The Frank Hornby Heritage Centre within Maghull’s Meadows Leisure Centre.
As a Trustee of the Maghull based charitable group the Frank Hornby Trust I found the introductory video – linked below – from Sharon Brown (National Museums Liverpool’s Land Transport Curator) very useful.
As a 60+ year old I can of course remember Meccano, Dinky Toys & Hornby Railways very well but younger folk may not, so the video may help connect younger generations with a huge piece of both Liverpool’s history and the toys of previous generations of their own family too.
Another view of the Frank Hornby Heritage Centre.
The Frank Hornby Heritage Centre, which is within Maghull’s Meadows Leisure Centre, is presently open to visit each Tuesday and Friday (10am to 4pm) but only with a previously made booking. This is of course due to Covid 19 restrictions. If you want to visit please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org so that a visiting slot can be arranged.
Frank Hornby lived for most of his aldult life in Maghull on Merseyside. His 1st house (The Hollies) in Station Road has an English Heritage Blue Plaque on it and his 2nd house (Quarry Brook) which is now the 6th Form block of Maricourt High School a Maghull Town Council plaque.
Whilst searching for the of the term origin of ‘Yort’ a while back (see my posting of 23 07 19 ‘Formby – What is a Yort?’) I happened upon this fascinating document by the Museum of Liverpool & English Heritage on the internet:-
Sefton Historic Settlement Study – Merseyside Historic Characterisation Project from 2011
Here’s the introduction to the 84 page document:-
Introduction to Historic Settlement Study
The aim of the historic settlement study was to produce a consistent pro-forma template of information on settlements identified across all the historical townships in all 5 districts of Merseyside as based on the relevant paper First Edition Ordnance Survey 6” to 1 mile maps for Lancashire (published 1848 -1851) and Cheshire (1881 – 1882) . The purpose was to help provide background information for the data capture of character area polygons and also bring together some information on known or highlight other historic settlements, many of which have been lost or disguised by urban development. It was also thought that information would be useful for alerting to areas of possible archaeological interest to support the development management advice given by Merseyside Archaeological Advisory Service to the five districts. Historic urban settlement character is one of the key priority areas for research within Merseyside and one for which there is currently least documented archaeological evidence.
What a useful historic database this is for those wanting to know more about the origins of their own Sefton community. Go on find where you lived and get to know more about it………
I have not blogged about the Trust for a while now but it recently purchased an original postcard as depicted below:-
Whilst the used postcard is not in the best of condition it is a very significant shot of the part of Station Road in Maghull (in the 1920’s?) where Frank Hornby first lived (at The Hollies) and where English Heritage installed their Blue Plaque on 6th July 2000. The plaque had been requested by Maghull Town Council to celebrate the town’s most famous resident and it sparked a local historical plaque scheme promoted by the Town Council.
Hornby’s house, where he lived for 10 years, is the one with the bay window furthest away from you when viewing the postcard. The scene is looking down Station Road with the Great Mogul Pub and Maghull Railway Station being behind the photographer.
When he left the Hollies Hornby moved just a few yards down Station Road to Quarry Brook which is now a part of Maricourt High School.
Click on the postcard to enlarge it.
The Trust has a Facebook page at:-
It also has a significant display of Frank Hornby related memorabilia and products from his Liverpool Binns Road factory in Meadows Leisure Centre on KGV Park in Maghull. They are in the Frank Hornby Room which is immediately on your left as you enter the main doors of the Leisure Centre. The room is well used for various health, fitness and community activities so its best to check with the Leisure Centre before you set out to look at the display to see when it is free.
This shot was taken whilst cleaning of the display cases was taking place in 2016.
For those wondering where this long-running project has actually got to here is an update. For clarity it should be remembered that the proposed site is within West Lancs Borough but the land that surrounds it to the east, west and south, is all in Sefton Borough.
Planners at West Lancs Council do not, I understand, expect the planning processes to be completed until October or even November.
It seems that several of the statutory consultees have yet to respond to the planning authority. These include Rural England, English Heritage, NATS and MOD.
If memory serves this has been on-going for over 4 years now and still no planning application has come before the Planning Committee of West Lancs Borough Council for them to decide upon.
The campaign group who oppose the wind farm (HALT) are still active and my own concerns about it being sited on high grade agricultural land still stand.
Progress on Broomscross Road, as it is to be called, is really moving on apace probably because of the excellent summer weather we have had.
It is to be called Broomscross Road after an historic cross that stood just to the east of Thornton where those carrying coffins to Sefton Church would rest on their sad journeys in times past. The new road passes close to the site of the cross.
I decided to have a look at progress of the road from a rarely seen location – Chapel Lane in Netherton (part of the Trans-Pennine Trail). This is a short dead-end (for vehicles) lane that serves just a few properties/farms off the Northern Perimeter Road. But there is an historic building here – have a look at this link for details:-
This was the scene looking north and south a few days ago:-
From Chapel Lane looking south towards Switch Island.
From Chapel Lane looking north towards Thornton. You can just see the spire of Sefton Church on the mid-right horizon.
I can’t help but be pleased to see this progress after years of campaigning with the likes of Thornton Parish Council (who don’t get the credit they deserve in my book) to get this vital Link Road built.
The second photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-