Ormskirk in old picture postcards

Ormskirk in old picture postcards

:   Mona Duggan
:   Lancashire
:   United Kingdom
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59. This lady presents many problems. She cannot be identified, nor can the place where she kept her hens. All that is known is that the photograph was taken in the Ormskirk area. I wonder if any readers will be able to trace the origin of this delightful picture.

60. Now we return to the market place, but this time we are approaching it from Aughton Streel. Again the King's Arms dominates the scene. The frontage and entrance door of the Post Office remain much the same today as they were in those days, but the original iron railings and the gate posts have gone and have been replaced by their modern equivalents. Probably, the iron railings were taken in the 1940s to help the war effort along with many others from around the town. In the centre of the picture, a young woman can be seen spreading Iengths of cloth on the roadway. It is a mystery why she was doing that; perhaps she was going to put her wares on the cloth to display them.

Aughton Street, Orrnsktrk

61. The Talbot was another old coaching inn. One travelIer visiting the town in 1790, reported: 'Scarcely had we alighted at the Talbot Inn, when we were offered by half a dozen fair hands together, little packets of gingerbread.' This would have taken place in the yard behind the inn, where there were sta bles for the horses. These stables have now been converted into smal! workshops behind Park Hall. The fish stones where a man is sitting in the picture, were the subject of an order made by the Court Leet in the seventeenth century. No-one was to seil fish anywhere else in the market but from the fish stones, so that the smell and nuisance could be isolated in th at part ofthe square.

62. This view up Aughton Street was taken from the corner of Park Road. On the left hand side are two lodging houses where workers staying temporarily in the town, lived. The Post Office has a smal! 'public telephone' notice outside, but the large advertisement of Williams', the tailor's, dominates the whole scene. A later generation of the same family still has a men's outfitter's shop in the town today. The huge pair of speetades outside a shop nearer to the doek tower, leaves no doubt as to where the optician's shop is.


The Wrench series No. 150Z

63. The first shop on the right is a china shop known as 'Muggy Lees', where it could almast be guaranteed th at any broken cup or saucer could be matched and replaced. Next door is the White Bull, yet another of Ormskirk's hosteiries, and beyond th at is the shop of lames Iddon, fishmonger, immediately across the pavement from the fishstones. Another inn, the Fleece, where the Umpire coach used to stop to piek up passengers. stands next to the shop of lohn Bell, the boot manufacturer. Later, the Fleece was pulled down and Barclays Bank moved into the new premises.

64. Closer to the doek, we can see Mawdsley's shop with Ormskirk gingerbread advertised across the facade. The smell of roasting coffee and smoked bacon which met the customers on entering the shop, is still remembered by many of Orrnskirk's senior citizens. In the forefront of the market is a plant stall si mil ar to those in the market today. In the early years of the century, the market used to stay open until eleven o'clock. The stalls were lit with paraffin flares, a highly dangerous methad of lighting. It was the accepted pastime of many townsfolk after their evening me al to gather round the pot stall, where the 'mugman' used to entertain them with his palter, as he tried to persuade them to buy.


~he Cross

65. Yet another picture of the clock towcr, but this one taken in 1905, gives us a better view of Mawdsley's shop. A telegraph post can be seen high above the roof. In 1903 there were only 49 phones in Ormskirk and most of those were in business premises. only three being in private houses. At that time, the only public call office was in 50 Burscough Streel. A drinking fountain at the base of the clock tower originally supplied water for thirsty passersby. Possibly, the water came from the stream which at one time ran down the centre of Moor Street and Aughton Street to the brook at Town End. In the mid-nineteenth century the stream became very contaminated and so it was culverted.

66. Further down Aughton St reet was the boys' school. This group of their teachers was taken in the late 1920s. George Harrison, now in his nineties, is second from the right on the back row.

67. Here Mr. Harrison is teaching morris dancing to a group of boys from Aughton Street School. The boy at the back is providing the music with his mouth organ. All the boys - and their teacher - are concentrating on their performance. No smiles can be spared for the cameraman. Mr. Harrison, who still teaches country dancing in the town, is known throughout England for his work in popularising English folk dancing. The composer and band leader, Jimmy Shand, of ten played for dances at which Mr. Harrison was the caller and has written several tunes for hirn, including 'George Harrison's Reel'.

68. One of the younger classes at Aughton Street School. They must have recently moved from Derby Street School, where the boys stayed until they were seven years old. The e1derly teacher with his starched wing collar and bowler hat, looks weighed down with the responsibility and cares of educating his young charges.

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