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    Southport Holiday Guide 1980

    Then & Now : the same scenes 100 years apart

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    Annals of Southport & District (published 1903)

    Old Postcards

    Guide To Southport In North Meols (1809 & 1825)

    Home Tour of Manufacturing Districts of England(1836)

  1. Hovercraft Summer 1973
    Started by steve 08/07/2001

    Please anybody got any pictures or memories of when there was a Hovercraft service Southport Blackpool, plus pleasure trips. It ran from along side the pier. It only lasted for the Summer of 1973. Run by Hovertravel. I worked there after my A-levels as a summer job. I certainly remember...

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  2. Robert Gunson Death Plaque WW1
    Started by toffee man 26/10/2007

    I have in my possesion the Death Plaque of Gunner Robert Roy Gunson Son of Robert and Mary Gunson of 71 Tithebarn Rd. Death Plaques were sent to the relatives of soldiers killed in the Great War. I have a brief biography for him from the book Southports Splendid Hearts. He had two brothers who...

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    08/11/2018 10:19 PM
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  3. 1a Liverpool Road, Birkdale
    Started by Ex Greenbank 10/09/2018

    This little detached building next to the railway line was run by my great grandfather early 1900's. Does anyone have any pictures from around that time with this shop on ? TIA

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    21/10/2018 07:36 PM
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  4. Morgue/hospital on top floor of McDonalds on Eastbank Street
    Started by luluconstance 26/08/2018

    Was told years ago by a McDonalds employee that the top floor was an old hospital & that there were bed imprints on the floor. Been told since that it was a morgue & that there were slabs, hence the imprints. Anybody know any more about this? I know the building was a Co-Op from 1934(?)

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    10/09/2018 12:29 PM
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  5. Old Victoria Baths in Southport
    Started by over the hill 03/09/2018

    DOes anyone have photos of these just before they were closed please, been trying to find some to show my kids and grandkids as we go to Victoria as it is now and I was trying to describe it to them

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    08/09/2018 06:52 AM
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  6. Southport Corporation Buses
    Started by Gedsum 05/09/2002

    My Grandfather and his brother drove firstCorporation trams then buses around Southport for the most part of 40 odd years ,from about 1910.....I was asked the other day about the old bus numbering system around 1950 and could only remember one or two routes around the town .I think it was 5or 6...

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  7. J Holey Lord Street
    Started by joan ofarc 19/06/2018

    I am researching an item of clothing for The Atkinson. It is an adult size red cape with a brown tartan lining and a lined hood. The design is timeless and I cannot pin it down to a particular period from design alone. It could be a nurse's cape or some other orgaisation or just a fashionable item....

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    03/08/2018 11:15 PM
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  8. early 1960s birkdale secondary modern school.
    Started by chrisheretic 20/09/2011

    Does anyone have any goods memories? personally I doubt it Remember the headmaster &teachers robinson - headmaster agar - gardening (old chew) winfield - metalwork (pinhead) hayes -geography russell - science

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    22/07/2018 02:38 PM
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  9. Unsolved Murders in Southport
    Started by Geepee 02/11/2005

    Yes, I know this is ghoulish, but OTS gave me the idea with his postings on the News Forum about unsolved murders that the police are seeking to re-investigate. As far as I know, there are at least 2 "recent" unsolved murders in Southport - one was the "Belle Wilson" case in the 60s and the other,...

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    24/06/2018 02:32 PM
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  10. Wennington Road Primary School, Southport
    Started by onthespot 18/11/2005

    A reader of is searching for information about Wennington Road Primary School, Southport which he attended between 1927 and the early 30s when he gained a scholarship to King George V School. He can find no reference to it still existing, but would appreciate any information...

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    28/04/2018 05:35 PM
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  11. George Carter a Southport legend
    Started by Ken B 07/12/2005

    can anyone shed any light on the feats of George Carter, i knew him from our youth when he was a lift attendant for one of the towns major stores, this was just about the only job he could get because he only had one arm,but he overcame his handicap & i am led to believe he became world one arm...

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    21/02/2018 01:27 AM
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  12. Scarisbrick New Road?
    Started by The Dark Horse 20/12/2017

    I recently bought this postcard. I think it was a building that used to stand on Scarisbrick New Road until it suffered a fire (arson?). I remember sitting an exam there during the 1980s, when it was part of Southport College of Art and Technology. Does anyone else remember it?

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    02/02/2018 09:20 PM
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  13. 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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    08/01/2018 09:12 PM
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  14. Teddy Snowball
    Started by toffee man 28/09/2008

    There is a 1927 postcard on Ebay with a picture of a Southport boxer called Teddy Snowball, who fought between 1927-1935. Does anybody have any more info on the man?

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    06/01/2018 01:38 AM
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  15. Marine Lake postcard
    Started by The Dark Horse 20/12/2017

    Here is an old postcard of the 'aerial flight' over the Marine Lake. Two substantial wooden structures, either side of the water, allowed wicker baskets to be winched across the lake. Would anyone enjoy a ride in it now?

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    20/12/2017 06:18 PM
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  16. Marine Drive postcard
    Started by The Dark Horse 20/12/2017

    Here is a postcard of Marine Drive (Now Marine Parade) before the Ocean Plaza redevelopment.

