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The guest book has been quiet since becoming a moderated one.

Please still e-mail your comments and they will be posted as soon as

Cheryl Green Evans

Hello.  My name is Cheryl GREEN Evans.  I live in Dallas, Georgia USA, a suburb of Atlanta.

I am trying to locate a childhood friend, Helen Silcock. 

When I say “childhood” I’m talking 1962-1968 ish.  We became pen pals while I lived in Japan and she in England.

We corresponded for several years, but then lost touch.

Her address was:


               Pilling Lane


          Liverpool, England

She had three siblings: Linda, Paul and Diane.

I would really appreciate it if you would post this to your site in the hope that maybe someone knows her,

knows where she is, or knows one of her siblings, or may even know some of the other girls that she is in Southport with

(see the attached picture where she names the girls who are with her).  She also refers to Sunshine House in one of the pictures. 

I can be contacted at :    I am also on Facebook : Cheryl Green Evans


  David Hunter 10 Jan 2017

Here is a lovely story-David has been in touch with Lydiateworld and writes:

"Well, after naming some of the children on the St. Thomas Xmas photo you posted,
 i received a Facebook request from one of the kids Paul Blundell.
We were joined at the hip during our time at the school until his parents emigrated to OZ.
 I tried for years to find him but failed.
After commenting on the photo, his sister saw it and got him to go on Facebook to contact me.
I recently made the 9,500 mile journey from Huddersfield to Perth, Australia
 and met up with him and his brothers and sisters, Cheers Lydiateworld "

Christopher Gibson 30/11/2015

"I'm Christopher Gibson born in 1948 who lived on Sandhurst Way, Lydiate and attended St Thomas School from about 1953 to 1959.

I remember watching the Queens Coronation on TV at the school house with other pupils as TV's were few and far between in those days.

I walked to school along the Southport Road, over the canal, hoping to see a barge  passing under the bridge.

I have very fond memories of both Mrs Carr and Miss Halsall and also the large rocking horse

in one of the classes and the painting of a Native American Chief in the other.

In the summer a fair was held in the large field at the rear of the school.

I can recall a garage at the rear of the school made of asbestos which housed Mr Carr's pride and joy a Hillman  Minx estate

 and how upset Mrs Carr became when somebody damaged a panel of the garage and the car inside. Not sure if the culprit ever owned up.

Miss Halsall was always very concerned to ensure that we learnt our times tables and 60 years later that still stands me in good stead.

When I left in 1959 I received a book prize for good effort and a lovely personal letter from Mrs Carr, both of which I still treasure.

I still have very fond memories of both the school and Lydiate itself, now very much part of a bygone era.


 Joan Ennis 24/10 15

I am Joan Ennis, I left Coronation Road Lydiate in 1979 and moved to Canada, along with my husband Jimmy, and kids Christopher and Helen.


My kids went to St. Gregorys school, Chris actually started before the school was built, and classes were held at St. Gregory’s Church Hall.

Chris and Helen both went to Maricourt School later on. My sons pals were John Hulmston, Brendan Fearn, Gary Harrison and Gary Gardener ? 

Helens closest friend was Angela Riding, who did visit us in Canada, the two Garys did too.


At one time Jimmy was the captain of the tennis club, I think that was near St. Gregorys School.


I began a Brownie group at St. Gregorys Church around 1972 I think it was, a guide group started there at the same time. 

I ran the Brownies there till I moved to SW Ontario in November 1979.  I have many happy memories of Lydiate and the area, and the good times with the

Brownies. At one time the commissioner was Muriel Roocroft who was a big help when I started the pack.  My tawny owl was Colette Bulmer

and her two daughters were in our pack.  Our guide leader was Irene (?) I believe her assistant was Cathy? Hulmston.


My claim to fame at that time was probably my two German shepherds, Sam and Sheba who appeared in a BBC tv series called “Survivors”

and we went filming with them several times.  It seemed everyone in my area knew about them .  When we came to Canada the two dogs came too, also our Siamese cat.

 Our house on Coronation Road backed onto the park, we didn’t need a gate really cos our two shepherds vaulted over the fence and into the park.

Contact Joan at :

Lee Jackson  20/10/15
I am a photographic artist working on my Masters degree in Plymouth, Devon.

I am currently looking through a stack of old postcards for a small book project and came across

two postcards addressed to a Mrs A. Snowdon of Pinkies Stores on Moss Lane, Lydiate.

It looks like it was sent from a son or daughter who was visiting Devon. One of the cards looks like it is from Mabel & Wally.

I cannot quite make out the names fully. The cards were both sent In 1934. One at the end of June, the other in July.1934

It would be great to try and make contact with someone who was connected with this shop.

Contact me at:

or e-mail :
Oaklea Barns Guest House 22/06/15

bed and breakfast accomodation adjacent to Oaklea Racing Stables,Southport Road, Lydiate.

  Phil Rigby 2/5/15

Hi, I was born & lived in 20, Haigh Crescent, to 1959, then my mum (Pat) & dad (Joe) ran the Weld Blundell Arms.

I can provide some names to Joan Walsh''s 'first communion' photo:
 from left to right:
  Francis Bennett
Philip ( I think: Yonkers)
Paul Farnsworth
I recall the face, but.... Susan...?
-ditto: she lived in the Coppull Road loop maybe Maureen.....?
Frank Walsh
Me (Phil Rigby, born & lived in 20, Haigh Crescent, to 1959, then my mum (Pat) & dad (Joe) ran the Weld Blundell Arms
Christopher Bond, also from Coppull Road
Michael (something like Farnish 'Spanish' ??).

The reference to the shop 'Mechanix' by the late Ted Smith (under the photo, Simple Pleasures)

The shop was run by Joe Brady & his

wife (Eileen?).  It was our favourite stop for Dinky toys & my mum bought me a bike from there.

Joe & wife emigrated to Australia about 1964.

Keep up the good work,


 Maureen 12/2/15

Hi , just found this wonderful website. Grew up in Lydiate and recognised so many names. We lived in Clent Avenue

and moved to Dorset during the early 1960’s-now live in Dorset . I so miss Lydiate and Liverpool.

Tracey Rowson and your sister Karen,I babysat you a couple of times. I  remember your Mum and Dad well ,

they were good friends with my Mum and Dad. Recognised some names from Lambshear Lane and Deyes Lane .

I remember the house which stood where the Coach and Horses is and the night it caught fire,

also the chippy opposite. Have tried often to locate a school friend Florence Smith -she lived in Penrith Crescent -

does anyone know of her whereabouts or that of Sheila Wilson?

Ian Armstrong…… I used to live at 7 Haigh Crescent and I left in 1964 . I went to Lambshear Lane school and Maghull Grammar.

