Local historian John Rowlands (still former Maghull GP Dr. Rowlands to me) has come up with another one of his books on the history of Maghull & Lydiate and a good one it is. This time he uses before and after shots of buildings and sites and it works well.
Imagine my surprise to find our own family home on page 31 in both the before and after shot. Our house, one of the very few terraced houses in Maghull, was built around 1886 and the oldest photo (which looks to have been taken between the turn of the Century and the First World War) is still quite recognisable. I was given a copy of the same photo by an old lady called Mrs Cook who lived in our row of houses. Sadly, she died around 10 years ago. She also gave me a copy of the photo that John uses on page 30 of the former Coach and Horses Pub, which moved a few yards further north along Liverpool Road North and still stands.
John Rowlands was given Maghull’s Civic Award a few years ago for his work as a local historian and it is great to see that he is still documenting our local history.