Rainhill Civic Society



The page for finding old friends and talking about Rainhill as it used to be.

If you come from Rainhill and these pictures bring back memories you'll find plenty on this page to interest you. You can share your own comments by following the link in this box.

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Have a look down the page at the people who have left messages. You can contact them directly, if they've put up their address, by clicking on the underlined address itself. If "via Rainhill Civic Society" is shown you can email the Society for details at info@rainhill-civic-society.org.uk

You can search for an individual name, too. The links below will take you to an index page where you can click on someone you recognise. You can also search on maiden names if they have been given. Married names are shown in brackets.

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These are the messages from Rainhillians far and wide. Because there is so much text on this page you may find it best to use a device with a fairly large screen.




My original message, left here in 2012, referred to my cousins from Rainhill and Sutton to please make contact with me. Some five years later, to my great surprise a daughter of my cousin Yvonne sent a message by email. I replied, twice, but have heard nothing more. So, Katherine, if you see this message please be assured that I did reply to yours, and would be very pleased to hear from you again. Sincerely, John.

February, 2019.
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Andrea Rees     UK.     Via Rainhill Civic Society

Does anyone have images of Rainhill High School? I left in 1983 when the site was on Portico Lane.

January, 2019.
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Hi. I was born in Longton Lane in 1953 next door to the Gee Family. An American family lived across the road, does anyone remember their name? The family went back to America in 1954. .

November, 2018.
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Martin Yates     Cotton, Stowmarket, Suffolk, UK.   martin.yates.rainhill@sillyhelmetcovers.com

I lived 102 Rainhill Road from 1951 - 1957 and went to Longton Lane school when Mr. Pennington was the headmaster.

November, 2018.
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Michael Burns     Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, UK.   micks.mail@ntlworld.com

Hi everyone. I was born in 1966, lived at 144 Stapleton Road, My grandparents ( Harold and Ethel Waterhouse) live further up toward the dead end. I used to go to Longton Lane school. I used to go to Sunday School up the Ally, used to play on the pipes over the park and go down the wreck as well. My family moved to Runcorn before I left Longton Lane. Anyone who wants to get in touch, please do. It'd be fun to catch up.

September, 2018.
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Danielle Allen     UK.     Via Rainhill Civic Society

Hi. Wondering if anyone knew Michelle Harrison (this is a guess - 1999-2010). We lived at 16 Chatsworth Rd. She had husband Mark, little girl Danielle (me) and my brother Liam . Michelle (Mum) passed away 24/02/14. Just wondering if anyone remembers me or her. X

August, 2018.
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This is a photo of Class 8 at St Ann's School from 1974-75. Get in touch if you see yourself. Fortunately I wrote the names of everyone on the back of the photo! They are:
Back Row (L to R) Richard Crone, Alastair Finney, Stephen Edwards, Ian George, Malcolm Talbot, Mark Habib, Colin Wright, Eoin Turner, Chris Hayden
Third Row (L to R) Mr Davenport (Head), Fiona Forsyth, Jill Cunliffe, Helen Butter, Julie Jones, Deborah Haycock, Lesley Johnson, Jackie Murphy, Heather Stelfox, Lindsey Carns, Mrs P Fitzsimons (Teacher)
Second Row (L to R) Elaine Kinder, Robert Miller, Tony Billington, Peter Broughton, Mike Allen, Mark Salmon, Peter Vivers, Paul Walker, David Whitley, Kathryn Jackson
Front Row (L to R) Cindy Owens, Melanie Rose, Jane Forber, Anita Hall, Carole Houghton, Kathy Firth, Michelle Rhodes, Anika Gupta, Norma Fahey

August, 2018.
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Kerry Scott     Widnes, UK.   kerryscott154@yahoo.com

My Mum went to a private catholic all-girls school in St Helens in 1941 and we are trying to find out about it. All we know is that it was near to Loyola Hall and St Bart's church in Rainhill. I understand the boys' school was called St Bart's. Does anyone have any information or photos of the girls school? Many thanks

June, 2018.
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In preparation for a BBC 1 programme about nursing during the war I'm hoping to speak to anyone who knew May Wright, a nurse who worked at both Whiston Hospital and Rainhill Hospital during the Second World War and for many years afterwards. May would have been in her thirties during the war. She was a trained midwife, though I believe she also looked after injured soldiers at Whiston during the war. Thanks very much,

May, 2018.
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Vincent Kettley     Brisbane, Australia.   glovin@live.com.au

I am looking for any information or relatives of William & Margaret Critchley, late of 13 Houghton St, Prescot in 1919. They had a daughter, Emma Gertrude who married an Australian soldier & moved to Australia in July, 1919.

April, 2018.
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Len White     Wirral. UK   whitej285@gmail.com

My name is Len White. I was born in 1941. I lived at 7 Stapleton Road. I went to Rainhill primary school at the corner of View Road and then to Fairfield school in Widnes. Does anyone remember me?

March, 2018.
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Steven Spinks     Guatemala.     Via Rainhill Civic Society

Does anyone have any information on Frederick Shaw, butcher, buried at St Anns, 1 April 1947, with daughter Ivy Ladysmith Shaw Spinks 1948, also with Thomas Reynolds Spinks, buried 1954. Thomas Reynolds Spinks was wounded in WW1, worked at the aircraft factory then lived at 32 Batey Avenue Rainhill with 3 children. Thomas, Rosemary,who married a USA serviceman in 1948 and my father Derek Donald Spinks.

March, 2018.
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Trevor Powell     Rushden, UK.  

Did you attend or know somebody who attended Prescot Grammar School, Prescot Girls Grammar School or Prescot Comprehensive School? As Editor, we would be pleased to hear from you via our website www.prescotian.org.uk where you can find a password protected list of nearly three thousand former pupils, archive material both official and unoficial as well as much, much more! Looking forward to hearing from you!

February, 2018.
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Keith Trubshaw     Isle of Man.   trubshawk@gmail.com

I was born at 70 Sandhurst Road in 1948, wow that sounds a long time ago. I have had a lifelong interest in motorcycle racing. I am trying to find Peter Barton who lived in Ivy Avenue, near Whiston Hospital with his Dad. He moved to Greenwood Close in Prescot then I lost touch. Thanks.

December 2017
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Clare Cotterell     Somerset, UK.     Via Rainhill Civic Society

I have just been given a big framed family tree, and it shows that my great grandfather and great grandmother lived at Rann Lea. My great grandfather died there on 27 Aril 1962, and my great grandmother died in Oldham and General District Hospital in 1969. They were called John (Ion) and Annie Ferguson.