 If anyone remembers me please get in touch 07787 723348 .
If anyone has a contact for the Glayzer family (Mr Glayzer was the headmaster of St Thomas C.E on Southport Road)
in the 1960's-tragically died with his wife and daughter in the Summerland fire on the Isle of Man)
please e-mail lydiateworld at: lydiateworld  @    hotmail

Josie Duroe (nee Armstrong)

I have just discovered this site. I was born in 1936 and lived in Sandy Lane (Lambshear Lane end).
 with my sisters June,Pat, Barbara, me (Josephine) and Pauline Armstrong who still lives in Liverpool Rd .
I went to St Thomas' School. My first teacher was Mrs Stansfield, Ethel Galvani was in the same class we were friends. She lived with Heckmans.
 There was no Haigh Crescent when we were growing up, it was all fields.
We used to go across the footpaths to Dolly Coppells shop for sweets and the carpenters shed was at the back, where they made the wheels.
 My Dad used to visit old Mr Coppell in the shed while he was working, the floor would be covered in wood shavings, he used to chew tobacco!
The family's who lived in our part of Sandy Lane were, Popes, Galvin's, Quins, Shoebridges, us (Armstrong's) Kendricks, Aindows and Jones's.
Round the corner in Lambshear Lane were Andrews, Hursts, Grey's, Woodalls, Culls, Warburtons, Dickinsons, Prichards Bartons ,Jones' and Tinsleys.
Mr Dawber the headmaster used to give us gardening lessons. I can still remember him giving the instructions for digging,
which were, skim, dig, trench! I remember Miss Halsall, she used to take us for PE in the yard. She rode her bike to school.
I recognize many of the names mentioned on this site.
I left Lydiate in 1959 when I got married and moved to Northamptonshire where I still live. I do visit Lydiate every year when I visit family.

Josie Duroe (nee Armstrong)
Catherine Sinnott (Nee O'leary)   21/9/14  

I have just spent the afternoon with my mum looking at the web page and reminiscing and learning more about my mums earlier life in Lydiate

 My Mum has lived in Lydiate most of her life her name is Patricia O Leary (nee Farrer)

 Her parents Elizabeth and Arthur Farrer and her siblings George, Dorothy and Marjorie lived in Lambshear Lane

 My mum married my dad Dan OLeary from Bootle and lived in Southport Road

and had three daughters  myself (Catherine ) and my sisters Pauline and Jacqueline.

I moved from Lydiate in 1978 and now live in Parbold but my sister Pauline (now Richardson ) still lives there in Nursery Avenue

 I look forward to hearing from anyone who remembers the Farrers and the OLearys from Lydiate at :

 Mark Lawler ( 21/9/14   

Hello all you fellow Lydiatonians!
I moved from Maghull to Lydiate in the mid 70s. I went to Lambshear Lane and then Ormonde.

Went to the cubs next to the Parish Hall, was friends with the Rigbys
 and spent many a happy day on their farm surrounded by strawberries. My first friend was John Chisholm
and we used to go for big walks every Sunday with 2 lady's who would bring a multitude of dogs I think they were named Bunty and Muriel,
 and I have a distant memory that one of them had a monkey!

I lived near Sean Lewis, Mark and Philip Spencer ,Gillian Edwards, Mark Sargent, Graham Kinvig.
Speaking of whom - where are you Graham?

If anyone has any information about Joseph Roberts, landlord of the Running Horses (died-1972)

 please contact

Also could David Hughes who posted a photo of a painting of The Runnies on the Lydiateworld Facebook page

 please contact them too.

Dave Kelly 31/7 14


My dad, Norman Kelly (used to live at the Drum Works) is looking to find an old friend Jack Warner.

Can anybody please help

Replies to


Dave Kelly

Sandra Etheridge (Lowe) 27/4/14
I remember June, Carol and Sandra Sowerby from Lydiate.  I met them when we all attended Deyes Lane School in the lat 1950's.  My name was Sandra Lowe and I lived in Moorhey Road Maghull.  The last time I saw June and Sandra was in Ormskirk at the market in the 1960's.  I also remember Linda Sillcock who went to Deyes Lane at the same time.  I've lived and worked in many places since my childhood in Maghull and Lydiate, great days, and now live in Cobham, Surrey. I would love to hear from anyone from Maghull and Lydiate who went to Deyes Lane or Ormonde Drive who may remember me.

 Sandra Etheridge (Lowe)


Patricia Spray 27/4/14

Does anyone know anything about the Anchor Arms Beerhouse, supposedly on the canal at Lydiate? I found an old news item 1897 in Liverpool Post in which my grandfather John Henry Walton had applied for the licence. Have never heard of this pub and can’t think where it might have been.

Regards Patricia Spray (New Zealand)


Hilary Fox
Can any of you local historians shed any light on Lydiate House,Pilling Lane please?
Lydiate's history is fascinating.   
It would be interesting to know where Lydiate House fits in.7-11-2013

Gary Allwood

Hi i am trying to find some information on the person who started Lydiate Scouts,

His name was Robert William Fletcher and started the Scout group in 1937 from Lydiate Church (St Thomas)

His address was 'Wayside' Southport Road, Lydiate.

Please contact:


Just to let everyone know I no longer run the Lydiate Facebook page and have nothing to do with anything posted on it.
There is now  a lydiateworld page mainly for photographs as it is easier to post on it, so please "like" the page if you are on facebook-thanks.


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28 Dec 2012

Hi All
 I went to Lambshear Lane Circa 1956-1962. My name then was Janet Cropper, my two younger brothers Philip & Andrew also attended. We lived in Clent Avenue Maghull till 1963 then moved to Aughton, I then went on to Deyes High. Some of the names I remember from then are Joan Crumblehome, Michael & June Downing, Irene Mathers, Jill Smallwood, Janet Barrett, Angela & Adrienne Woods & Paul Reid.
Head Mr. Pickup, Mr. Lang, Mr. Drinkwater Mrs. MacLennan.
I moved to Canada 23 years ago and lost touch with my childhood friends but the good times we had growing up will stay with me forever.
Merry Christmas Everyone.
Janet Green

I was Beryl Blundell, Lydiate Rose Queen 1953. Lived opposite the Steel drum works on Southport road.  Have lived here in Florida for the past 30yrs, Your web site brought back happy memories when I spotted myself in several of your pictures. Went to Lydiate Cof E school when Mr Dauber was headmaster and have fond memories of teachers Mrs Carr and the dear Hetty Halsall riding her sit up and beg bicycle to school! My brother Brian and I attended St. Thomas's church and were active members of the youth club.  At that time we met after church on Sunday either in the vicarage or someones sitting room Pat Jones and Ken were our youth leaders with Maureen Benbow. Thank you for helping me re-live so many happy times.
                                                   Sincerely,  Beryl Bardsley nee Blundell.

From  Rosemarie (nee Waters)Sheehan

In reply to Anne Clague ( Daley) (see earlier message)

How wonderful to hear from you on the Lydiate website and all your memories of childhood in Lydiate. I too have fond memories of my childhood in Lydiate.

 I was born in 1946 at Ormskirk Hospital and lived in Lydiate until 1968 when I moved away to work. My Mum and Dad lived in Lydiate until about 1982

when they moved to retire in LLandudno. They are now buried at St Thomas�s Church along with my Nana Rosina Green.

 We lived first at La Quinta in Silverbirchway and then on Southport Road. I attended Lydiate C of E School , started when I was 3 years old

and remember Mrs Carr and Miss Halsall clearly.You may remember Anne, we used to ride our bikes together along the canal bank.

We used to go the Mersey Motorboat club to the dances on a Saturday evening which your Mum and Dad used to organise.

I have fond memories of your aunt Betty on the xylophone and your cousin Gibson on the drums ( Met him in Hamburg many years ago.)

I remember too your brother John helped me to learn how to drive in his Ford Anglia.

 I only made it to be a � Lady in Waiting� in the Rose Queen. I was also in the Lydiate Guides and made it to Queens Guide

� anyone remember Linda Bowcock our Guide Leader?

