A close up of Lydiate Signal Box
I have blogged about the isolated former Lydiate railway station before but to recap it was not even in Lydiate Civil Parish but just over the border in Altcar Civil Parish off Carr Lane*. It closed on 7th January 1952 and all trace of it has effectively gone. Interestingly though Lydiate does have a Station Road which joins Southport Road adjacent to the Scotch Piper Pub and does eventually lead to the former station.
Lydiate Station sat on the Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway and the tracks were lifted after June 1960. The station site is still accessible though as it is on the Trans Pennine Trail/Cheshire Lines Path and the station site is one of the access/parking points on the footpath/cycle path. Here are a couple of signs that have been placed on the station site:-
I bet there are folks still around who can recall getting the train from Lydiate Station to Southport or indeed Liverpool. Indeed, when I moved into Sefton Lane, Maghull in 1968 an elderly couple next door would tell me of their travelling by train from the former Sefton and Maghull Station on the same line. That station has also gone now although the platforms were still there in 1968 – it’s all now part of Sefton Lane Industrial Estate. Then around 1970 I met a chap called Jack Petty who taught at Ormonde Drive Secondary Modern School (now Maghull High); he was my form teacher. He told stories of using the railway after the war to get from his Southport home to work in Maghull and how he was often the only person on the train and the station staff at Sefton & Maghull made him a brew each morning when he got off the train.
*Altcar Civil Parish was split as a consequence of local government reorganisation in 1974 and the part in West Lancashire is now called Great Altcar Civil Parish – The part in Sefton Borough is called Little Altcar Civil Parish and its the most southernmost part of what most folks will think of as Formby.
The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above
Sir Michael Wilshaw is a blunt and undiplomatic chap to me whose ideas I often question but he has a point here because our education system in deprived urban areas has been letting children down for years and years and it is simply not good enough.
Take Knowsley for an example. It has been rooted to the bottom of the education attainment leagues for generations despite its high schools being reorganised and rebuilt every 10 years or so.
Maghull High School (in neighbouring Sefton Borough) is good example of how Knowsley’s education system is failing because it has been educating Knowsley’s children for many, many years as Knowsley parents have given up all hope of some Knowsley schools coming up to scratch.
I was quite taken aback by the junk, clothes, school bags, success certificates and general rubbish and litter spread around Maghull’s KGV Park this morning.
A chat with others in the park led me to understand it was all a consequence of youngsters from Maghull High School celebrating the end of their exams yesterday afternoon. I can only assume none of them did very well in environmental studies but they may well have scored highly in the ‘trashing your community’ module.
Sadly their partying has to be cleaned up by others and I wonder why the School should not be taking responsibility for cleaning this mess up?
I can’t say I am very proud of my old School today.
These are the old Victoria Swimming Baths on the Promenade at Southport. Like many people (who lived in and around Southport) in the late 1960’s early 1970’s I used them as they neared the end of their long service. However, I was bused there from Ormonde Dive Secondary Modern School in Maghull (it later became Ormonde High, then Maghull High and is now Maghull High Academy) each week by the School!
Talk about a long journey for just a small amount of swimming! It happened because at that time Maghull/Lydiate had no swimming pool at all. The one at Hudson Primary had closed and the one replacing it at Deyes Lane Secondary Modern School (now Deyes High Academy) was still being debated by the pre-1974 Lancashire Councils. So bussed we were all the way to Southport!
I have been liaising with one particular resident for quite some time now following concerns about cars destroying the verges very close to the School’s Gainsborough Avenue entrance.
Finally, we have been able to get Sefton Council do a small amount of work (installing posts and shrubs) to protect the worst affected verges bearing in mind the small budget available.
Frankly I would like to have extended the work further but accept that there is no more money available at present – maybe more can be done at later date should wider problems persist.
Here is a photo of the works:-