October, 2017
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Arthur & Vera Crosby.
Vera was born in Rainhill. Her grandparents had a shop on Warrington Road, Stewards. It has been knocked down and replaced with houses. Can anybody remember it?

September 2017
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Christopher T George     Baltimore, Maryland, USA. editorctrip@yahoo.com

I am presenting a talk about Fredrick Deeming, notorious for murders which took place in Rainhill and Australia in the nineteenth century. I would be interested to hear whether anyone can make a link between T. Mather, the recipient of the 1903 Rainhill Walk medal, and the family of Mrs Dove Mather and her murdered daughter Emily, slaughtered by Deeming in Windsor, Melbourne, on Christmas Eve, 1891. The Mathers had a newsagent's shop in Rainhill.

August 2017
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I have received a Birmingham made medal inscribed Rainhill F S Walk 1903 T Mather 11 miles (See images below). I'm trying to find a bit about the medal and to whom it was presented.

 
August 2017
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Hi. I was born at 117 Longton Lane. Moved to 150 Rainhill Road. Went to Longton Lane primary.

July 2017
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Colin Fahey     Lancashire, UK. colin26fahey@yahoo.com

My dad was born in Honiston Avenue.

July 2017
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Arthur Bayley     Tyldesley, Greater Manchester, UK. bayleydesign@aol.com

Hi, it`s really fascinating reading these messages and looking at the photos. They brought back some lovely memories; youngsters today miss so much! There are lots of names I remember and I`ll try to contact some of them. I was born in St. Helens in 1941 and moved to Rainhill just in time for the terrible winter in 47/48 (?).I`m semi-retired and left Rainhill in 1968; before that I lived in Chatsworth Road, went to St. Ann's Primary School and Prescot Grammar. Still see Ian Lucas from Honiston Ave. and, occasionally, Jean Unwin (Halpin) and Jean Riley, both from Chatsworth.

May 2017
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Can anyone one remember the Riley family who lived 71 Chatsworth Road Rainhill from 1940's to 1983? My gran Catherine Riley lived there with her husband Jack Riley (John Basil Riley born Rainhill 1910) and son John also known as Jackie and my mum Mary Hayes. My mum lived there from around 1945 until she began her nursing training. She had a sister Helen Hayes but she did not live there. My grand died 1959. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers them. Sadly I have only one photo of my gran sitting on the doorstep of Chatsworth Road with her cat. My mum had lots of friends in the area and said she went everywhere on her bike. My mum was born 1934 and John (Jackie) 1939. Sadly my mum died 2002 and John 2006. Any info gratefully recieved

April 2017
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Margaret Carden (nee Tyson)     Newtown, Sydney, Australia. mcarden@dodo.com.au

Hi. I was born in 1942. Attended St Ann's infants and junior school then Whiston Central. I left school in 1957 and left Rainhill to live in Bolton in 1962. Mum was Gladys Tyson, local district nurse and midwife for many years. I came out to Australia in 1965 and have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Sadly I lost my husband in 2006. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me; Phyliss Beasley, Kathleen Mills, June Harrison and Jacqueline Owen who is married to Kelvin Coslett all spring to mind. My computer crashed and I lost all my addresses. I see Jeanne Dimelow on line who I will be contacting again. I am now retired and have low vision so anyone contacting could you please use LARGE PRINT. Thank you. Margaret. [Margaret sent a message like this some years ago but it was removed along with others that were considered be out of date. Names of those senders are listed right at the bottom of the page]

March 2017
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Tony Percy     Haydock, St Helens. tonyandbarb@hotmail.co.uk

I was born in 1940 and lived in Chatsworth Road with my parents Bill and Rose my younger brother Reg and my older sisters Pauline and Joan. I went to St Ann's school in Rainhill and then Whiston Secondary Modern. My memories include the monkey bridge, the Oddfellows dance hall, Dukes Clough where we played as kids, Maggie Sharkey's pub on Warrington Road, and Spooners motor bike shop. I now live in Haydock, St Helens with my wife Barbara and we have three sons, Roger, David and Mark and have four grandchildren. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers my family. We could share a few memories.

March 2017
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Margaret Webb     Keynsham, Bristol, UK. Margot.webb@icloud.com

I posted information regarding my grandparents Harry & Flo Molyneux a while back [August 2015]. They lived in Blundells Lane and I would be interested if any one has any memories or information although appreciating this was a long time ago.

February 2017
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Paula Kemel, nee Hankinson     Bribie Island, Queensland, Australia. pak2061@hotmail.com

Hello from down under. I lived in St Annes Place in a block of maisonettes, Rainhill, for a short time around 1970, remembering a very nice cake shop there. Went to Maryville Road Primary School then on to Rainhill High School that was in Portico Lane and I believe is now a housing estate. The head master was Mr Holmes and I left school in 1977. Have been in Australia for the past 35 years. Please contact if anyone remembers me. Thanks

January 2017
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Does anyone have any pictures or information on what was originally on the site on the corner of Rainhill Road and Ellerslie Avenue? I believe Hanging Bridge Farm was on the opposite corner by the recess at the end of Elton Head Road. Regards, Susan Thompson

January 2017
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Christine Davies     Widnes, UK.     Via Rainhill Civic Society

Hi, I lived in Rainhill from 1966 in Dee Road. I went to St Ann's primary school and later to Whiston Higherside. I had a brother Geoff who sadly passed away, and a sister Jeanette. I have happy memories of the swings in Old Lane, which we called the wreck, and top shop in Stoney Lane. I later became a nurse at Whiston Hospital. I remember playing in Dukes Clough and Susan Roberts who I went to St Ann's school with (remember Mr Pierce). I remember the cafe opposite the Vic pub. I now have two grown-up children and live in Widnes. [Christine - The email address you gave seems to be incorrect. We couldn't reply to you. Please email again if you want us to pass on any messages]

October 2016
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Born 1963, I lived on Two Butt lane, Great memories of living in Rainhill as a child. Lost touch with all of my childhood friends. Would love to chat again via email.

September 2016
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Emma Groves     Isle of Man.     Via Rainhill Civic Society

I'm looking for my great-aunt Sandra Hobin (nee Fleming) if anyone can help me. She would have been of senior school age in the 1960s.

September 2016
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Karen Appleby (nee Gear)     Cirencester, Gloucestershire. karen.appleby@openwork.uk.com

Reading these messages brings back many happy memories. I was born in June 1961 and lived in Dee Road Rainhill. I recognise names such as Lamb, Leyland and Beesley who I believe lived opposite. My parents, sadly no longer with us, were Marjorie (passed away in 2005) and Harry Gear (reunited with her in 2010). My sister is Barbara and eldest brother is John. Sadly we lost our other brother Roger in 2011. I went to St Ann's Primary School and then Prescot Girl's Grammar, leaving in 1977. I have been in the Cirencester area since my marriage to John in 1983 but still have fond memories of Rainhill. I hope anyone who knows me will get in touch.

