One of my favourite places to stop off whilst on a cycle ride locally is Scrummies Cafe at Treeview Court/Station Road in Maghull.
One wall of the cafe is all about the local area using historic photos and a great representation of an Ordnance Survey map painted directly onto the wall. It depicts Maghull as per the 1909 OS map.
I love OS maps and can spend hours looking at one so if you see someone in Scrummies staring vacantly onto the wall I’m taking about then you’ll know it’s me.
Oh and btw their bacon barms are great too.
My good friend Charles (Uncle Albert) Walker moved into Poverty Lane, Maghull when the houses were built in March 1960 and he is still there now. The photo below shows the bungalows before there was even a pavement or front gardens or hedges etc.
A scan of the Liverpool Ordnance Survey Map published in 1961, but based on 1958 data, shows that the bungalows on Poverty Lane had yet to be built.
Poverty Lane is in the bottom right of the map. The words ‘MAGHULL STA’ cut right across it. Molyneux Road, Summerhill Drive, Heathfield Road and Ashleigh Road are shown only as dotted lines and there’s no sign of Summerhill Primary School.
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I recently purchased the photo below which looks to have been taken for use as a postcard originally.
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The site of the mill is on Eagar Lane near the rising of a well or spring according to my Formby and Maghull Ordnance Survey Pathfinder map of 1992. In fact the site is right on the boundary between Lydiate and Downholland Civil Parishes with the mill stream being the boundary, I think. This is also the Sefton Borough/Merseyside – West Lancashire/Lancashire boundary.
Here is the site as it looks today:-
The first photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
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This is my last posting, at least for now, about the 1958 Ordnance Survey map of Liverpool (which I picked up for a song on Bewdley Railway Station not long ago) with particular reference to its lost railways.
The former line from Seaforth and the North Mersey Goods Yard past Linacre Road (closed April 1951), Ford (Closed April 1951) and Aintree Racecourse (closed March 1962) onto what is now the Liverpool Kirkby Merseyrail line is interesting. Most of it is just about still there; well at least the section from Aintree to the Liverpool – Southport line between the Strand and Seaforth & Litherland is. Indeed, there is still a single track here with trees and bushes growing through it. Merseytravel often used to talk of it being reopened but sadly this seems to be little more than vague speculation that gets repeated every 5 years or so.
Looking east in the direction of the former Ford Station from Hawthorne Road, Bootle in 2014.
On the former Cheshire Lines route around Liverpool Clubmoor station (closed November 1960) is there as is Warbreck Station (Closed November 1960) and Aintree Central (Closed November 1960) but used for race traffic until March 1963. The line closed in December 1964.
As with my last posting I recommend Rob Gell’s ‘An illustrated Survey of Liverpool’s Railway Stations 1830 – 1985 as a good point of reference.
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Back to the 1958 Ordnance Survey map of Liverpool that I picked up for a song recently.
The railways are the fascinating thing for me. Just look what was still in place back then compared with now. The Cheshire Lines loop around Liverpool is the big change. Lost stations on that line include Gateacre (lasted until April 1972), Childwall (closed January 1931), Knotty Ash (closed November 1960), West Derby (closed November 1960) and Clubmoor (closed November 1960). The line inself was closed in August 1975.
A good easy to refer to book about Liverpool’s railway stations is:-
Rob Gell’s ‘An illustrated Survey of Liverpool’s Railway Stations 1830 – 1985’
I came across an old Ordnance Survey map of Liverpool the other day in the most unlikely of places – Bewdley Station on the Severn Valley Railway. The map was published in 1961 but in reality the last full revision of it was in 1958. Oh, and it was sold for Five Shillings & Sixpence.
Having scanned the Maghull/Lydiate section of the map it is worth looking at not least because it shows that the Southport and Cheshire Lines Extension Railway was still active as far north as Altcar. Here’s that part of the map:-
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Sefton and Maghull, Lydiate and indeed Altcar & Hillhouse Stations are all noted as closed – denoted by the white circles. Open Stations are red circles as Maghull Station is denoted on the Liverpool – Ormskirk Line.
Maghull and Lydiate were much smaller communities back in the late 1950’s but this posting is not the place for another rant about building on high grade agricultural land.
But back to the Cheshire Lines Railway. As many will know the line from Aintree to Southport closed in July 1952 but rail access from Liverpool was retained up until 1960 to serve private sidings on the Altcar & Hillhouse site.
Interesting to see how much this part of Liverpool’s northern commuter belt has changed in less than 60 years.