 I remember too Marion Sawyer, Joan Watkinson, Hazel Sillcock, Robert Allen and many more whose names escape me.

 I would love to hear from anybody who remembers me.

 Happy Days!

Dave Hunter has contacted the website.

"Just to report the sad passing of Edith Hunter aged 83 yrs.  We lived at 15  Haigh Crescent  from 1960 to 65 then moved to Moss  Lane  until we moved away in 1977.  Mum moved back for a while before moving to Huddersfield 3 yrs ago.  Many will remember her as she worked in the Weld Blundell for a time.

Her funeral is in Huddersfield on 17th February.

  My email is




Dave Hunter

Anne Clague [Daley]
22nd Nov 2011

I was born in 1947, and lived in Lydiate until 1968 when I married and moved to the Isle of Man.
I went to St Thomas's School and remember Mrs Carr and Miss Halsall well
I lived by the canal in Sandy Lane and have an older brother John. I remember we always had a big bonfire 
which many of our school friends came to. My Dad had a lot to do with the Mersey Motorboat Club in Pilling Lane,
and I was Rose Queen in 1961. I remember :- Linda and Helen Sillcock : Linda Hooton : John and Richard Spencer :
Rita and Rodney Flannagan : Rosemaire Waters : Marion Sawyer :
Please respond if you remember me.
Contact lydiateworld at e-mail to reply.


Local Domestic Cleaning Service Ltd

Jones/Hargreaves family
I am trying to find children of Elsie Jones-Michael, (Born 1946/47) Lorraine ,Derek.
 I believe Elsie ran the newsagents in Lydiate before marrying Mr Hargreaves and running a taxi company.
Contact: if you have any information.

Crosby Car Valeting

Mobile car valeting in this area

Pat Berry

Hi im hoping someone can help, im looking for a photo of the old vicarage that belonged to Our Ladys Church, you see my mum ( who is now 87) use to stay there in the school hols when she was a little girl (1934-1936) and the house keeper who they called Aunt Nan looked after them. On returning home from the shops one day Aunt Nan found my Mum and her brother and some of their friends all dressed up in the shrouds and white stockings that they use to lay people out in, they all thought they where dressing up clothes, well she still laughs about it now. There was a swing made by one of the farmers that hung from the tree in the drive way which is still there, (the tree i mean). I would love an old photo that i could get framed for my Mum it would bring much joy. Thanks

Oh My Dog Pet Services
Specialises in dog walking, pet sitting and other pet services in the Lydiate and Maghull area.

Contact Charlotte at: 
or tel:  07842026618

 I'm researching my great grandmother Sarah Jepson. Her 1903 marriage
 certificate identifies her address as "Rose Cottage, Pilling Lane,
 Lydiate". I have found Pilling Lane but do not know what Rose Cottage
refers to. Does anyone know where Rose Cottage was? If it still exists
 could anyone direct me to a picture of it?

 John  ...e-mail me at:


Local artist Jill Ledwidge  produces a variety of handmade items....."An eclectic mix of photographs, cards, felt, jewellery, and textile art."

View my website:

Cross Farm Holiday Cottages

Our three cottages are sited in lovely countryside with views over fields yet within range of both Southport, Ormskirk and Liverpool - ideal accommodation for the Grand National, conferences, the Southport Flower Show, Liverpool One shopping and offering peace and quiet with a little luxury.Our website can be viewed at:

Cross Farm Holiday Cottages
Mairscough Lane, Downholland ,
Lancashire L39 7HT
Tel: 0151 526 1576

Can anyone help please ??I am looking for old photos and any historical information about the Weld Blundell, especially as we will be celebrating his 200th birthday
 next year but I would like to know when he first opened his doors?
I would be most grateful if anyone could contact me :
ELAINE LYNCH 531 9297 or call into the pub please...............thankyou
 (or e-mail :lydiateworld

Julian Buckels
  May 31, 2010
I just read the note from John Smith who lived 4 doors away from me from 1961 -1971. I would love to make e-mail contact again. We did have fun along the canal even swimming as well as using it as our primary transport route with bicycles to Maghull and back as we had no lights on our bikes and woulfd have been introuble with the Law! I live in Durban SA and am awaiting the SWC which starts next week. I have been lucky to visit Lydiate twice in the last two years and not much has really changed
Val Stuart
  March 07, 2010
Lived in Lydiate until three years ago. Beautiful area. Wish I still lived there!

Lindsey Collinson(nee Carmichael)
25th May 2010
I lived in Lydiate until i was about 12ish, i have great memories of all the people there. Used to live in Silver Birch Way, my Gran and Grandad live on Southport Rd. The family name is Carmichael. Gran was a dinner lady at St Thomas C of E school when it was next to the Parish hall on Southport Rd. I went to that school and then also when it moved to Kenyons Lane. Went to Guides and also the 72 group. Would be great to hear from anyone. Lins xxx

Patricia Spray (nee Clark)

5.30 p.m 10th April 2010
I haven't visited this site for a long time. I'm Patricia Spray (nee Clark) now living in New Zealand. Lived in Lydiate from 1934 to 1955 at the Running Horses.
Mother Mae Clark (nee Walton) landlady. Grandparents John and Annie Walton previous landlords. Great -grandfather, John Walton former landlord.
Uncle - Joe Walton had the coal business next to the Running Horses. At one time the coal was delivered by barge up the canal.
Went to Our Lady's school in Hall Lane. Mrs Carberry was the headmistress, then Mrs Haskayne of Rose Farm in Station Road, then Mrs Maybury.
Went on to Seafield in Great Crosby. Used to attend every dance at the Parish Hall. Does anyone remember the band once having an accident on the way to the hall and they were short a pianist as he was too badly injured to play? Rob Molyneux stepped in and played for us. He did a fine job. Cousins were the Tickle family who lived in Pyes Cottages (Jakkie, Monica, Theresa and Ann) and the Sarginsons of Pilling Lane. Charlie Rigby of the Scotch Piper was a mate. Still keep in touch with his wife, Ada. Other mates - Harry Gard, now living in Ormskirk, Alan Appleton, used to live on Southport Road. Remember the old Smithy next to the Running Horses and the Howards who lived in one of the cottages next door. If anyone had any memories of my time in Lydiate or of the people I knew I'd love to hear from you.
Patricia (Hamilton, New Zealand)

10.30 a.m 8th April 2010

A very nice website that brought back lots of memories of happy times as a child.  My Dad parked his van down Sandy Lane at the farm where I used to ride a cow!  The farmer gave me straw for the rabbit at home and two eggs for my Mum! 

  I watched the first episode of Dr. Who with Angela Tanner from Mayfair Avenue (I think). 

  I went to Our Ladys school which is really St. Josephs in Hall Lane, every Wednesday the men came to empty the toilet bins - no flushing loos down there!   Mrs. Ward was the Head Mistress. 

  I used to walk the Old English Sheepdog that lived at the Rope House! 

 Denise Jones lived in the 'Cornflake House' opposite Sandy Lane.

 Father Brown from Our Ladys had a housekeeper, can't remember her name but all the children from my class went to see her get married!

