I’ve cycled past this street nameplate many times and like others in our cycling group I have scratched my head wondering what a Yort is?
Googling ‘Yort’ did not throw up any answers so my fellow cycler Roy Connell emailed the Clerk of Formby Parish Council who told him the term may mean ‘Yard’ but also suggested that we ask the views of Formby Civic Society. An e-mail to the Civic Society brought back this:-
‘I have been doing some digging in our archive and attach a newspaper cutting from about 1957 which gives some interesting background information. We hold a copy of all 10 sheets of the 1845 Tithe map and the Schedule shows Formby had 83 plots incorporating the name “Yort”.
Today I know of a house at 94 Gores Lane called Long Yort www.flickr.com/photos/formbycivicsociety/5885064473/in/album-72157625287478503/
Below is an article from “An Agricultural Study of Formby with Ainsdale” By Kim Morton (1981) Edited by J. Lewis, M. Adams & C. Ahmad which actually is related to Andrews Yort.’
Hume (1866, 77) claimed that the first orchard in all of Lancashire was in Ravenmeols; the site was shown to him by the inhabitants of Park House in Ravenmeols, located to the south of Kirklake, in the same neighbourhood. The piece of ground was called Andrew’s Gardens, or Bowers Gardens so named because two hundred years previously (about 1665) it had been occupied by Andrew Brown. His orchard had been famous for its apples (Kelly, 1973, 22). However, the orchards were destroyed by the sand moving inland and now nothing remains but the ‘mounds of sand and tufts of starrgrass’ (Hume 1866, 77). Local folklore states that Andrews Lane and Andrews Yort of the present day represent Andrew Brown’s holdings in Ravenmeols. Holt (1795, 83) comments that ‘…there are no orchards worthy of notice in this part of the country’ at the end of the 18th century (1795, 83).
So now you know what a ‘Yort’ is assuming if, like me, you were in the dark about it before.
My thanks to Formby Civic Society for their invaluable help with this posting
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A cycle down this path reasonably regularly and it has been getting more and more overgrown this summer, making it difficult in places for cyclists and pedestrians to pass each other not least because much of the overgrowth is nettles. What’s more overhanging branches are also becoming a problem.
I’ve raised the matter with Sefton Council’s Footpaths/Rights of Way Officer.
Fracking is on our doorstep but how many folks really appreciate that and indeed the troubles that it could well cause in mid-Sefton and West Lancashire?
The process is advancing in Great Altcar, West Lancashire and at some point, subject to further permissions etc. a green light could be given to start fracking under our communities. Lydiate, Formby, Ince Blundell, Little Crosby, Hightown, Crosby, Little Altcar, Great Altcar, Maghull, Downholland are all within range for the process to take place below them.
But, have a look at this Channel 4 News video which details what has happened in Holland and then turn around and tell me, those of you who back fracking, that you are still happy for it to take place under your community.
You may want to consider backing the work of the Moss Alliance if you are not doing already, who are trying to fight off fracking locally:-
Lydiate Parish Council, on which I sit, has allocated £500 to assist the Moss Alliance in any legal battles they may fight as I have mentioned before on this blog site.
Formby folk are not ones to take decisions they don’t like or think may be wrong on the chin. And things have been hotting up in the village shopping centre in recent times where more beautiful mature trees are in line to be cut down by big brother Sefton Council in Chapel Lane – trees like this one:-
Formby Parish Council were amongst those leading the charge on behalf of angry local Formby folk and they even engaged their own tree expert to see if a more positive solution to keep and preserve the trees could be found.
I’m an environmental campaigner at heart so it’s probably no surprise to anyone that knows me that I see the cutting down of mature trees as a last resort after all other possibilities have been exhausted, especially trees that have been a part of the local street scene for decades.
As I type this posting it seems that all potentially viable options may indeed have been exhausted and sadly Sefton Council plans to remove the elderly street trees in October with Formby Parish Council providing funds for new trees to be planted.
Here’s a link to a page on Formby Parish Council’s web site about the trees:-
With thanks to Chris for the lead to this story.
With fracking a really serious possibility in West Lancashire and more precisely in Altcar Civil Parish, which is all but surrounded on 3 sides by Sefton Borough, those opposed to fracking are trying to raise money to fight the planning application which is expected to be submitted any day now to West Lancs Borough Council. The link below explains and via it you can join the crowd funders who oppose fracking locally:-
The Moss Alliance comprises community groups opposed to fracking in West Lancashire and Sefton. To help them oppose Aurora Energy Resources’ planning application for exploratory drilling and fracking at Altcar Moss near Formby they will need to engage expert consultants. Expert advice does not come free so they need to raise a considerable sum so that the consultants can give them the best chance of defeating Aurora’s first prospective frack site.
This is one of the biggest environmental challenges locally so please help if you can.
A Red Squirrel – What could be more symbolic of Formby
The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above
As a rule of thumb I don’t go to Formby or indeed Southport when the sun is cracking the flags, particularly on Bank Holiday weekends, as I know that traffic chaos is all but a certainty.
Don’t get me wrong I love going to these places but, traffic jams and parking problems are not for me. I could tell what was going on in Formby from where the new Brooms Cross Road crosses Brickwall Lane near Sefton Village some miles south of Formby on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday just gone. The traffic was so heavy around 10am that when the lights changed for me to cycle across Brooms Cross Road I had to peddle between traffic stuck across the junction.
But I’m also not at all sure what can be done to stop this traffic and parking chaos happening again in future, except that the drivers caught up in it may well decide not to repeat the day out sat in their cars in traffic jams.