Maghull North Station – Tribute to the fallen and the suffering

I went along to the still new Maghull North Station (on Merseyrail’s Northern Line to Ormskirk) today to have a look at the just installed piece of artwork which celebrates the work of the former Moss Side Hospital and its pioneering treatment of shell shock. Of course, the hospital is long gone and the new Poppy Fields Housing Estate now occupies the site.

Here are some shots of what I think is a quite striking piece of artwork which is sited adjacent to the station ticket office:-

It was unveiled by local historian and former Maghull GP Dr John Rowland who has published a number of books on the history of Maghull and Lydiate.

A fine tribute to Moss Side, its staff, doctors and indeed patients who benefited from its pioneering treatments during and after World War 1.

The 3rd photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Liverpool – The Poppies have arrived at St George’s Hall

Tower of London Poppy r

Above is a poppy from the Tower of London display

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

The BBC also has a time lapse video of the installation on its web site – see link above

The artwork installation looks great; must get to see it.

Bootle and its history wall

You know when you walk past something so often that it just becomes a part of the background well that recently happened to me until someone said ‘What’s that history wall all about in the Strand? It’s asking for people to share their memories of WW1 but there will be hardly anyone who can do that’.

Bootle's history wall 05 2015

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Well the wall remains blank despite being on the shop unit for 6 months or more now but if you think about it anyone with memories of WW1 would have to be well over 100 years old now.

I posted on this site last year about Bootle’s WW1 Pop-Up shop/Museum (see link below) and my recollection is that the memory wall appeared around the same time.

I wonder what those who put the memory wall up intended?

Maghull’s Great War – Bruce Hubbard presents an excellent MADCOS video

Cllr. Bruce Hubbard

Cllr. Bruce Hubbard

MADCOS (Maghull & District Cluster of Schools) have produced an excellent video about the Great War and its effects on Maghull. Local historian, battlefield tour guide and Maghull Town Councillor Bruce Hubbard presents the video which is well worth watching. Use the link above to access the youtube video.

Well done MADCOS

Halsall War Memorial


Another in my series of tributes in the 100th year since the start of WW1.

This memorial is on the busy main road, outside Halsall Parish Church, from Maghull to Southport and will be seen by many motorists each day.

Around it are 3 plaques with the names of Halsall people who fell in the 1st and 2nd World Wars. The sobering fact is that many more fell in WW1 than in WW2 as 2 of the 3 plaques cover the dead of the Great War.

This photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Bury War Memorial


100 years since the outbreak of the 1st World War. Another of my themed postings.

In the centre of Bury next to the Parish Church and only yards away from Bury Bolton Street Station of the East Lancashire Railway.

A grand war memorial indeed.