September 2016
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David Newall     Skipton, North Yorkshire. djnewall@outlook.com

Lived on Marian Drive 1963 until 1984. St. Ann's and Prescot Grammar. Active in Operatic and dramatic societies. Spent most of my days hunting frogs down Johnny's Pit and Dukes Clough. Great memories....

August 2016
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Do you have any information about the British Restaurant that stood near the Holt during the Second World War? In particular, do you remember the murals that were on the walls inside it? We have had a request for information from someone who is researching the subject.

August 2016
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Hi all, I am currently writing my autobiography and would would like to ask if anyone knows the answers to the following questions:The doctors used to have, McKenna, Fergusion and who? Why has the late Jack Phillips newsagent have a door to the outside, upstairs? What was the name of the shop next to the post office where the man would deliver groceries in his estate car?I went to St Anne's 1964 to 1969 then higherside 1969 to 1974. I can only remember Mr Holly and Miss Golden at St Annes.If you can help, thanks in advance. [We have answered some of these queries already for Stephen, but more information is always welcome.]

August 2016
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Hello, I am seeking contact information for former school mates at St. Edmund Arrowsmith School in the early 70's: Leslie Woodruff & Julie Young, both from Rainhill. An email address would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much! Kathy.

July 2016
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I would be grateful if you could just inform any rainhillians from the 50s that my brother Roy Cropper has sadly passed away following a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. (See also June's entry in August 2011)

July 2016
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Born in 1942 in Stockton-on-Tees, moved to Rainhill in 1946 and attended St. Ann's School from 1947. Lived at 152 Rainhill Road for about 10 years then moved to Mill Lane. Married in 1967, moved to Aberdeen in 1976 (three boys) but unfortunately widowed in 1998. Now living near Peterhead with partner growing soft fruit and veg.Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me. (My Grandmother D. Kenwright had the Drapers Shop in the centre of the village opposite the Vic.)

June 2016
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Hi everyone. I have come across this site by pure accident and I am happy that I have . I was born in 1966. Lived on Stapleton Road, went to Longton Lane school, head teacher Mr Harrison. Moved to Holt Lane in 1977. Went to Higherside for 1 year then St Edmond Arrowsmith school till 83, then left to live in Warrington with my parents. Have lived here for 33 years.

June 2016
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Philip Beagen     Walsall, West Midlands. philip.beagen@gmail.com

Hi. I was born in Whiston in 1946 to Frank and Dora Beagen and lived in 13 Millom Avenue, with the Devine family on one side and the Thompsons on the other. My mum worked at Edmontons, the paper shop on the main road next to Lentons the butchers. Despite leaving in 1953 (missing the coronation street party ) I still have fond memories of living there. I went to St Bartholomew's School with my sister Frances .

April 2016
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Geoff Smale A message has arrived from Geoff Smale of Southport. However, the email address provided seems to be invalid. Could you please check and re-send?




Hi. My name is Christine Williams, formerly Owens, from First Avenue. My dad was a colliery worker and mum worked at Heyes & Connings pop factory at the Holt, Rainhill. I had great fun growing up along with my 8 brothers & sisters.. Sandra, Mary, Julie, David, Barbara, John, Austin, Theresa. We had regular walks around Blundells Hill, Bluebell Wood. My friends were Francis Pratt, Peggy Brown, Carol Slater, Lawrence Stevenson, John Mills. I would love to be in touch again..x

March 2016
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Sandra Gillan-Smith, nee Moss     Bollington, Macclesfield, UK. sandrad57@hotmail.co.uk

Hello to all. My name was Sandra Moss. I was born in September 1949 in the back bedroom of 10 Chatsworth Road, Rainhill. I moved to King Edward Road with my parents Ellen and Ernie Moss in 1952 when my sister Denise was born. I went to St Ann's School, then Longton Lane and on to Prescot Grammar. I remember Mr Pennington, Mr Dutton, Miss Corless, Miss Houghton. I also remember several school friends, Carol Mitchell, Kathleen Brown, Neil Maxwell, David Bodger, Beryl Pinnell, Avinash Vij, Neil Blakemore, Linda Thompson, Lynn Daniels, Joe Waterhouse. After leaving school in 1966 I worked at BICC Cables in Prescot, then became a student nurse at Rainhill Hospital in 1969, where I worked until l982. Then moved to Bollington, near Macclesfield, where I still live. Please get in touch if anyone remembers me. Regards Sandra.

March 2016
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Ann-Veronica Howitt     Rainhill.     Via Rainhill Civic Society

Calling all members of the Welsby Family. I have recently received information about the family which I think will be of interest to you all. Please contact me via the Rainhill Civic Society site if you would like to know more.

February 2016
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Bob Rippon     West Sussex, UK.     rjr1962@ntlworld.com

Mark Chadwick. I think Mark's father bought our house from my father. The house was called Coombland, Ansdell Villas Rd, Rainhill. My family moved to the South Coast. Bob Rippon.

January 2016
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Kathleen Bond, nee Thomas     Perth, Australia.     kathleen1bond@gmail.com

Left UK in 1972. Wás born at Whiston in 1947 and lived in Rainhill all my life till I left. Went to Rainhill St Ann's school and then Cowley Girls school, St Helens. Worked at Pilkington's Glass. Regards, Kathleen Bond.

January 2016
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Daphne has sent another message saying she'd like to hear from anyone who knows her. To see her 2011 message click here.

December 2015
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Anne Slater has sent this picture. It shows a pantomime in 1937.
Names known so far are:-
Back row: -?-, Ena Davies, Teddy Kendrick, John Roby, Sally Fildes, -?-, Sam Lay.
2nd Row: Ron Hamblett, -?-, -?-, Kath Lee, -?-, Betty Stone, Edna Dorsey, Joan Lee, Jack Pye.
3rd Row: -?-, -?-, Lily Benson, Eva Davies, -?-, John Jones, Tommy Stirrup, Ken Sandywell.
Front Row: Harold Bragg, John Stewart.
Does anyone have more names to add? If you know anyone let us know by email or drop into the monthly Rainhill Remembered session.


November 2015
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Hilary Chapman     United Kingdom.     turnhila@aol.com

I would like to contact anyone who is related to, or has information about, my family who lived in the Holt area. Their name is Gilleney, but has several spellings! I have visited St. Ann's churchyard and found several graves. I noticed more recent inscriptions and I hope that these distant cousins can share information about the family. I only have photographs of my great grandmother, Elizabeth, and I would like to be able to put faces to her brothers and sisters.

