barkfield Lane Formby. Does anyone know if they controlled the street lighting and when they were installed. Pictures of the Formby boxes and more information can be found HERE

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    25/07/2015 07:54 PM
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  8. Look what I've found!
    Started by Mortis 15/05/2005

    Digging around and found this - a complete directory of all adresses in Southport for 1951. It holds the names addresses occupations and tel No of everybody in Southport/Banks/Freshfield/For mby at that time. Anybody want me to check some - If you are unsure of me posting the details I can...

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    21/07/2015 10:21 PM
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  9. Birkdale Village Shops 70's -> 80's
    Started by no66y 20/12/2009

    All this has got me thinking about shops that used to be in Birkdale Village. I can't seem to find any photos on the net :( I used to get off the bus from school in Birkdale Village and used to use the sweet shops etc.. I remember: The Quality Shop (sweet shop) Now Farrell's estate agents....

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    19/07/2015 12:49 PM
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  10. Marshside Estate (Seaton Way etc)
    Started by Nizical99 09/02/2015

    I was wondering if anyone had any old pictures or sources online for information of the Marshside estate, especially at the time of it's construction. I've searched all over the web for so long and never found anything on it. By the Marshside estate, I'm talking about the area around Seaton Way,...

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    16/07/2015 09:16 AM
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  11. Looking for
    Started by blackstypejag 10/07/2015

    Any one who left Stanley School in july 1969. Who is still with us? My initials are CS.

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    10/07/2015 11:52 AM
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  12. Vanished Businesses Of Southport
    Started by flyp 01/08/2002

    Phil Mitchell's mention of Weatherby's bakery brought to mind other trade names that were familiar years ago - what are your memories of them and what happened to them??? For example, do you remember: Coultons, Seymour Meads, White Hudsons, Redmans, Moores Market, Blowers supermarket, ...

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    01/07/2015 11:43 AM
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  13. Underground Nevill Street
    Started by HistoryMB 16/04/2002

    Probably a lot of you have heard about the street underneath Neville Street. I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on it. When was the Old Neville Street built over? Why exactly did they build over (heard it was something to do with the sea), Why do they not open it up as a tourist...

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    30/06/2015 01:37 PM
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  14. Does anyone know?
    Started by natterjack 17/06/2008

    Where Peter Dykstra is these days? He lived on Manchester Road in the 60's and early 70's. He was friends with The Mitchell brothers and the Dolan brothers.

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  15. Winterdyne Prep School
    Started by clive 3 07/03/2008

    Anyone remember this school or perhaps even went there? I was a pupil in 1944-47 and I often wonder what happened to the building and land at the rear after the school was shut down in the mid 50's I think.

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    22/06/2015 12:29 PM
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  16. North Meols birth certificate 1888
    Started by condemnation 21/06/2015

    can anyone translate what it says? i can read the richard edwards... thanks

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    21/06/2015 05:05 PM
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  17. Chapel st station pre1970
    Started by Blue star 12/06/2015

    Does anyone have any pictures of inside the station the booking office, left luggage the cafeteria the old Duke bar in the corner the tobacanists and the paper stall.

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    15/06/2015 10:28 AM
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  18. sumners.jacks mere lane
    Started by infomania 06/03/2008

    more help please :confused: i have a funeral notice and it says from "jacks mere lane"this is from 1950.does anyone know of sumners in this place,or if this is the place that is called "jacksmere" their local directory's for scarisbrick,like the southport ones? would appreciate ANY...

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    14/06/2015 10:30 PM
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  19. Ribbel bus
    Started by blackys dad 05/06/2015

    Are they still operating ? Just drov past an 04 plate bus in ribble livery in ainsdale :)

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    13/06/2015 10:23 PM
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  20. Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School: The Class of 1959
    Started by lostsoul 02/06/2015

    I left OLOL Secondary School, in 1959 aged 15, and - to keep the brain active - I was trying to recall as many of my fellow pupils from my year as I could. I haven't seen some since the day I left school. Anyway, here's a go at some who came to mind. I love if other ex-pupils can add to the...

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    12/06/2015 06:52 AM
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  21. Hart Street bungalows
    Started by Daver 27/05/2015

    Does anyone know the reason the houses in Hart Street from Dodsworth Road down towards Norwood Road were demolished and replaced with the bungalows which are there now? Was it to do with the demolition of the abattoir?

