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    Southport Holiday Guide 1980

    Then & Now : the same scenes 100 years apart

    Images of Formby Past

    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. Cyclone death
    Started by ZEUS 19/01/2007

    This is a bit gory I know but I just wanted to know if anyone remembers the death of a young lad on the cyclone in the late 70's/early 80s? I can remember being in the sea bathing lake on that day and hearing the old sirens of police cars and ambulances nearby. It wasn't until I got home and...

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  2. The Grange Hospital 1st World War
    Started by semah 08/02/2012

    I have dozens of Photographs of the St John VAD Hospital that was situated at 'The Grange' in Southport. They show pictures of the buildings, wards, patients and staff. I have attached a couple for those interested. Where would be an appropriate home for these Photo's?

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  3. Nabbs Billiard Hall
    Started by abenis 19/08/2002

    Is there anybody with memories of Nabbs? It was situated above Gores Coaches first right up from Colliseum

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  4. What do you remember about your old corner shop?
    Started by flyp 25/06/2007

    As a child our local shop was Spencer's on the corner of Canning Rd and Crowland St. I remember it was only about the size of a small living room and contained an L shaped wooden counter with a couple of glass display cabinets on top, one of which contained sweets. The walls were covered in...

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  5. 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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  6. Meeting Places
    Started by abenis 28/08/2002

    How many of you met friends under Alex clock or Junes There must be a heap of memories that could be shared I met my first real date at Alex's corner Maureen Dunne. Tried Junes but was stood up by Sadie Porter so never liked Junes as a meeting place

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  7. Victoria Brewery Birkdale
    Started by Markone 03/06/2009

    A couple of years back we were refurbishing the old staff quarters at the Royal Clifton hotel and I came across this bottle in the roof space. It is a bottle of Burdock and Dandelion from W.H.Webbs Victoria Brewery Birkdale. I just wondered if anyone was familiar with the name or remembers anything...

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    06/09/2019 08:28 AM
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  8. 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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  9. Underneath the arches?
    Started by no66y 09/06/2007

    This is a bit of a long shot but here goes. In the early 1970's I guess it was, I seem to recall some sort of "lost property" booth under an archway by the railway line somewhere between southport station and Birkdale station. Possibly in the vicinity of Railway Terrace. It may not have been a...

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    21/07/2019 04:22 AM
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  10. Linaker St School
    Started by Phil Mitchell 28/02/2006

    I have sent a couple of emails to the LS website offering pictures of 1960's events but never had a reply. Does anyone here have anything to do with the LS website? Phil

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    12/07/2019 07:16 PM
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  11. 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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    11/05/2019 09:00 PM
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  12. Was there a Castle ? ?
    Started by Mck. 13/10/2003

    I have been informed that there was once a castle in Southport, in the area of Lord Street West / Castle Walk - called Castle Belmont or Belmont Castle. Does any one know if this is true and if there is any information I can find on it ? If so post a reply please. Im sceptical as Ive always...

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  13. Jim Whiteside's horse and cart fruit and veg round in Birkdale.
    Started by tonyhey 26/08/2012

    Does anyone remember Jim Whiteside. Jim had a horse and cart and had a fruit and veg business in Birkdale back in the fifties and sixties. He lived in Shaftesbury Road and had stables at the back of the house where his white horse Sunbeam lived. Jim's round took in Shafesbury Road, Liverpool Road,...

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    01/05/2019 07:21 PM
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  14. Old Stations
    Started by flyp 30/12/2002

    The original Birkdale station which was situated near the end of the present Dunkirk Rd and operated from 1848 to 1851 when the present Birkdale Station took over starting its life as Birkdale Park Station.

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  15. Old Shops on Upper Aughton Road
    Started by Kopite77 23/07/2007

    I do not spend that much time in Southport, but have noticed that a lot of shops in the surburb areas are closing and have now just become houses, - the best example is on Upper Aughton Road, where the stretch of shops that were between the railway gates and the Blundell arms have nearly all...

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  16. 1a Liverpool Road, Birkdale
    Started by Ex Greenbank 10/09/2018


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  17. 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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    28/02/2019 10:09 PM
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  18. 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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    23/02/2019 11:36 AM
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  19. Formby Civic Society has spent the past few years researching what life was like in Formby during the 'Great War' - World War One. There is not much evidence still available today, a century after the end of the war, but they made great use of whatever photographs and drawings still remained, what...

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    27/12/2018 08:10 PM
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  20. 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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    07/12/2018 01:27 PM
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  21. 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 09:19 PM
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  22. 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 10:29 AM
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  23. 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 04:52 AM
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  24. 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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  25. 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 09:15 PM
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  26. 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 12:38 PM
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  27. Unsolved Murders in Southport
    Started by Geepee 01/11/2005

    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 12:32 PM
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  28. 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 03:35 PM
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  29. 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 12:27 AM
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  30. 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 08:20 PM
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  31. 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 08:12 PM
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  32. 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 05:18 PM
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  33. 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 05:11 PM
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  34. 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 09:48 PM
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  35. 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 08:02 PM
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  36. 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 06:29 AM
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