November 2015
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This picture was sent to Brian Renshall, of the Society, by Geoff Spear, who has lived in New Zealnd for the past 50 years or so.It shows the Boys Brigade from the Holt Congregational Church in the early 1950s. Front left is Geoff Spear, and to his immediate left is Alan Kay. Behind Geoff's left shoulder is Frank Johnson. Leading the parade is Mr. Hughes. It has not been possible to identify anyone else. Can you help?


October 2015
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Bill Eyre     Derbyshire, UK.     Via Rainhill Civic Society

I am the great-grandson of George Eyre, who operated schools going by the name of West Bank School, Ashfield School and Westfield School in Rainhill during the second half of the 19th century. I was fortunate enough to meet Ann-Veronica Howitt during a recent holiday, who made me aware of this Rainhill Society. If anyone has any information relating to George Eyre or his schools, I would be delighted to hear from them.

September 2015
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Rann Lea in Mill Lane – Past and Present
 
At the meeting of the Rainhill Remembered group on Tuesday 8th September, we received a visitor from Aberdeen. Shirley Wylie nee Brooker was born at Rann Lea in Mill Lane and lived there until she left for South Africa in 1949 aged 11. A few months ago, she put a letter into a national magazine asking for information and by chance Audrey Shone, who also once lived in Rann Lea, saw the query. They corresponded by letter and Shirley decided to make a sentimental journey. She will be travelling by train to be at our next Rainhill Remembered meeting. All this arranged without the help of the internet! Rann Lea was built in the mid-19th Century. During the Second World War a bomb fell nearby making a huge crater. The large mansion house was divided into apartments but, as you see from the photographs, the outward appearance has not changed very much. It was occupied in the early part of the 20th century by a wealthy coal proprietor, Henry Bromilow. We have learned, through research for our forthcoming website about Rainhill in WW1, that Henry Bromilow had two sons who fought in WW1 – one of them was killed in action and his name is on the War Memorial. Also the daughter was a VAD nurse. You will be able to find out more when we launch our second website in November. Watch for news on this site. If you have any memories about Rann Lea please send them to Rainhill Reflections and we can pass them on to Shirley.

August 2015
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Margaret Webb     Bath, UK.     Margot@icloudk

My mother Phyliis Molyneux who is now 93 years old is the daughter of Harry and Florrie Molyneux who lived in Blundells Lane from 1930. My mother married in1954 then moved to Bath where she still lives today. My Mum has fond memories of being a member of the Rainhill Girl Guides in 1929 and has old photographs of Blundells Lane. Phyllis has three daughters and grandchildren. If anyone can remember or has any association with Blundells Lane then we would love to hear from you. I am Margaret Webb Phyliss's daughter and can be contacted by Email.

August 2015
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Gillian Liptrot ( now Moore)     Eastbourne, England.     gilly.moore46@gmail.com

Born in 1954 I lived in Stapleton Road and went to Longton Lane and then Prescot Girls Grammar. Mr Pennington was headmaster at Longton Lane. Remember well the 'Green Hut ' by the Bus stop , Rainhill railway Bridge , waiting for the steam trains to go under and get enveloped in smoke and being able to play in the street ( mostly Stapleton Avenue !) safely - have fond memories of school especially the very snowy winter ( was it '64) when our lovely caretaker would get up at 4am to make sure the boilers were ready for school. We moved to Sussex when I was 14 and would be interested to hear from anyone around at the time .

August 2015
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Lyn Senior     Liverpool,UK.     Via Rainhill Civic Society

I was born in Two Butt lane Rainhill. My parents bought it as a new build.

August 2015
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These are two pictures of the VE celebrations in Chatsworth Road.
I'm the lad scowling in the front row of the bottom picture.

VE picture
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August 2015
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Mary Tommis (nee Owens)     Anglesey, North Wales.     marytommis@hotmail.com

I was born in First Avenue and attended St.Barts and Edmund Arrowsmith schools.I have five sisters and three brothers, Teresa, Austin, John, David, Barbara, Julie, Christine and Sandra. My dad was a miner at Sutton Manor and later a trucker. My mum worked in Hayes and Connings pop factory near the Holt. I have happy memories of playing out all day long on our bikes at the wreck, bluebell wood, Strettles farm, Johnnys pit. I was a girl guide in 2nd Rainhill at Stoney Lane. My friends were Angela Williams, Joan Tickle, Margaret McEllin, Geraldine Lennon, Catherine Huxley. My boy mates were Lawrence Stephenson, Paul Dawson, Paul Byrne, Mike Higgins.I live in Anglesey, North Wales and would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.

June 2015
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Ken Ashton     Prestatyn, North Wales     kenashton@aol.com

Thanks to the Society website I have been in touch with long lost family. My cousin Pauline Taylot [nee Scott], a former police officer from Ramsbottom,,found me and kindly sent birth, marriage and death certificates of Grandfather Patrick Joseph Fahey. Then Ruth Harrison, Patrick’s great-grand-daughter, visited the website and contacted me and we exchanged lots of family details. If there are any more Ashton or Fahey family members out there, feel free to contact us!
[See also an earlier message from Ken in April 2013]

May 2015
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MU picture
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This photograph was given to us at a recent meeting of the monthly “Rainhill Remembered” group. It shows members of Rainhill Mothers’ Union. Mrs Eyres is standing to the left of the picture. (Her husband, the Revd. Leslie Eyres, was vicar at St Ann’s between 1954 and 1965). The African clergyman on the photograph was staying with the Eyres family at the vicarage. Alec Wright has identified the Revd Mr Trotter who was a chaplain at Rainhill Hospital. Have you any more information about the picture?

April 2015
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Isobel Walker     Rockingham, Western Australia.     isobel.lw@westnet.com.au

I was born in 1956 at Whiston Hospital. I lived at Rainhill between 1959 and 1968. During these years, I lived in four different houses: As a pre-schooler - “Hanging Bridge Cottage’; then later during my primary school years ‘South Lodge.’ These properties were later demolished. I also lived on Rainhill Road a couple of times. These were referred to as ‘tied houses.’ I attended St. Ann's Primary School. First at the old stone building on Warrington Road, (this was referred to as “the infant’s school” in the sixties,) then later from about 7 years of age, the new school - that was opposite the Library on View Road. Just before starting high school, we moved to Eccleston – where my maternal grandmother lived. My dad, Bob Walker, was employed as a gardener at the Rainhill Hospital ‘gardens’ between 1950 and 1983 - when he retired. He was head gardener for the 9 years leading up to his retirement. Kathleen Walker, my mum, could probably best be remembered by people who did their shopping at the Co-op and Irene’s green grocery store – both on Rainhill Road. I emigrated to Perth, Western Australia in 1980 and prior to that, had lived in Sutton. My parents came to Australia in 1997. They later moved to Waikiki, a district of Rockingham, Western Australia in 1998. My mum, Kathleen, passed away in March 2013. Dad is now 91 and still quite healthy – getting out and about regularly walking and riding his bike! I would love to hear from anyone who thinks they may know me, my parents or places quoted.

