What an odd thing to ponder on you may say yet England’s rural communities were often built around greens. By greens, I don’t mean churned up former large grass verges or houses built around play areas but I do mean grassed areas that are reasonably maintained as local green lung and/or community space with houses surrounding them.
What got me thinking were two areas of Maghull, Hinchley Green off South Meade and Parkbourn Square. The former I have blogged about before associated with United Utilities recently trying to install a monster control box taller than my 6ft – see photos below. Fortunately it ended well after a bit of Lib Dem campaigning alongside local residents.
The later is now a quite picturesque green on the far eastern side of Maghull right next to Ashworth Hospital. Indeed, the houses were built for the NHS many years ago but now are mostly privately owned with a few belonging to Riverside Housing Association. Frankly, the Square never looked its best when the NHS owned it but now it looks really smart, just look at the photo below.
But are there any other greens in Maghull, a mostly post IIWW town that long ago lost its 1930’s rural feel? Well there is the oft mentioned Kennessee Green near Maghull Station and yes Kennessee Close does have a small green at its heart. Then there are the modern greens that the houses off Deyes End are built around. And now I think about it East Meade has a large green and Church Road has a couple of greens. I am sure I have forgot one or two though despite being nearly a local now, having moved to Maghull in 1968.