 So many happy memories - Holly

11.50 A.M. 19th Feb 2010

Ex Maghull Grammar School pupils. There is now a facebook page for this school.View it here. Please spread the word and don't let it become forgotten.
Peter Greer
12:11 AM on February 07, 2010 by
I am tracing the Greer family tree my great grand father was Henry Moss greer who married Jane Cammackin 1873 Jane was the daughter of Robert & Mary Cammack Mary was born in Lydiate approx 1816 & Robert in Scarisbrick appox 1816.My question is would there be any reference as I dont know her maiden name in the village.I am from St Helens.
Cleveland Qld Australia

Jennifer Galvin
12:25 PM on February 03, 2010 by
This is a wonderful site. Unfortunately, I left Lydiate when I was nine so I don't remember too much, but I passed it along to both my sisters (one in England and one in North Carolina) and they loved it. I live in New York State, USA but have grown up hearing stories about Lydiate from my family. I did actually drive by our old house on one of my trips back (Sandy Lane) and it didn't look too much different! I just sent a photo my sister gave me of a trip on the Bootle Belle in 1952 to celebrate the Queen's coronation, so hopefully it will get posted soon.

Davy Wicker
01:49 PM on January 29, 2010 
Greetings Lydiate from an exile in Castlebar Ireland
Carol Shepherd (was Shimmin)
11:02 PM on January 21, 2010 by
So lovely to see this site about my childhood home. I lived on Park Avenue from 1966 to 1975 when we moved to Canada. Went to Lambshear Lane school and then to Deyes High briefly. I remember Kidgers and Scotts and all those shops on Liverpool Road at the bottom of Virginia Avenue. Does anyone remember the park (between Coronation Road and Park Avenue) when there was an old farmhouse still there - and when the "hollow" was there? Great fun to play in. Last time I was back in 1991, everything was different.
05:30 PM on January 15, 2010 by
My aunty and uncle are in Lydiate and my parents are in stil in Maghull. I love all the photographs
Tricia Williams nee Supple
12:49 PM on January 09, 2010 by
Lovely site! I lived in Lydiate from when I was born in 1970 until 1985 when we moved to Maghull (it felt like a massive move for me and my sisters and we didn't want to move and leave all of our friends in Mayfayre Avenue and the surrounding roads!) I've recently moved back to live in Lydiate with my husband and 3 sons and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else xx
I love the photos on the site and would love to see more of the canal as I think that's a real feature of Lydiate and also the parks - I spent a lot of my youth in Sandy Lane park and used to play tennis for the Ladies team there - unfortunately the club house was burnt down which meant the club wasn't really sustained. .
Allan James McDonald
09:49 AM on December 30, 2009 by
Happy New Year to you all and that includes you...Charles Wesley Southern a true Lydiatonian.
My Grandchildren were happy to see 'Farther Christmas' once again on your roof!
05:56 PM on December 18, 2009 by
 june jones
Katrina and Steve ,all the very best card on the way many thanks for yours we both hope you have a great christmas and,the new year to come will hopefully be an improvement for all,especially once we see o9 out......A very Merry Christmas to All at Lydiate World,,,great site Keep up the good work

09:38 PM on December 01, 2009 by
 Katrina Davies[Hockenhull
And from me too June Good wishes to all in Lydiate from a hot and sultry Auckland,New Zealand!
june jones
05:02 AM on November 29, 2009 by
Its such a long time since i visited this fab site,so hi to ethel and anne former mathers and all old and new friends.
this is my oppotunity to say all the very best for christmas o9 and hopefully a healthy and prosperous new year to all .cheers.
01:53 PM on November 22, 2009 by
hi everybody
11:46 AM on October 25, 2009 by
 Sandra Craig (Howard)
Which bridge do you class as Rimmers Bridge. I have asked my Aunty and the one they called Rimmers bridge is the one at the Red Lion because a family by the name of Rimmer lived at the house on the bridge. Also my cousin Jean has been told Rimmers bridge is the bridge after Jacksons on the Downholland side. Think an old history book or map is required.


04:37 AM on August 26, 2009
Does anybody have photos of the old Lydiate Youth Club on Lambshear Lane???Please get in touch with lydiateworld if you do or David Russell, Lydiate Parish Councillor.
Carol Sowerby
04:44 PM on August 18, 2009
Just be told about Lydiate world my sister June and Sandra went to Lambshear Lane School we went to the old school in Lydiate Village first does anyone remember the sowerbys
Carl Myers
12:14 PM on August 17, 2009
On a recent visit home (from the USA) I had the misfortune to go into the Weld Blundell. What a dump! It does not look like it had been refurbished in a long time and some of the clientele looked like drug addicts. The ale was so bad I didn't even finish it. How can an establishment that was once so fine and popular be reduced to this?
ian webb
06:27 AM on August 05, 2009
does anyone remember Hartley's flower shop opposite the library?

05:59 AM on July 05, 2009
Henry, Could you e-mail the photo to lydiateworld?
henry stewart brown
11:11 AM on July 04, 2009
got a very old photograph of scotch piper with my fairclough line from halsall, nee. moorcroft, her brother henry owned the pub up to 1945..
03:42 AM on June 27, 2009
Kathy If you want to see some old photos from the past ask Sue for my email address.I have some of Keith Clandon Dave Breen etc.
Kathy Wright
04:25 PM on June 20, 2009
Jed Woodward - if you are the brother of "only my old friends call me Baz" yes, that's me. How are you are all? Is Wendy sill as lovely as she was then ? Last saw your brother in 1980 something when George from Australia was visiting. Will try to find some old photos of th gang - just for the hell of it - take acre Kath
kathy wright
04:12 PM on June 20, 2009
Helen Hall - I do remember going to school with an Andy Mc' Nair and he lived on Liverpool Road not far from the Sefton Lane turning ??? K
  kathy wright
03:54 PM on June 20, 2009
Kay, thanks for that, Sue sent me a whole heap of photos from our naughty days and they were so good - will keep in touch and wil try to load a photo - not looking 18 now but still feeling 18 sometimes. Love Kathy
  Kay Davies
04:01 AM on June 20, 2009
Hi Kathy Hope things are looking up for you.We were disappointed not to get replies from you but fully understand.Love Kay.
  Kathy Wright
05:30 PM on June 18, 2009
Hello to all who mentioned me. Seems we have lost parents lately, some earlier than necessary. My Mum Mary died in April, lots of you will know her from the shops on Maghull square, lastly the Oxfam shop. Please forgive me if I have not responded earlier but things have been just crap, to be honest!
Sorry if that sounds depessing but I am now wanting so much to 'talk' to everyone who remembers me.
helen hall re mcnair
04:21 PM on June 12, 2009
does any one remeber donald and gordon mcnair used to liver in the bugelows on liverpool road i am sure they would love to hear from any one who knows of them the mum and dad where frank and agnus mcnair
09:48 AM on May 29, 2009 big grin

08:31 AM on May 29, 2009
Anthony-You haven't left an e-mail address!!!!
03:42 PM on May 27, 2009
hey i need to find someone who used to have a business called 'chris the butchers' on southport road or near to the weld blundell is now!
The reason being that he was a good friend of my Grandad's and due to his recent passing we would like the oppurunity to invite him to the upcoming funeral!
So if anyone can tell me anything they remember about this business, such as the address or even the surname of the man in question that would be great!
Or even what exists there nowadays! anyway replies would be much appreciated to those who think they can help and please feel free to e-mail me using the given address

many thanks in advance
Tony Steel
02:25 PM on May 24, 2009
To Sue Warner.