March 2015
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I am Pauline Linkich (nee Pauline Orford), I lived in Longton Lane, Rainhill from 1947 to 1953 when we moved to Oak Road, Whiston where my sister Valerie still lives. I came to Australia in 1968,my husband is Tony and we have 2 daughters Stephanie and Rachel and 4 grandchildren. After a 2 week river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest in June of this year, we spent 2 weeks in England with my sister.

November 2014
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Ron Warbrick    New Zealand    Ron.Warbrick@acgedu.com


Another two school pictures, this time St Ann's school, again from 1957. Let us know if you can identify any of the pupils. See a class picture here.
See a football team picture here.

October 2014.
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Brian Calland UK. Via Rainhill Civic Society

Brian has sent a picture, via committee member Brian Renshall, of a class at Longton Lane Primary School, dating from about 1957. Let us know if you can identify any more of the pupils. See the picture here.

October 2014.
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Susan Niven (nee Houghton)     Barrhead, Glasgow, Scotland.    susan.niven@ntlworld.com


I lived at 29 Vincent Road until 1968 when I moved to Scotland. Both my parents worked at Rainhill Hospital, mum Josephine was a Ward Sister and my father, Gerald, also a nurse there. I've discovered my paternal ancestors lived and worked in the farms at Holt Lane. Memories are very much of time spent playing around Ritherup Lane, Dukes Clough, the hospital grounds, especially when my parents played tennis in the courts there. I attended Whiston Secondary Modern School when the formidable Miss Howells was headmistress.

August 2014
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Mark Chadwick    Hebden Bridge, England.    Via Rainhill Civic Society


I lived in Ansdell Villas Road and attended St Ann's School. In 1972 I went to Prescot Grammar School, leaving in 1974 when my family moved to Cornwall. My elder brother is Peter Chadwick.

August 2014.
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John Dutton     Wigan, UK    johndutton1@sky.com


Brought up in Sandhurst Rd. Born 1945. Married Wendy 1967 and have lived in and around Wigan ever since. Would like to hear from anyone who may know me.

July 2014
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Lorna Ghanim, nee Cartmell    Clunes, Victoria, Australia.    Via Rainhill Civic Society


Grew up in Rainhill, attended Longton Lane Primary, then Prescot Girls Grammar. Worked for Boots the Chemist as a dispenser for nine years. Married and left to live in the middle east. Moved to Australia 1981. Have one daughter (33yrs). Now live on property in country Victoria with my two beautiful Briards (Gus and Molly) and alpaca (Monte).

May 2014.
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Robert (Bob) Maunder     Lesmurdie, Australia.    bojen@bigpond.net.au


I have a cookery book (Newhome cookery book) printed by Stoves Limited, Rainhill, Liverpool, 1954. Is there anybody that knows the history of such an item?

May 2014
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Paul Threlfall     Manchester, UK.    treewizard@me.com


Hi I attended St Annes Primary from 1967-69 then Prescot Grammar until 1974. I am trying to trace Alan John Roach who was a good friend or anyone who knew him. I am also happy to hear from anyone else who knew me.

May 2014
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Lived in Rainhill from 1966-1987. Went to Knowsley Higherside comprehensive. I loved living and growing up in Rainhill village. People don't believe me when I tell them about us having to dig ourselves out if the front door in the winter because the snow was so high (half way up the front door!). Lived at 7 Severn Rd with the Fosters at no. 5 and remember the Mercer family from a couple of doors down. I remember a happy childhood going the library after school and kicking the leaves in the autumn. Anyone who remembers me please get in touch I would love to hear from you.

April 2014
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Donna Wright     Willenhall, UK.    carielle@hotmail.com


Descendant of the Prescot Finneys, Parrs, Lyons, Wellings amongst others.

March 2014
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Jan Roberts, nee Lancaster    Rainhill, UK.    Via Rainhill Civic Society


I still live near Rainhill. My family name was Lancaster and my mum's was Audrey Wareing , nan was Ellen.

March 2014.
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Mal Sandywell    St Helens, UK.    Via Rainhill Civic Society


No message.

February 2014.
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Jeanette Moss     Tamworth, Staffordshire, UK.    nettyh1966@hotmail.co.uk


No message.

February 2014
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Dawn Hutton, nee Parry    Prescot, UK.    Via Rainhill Civic Society


Would like to see if anyone has any pictures of our class 1WMS from Higherside Comp. or last year of school 1981.

January 2014.
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Susan Bidder, nee Aspinwall     White Rock, BC, Canada.    snowflakesb@shaw.ca


Hi, I was born in Whiston Hospital in 1949 and lived in Chatsworth Road till I was 5 then we moved to Whiston. I went to Our Lady's school in Prescot and then Edmond Arrowsmith. I have lived in Canada since 1975, but try to get back home every 2-3 years. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.

January 2014
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Louise Walsh    Gillits, Kzn, South Africa.    Via Rainhill Civic Society


Hi, I'm a Rainhill girl now living in sunny South Africa. I would like to get in touch with any old school friends and people who know me from Rainhill

December 2013
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James Hill    Yarraville, Victoria, Australia.    Via Rainhill Civic Society


Born in 1946. Lived at Old Lane until 1961. Mother was a district nurse in the area

December 2013
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Ann Henry     Devon, UK    gulagdevon@gmail.com


Hi. Looking for anyone who remembers me or my sister June Henry. Also our mum Doreen Henry nee Evans. Mum worked at Stoves, dad at the BICC (Dave Henry)

December 2013
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Karen Murphy, nee Howarth    Rainhill.    Via Rainhill Civic Society


Apart from two years I have always lived in Rainhill. I attended Longton Lane school (when Mr Pennington was the head and Mr Axon then Mr Harrison the deputy heads) and then Whiston Secondary school.Having read all the messages, all the good old days come flooding back.

