Lydiate/Maghull – Their former Cheshire Lines railway stations

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.

Memories…….

*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.

Maghull – Volunteers requested to assist Sustrans on Cheshire Lines Path/Trans Pennine trail at Meadow Site behind Sefton Drive

Time for a sit down. Theses seats were put in in the past few weeks, by volunteers, on the Meadow Site behind Sefton Drive on the Cheshire Lines Path in Maghull.

Call for assistance from volunteer group:-

On Sunday the 14th May 2017 Staff and volunteers of Sustrans and the Trans Pennine Trail will be attending the Meadow site in Maghull.

There are various activities taking place through the day and you are invited to come along to the project site. We have been awarded funding to transform this area of land from a misused, overgrown stretch of path into an area that will be of benefit to the community, path users and also the wildlife of the area. Over the past year, we have cleared a large majority of the brambles and overgrowth, installed benches, begun to install bird and bug houses and scattered wildflower seeds. In preparation for the 14th May, we have ordered 500 wildflower plants ready to be planted on the site. This is your opportunity to come along, visit and discuss the project… take away some information… and if you can, lend a hand! Please also take this opportunity to walk or cycle along the this area of the Cheshire Lines (NCN 62/Trans Pennine Trail)… It’s a beautiful and amazing resource that we have in our area!

Feel free to pop along at any point through the day

Timing for the day:

10am onwards – Scything, raking and clearing the ground in preparation for planting will continue throughout the day. Bring a rake along and help us clear the ground of the spring overgrowth

1-3pm – Wildflower planting, publicity stand and kids activities.

Refreshments:

Sefton Meadows Garden Centre and Cafe are in close proximity to the site area.

Clothing:

If you are attending to participate in any of the raking, clearing and planting, please wear suitable clothing, sturdy footwear and gardening gloves.

Location:

Cheshire Lines/TPT – back of Sefton Drive, Maghull L31 8AQ

Any support that can be offered is always greatly appreciated, but if you do have any questions or require any further information… please do not hesitate to email me…

Thanks for your time and hope to see you soon

John Callaghan

E: jc@photoreal.co.uk
M: 07713158716
W: Merseyside North Volunteers merseysidenorth.uk

Lydiate Station – Closed 7th July 1952 but still open for walkers, cycles and horses

From Cheshire Lines Railway Estate Plans. I understand Cheshire Record Office holds them.

Now part of the Cheshire Lines Path/Trans Pennine Trail its hard to believe that Lydiate once had its own railway station on the Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway.

www.disused-stations.org.uk/l/lydiate/

Disused Stations Site Record has the info’ and a couple of interesting ‘then and now’ photos on Lydiate’s long lost railway station – see link above, which was not even in the Civil Parish of Lydiate but in Altcar.

Here are a few additional photos I have also come across/purchased/taken of the old station.

Lydiate Signal Box

Lydiate – Chesire Lines – a closer view

A close up of Lydiate Signal Box

The Valentine family on Lydiate Station 1939

Site of Lydiate Station – Cheshire Lines

Present day signage information at the old station site.

Click on any any of the photos to enlarge them

Thanks to Antony Graham for the historic site plan at the head of this posting

Maghull – Volunteer work on the ‘Meadow’ behind Sefton Drive

I have posted a few times recently about the work of the Merseyside North Volunteers who have been trying to tidy up/clean up the the start of the Cheshire Lines Path in Maghull behind Sefton Drive.

I went to have a look at their work a few days ago and here are a couple of photos which show how much bramble, rubbish and overgrowth has been cleared away and of course the seats that they have erected too. It’s looking good.

Looking north towards Lydiate Station site with Sefton Drive to the right. Much bramble clearance is evident.

Time for a sit down. Theses seats were only put in in the past few days but I made use of them talking to a fellow cyclist who was off to Southport along the Cheshire Lines Path.

The Merseyside North Volunteers work with the environmental charity Sustrans who created the Cheshire Lines Path.

Merseyside North Volunteers – Their Maghull project

I have mentioned this volunteer group previously on this blog site – they work as part of the environmental charity Sustrans who were instrumental in getting the Cheshire Lanes Path/Trans Pennine Trail constructed along the track-bed of the former Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway.

A previous posting of mine is available via this link:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/04/06/maghull-sustrans-merseyside-north-volunteers-win-the-tesco-jackpot/

I shot I took quite a while back (before the volunteers started work) of the access path from Sefton Drive to the Cheshire Lines Path and the sadly dumped rubbish that the area often suffers from.