Hello Sue, I'm Kathy Wright's partner.
Send me your email address ( ) and I will send you Kathy's email and you can catch up!

This isn't a scam, ask George Drewery, he will vouch for me smile
sue warner
05:37 PM on May 21, 2009
to George Drewery

That's me! I have tried to contact Kathy many times but she doesn't reply.
Would like to hear from you. I visited Oz once on a company jolly with my husband. Sydney and the Blue Mountains

Jim Gallagher
06:07 PM on January 17, 2009
I have fond memories of the Boy Scouts at Lydiate when I was a lad and the old wooden Scout Hut which is now gone and its replacement looks very modern. I have recently moved back to Lydiate and live in Pilling Lane with my wife. Jim Gallagher.
06:16 AM on January 15, 2009
Check out the guestbook on ukvillages( to the Lydiate pages.
derek taylor
06:53 AM on January 03, 2009
Congratulations on creating a wonderful site. I came across it while researching the area for something I'm writing. It has tapped into lots of memories.

I lived on Southport Road, Lydiate, from 1956 to '58 (later in Butchers Lane) and went to Lambshear Lane School. Mr Pickup was the headmaster and my really wonderful teacher was Miss MacMahon. I cried when we had to leave the area and the school.

My best mates were 2 lads called Derek (Deggsy) Cheetham who lived in Bells Lane (if I remember correctly) and David Molyneux who lived on Northway.

Fond memories, fond memories of fishing in the canal and roaming through the fields, picking peas in summer, playing football in the claret and blue school colours. I even remember school assemblies where they played Sheep May Safely Graze.

Oh my, I wish I were young again!

04:07 PM on December 15, 2008
hi cool website !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

09:10 AM on November 22, 2008
there were cromptons who lived in lydiate one was ann crompton probably age 56 now she had an older brother called steven i think
Sheila Cave
03:35 PM on November 21, 2008
My maiden name is Crompton, and if anyone reading this has the same surname, I am trying to locate my paternal family. They lived in Ormskirk originally and my Grandmother lived in Windmill Avenue.
Jed Woodward
11:45 AM on November 05, 2008
What a great little site. I stumbled across it doing some research. Grew up in the 60's in Lydiate, lived in Coppull Road, Mum still does.

Recognise loads of names from further down. I remember Ethel, and Kathy Wright who was a friend of my brothers.

I went to St. Thomas' CE next to the Parish Hall when Mr Glayzer was the head. Fond memories of school and the people there although the memory is a bit clouded now.

Will keep popping in from time to time.
10:42 PM on October 28, 2008
ethel: thanks for reply mmmm i see all my post on dangerous police cars on southport road removed [heavy hand been waved by mpf?]
emma downing
04:12 PM on October 24, 2008
Hiya Ethel,
I have heard your name mentioned a few times whilst growing up, all good things I promise.
Thanks xxx
05:38 PM on October 22, 2008
hi emma i know your dad micheal downing i use to be freinds with your aunty trisha we hung about together at school and in lydiate.yes a lot of old memories from lydiate
Billy Howard
05:11 AM on October 13, 2008
Hi Kay & Steve. My email at work is - nice to hear from you too
Kay Davies
04:23 AM on October 12, 2008
Hi Billy,just read your message Steve loved to hear all the old names.Have you got an email address we could write to?We laughed about the tea!
Emma Downing
01:43 PM on October 11, 2008
I've just discovered this site, why it has taken so long I've no idea.

My family used to live in Haigh Crescent, my dad is Michael, one of the Downing clan. It is nice to see messages from my family (June) and some names I have heard of whilst growing up. I loved visiting Lydiate growing up, but now sadly have no time except for visiting the remaining family and my nans' grave.

Would be lovely to hear of any memories that you have of my dad or the family from Haigh Crescent, Lambshear Lane school or Deyes High.

Emma x
billy howard
10:13 AM on October 03, 2008
Hi Ged, how could anyone forget you. Remember knocking around with sainty, bobby harrison, johnny Oakes, John Fay, Vic Johnson, Pete and Tommy Johnson to name a few and clubbing it at Wigan and Orrel, and many boozy do's in the Running Horses, and the days out with the Youth Club and Joan Kelly bringing the Wrapped up sunday joint instead of her butties - couldn't stop laughing. Remember your Mick and Viv very well and your mum too, a really nice lady. Vaguely remember your dad and you had chickens if I remember in your back garden. See our Sandra a bit now cos my mum is now in a reidential home at 91, but unfortunately losing her memory etc. Sad but old age creeps up on us all. Take care and don't forget the laughs we had. Billy H
billy howard
11:29 AM on September 15, 2008
Message to Peter Edge. Yes I remember you. You lived at the top of Haigh Crescent I think
  billy howard
08:44 AM on September 15, 2008
For Steve Davies NZ. Yes Iplayed for the Running Horses with Brian Saint, Vic Johnson Colin McDougall, Colin Thompson, Paul German, Alfie German, Jack Warner, Lennie Sharrock, John Clancey, apart from you Steve I can't think off hand who else. My Nan used to wash the kit and make the tea which came in a bucket and you dipped your cup in to fill it at one time (all had sugar). Years ago the team used to get changed in her shed (home and away teams).
billy howard
06:45 AM on September 09, 2008
Used to live in Haigh Crescent from 1948 went to Lambshear Lane primary School 1952/3 then to Maghull Grammar School. Was in the cubs then the scouts and also the Church choir with Stan Foot the choirmaster now married with 3 boys to barbara (nee craig) from maghull living in Croston
  ethel mathers
07:58 PM on September 04, 2008
hi joan i remember you and margaret you must have left lydiate well before i did then ,i live in warrington for the last 27 yrs.i still go to lydiate to my mum and dads grave we always call in at the farm thats changed hasent it with the cafe and gift grandson loves feeding the ducks there.
joan Porter
05:16 PM on September 03, 2008
hello Ethel. Yes that was where I lived. I live in Southport now and have done for about 35 years. Only get back to Lydiate once in a while to visit my brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews.
ethel mathers
10:22 AM on August 29, 2008
hi joan nice to here your still about are you still in coppull rd did you use to live opersit the fishers and the robinsons.we lived inbetween the caldwells and the rimmers i was the youngest one and the hardfaced one ..not anymore though.
Joan Porter
05:51 PM on August 26, 2008
I am Joan Quinn, as was. Margaret Quinn and John still live on the same estate.
08:00 AM on August 14, 2008
I'd heard the Running Horses was boarded up. Just read the message about the fire. Anyone know what happened. The Running Horses was my home.
ethel mathers
12:20 PM on August 03, 2008
i remember the quins joan quin
12:28 PM on August 02, 2008
I remember Jerry Quinn from Haig Crescent.
05:03 PM on August 01, 2008
Anyone remember the Quinns from Haigh Crescent

Tracey rowson
12:47 PM on July 04, 2008
I lived here all my life. I love this place and ill always remember it. RIP TO MY FATHER AND MY MOTHER WHOM I MISS.
jOSEPH JOHN ROWSON AND JOAN GRACE ROWSON .aLL MYlove to karen chris,nataie and lorna and to all my old friends. I miss the good old days.
ethel mathers
08:29 PM on June 24, 2008
hi everyone doesent any of the old school go onto this sight anymore i havent seen any names i know for a while what about you june downing you use to be on it a lot.
  gordon (Adelaide)
09:19 AM on June 02, 2008
Sorry for the mix-up folks, but E-mail changed from ( to a more reliable ( ) Regards to all, Gordon
gordon (
06:44 PM on June 01, 2008
Hi everyone, we left Liverpool in 1969 without calling at Lydiate and now live in the Adelaide hills (Australia).We missed the well kept secret of Lydiate on visits back to the UK, a pity, because your site illustrates a Village which is typically representative of villages fast disappearing thoughout Britain. Folks who lived there and write in remind us of growing up with rustling wheatfields trees and clouds which take us back to youth and times-past. I ask for a friend who remembers a young lady being injured by getting kicked in the face by a horse in Lydiate approx 18yrs. ago and to what has happened to her since. She had a horse there. He tells me about `The Chase'?; a riding school with social Bar? If anyone remembers I would be pleased to pass the info. on. If anyone wishes to mail us anyway please feel free. In any event, keep the Web-site alive and keep Lydiate alive!


