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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Click on the cutting or photo to enlarge them

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.

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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.

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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.