Ormskirk in old picture postcards

Ormskirk in old picture postcards

:   Mona Duggan
:   Lancashire
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-5399-7
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69. The view up Aughton Street from the school in the late 1920s. In the foreground is Evans' drapery shop. The Fleece has been demolished and Barclays Bank with its twin dormers, has been erected on the site. The old stables behind the Talbot Hotel, were na langer needed and the sign 'Garage' over the passageway to the inn-yard indicates that the stables have been converted for a more modern use. The notice for the cattle auction behind the Talbot, also proclaims th at other changes have occurred. The twice-yearly cattle and horse fair which originally taak place in Moor Street, has been abandoned and an auction has taken its place. The banner hanging out from one of the shops, also heraids a change in photography. Kodak films are now available for the man in the street.


70. This boy and his father are f1ying a kite on Ravenscroft, where there were tennis courts and an athletic ground with a stand for spectators in the 1920s. This ground extended behind Brook Lane and Bridge Street to the railway line. Today it is remembered in the name of Ravenscroft Avenue. The houses in the background are in Chapel Street, and the property on the right behind the tree, is Chapel Street dairy, now the premises of Hannah's Pies.

71. Southport Road has changed little since 1908 when this postcard was written. The stone wall on the right has been lowered; many of the trees have been felled and the large house in the centre background has been demolished. On its site, the new cul-de-sac Rosecroft Close has been built and its former gardens are now part of the grounds of the Comrades Club. Orrnskirk's war memorial stands at the side of the road in front of the Club today. This road was known as Bark House Hili in the eighteenth century.




72. Looking up Southport Road, again little has changed. The ivy no longer covers the house on the right and the iron railings have gone. The roof of the Drill Hall, which now serves as the Civic Hall, can be seen over the roofs of the houses on the left.

73. This view of harvesting the potato erop ne ar Ormskirk is a reminder of how much the farmers used to depend on horses and a large labour force. Men came from Ireland to help with the harvest and today their temporary homes - aften now in a ruinous condition - can be seen on many of the farms in the Ormskirk district. These buildings were known locally as 'Paddy shacks' or 'Paddy shants'. At the height of the potato harvest, children were also recruited to help with the work and schools of ten closed for a week. The baskets used for the potatoes, were made from the willows which grew on the damp mossland. The bonnets worn by the women, were very popular among country-women at the turn of the century and they too, were made locally by seamstresses.

74. The importanee of harses in the town for all kinds of transport is also weil iIIustrated in th is view of the market. They were needed to pull carts of all descriptions, ranging from brewers' drays to traps. The children, wearing pinafores in the picture, are on their way home from school, while the lady in a large, white apron is probably a stallholder in the market. On the right hand side of the road, next to Gilbey's wine store, are the offices of Stretch and Idle , auctioneers and valuers. Bill-boards stand on the pavement outside their premises, advertising future sales. The horse and cart in front of those offices are standing on the weighing machine, used to weigh loads of coal and suchlike things.

75. In this final bird's eye view of the market, a horse pulling a carriage, is being driven by a coachman with a top-hat and the passengers are shading themselves from the sun with parasols. A coach is parked outside the King's Arms. The gentry have co me to town.

76. Nocomment!

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