John Smith
10:04 AM on May 18, 2008
Hi all, excellent site.Dad(Ted Smith put me onto it. Happy memories of playing on Parish Field with the Hankin's, Ross Duggan and Julien Buckel, his father had the "Mace"sweet shop next to Co-op Buildings at lollies bridge.Also cycling over paddocks footpath to see other friend Phillip Johnstone at Pygons Hill Farm.Does anyone remember the annual Rose Queen fare? I won the fancy dress one year as an OXO Cube!
We lived at 274("Ten Trees") Southport Rd. this was the house next to the canal at Lollies bridge.Attended C of E school and can remember Hedmistress Mrs, Carr retireing(sorry to see school no longer there), also attended Deyes Lane Secondary. We left to live in Blackpool in early 70's, now living in Amble Northumberland.
  Karen Sprott
02:18 PM on May 15, 2008
lovely site, nice to hear about rural England, looks like a lovely place with the canal and rural landscape
Ted Smith
10:36 AM on May 10, 2008
I used to attend the C of E School when it was next to the Parish Hall about 1940,we used to live on Lollies Bridge next to the row of shops,I remember them making rope atIzzards,also remember the Home Guard the Parish Hall was their headquarters my father was the Q.M.S.Smith,is anybody out there.
Katrina Davies
10:40 PM on May 09, 2008
Thanks Sandra.I have got that book somewhere but can't put my hands on it!Live in NZ so a bit far to nip into Southport!
mike brown
09:12 PM on May 07, 2008
Blundell House 345 Southport corner of station road was it what was name of place when it was a farm house any info plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Sandra Craig
04:50 PM on April 29, 2008
Hi Katrina, There was a Red Lion Inn and if you can get hold of a copy of 'Around Maghull and Lydiate' by John K. Rowlands you will see it on page 14. Well worth a read if you are interested in the area. Cost me �5.99 and ordered it from Waterstones on Lord Street Southport. Yesterday we had a trip to Lydiate and noticed The Running Horses is up for sale. Do hope it doesn't end up closing down.
  Katrina Davies
04:57 AM on April 28, 2008
Does anyone know if there was a Red Lion pub by the Red Lion bridge?If not why was it called the Red Lion bridge?
mike maybury
04:14 PM on April 19, 2008
My (late) father was brought up at rose farm station rd Lydiate.
Love to hear from any relatives.
He moved to New Zealand in 1939.
I visited in 1984 such a nice place i hpoe to come again soon.
  mike brown
10:51 PM on April 13, 2008
HI.anyone have any info on Blundell House 345 Southport corner of station road?? any old pics or history thankyou
Irene Richman (Mullany)
07:03 AM on March 27, 2008
Just found the site! So many wonderful memories of growing up in Lydiate. Helping my dad at Our Lady's 'Fielday'every year. Playing along the canalbank; the 'Mountain' as we called it along the footpath from Hall lane to Billy's bridge.Our Lady's school, a brilliant village school. Playing tennis at Sandy Lane park every summer evening. Playing cricket with the Hankins on the parish Hall field. Wlaking across the 'pads' to Pygons Hill lane to my friend Teresa's house where she kept her geese and making homemade fish & chips and eating them out of newspaper becuase the 'fish & chip' shop was miles away. Playingand exploring at the Weston's farm. Great Days!!
fiona nicholson(nee corbett)
07:21 PM on March 25, 2008
great site i have many memories of lydiate i was only talking to the post office staff saying about how times have changed i remember it as house proud,i have photos, kidgers were i use to get my 1p bag of sweets,( mick lowe) i too remember frank the butches yes i remember them filming the liverbirds scene were the dogs took the sausages from the butch shop, i was only young but i remember standing on the corner of coronation rd whilst they were filming, the minimarket on the corner seemed so much bigger than it does now,does any one remember the fella in the van who use to sell fish and chips outside the coronation shops, they were lovely chips better than dicks chippy,i could go on and on what great memories and a great place to live.
Anne Holt (nee Winrow)
05:50 PM on March 22, 2008
Just come across this site, it is wonderful and I remember so many people through Guides and St Thomas Church. To Patricia who wrote in Dec 06 - I remember Joe Walton and the coal yard, Grannie Howard and Little Billy who lived next door to the Running Horses and the Smithy. My Aunt, Hannah Foote will remember more about the pub at that time - so I'll get some info from her and let you know.
Carl Myers
12:23 PM on March 11, 2008
Great site - nice to see images of what used to be home.
Now reside in Framingham, Massachusetts, USA.

suzanne brown
02:46 PM on February 13, 2008
this web site is good for people to look back at the good days.Its a shame if people ruin it
03:51 PM on February 07, 2008
Spent many happy hours as a child playing with friends in Green Lane, Ridgeway Drive, Byrons Close, pony riding @ Longacres and oh those summer nights @ Lydiate Youth Club 1969-1974 and St Greg's Discos same era ... oh happy days
  Darren McCormick
09:44 AM on January 11, 2008
Fell on the site whilst looking for photographs. I lived in Lydiate from childhood until I left to work down south after doing my degree. Now living in West of Ireland. Would likt to thank the site design team for a great site. THe photograph of the runnies brought vback memories of my 3 18 year birthday celebrations (i always looked old for my age). As kids spent most of my time in the fields at the back of bells lane. Sumer days picking strawberries at the local fruit farm. Cycling upto formy, burscough, Southport. I have now put page on my favourites list. Again a lovely site and brings back many happy memories.
08:29 PM on December 30, 2007
hieveryone ive read all your letters i remember you ann webster june downing specially trisha downing hope them nasty scars have gone off your face trish sorry also lorna howard mike and tina caldwell.still speak to mike saw tina last year had an email from hellen rimmer .lorna howard.and many more .those were the days when we were kids not like now the kids dont know how to play,too many games and computers .im still in touch with my cousin joan crumbleholme who sadly lost her husband john last sure many of you remember me if only for being a little s.d.i can assure you all i dident remain that way.i live in warrington now have done for 27 yrs.i still go to st thomases church to lay floweres on my mum dad and brothers grave i take my granson with me he,s seven and we feed the ducks on the pond at the farm.i remember when we use to play along the canal on woodies bridge but had to be carefull of micheal caldwell as the little begger would try throwing you in.he.s calmed down a bit now.also we use to play on the old lydiate railway lines.and the old abbey also bluebell woods and pigons hill.and the bus shelter on southport rd .anyway happy new year to you all love ethel mathers xxx
07:07 PM on December 30, 2007
hi ive been trying to get onto the lydiate world guest book for 12 months now so finally im in .i used to live in coppull rd went to lamshire lane school then deyes lane .now live in warrington cheshire.
01:14 PM on December 14, 2007
just thought i'd have a quick look when your site came up after searching for local walks. It's a great idea to have your own local site, I lived there for a long time until about 7 years ago but usually just drive through on the way to Ormskirk these days. I know what hard work it takes to put a site together (just finished Old Roan Baptist website) It's very satisfying when you see people logging in and looking isn't it. All the best for Christmas, anyway big grin
Sandra Craig (Howard)
06:05 PM on December 11, 2007
Thank you June for your good wishes and I would like to add my Best Wishes to you and all who log on. Last week we went to Dads grave and called at the Hayloft opposite Our Ladys church for lunch which I must say was excellent and well worth a visit.Was lovely to have a chat to Maureen Loftus and catch up on local news.Was so sorry to hear Teddy Cheetham had passed away. A few weeks ago I was at the corn mill in Croston and heard a couple saying they had had a run out to Lydiate to the Hayloft or Peacock Cafe as they call it so the word is spreading.My Mum Olive was 90 at the end of October but sad to say I don't think she will have remembered the day or should I say week as she had many visitors. Once again I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a healthy, happy new year.
june downing
03:52 PM on December 11, 2007