December 2013
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Ken Ashton     Prestatyn, North Wales    kenashton@aol.com


Sad to hear of the passing of Bill Foulkes, Man Utd centre-half. I went to Rainhill school with him - our birthdays are three days apart. RIP.
[See also Ken's original message dated Feb 2009 and one in April 2013]

November 2013
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Ken Houghton     Larmor-Plage, France    kmhoughton@orange.fr


I only lived in Rainhill for a couple of years in the 1960s. My mum owned the hairdresser's on Rainhill Road and I attended Longton Lane school before moving back to St. Helens. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Rainhill, and look forward to hearing from any former friends. I have lived in France since 1978.

November 2013
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Arthur Spooner    Hillam, Yorkshire, UK.    Via Rainhill Civic Society


I was born in Rainhill in 1939 and christened at the church in Holt Lane. My cousins Jean, Stanley and Alan lived at Warburton Hey in a house called Wyndos. My uncle Fred owned a motorbike shop in Prescot. An early memory of mine was being taught by my cousins how to ride a bike.

November 2013
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Lilian Scarratt    California, USA.    Ukladylilian@aol.com


Lived in Longview Road. Mother nurse at Whiston Hospital. Father worked for hospital too Attended Whiston School for girls. Married in Rainhill Church. Still have friends in Rainhill/ Prescot/Whiston area. Would love to see any old pictures of area and anyone that remembers me.

October 2013
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Freda Nown    Anglesey, Wales.    thomas_glyn1@yahoo.co.uk


No message.

September 2013
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Rita Hilton    Burnie, Tasmania.    macarthur.park@bigpond.com.au


Wonderful. I've just had the details of this site sent to me from a friend in the U.S. I was born and lived at 8 Long View Road, Rainhill. I attended Rainhill Infants School and Junior School. My senior school was Whiston Secondary Modern - I have such great memories of my school days. I finished school in 1954 and secured a secretarial position at B.I.C.C. in Prescot. Huge cable company - loved it there. Hayes and Conning (soft drink manufacturers) were in the street next to Long View Road - Holt Lane I think it was called. They made a beautiful drink called Dandelion and Burdock - bliss. I too remember the lovely 'home made' ice cream at the shop opposite Rainhill Jnr School. Just "to die for". My family still lives there. I'd love to hear from anyone who remembers me.

September 2013
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Linda Pilkington, nee Halsall    Rainford, St Helens, UK.    Via Rainhill Civic Society


I was born in 1950 and lived at 116 Sandhurst Road with my mum & dad, Don & Irene Halsall and my brother Dennis. My brother emigrated to Canada. I went to Longton Lane Primary School and then Whiston Secondary. I married Roy in 1972 and went to live in Billinge. For the past 29 years we have lived in Rainford, I recognise many names on the site - Stephanie Baines, Joan Brown, Derek Massey, John Dutton, Pat Tilley - Pat had a sister Hazel and brother Brian. I remember the Monteith family and Merrilyn Roberts. Lots of happy memories. Does anyone remember me?

August 2013
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I lived in Sandhurst Road. Born 1950. I went to Longton Lane then Whiston secondary School. I had three older brothers. Jim (dec) Ken and Les. Hi Pam Atherton. Remember going precy rec with Lynn Mercer? We used to go for walks in bluebell wood. Others remembered from that time are Martin Fairclough, Ian Massey, Carol Ames, Pat Tilly, Pauline Tinsley, Barbara McClatchy, Carol i think ? Brimlow. Sorry can't remember name, had a brother Stephen, David Jackson, Christine Chadwick, later moved to flats in Mill lane. Barbara Griffiths, Jeanie Farnell - if I have remembered right she had a dog called socks. Playing on roller skates, tiles, knock and run (I only watched honest).Happy days. Sorry if I missed your name off, old grey cells have thinned out.

August 2013
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Fred Harrison    Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, UK    patfred@virginmedia.com


My Name is Freddie Harrison. I was born in Whiston Hospital in 1941. I was actually brought up in Shaw Lane off Dragon Lane, Whiston. I went to Whiston Secondary Modern School. I worked at Holt Lane Transport in Delph Lane in the early 60's. I would like anybody who remembers me to please get in touch. I would like to reminisce.

August 2013
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Carole Hevey, née Holme    Garstang, Lancashire, UK    carolehevey@yahoo.com


[Carole sent details of her friends before the new message, above, went on the site] I contacted you a while ago, and thanked you for your help, as I found a few old school friends from Longton Lane School in the 50's! I am now in touch with Barbara Griffiths, Stephanie Baines, Joan Brown and Carol Ames from my class. I've moved away from the area, but found out that Carol Ames lives 10 minutes away from where I live, so we got together for lunch and had a lovely time, and now will remain good friends. I've attached a school class photo. I think I was in class 3 at that time, but not sure. It was probably taken in 1958. I am in the next to back row, third from left with a ribbon in my hair. Some of the girls and boys may recognise themselves and get in touch if you show it on your website. look here Thanks again for getting me re-united with a few old friends. [Carole's original message was in April 2013]

August 2013
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Pam Ryder, nee Atherton    Warrington, UK.    Via Rainhill Civic Society


Was Pam Atherton before I married and lived in Sandhurst Road until 1976, Went to Longton Lane and then Prescot Grammar. Left in 1969 to train to be a secretary at Pilks. Married to Tom we have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

July 2013
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I was born in Whiston Hospital in July 1951. I lived in Rainhill (Ratcliffe Place) and attended Whiston Secondary Modern, leaving in 1967. Have 2 sons and 2 grandchildren. Got married in St Ann's church in August 1973. Moved to Bolton after marriage. Names I remember from Rainhill are especially Vij and Fuhri families. My mother was a nurse at Rainhill Hospital and my father worked at BICC (both now deceased). I have one brother named John (5 years older than me). The web site is very good and always brings back a lot of good memories.

July 2013
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Not sure if any one remembers me. Our family lived on Norcliffe Road for about eleven years after we returned from America in 1940. I noticed some one had mentioned Peter Ratcliffe who lived two doors from us. I remember Dorothy Renshaw and Hubert Nelson. My sisters were Mary and Joan. I also remember a family called Parkinson who lived on Chatsworth Road. And most of all has any one heard of the Gradys? I was god mother for one of their boys. Maureen Rooney is also a name I recall, along with Letty Moore. I attended St Bartholomew's School. Sister Vincent was the principal. I also attended Broughton Hall.

July 2013
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A L Brown    South Wales, UK    allanlbrown1@aol.com


NEW E MAIL I have put my details on here before, but lost all details when E mail address was hacked.SO if you have made contact before please do so again. I lived in Sandhurst Road, went to St Anns then whiston Secondary later worked at holt Lane transport My lovely kind sister has offered to put my new details on again, Please get in touch with my older brother will moan at me.