I shot I took quite a while back (before the volunteers started work) of the access path from Sefton Drive to the Cheshire Lines Path and the sadly dumped rubbish that the area often suffers from.

If you now have the background you will have probably realised that the work that the volunteers are doing is to the side of and behind the houses in Sefton Drive Maghull (they call the site The Meadow), an area that has sadly been bedeviled with dog fouling litter and fly-tipping for some years now.

Here’s the latest update on the project

The Meadow site is clear (thanks to a number of volunteers and rather large group of scouts from the area) and wildflower seeds have been scattered. Winter is assisting in keeping any weed growth away but unfortunately a small number of inconsiderate dog walkers have been about. Light fly-tipping and discarded litter has also taken place.

I’m keen to get things rolling again at the site and cleared up with the Meadow project due for completion. The near by recycling centre have said that they will assist so litter picking is high on the agenda of activities. I’ve ‘pencilled in’ the following activities for the coming months…

Sunday 29th Jan 2017. 10am-1pm Clearing vegetation around entrance areas to the site in preparation for planting. Path edging and litter picking.

Saturday 4th Feb 2017. 1pm-3.30pm Photography Walk. Grab your walking boots and that new camera you got for Christmas to join me in exploring the area around the Meadow. The aim is to capture images that can potentially
be incorporated into artwork and signage on the Meadow site. It’s also an opportunity to do a bit of litter picking whilst we’re out.

Sunday 12th Feb 2017 10am-onwards. Installing signage sleepers and benches.
Feb Half Term Week. Bug House Building and Bird House Installing. (Check website for dates and times)

Sunday 19th Feb 2017 10am-onwards. Installing signage sleepers and benches.

Sunday 26th Feb 2017 10am-1pm General site maintenance, litter picking, bird table installation.

Sunday 5th March 2017 10am-1pm Clearing weed growth, planting.

Sunday 12th March 2017 10am-1pm Clearing weed growth, planting and install signage.

Sunday 26th March 2017 10am- onwards. Edge path, wildflower reseed, Project completion celebration.

April Onwards… Activities and maintenance will progress beyond the Meadow site in particular up the Cheshire Lines.

Extra dates will be added as the site activity progresses. You should check this website [see link at end of this posting] for revised times, amendments and any further information. All activities start or take place on the Meadow site. Any children should be accompanied by an adult. We suggest you wear sturdy suitable footwear and clothing that you don’t mind getting a little muddy. Sefton Meadows Garden Centre cafe is close by but I will endeavour to provide some light refreshments on site. Any assistance that can be provided in the above activities is always welcome. If you are able to help on any of the above dates, could you email me jc@photoreal.co.uk or text 07713158716 to let me know. I can also keep you updated if anything changes.

If you have any questions, again please don’t hesitate to drop me an email. Below is a flyer with the above information.

Thanks for all you do and hope to see you all soon

John Callaghan
Merseyside North Volunteers

www.merseysidenorth.uk

www.merseysidenorth.uk/

Maghull – Sustrans – Merseyside North Volunteers win the TESCO jackpot!

merseysidenorth.blogspot.co.uk/2016_03_01_archive.html

Here’s some great environmental/green news for Maghull – see link above

I covered this story a while back – here’s the link back to that article:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/03/03/sustrans-the-cheshire-lines-path-merseyside-north-volunteers/

A shot I took a couple of years ago of the access path off Sefton Drive to the Cheshire Lines Path and the dumped rubbish that the area suffers from.

A shot I took a couple of years ago of the access path off Sefton Drive to the Cheshire Lines Path and the dumped rubbish that the area suffers from.

So congratulations are due to the intrepid Merseyside North Sustrans volunteers for winning the top prize. It will be interesting to see how their project develops as this access point to the Cheshire Lines/Trans Pennine Trail has long been a mess.

By the way I found this old photo amongst my collection. It is taken from the very spot that the volunteers are going to improve looking up at the old Cheshire Lines Sefton Lane railway bridge parapet. Of course that is now long gone with the bridge gap itself also filled in. All that’s left is a hump in Sefton Lane. The photo is from the early 1980’s and the people in it are Marie Borland, Andrew Beattie (sadly passed away) and Dave Roscoe. Marie and Andrew were both Maghull Town councillors at the time.

Marie Borland, Andrew Beattie & Dave Roscoe - Old Cheshire Lines Bridge Sefton Ln ,Maghull