Mick Lowe
10:40 PM on September 29, 2007
still get back to visit the parents in Barnes Drive (hello Peter! catch you in the Runnies again) can anyone shed any light on the episode of 'The Liver Birds' were they filmed at the butchers by Kidgers and set their base on the mini tip on the corner of Nedens Lane, Southport Road circa 1980.
Charlie Southern
09:20 AM on September 26, 2007
Hello everyone,
I live in the bungalow on the corner of Pilling Lane. I was wondering if anyone had any pictures of that area, prior to the bungalows being built. If so I would love to look at them. My number is 520 0674. cheers charlie
Ralph Rigby
03:33 AM on September 22, 2007
Hello Pat,
my book is on it's way. Anyway thanks for your help. Ralph.

  Tony Tatler
06:43 PM on April 29, 2007
What a fabulous site, although I am from Maghull, I have fond memories of Lydiate. In fact I am trying to trace anywone who knew my mother Patricia Elizabeth KITCHEN who married Alfred Edward TATLER from Maghull in 1938. email
ann mathers
08:35 AM on April 28, 2007
thanks for reply love to hear about lydiate.june downing where are you these days.yes i remember mr pickup and mr are you doing patrisha?
  Katrina Davies[nee Hockenhull]
08:25 PM on April 26, 2007
Hi Patricia.Yes I remember you and all of your family and your Mum and Dad.My Mum Joan worked at Kidgers for many years and I remember she had a soft spot for your Mum .Sorry to hear that she left you in 2,000.Mine died in 1984,far too young.And yes I still miss her.I too recall all the teachers you mentioned.Gosh Mrs Ford amd Mrs robinson were fierce weren't they? They wouldn't get away with it nowadays and I'm glad my little grandson doesn't fear school the way I did.Howewer we did have a good education and I am grateful for that.In my late teens I went back to Lambshear Lane school to work as a trainee in the kitchen!I remember the Mathers you mention, also the Barretts,the Addy's[sp?]the Armstongs and many more but especially those with slightly larger families!There were only the two of us ,me and my brother Stuart.I live in NZ but Stuart has always stayed in Lancs and lives in Southport.We used to go broard bean picking for a bob a sack I recollect it took me nearly all day to pick a sack full!We had a care-free childhood and it is lovely to look back with people of my generation.
patricia downing
02:54 PM on April 07, 2007
we where amongst the first,tenants to move into barnes drive.we lived at number 4 .i can remember playing in and around the new houses as they got was all feilds then mum used to take us pea picking for mr swift for a bit extra i often think it must have been hard for mum making ends meet, them days we had little but most people where happy .i can remember the local bobby mr hollinsworth giving one of our kids a clip round the ear for pinching apples up lambshear lane ,ha ha good old times.unfortunatly we lost mum millenium 2000,we miss her so much .she knew just about all the old lydiatonians.nice to see anne mathers is still roud and about our june used to knock about with her ,does any one remember mr pickup,mr drinkwater, miss ford,mrs mclennon,oh wow ,,time of a by gone age ..i like lydiate ,its a very freindly little villiage with very good memories ..
june downing
03:28 PM on April 05, 2007
yes anne i do remember you we knocked around for years ,i pinched your gym socks at school,,,,
11:17 AM on March 20, 2007
Nice to see the class photo with Mrs Carr - she was a kindly lady when I was at the school but she was not headmistress then - it was a headmaster - Mr. Dauber - greatly feared! He once caned someone who had chilblains and the boy's irate mother came up to the school. Very unusual for a parent in those days - the teachers were the law. Lydiate school the early 50's had just three classrooms. One room with a fire and a lovely rocking horse for the tinies. The other two rooms were divided by a screen with windows on the top. If Miss Hesketh made you stand on your chair Mr Dauber could see you through the window - scary because you knew you were for it! After Lydiate C of E school I went to Lambshear Lane Primary - I have a class photo with our teacher Mrs Robinson. I feel very nostalgic for Lydiate and remember it so well although I have lived many miles away for years now.
  Eddie Marshman
01:07 PM on March 17, 2007
Does anybody remember or have any details of the two cottages that were adjacent to the canal on Pygons Hill Lane where the new bungalow Faraway and the property Brookfield with the greenhouses are? Any help or insight would be very helpful.
  Peter Edge
07:36 AM on March 02, 2007
Lived here all my life,nice site.Numerous memories,love to hear from people who know or knew me.
Mike Dayton
01:11 PM on February 20, 2007
Formerly of 124 Grosvenor Road Maghull great site. Lived in the area in the 60's and early 70's
05:51 PM on February 17, 2007
Great site. Told about the site by Don McNair. I have lived in Lydiate all my life firstly in silverbirch way, then married and moved to Southport Road and then moved to Green Park but returned to my roots and now live on Bells Lane Lydiate. In Silverbirch I used to live opposite Jim and Dee Labone who then bought the Rope House which I see has mentioned previously. I will let my brothers know of this site and maybe they can add their bits. We used to drink in the Scotch Piper when Charlie ran it. Some great nights esepcially New Years Eve when the Bagpipes came out. Some names from the past Lee Mercer, Rob Lennon, Dave Griffin, Steve Bell, John Balshaw, Barry Hall and Family. Will come back to the site again soon.
01:54 PM on February 17, 2007
my nan grandad dad and uncle lived on liverpool road north growing up as kids the mcnair family anyone remeber them dad used to play dens on robins ireland and the amount of times he has told me of his stories about bike rides and playing in barnes it sounds like he had a lovely childhood and im sure he would like to hear from anyone that remebers him. i myself grew up in maghull when i got married i moved to newton le willows but my home roots were too strong im now happy living back in lydiate not far away from where dad grew up
06:44 PM on February 16, 2007
any one had any ghost sightings around the abby or parish hall?
  ann mathers
11:03 AM on February 14, 2007
hi i grew up in lydiate.has anyone got any photos from 50s and sixtees or does anyone remember the rest of us,shirley,ann,ethel and david.we grew up in copull road,went to lamshear lane school then deyes lane.
04:53 AM on February 06, 2007
great site.great to see and read.
01:46 PM on December 01, 2006
Hi, anyone remember me. I was Patricia Clark, lived at the Running Horses with my grandparents the Waltons and my mother Mae until 1955 when I emigrated to New Zealand with my fiance Rob Spray. We married out there. Attended the RC school in Hall Lane and Our Lady's Church. Still have cousins in Lydiate - Monica Gard (nee Tickle) in Coppul Rd and Russell Sarginson in Barnes Drive. Joe Pope who owned the shop near the Weld Blundell was a cousin. My husband, Rob, was a Postman around the Lydiate Maghull area. He came from Dodds Lane. My uncle Joe Walton ran the coal business on the canal bank next to the Running Horses. Anyone remember the old Smithy next door? Used to go dancing at the Parish Hall - great times there. Knew Charlie Rigby who had the Scotch Piper well. His wife Ada still writes to me.
Kate Hurst
09:28 AM on November 19, 2006
Just found my reply message - if you know anything of my Hurst family (they go back to Downholland, Melling and Scarisbrick) please contact me on