July 2013
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Raymond Clark    West Yorkshire, UK    raymondoclark@aol.com


My uncle Arthur Charnock lived on Rainhill Road. I think it was around 132? A middle house and one could see the railway from the front as it was open then in the 60's Stapleton Road rings a bell ? As does a big WMC close by. I was only 9-12 years when I visited, so its around 1959-64 ish. Arthur was a welder and married Joan Arnold. Two children Michael and Christopher. I would like to hear from any of my Mum's, Joan Charnock, relatives and siblings from Arthur, Bill or Clifford ?

June 2013
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Terence Moss    Birmingham, UK    spidermoss@outlook.com


Finally got into the 21st century. Reading through some of the fantastic memories of people, pennies pit, monkey bridge, 77 bridge , all my old play grounds, prompted me to put finger to buttons. Mom & Dad, Ellen & Ernie (sadly no longer with us). Attended Longton Lane infants and junior schools until '71, then moved on to Whiston Secondary Modern till '76.Anyone remember me?

June 2013
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The Civic Society is currently compiling as much information as possible about Rainhill during World War 1. Everything we learn will, of course, be put into our records, but it will also be part of our WW1 Centenary commemoration event, which will take place next year.If anyone has relatives who were involved in the war in any capacity we would like to hear from you. Photographs would be of particular interest. You can contact me directly on the above e-mail address or post a message on to Rainhill Remembered. As well as researching the history of those men from Rainhill who died in WW1 the Rainhill Civic Society would also like to hear from anyone who had relatives who 'survived' the conflict. If you have any details relating to this matter please contact us.You may have medals/photographs etc., that would be of interest to us.

May 2013
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I was born in 1953 at the Old Farm inside the grounds of Rainhill Hospital where my grandfather, Joe Morris, worked. My grandmother, Elizabeth Ellen Morris, worked as housekeeper for Percy Williams who owned the Victoria Hotel pub. When my mother, Mary Teresa Armstrong-Smith, became ill with TB I moved into the pub and being a lover of trains was allowed to sleep in the back bedroom overlooking the station. Between 1958 and 1963 I attended St.Bartholomew's primary school, both old and new. I remember coming to school one day and finding there had been a fire in the old school. For months we were caught buses to go to St Vincent's in Widnes while the new school was being built. My first primary teacher was Mrs Challenor and she used to catch either the H11 or H12 Crosville bus every day from Liverpool. I believe the headmistress was Sister Thomasina and my last teacher before I left was Sister Paul. I attended West Park grammar school from 1963 to 1969 before moving away first to St Helens where I married for the first time a lady by the name of Linda Roberts. We all moved away when I joined the RAF in 1973 but not before I had started working as a student nurse at Rainhill Hospital. I did nursing in the RAF for 12 years, finishing up in Swindon then Manchester before emigrating to Switzerland for 5 years. During this time my marriage broke up and shortly afterwards I was relocated by my company to California, where I met my second wife, Darlene, in 1999. In 2004 we started our own computer consulting business and moved again to our farm in Tennessee. If anyone remembers me please get in touch.

May 2013
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Pauline Allan, nee Davies    Adelaide, Australia.    Via Rainhill Civic Society


I was born in 1963 lived in Holt Lane. Went to Longton Lane infant and junior school. Attended Prescot Girls' Grammar 1974 to 1981. I trained as a nurse at Whiston Hospital 1981 to 1984. I moved to Adelaide in Jan 1989.

May 2013
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Linda Hall    Warrington, UK    louloohall@hotmail.com


I moved to Rainhill from Prescot aged around 5. I was born in Whiston in 1961 and attended Longton Lane, then Prescot Grammar School. I now live in Warrington with my partner and two younger children. I have three left home, and 4 grandkids! Anyone recall me? I recall Lynne Sanders and Barbara Roberts from Longton lane..and a few others..a Moira and a Mandy (Slack) x

April 2013
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Carole Hevey, née Holme    Garstang, Lancashire, UK    carolehevey@yahoo.com


Hi everyone. I have just come upon this site, and I am hoping that someone recognises my name. I've noticed a couple of names of people I know, and will be contacting them soon. I was born in July 1951 and went to Longton Lane School. I used to live in Longton Lane, before moving to Stapleton Avenue. I have very happy memories of my childhood in Rainhill and going to Billy Houghton's farm for the eggs etc., and to the shop in Vincent Road, which I can't remember the name of now. It used to be lovely getting an ice cream from there on lovely sunny summer days and when I was lucky, a bottle of Tizer or Jusoda! Wow, those were the days. Hey! I'd love to hear from anyone that can remember me. Love, Carole x

See also Carole's entry in August 2013, where she tells of contacts made and includes a picture.

April 2013
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I attended St Ann's school from 1954 (many happy memories). I lived on Dee Road but left Rainhill in 1968.

April 2013
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Ken Ashton    Prestatyn, Wales    kenashton@aol.com


'The Jesuits have announced that they will cease to provide retreats and training at the Loyola Hall Spirituality Centre on Merseyside from Easter 2014... '.My own memories - the North Korean soccer team stayed there before they played Portugal in the 1966 World Cup. I went to see them with Billy Liddell, who was guest writing for the Sketch, and the next day took my Mum, as she had strong cnnections with Loyola Hall. She thought the little Koreans were undrefed and baked them cakes,They turned up at our house and gave her tickets for the game, a scarf and little gifts. They led Portugal 3-0 at half-time and lost 5-3.Happy days!

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Lived in Stapleton Road until I married in 1955.

January 2013
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Rainhill Civic Society    Rainhill UK    rainhill.civic@gmail.com


Stephen Nulty runs a web site recording the names of Prescot men who died in the First World War. He has come across the name of George Horace Danby, a Rainhill man. Mr Danby served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, but does not seem to be commemorated anywhere. There is a possiblity that someone of that name who died in the latter part of 1918 in Liverpool might be him. If it could be proved that he died from the effects of his war service the Commonwealth War Graves Commission would most likely commemorate him. If anyone has information about G H Danby, especially details of his burial place, please email the Society.

January 2013
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Joe Forshaw    Philippines    jw4sure@gmail.com


I was born at 196 Rainhill Road (Shuttleworth Cottages) opposite the Coach and Horses pub in March 1945. My dad was John Forshaw - a very keen angler, rod maker and miner. He died of pneumoconiosis in 1973, while my mother Annie died at the age of 93. My eldest sister is Edna - the next Connie and my elder brother was Bob. Ken Martin lived next door and we both attended Rainhill infants and Junior Schools. We used to fish in the Lily Pit and play at Johnny's Pit. I remember the 77 step bridge and many happy days making dams and playing rugby on Friths Field. I have two daughters from my previous marriage and now have one son with my wife Ana who comes from the Philippines, where we now live in retirement. I would love to exchange memories... I came across this site while trying to find my old friend Graham Nown from Prescot Grammar who, it seems, has passed away. So far I have seen some names like Roger Hughes, John Dutton and Malcolm Moss. I still have an old photo of Miss Baldwin's class - taken in the school yard.