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    20/12/2017 06:11 PM
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  17. New Day Nursery 1927
    Started by semah 18/02/2017

    Hi, I have a photograph of the laying of the foundation stone at 'New Day Nursery' in Southport dated 1927. (Some family members form part of group). Does anyone know where the Nursery is/was? Cheers Semah

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    14/11/2017 10:48 PM
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  18. Sergeant Major Nunnerley.
    Started by Batstiger 14/01/2011

    "The Charge of the Light Brigade" I am not a local person although my mother was from Cypress Rd and father from Barratt Rd Southport. This thread concerns a local hero of Ormskirk Sergeant Major Nunnerley b 1831 d 1905 and my Father in law Thomas Hough b 1895 d 1985. also of Ormskirk. I am...

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    18/10/2017 10:02 PM
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  19. Southport 1967
    Started by flyp 03/07/2001

    To try & kick this Past Spot off how about having a thread for particular years and then everyone posting their own memories of that year? I have chosen 1967 because it was the first really exciting year of my teens. I started "going out" with girls, & on Saturday 3rd June I went to see my...

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    22/09/2017 11:47 AM
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  20. Shops on Eastbank street
    Started by semah 10/07/2017

    Hi all, What shops were there before toni and guys? Cheers

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    10/08/2017 08:29 AM
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  21. Hells Angels in Southport
    Started by Charlotte-Film 11/12/2006

    Does anyone know any Hells Angels from when Pleasureland was open? I was told by an ex worker that they used to work there. I am making a documentary about nostalgia and places which are closing around the UK. If anyone was a Hells Angel or knows anyone please get back to me Charlotte

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    17/04/2017 08:56 PM
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  22. Sea Bathing Lake
    Started by seivad 11/01/2003

    Sea Bathing Lake 1966

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    02/03/2017 09:25 PM
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  23. Old signage on buildings in Southport
    Started by The Dark Horse 03/12/2008

    There are still signs and adverts on buildings in Southport. They often detail what was for sale or the name of the premises.

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    16/02/2017 03:19 PM
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  24. Mr. Love (1985) Promotional photographs
    Started by The Dark Horse 15/02/2017 Mr._Love Here are some photographs of Mr. Love - a film shot in Southport during (1984/1985).

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    15/02/2017 11:05 AM
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  25. The Clarendon Hotel
    Started by Davelooksback 25/04/2016

    Does anybody recall this lovely building (long gone alas)and have any other photos/information about it?

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    12/02/2017 12:06 AM
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  26. On the 7th December 2016 a memorial was dedicated to all the airmen and aircrew killed on service at RAF Woodvale during the Second World War. This memorial is located at Freshfield Dune Heath Nature Reserve which is the single largest lowland heath site on Merseyside. RAF Woodvale was...

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    10/12/2016 02:24 PM
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  27. The Victoria Hotel
    Started by maisie 12/08/2016

    I'm trying to find out some information about the hotel. Does anyone know when it closed? I know it was used during the war (World War 2) for the civil service. Did it reopen as a hotel after the war? I think it was demolished in 1970

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    08/12/2016 11:08 PM
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  28. Cinemas
    Started by abenis 27/08/2002

    I recall the following Grand, Gaumont (Odean or originally Pladium)Troc, Palace, Forum, Regal, Scala (became Southport Rep) Garrick (originally a Vaudville type place) Colliseum and the Bedford (cnr Kew Rd and Bedford Road. There was also a cinema in High Park at one time. Were there any more, I...

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    13/11/2016 08:55 PM
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  29. The Empire Teatre Southport
    Started by maisie 26/10/2013

    Does anhyone know where this was? According to an rticle in last weeks Champion newspaper Winston Churchill gave a speach there in 1909/1910

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    09/10/2016 01:15 PM
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  30. Selworthy Road
    Started by bobbyt78 20/08/2016

    Was looking at old maps and comparing them to modern day when I came across a section of Selworthy Road between Lancaster and Granville Roads that appears to have been removed and grassed over. Does anyone have any ideas as to why and when?

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    05/10/2016 10:29 PM
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  31. Miss Speakman (teacher)
    Started by jackr 01/10/2004

    Does anyone remember Miss Speakman who taught at Our Lady's, Formby. about 1947-50? She then taught at Our Lady of Lourdes Birkdale,in the early 50s, but she was then married. Unfortunately I can't remember her married name.Any news?

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    16/09/2016 10:45 AM
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  32. Clifton Rd Silver Jubilee
    Started by Mortis 24/06/2008

    Found this old piccy that was posted in the Visiter of the Clifton Rd Jubilee Party of 1977. I'm on it somewhere. It's a pity I can't post it in Hi-Res. I may try and split it and post it in sections.

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    21/08/2016 09:51 PM
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  33. 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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    20/07/2016 10:22 PM
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  34. Bright Helmeston School?
    Started by Owen 18/10/2010

    There used to be a private school in Birkdale which my great Aunt attended. I've been googling alsorts of spellings but can't seem to locate it - can anyone tell me where Bright Helmeston (sp?) school in Birkdale was? Thanks

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    12/06/2016 10:20 PM
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  35. caffs
    Started by grimpner 21/06/2010

    Here are my memories from the early 70's....please fill in the gaps. Kardomah- Posh,with a lovely loud coffee machine.Seem to remember it burned down due to a gas leak? Botanic Garden's - Loads of inflatable bunnies and toys hanging from the roof.Did a nice milky coffee with a free Morning...

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    03/06/2016 09:58 PM
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  36. Pontins southport
    Started by blackys dad 10/10/2015

    What year did it open??

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    03/06/2016 08:39 PM
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