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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Southport Strangers Charity 1860
    Started by tonyB 29/12/2010

    This is from one of the engravings I own but all the caption says is "Southport Strangers Charity". A look at the Handbook For Southport 1883 gives the following information. So it looks as though this is the original Promenade Hospital. "One of the most important and interesting of the...

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    01/06/2016 09:02 PM
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  24. 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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    14/05/2016 12:16 AM
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  25. The Grand on Lord Street
    Started by Davelooksback 29/04/2016

    I read carefully through all the posts on old cinemas but nobody has yet commented on the fate of The Grand on Lord St, which I gather is now closed, empty and under threat of the Wrecking ball. Does anyone know what the status of this fine Art Deco building is now? I attach a photo I found on...

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    29/04/2016 10:06 PM
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  26. Garrick Theatre 1930s/40s
    Started by fairbs 05/03/2016

    Does anyone remember going to shows at the Garrick Theatre in the 1930s or 1940s? My Dad used to work with horses and had a story about taking the horses on stage - that was part of the performance in those days! He's not around any longer so I would love to know a bit more about those shows, if...

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    22/04/2016 12:02 PM
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  27. Southport Art Deco Buildings
    Started by Ross08 01/05/2007

    I am looking for any information that anyone about any Art Deco buildings in the Southport and Merseyside area. I'd be interested to hear from anyone interested in Art Deco or if anyone has photos, dates or info. relating to Art Deco buildings in the area. I'd be particularly interested to...

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  28. 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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    14/03/2016 07:42 PM
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  29. 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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    13/03/2016 09:51 PM
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  30. Drinking Clubs (yet again)
    Started by Barrie 22/05/2005

    Chatting to my newly found brother in law reminded me about the Buccaneer Club, this was situated in the basement of a property at the top of Scarisbrick Avenue,

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    10/03/2016 11:48 PM
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  31. george wrays scrapyard
    Started by Ken B 02/03/2005

    who can remember George Wrays, it was in virginia st opposite the shake & you had to go down a long entry to it,at that time it was the biggest if not the only scrapyard in southport,& there was a constant stream of rag & bone men up & down virginia st, i can remember as kids taking a couple of...

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    17/02/2016 11:43 PM
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  32. 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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    19/01/2016 07:39 PM
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  33. Does anybody happen to know who currently owns the derelict building on Upper Aughton Road/Mosely Street (picture attached) It was originally the wonderful "Birkdale Picture Palace" built in 1913, then later in life a warehouse for White Hudson, then an amusement equipment supplier in the 80's....

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    15/01/2016 11:06 AM
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  34. winter of 63
    Started by kanuck 19/12/2015

    Listening to "life in a northern town " for the first time in a while got me thinking of that winter . I recall the sea freezing that year and lots of snow . Any one have any memories ?

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    03/01/2016 12:53 PM
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  35. 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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    24/11/2015 12:34 AM
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  36. Blowick Aerial Photos
    Started by Mortis 14/11/2015

    Have a look at the Aerial photos held in the history section on the Visiter website - Awesome shots of Blowick. http://www.southportvisiter.c I guestimate that the shot showing Haig Ave not yet built must have been between 1974-75 as one side of Bowling Green close appears...

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    22/11/2015 01:15 PM
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