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.
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Some time ago I raised the odd disappearance of the historic plaque on Liverpool Road North outside the Old Forge. It had been erected by Maghull Town Council and the Olsen family who live there, in celebration of Maghull’s last blacksmith business.
I’ve heard no more since then from the Town Council who were looking into the disappearance so I have sent them a quick reminder today.
This is the missing Maghull Town Council plaque as it once was before it was mysteriously removed.
Whilst on the subject of historic plaques in Maghull I suspect there is a bit of confusion from a thread I have seen on a Maghull Facebook Group page. There is only one plaque that was erected by English Heritage, that’s the one on Frank Hornby’s first house in Station Road.
This is the English Heritage Blue Plaque and as you can see it looks quite different to the Town Council type.
All the other ‘blue’ plaques in the Town, of which there are quite a few, were erected by Maghull Town Council as part of its own historic plaque programme. The Maghull plaques can easily be identified by Town’s ‘M’ logo.
Post script:- It, the cast aluminum plaque, has just been replaced by a vinyl one as it would seem that those who nicked it may well have do so for its scrap value.
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.
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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.
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
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
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.
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.