Frank Hornby – Maghull’s most famous resident

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Anyone who has owned a Dinky Toy, Meccano set or a Hornby Trains model will have been playing with something that takes it’s heritage from the late Frank Hornby.

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He is probably the best known toy maker in the world and he lived for much of his life in Maghull at two houses on Station Road and later at what is now the sixth form block of Maricourt High School.

This photo shows an image of Frank Hornby as part of the logo for the Heritage Centre that the Frank Hornby Trust has created within Meadows Leisure Centre, Maghull

This photo shows an image of Frank Hornby as part of the logo for the Heritage Centre that the Frank Hornby Trust has created within Meadows Leisure Centre, Maghull

There are actually very few photos of Hornby about. The one below is a photo of a framed photo of him which is on the wall in Kensington House Sports & Leisure Club. This club is in Maghull’s Station Road, yards away from both of Hornby’s homes indeed the club (formerly known as Maghull Conservative Club) is just about slap bang in the middle and Hornby was a contributor to its construction.

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Maghull is also home to the Frank Hornby Trust which has a permanent exhibition to the life and works of Hornby in Meadows Leisure Centre, appropriately in the Frank Hornby Heritage Centre Room. Here’s a shot of that exhibition:-

There are a lot of Meccano, Hornby Trains and other items on display and every one has to be carefully cleaned now and again.

There are a lot of Meccano, Hornby Trains and other items on display and every one has to be carefully cleaned now and again.

So next time anyone says something along the lines of ‘who on earth famous has ever lived in Maghull’ you know the answer.

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2 thoughts on “Frank Hornby – Maghull’s most famous resident

  1. Phil Holden says:

    The strange thing was, growing up as a boy in Maghull, owning some double-O and Meccano, no-one mentioned to me that Hornby had lived there! Even my dad, who rewired the house in Station Road that Hornby had lived in and where there is now a blue plaque, put up in 2000:
    http://www.blueplaqueplaces.co.uk/frank-hornby-blue-plaque-in-liverpool-1383#.WJ39GCbFLIU

    • Yes its odd Phil that Hornby was not celebrataed as Maghull’s most famous resident until that Blue Plaque was put up. I would immodestly add that I proposed that Maghull Town Council requested English Heritage to erect it.

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