Maghull – The Old Forge – A new old photo comes to light

The derelict Old Forge as it was in 2002

I’ve blogged about the Old Forge in Liverpool Road North a number times and as a consequence of those blogs another photo of it has come to light via Joan Neville a committee member of Skem Heritage and here it is:-

Turns out that Joan was helping a friend sort out some photos and it popped up. The source of the photo is not known I understand but some Googling by Joan led her to my blog postings and my being sent the photo with permission to share it.

Here are a couple of my previous blog postings about the the Old Forge.

I’m guessing that the gents in the photo are the owners-Barnes family/workers at The Old Forge but please readers fill in any details that you can. I’ll also post the photo on Maghull & Lydiate in Old Photos Facebook Group.

My thanks to Joan for sharing this smashing old photo.

Click on the photo to enlarge it

Maghull – The Forge

An update connected with my recent posting about one of Maghull’s most historic buildings, The Forge in Liverpool Road North.

I have been sent a copy of press cutting from October 1981 which records the passing of Ted Barnes Maghull’s last blacksmith who jointly owned and worked in The Forge with his brother. The cutting is from the long defunct Maghull & Aintree Advertiser Newspaper, I think. Also, I have now obtained what I think will be a previously unseen image of the shops next to The Forge, probably from soon after they were built.

Maghull Advertiser press cutting from October 1981

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Finally by way of an update, the Clerk of Maghull Town Council has said she is looking into the lost/missing historic plaque (see photo below) that was erected on the Liverpool Road North front wall of the property.


My thanks to Hazel Metcalfe (nee Barnes) for sharing these pieces of local history.

Maghull – The Forge historic plaque – Where did it go?

I have posted a couple of times in the past about the historic Forge or Smithy that used to be operated by the Barnes family in Liverpool Road North, Maghull.

The Forge in its operating days

The Forge in its operating days

Maghull Town Council, working with the present owners, the Olsen family, placed a plaque on the wall of the property in 2009 but strangely it has gone. Gone where I do not know.

The derelict Forge in 2002

The derelict Forge in 2002

I noticed it had gone following the receipt of a letter from of all places – Tunbridge Wells. The letter was from a relative of the Barnes family asking if I had any photos of the property. By return I sent off 3 photos but this made me look out for the plaque only to realise that it was no longer on the wall.

October 2009 a Maghull Town Council historic plaque is unveiled by the then Mayor of Maghull Cllr. Geoff Howe.

October 2009 a Maghull Town Council historic plaque is unveiled by the then Mayor of Maghull Cllr. Geoff Howe.


I have now contacted Maghull Town Council asking them to re-erect the plaque if they hold it or if not to have a new plaque cast. Our local history is very important so I hope the case of the missing plaque can be solved.

The Old Forge – Maghull

What is now the Old Forge, just off Liverpool Road North/Hickson Avenue in Maghull, was once a well known blacksmith business. When the business closed in the 1960’s the building remained pretty much as it was the day that it closed until 2010 when it was tastefully converted into a lovely modern house.

My previous posting of 14/02/2011 refers

but the reason I return to the matter is that I have found a photo of the building in its original state from 2002.


This photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

The sign above the window reads Robert Barnes and Sons I recall you could then look through the windows to see the inside laid out as it would have been used to conduct a blacksmith’s business.

Below is the plaque that the Olsen family and Maghull Town Council erected on the building as a nod to its interesting history.