Great Altcar – Old Gore Farm House

Literally a few yards outside of Lydiate, at the bottom of Bells Lane where the road takes a sharp right hand turn and becomes Altcar Lane in Great Altcar Civil Parish stands this house. The datestone goes back to 1596 and looks like this:-

The building has always interested me because of the date stone, so I’ve tried to find out a bit about it. Here are a couple of links that offer more information:-

historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1073148

www.hslc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/58-7-Rylands-and-Price.pdf

You’ll need to scroll through a couple of pages of the 2nd link to find the relevant part.

A bit of history right on Lydiate’s doorstep and I’m guessing that as the name mentioned is Gore that there’s likely to be a family link to the Gore’s Charity which is for the benefit of Lydiate and still gives out grants even to this day. If I have made a wrong connection here please let me know and I will correct things.

Click on the lead photo (which is also on my Flickr Page at www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/) to enlarge it.

Lydiate – ‘In Flower’ makes another 3 splashes of colour

I seem to be dividing my very limited knowledge of things horticultural between Maghull in Bloom and Lydiate in Flower these days and my latest trick has been to learn how to attach Gateway Planters to Lydiate boundary signs.

We put one up at either end of Southport Road/Myerscough Lane to start with a few weeks back and have now added another 3 on the Civil Parish boundaries with Maghull on Kenyons Lane and on both Bells Lane and Punnell’s Lane with Great Altcar. They are all now planted up like the one below at Punnell’s Lane.

The planting was done by other LinF volunteers who know far more about plants than I ever will. Don’t the Gateway planters look grand though…..

Lydiate – Sefton Council introduces new traffic calming measures using hedges! :-)

This looks like an April 1st posting but its not. The photo below is real and was taken on Lydiate’s Bells Lane on 4th April:-

It looks like an innovative new method by Sefton Council to calm traffic speeds at first glance using hedging! In fact the sign has been spun around 90 degrees by the recent high winds making it side on to the road.

Sefton Council were informed and it is now pointing the right way.

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The photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

https://www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Lydiate – Bells Lane boundary sign renewal

Sefton Council’s contractors are in the process of refurbishing the ‘Lydiate’ boundary sign on Bells Lane where you come out of West Lancashire. My previous posting refers:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/12/01/lydiate-boundary-sign-that-is-literally-on-its-last-legs/

You can make out the two new posts for the Lydiate sign to be fixed to next to the large tree. Bet it won’t be as ‘posh’ as the West Lancs sign facing the other way though:-).

We hope the new posts will have a ‘Lydiate in Flower flower’ flower trough placed on them in due course to welcome folks to the community.

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Leeds Liverpool Canal Bicentenary Voyage – The last leg to Liverpool

Just after 7.30am today the flotilla (see previous postings over the past week) of 8 boats set sail for Liverpool. I caught up with lead barge Kennet at Bells Lane swing bridge in Lydiate:-

Kennet at Bells Lane

and then just a little further down the tow path towards Maghull I saw this narrow boat all decked out for the 200 year celebrations:-

Opposite 55

That’s about it for the 200 year celebrations of the completion of the Leeds Liverpool Canal folks, its been nice recalling how the slowest form of transport affected the communities of south and east Sefton.

The first photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/