I recently got a website up and running - you can fing the homepage at
Kate Hurst
06:04 PM on October 11, 2006

I've just come across your site as I'm researching my family tree. If anyone is related to any Hursts in the area (my great-grandma and grandad were John and Esther Jane Hurst, and my grandparents were Joseph and Ada) I would love to hear from you.

I've found quite a bit on here to help with my research so far.
04:50 PM on October 07, 2006
hiya its meeee! webby is boss

from your niecebig grin
09:07 AM on September 28, 2006
 danny b
i luv lydiate
Dave Pace

good site
Great work, brought back a lot of memories for me,as a kid I spent a lot of time playing in and around the old farms of Lydiate
love your work

04:59 PM on June 23, 2006 by
Technology !! What happened to the rest of it?
Try Again.
The Liverpool Road Flats, Coronation Drive, Virginia Avenue, St Gregory's, the shops were unimaginable. They were potato fields for goodness sake. We used to play there and chase rabbits and catch newts in the bomb crater where St Greg's was built. Happy days.
Br. Clement TOCD <>
04:44 PM on June 23, 2006 by
The piano teacher, Miss Mansley, you mentioned was my mum. We moved to Lydiate just after the War into the flats at the Lambshear Lane. Dad had died during the War and Mum was left a widow so she stared teaching Piano so that we could live. The Widow's pension was not very much. They were still building Haigh Crescent. From Lambshear Lane to Needens Lane was all fields. It was a great play ground especially when they started building the school and the Barnes Drive houses. I recall that there were many stone fights between the Haigh Crescent kids and the kids from Southport Road. Around 1951, we did a Council House swap to Liverpool Road.
At the end of Liverpool Road was a garage, Harry Johnson's and a little further up some derelict cottages and what had been another garage. Nothing else. Just Oakhill House, where the bowling greens are now. From the Music teacher's house you could see open fields right over to Dodds Lane. I have a photo somewhere to prove it. The Liverpoo
nicholas garrett <>
02:47 PM on May 25, 2006 by
Kathy Wright <>
10:50 AM on May 10, 2006 by
I used to live in Ridgeway Drive then moved onto Green Park. During the sixties i used to hang out with George Drewery, Barry Woodward, Derek Dixon, Trev and big John. Remember us all going to the ruined abbey one night after visiting the Scotch Piper and decided to hold a seance, scared ourselves to death, convinced we saw something ! Ah! happy days
Chris <>
09:24 PM on April 24, 2006 by
It's hard to believe that I left Moss Lane 36 years ago & the Wellie still looks the same, as do the shops at the bottom of the road (except that two seem to be under renovation). It was similar to going back in a time warp machine for me. Good old England - things never change!!
Carl Hignett <>
02:15 PM on April 21, 2006 by
As a Community Police Officer I found the site very interesting and will pass it on to my colleague.
Pam Russll <>
12:34 PM on April 18, 2006 by
This is an excellent site, visually attractive and shows Lydiate as the very pleasant and interesting place that it is - to visit and to live in!
Much as I would like to claim Gerard Manley Hopkins as a Lydiate resident - in fact, he only stayed at Rose Hill, which he visited as one of the priests from St Francis Xavier in Liverpool, who came out to celebrate Mass for the Lightbound family, who lived at Rose Hill, but had strong links with SFX.
There are memorials to the Lightbounds in Our Lady's Church.
For anyone who is interested in this subjecct, further information can be found in my article in The Local Historian Vol.33 Number2 May 2003 'Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Lancashire Connection'
David Russell <>
11:49 AM on April 18, 2006 by
Great Site, perhaps if the Parish Council get a site we could have a link? For information, the Parish Council hope to take over the maintenance of the Chapel grounds again. We are also hoping to recreate that beautiful restful atmosphere with the help of funding from operation eden, lottery money through an ecumenical organisation.
Kay Davies <>
11:18 PM on April 16, 2006 by
Steve and I were founding members of the Lydiate Youth Club and enjoyed many of our teenage years there after all the fund raising dances at the parish is a shame that it is no longer there.The dances were great in those days.At the interval we all trooped upstairs fro refreshments,Zing. I think,definitely no alcohol.I did hear that some of the lads used to call in at 'the Scotch ' for some Dutch courage before the dance!What great groups played there.We didn't have to travel into L'pool to see the very best.
Tony Robertson <>
09:14 AM on April 15, 2006 by
Nice site but I can't open the photo's either on the album page.

linda <>
03:40 AM on April 12, 2006 by
well done, enjoyed reading about Lydiate
Betty Charles <>
10:59 AM on April 10, 2006 by
I like your Lydiate site. If I think of anything I will e mail you.
fred walkden <>
07:47 PM on April 09, 2006 by
used to visit the abbey grounds and manor ruins to go birdwatching. found my first whitethroats nest there.
allan sergeant <crowngreen\'>
12:38 PM on April 09, 2006 by
great site but couldn't open photo album came up as code not picssad
Michael Hankinson <>
09:42 AM on April 09, 2006 by
Lovely to see pictures of the old abbey. I remember riding out there on our motor bikes on dark nights. We were a mad bunch, Barry Forrest and others from Maghull Grammar School. It was scary stuff but great fun.
05:28 PM on April 04, 2006 by
elaine <>
web site is really good.just to let you know that charity sponsored walk forms can be picked up from the village tea room from next week.keep up the good work. regards elaine.
12:37 PM on April 04, 2006 by
 Frank <>
It's great to see our local web site. Thanks for taking the time and effort.
It would be nice to see more old photos, if they were available.
Kind regards.
10:01 AM on March 23, 2006 by
Really good to have a site for the Lydiate community. Well set out,love the butterflies

05:57 PM on March 20, 2006 by
Great web site. Would like to see more old photos of Lydiate, especially around the canal near Bells Lane.
02:51 AM on March 14, 2006 by
Excellent site.Lovely to read about Lydiate.
05:48 PM on March 13, 2006 by
 mike jones <>
good skills

Vera Clark - (Breithaupt) <>
06:59 PM on March 11, 2006 by
What a great web site - congratulations!!!!
05:28 AM on March 11, 2006 by
Very informative site, loved the pictures