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    31/05/2015 07:26 PM
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  22. Birkdale Palace Hotel
    Started by condemnation 27/04/2015

    came across this knife from the palace hotel when did it get knocked down?

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    29/05/2015 01:21 AM
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  23. Southport Corporation busmen's party
    Started by melanieb 30/04/2015

    I believe this to have been taken around 1958/59

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    10/05/2015 03:05 PM
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  24. In this article from Building News (August 1907), it describes the construction of a new house in Birkdale. Nothing really remarkable about that, until you realise it is a house designed by the man responsible for most of the beautiful cinemas that once adorned Lord Street and the iconic Royal...

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    28/04/2015 10:34 PM
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  25. Birkdale ales
    Started by Blue star 18/02/2008 /pics/Watermarked/Chapel%20hou se.jpg I came across this picture on the skem heritage site. Was There a brewery in Birkdale many years ago?.

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    27/04/2015 09:00 PM
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  26. Little London Lane
    Started by less 14/02/2015

    Hi Was Little London Lane what we now would call Sussex Road? What year where the houses built? See attachment for map which make me believe that, Kensington road is maybe the road along the railway line.

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    05/04/2015 03:34 AM
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  27. Stanley school
    Started by blackstypejag 13/03/2015

    Colin Speight here left Stanley in 1969 worked for Sefton for 34 years took the early bath now living in North Northumberland. Any body still surviving?

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    14/03/2015 11:15 PM
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  28. English cricket?????????
    Started by ausard2 20/02/2015

    So here we go again , what a waste of probably £500,000 give or take. Well at least you get 6 weeks holiday and doesn't matter if you win or loose you"ll still have nice time. Please wipe out team and select a whole new squad and get shut of the old school tie c....

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    21/02/2015 07:52 AM
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  29. An Account Of Life In Blowick pre- WW2
    Started by flyp 06/09/2002

    I found this account of life in Blowick in the 1930s & 40s by a gentleman called Anthony Baker who now lives in Australia. It contains a few inaccuracies (eg - Blackpool being on the other side of Morecambe Bay) but makes interesting references to local shops & the gas works. Click on the...

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    17/02/2015 05:47 PM
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  30. Paddling pool
    Started by one arm bandit 20/12/2006

    Does anyone remember in the 80's (and maybe before) there was a paddling pool for kids somewhere round Princess park. I'm sure it was near the sea bathing lake and the boating lake, I can picture it vaguely but I'm trying to place it!

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    15/02/2015 12:10 AM
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  31. Coultons Bakery
    Started by passback 30/10/2007

    How many of you remember Coultons bakery on the corner of Duke Street and Shakespeare Street. At one point there must have been around 250 people working there in its heyday. I worked there as a driver for around 6 years and was there when it closed in 1973. Along with a few other drivers I was...

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    27/01/2015 11:27 PM
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  32. hollands toffee works
    Started by Ken B 10/05/2004

    who can remember the hollands factory in virginia st?, i worked there as a long distance driver in 1952, they had a fleet of bedford trucks, & had to paint them in all different colours because they were known to police forces all over england, scotland & wales as hell drivers. the problem with the...

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    22/01/2015 01:22 PM
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  33. Doormen
    Started by -TR- 01/12/2002

    where are all the old doormen of days gone bye,like who remebers jimmy kelly from the brick etc wheres he know i do know he went to run a pub in burscough but that was about 20 yrs ago thats the last time i saw him.also george dakar i think he died??and sam is he still working the doors,and les...

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    15/01/2015 11:06 PM
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  34. Goodbye to Vulcan Motor Works / Brockhouse / Phillips
    Started by The Dark Horse 07/01/2015

    It won't be the same without the old factory.

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    15/01/2015 07:59 AM
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  35. Churchtown Library Demolition
    Started by The Dark Horse 07/01/2015

    Here is the rapid removal of Churchtown Library. The lighter bits of wood on the building frame are previous / historic repairs to the rotten timber.

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    08/01/2015 09:58 PM
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  36. Film of Sefton and Southport over the past 100 years
    Started by tonyB 08/01/2015

    Thought some of you would be interested in this Press Release made today :- The North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University is pleased to announce ‘Sefton and Southport on Screen’, a part of its programme to make this fascinating collection available to the public of the North...

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    08/01/2015 06:33 PM
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