December 2012
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David Pickering    Chingford, London.    daveypick50@hotmail.co.uk


Born 1961 at Whiston Hospital and lived in a caravan site in Whiston before moving to Warrington Rd. near Martin Close. Enjoyed my days at Longton Lane school, where I played for the footy team. Recall the farm shop close by where we used to buy our black jacks, the monkey bridge were we would spend summer hours on the embankment and feeding the horses in the paddock close by, venturing to the posh parts of Rainhill (big houses and care homes etc) to do our appleing and conkering. Even came upon a grapevine (large elongated greenhouse) once, happy days. Have a sister Janet who lives in St Helens but lost my younger brother Stephen a few years back. My mum Joyce now lives in St Helens but my dad Gerry passed away about 10 years ago. I've lived in London for the last 30 years where I met my soulmate Dee and so far she has suffered me for 27 married years. My son Rudi is now 20 and daughter Lily 18. Recently purchased a place in Spain, beaches and golf courses close by with retirement in mind, but Rainhill will always be home and I tend to take a drive round the area when visiting family. Oh, and let's not forget Stan's bike shop on its own in Warrington Rd were the intensity of the smell of rubber hit you when you walked in, the old church/swimming baths at Holt Lane that we managed to get in and have a look around in its derelict state, the forest adjoining (waste ground really, now residential) where we used to make our dens, the ponds next to the labour club where we went out in our boat(old metal bath tub) to catch newts and race them and the statue in the grounds of St Barts at the Stoops who we were led to believe had eyes that would follow you as you gathered up your conkers,and they did !!

December 2012
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Gary Crickson    Rainhill.    Via Rainhill Civic Society


No message.

December 2012
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Margaret White, née Darbyshire    Chabanais, France.    Via Rainhill Civic Society


Message Hi. Just been given details of this web site. Would love to be in touch with anyone from my youth. Now living in France since October 2010 with my 2nd husband Gary. Retired and loving it. Lived in Rainhill until 1974 when I got married and moved to Accrington. Born in Trent Close then moved to Victoria Place in 1966.

December 2012
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Born in Chatsworth Road, 1945. Married Peter in 1965. 4 children and 8 Grandchildren. We know a lot of names on here. Brought back a lot of memories. Especially Kevin and Len Roach .Loved reading about everyone.

November 2012
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Peter Rigby    NSW, Australia    Via Rainhill Civic Society


Peter Rigby (see message of December 2009) comments about the British Restaurant that stood near Chatsworth Road: The restaurant was widely used during those war & post war years of food rationing. One was able to get a three course lunch or dinner for a very reasonable price, with large servings of meat, vegies and bread (more than was available on the ration allowance) without surrendering any of the precious coupons. Our family found it most convenient as it meant we didn't need to cook so often on the frequent occasions of my ailing mother's hospitalisations. Without the British Restaurant I may have been in danger of malnutrition instead of my current obesity. It is reputed that it was part owned by the redoubtable Maggie Sharkey who also ran the Black Horse Hotel on Warrington Road, where she was said to serve the coldest beer in England. I also spent many pleasant hours playing with friends on the fields surrounding the restaurant which at that time was the only building on the fields, being separated from Livesey's Chipshop and Mike Taylor's cake shop by several yards. The fields were often the venue for travelling fairs and circuses in the post war years, and it was at one of the fairs in 1947 that I met the girl who later became my wife in 1953, and for her foolishness is still sharing my life in Australia, God Bless her!!!

November 2012
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Peter Cartmell    NSW, Australia    cartmell@terrigal.net.au


Peter adds to his comments of December, 2009: I am trying to trace some old junior school mates,Barry Thomas and David Bailey, after junior school we all went to different high schools and I have never heard of either.I would like to hear from them if they are still around.

November 2012
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Janet Hudson, née Ridge    Ramsey, Isle of Man    Via Rainhill Civic Society


I am looking for old school mates that went to Whiston Higherside school. I left school in 1975 and moved to the Isle Of Man in 1976. I was born and lived at 56 Walpole Avenue, Whiston. My parents lived in Rainhill with my twin sisters until they moved to Whiston. My grandparents, Percey and Meradith Ridge, lived in a bungalow at the end of Lawton Road, now demolished. I came across this web site by chance and I'm so glad I did. It would be nice to hear from anyone that remembers me. Maybe we could even have a school reunion.

October 2012
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Rainhill Civic Society    Rainhill UK    rainhill.civic@gmail.com


The Society has recently been handed a photograph (with no letter of explanation) that shows a man ploughing a field with two shire horses. It is almost certainly a picture of what is now the Holt Playing Fields at the rear of Chatsworth Road and it also shows some prefabricated buildings, probably The British Restaurant which faced the old cottages on Warrington Road. Has anyone any more information about this picture, which can be seen here? Does anyone remember the British Restaurant which was also known as The Rocket Canteen? Photos would be even better !

September 2012
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Phyllis Lyon    Whiston, Prescot, UK    Via Rainhill Civic Society


The references to Harry Anders shop are not quite right. The name was Andertons and Harry's parents and sister Betty ran the shop until Harry was demobbed.Just thinking about the shop and I can smell loose tea leaves that were weighed and bagged and the fresh bread and buns that were made on the premises. Those were the days!!

Phyllis adds (Oct 2012) Does anyone remember 'Johnnie's Pit'? It was enclosed by Longton Lane, Warrington Road, Rainhill Road and Warburton Hey and was the local swimming pool, although full of unmentionable grunge. The name changed to 'Pennie's Pit' on OS maps perhaps because the last private owner was Bill Pennington. Just about every child learned to swim in it and came to no harm! I can see the Health and Safety people going into meltdown if they read this!! The other local 'baths' were down the Clough, where there were 7 ponds, all equally disgusting by today's standards, and also well used.

August 2012
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Barbara Gregory, née Williams    NSW, Australia    Via Rainhill Civic Society


I was born in Prescot, High Field place behind the post office; it is not there now. We then moved to Rainhill and lived in Chatsworth Road, just round the corner from Longton Lane. I went to Prescot Church of England School. Mrs Patterson was the Principlal. I later attended Whiston Secondary Girls' School. In the school holidays I worked at Cromptons Farm picking potatoes for ten shillings a week. My uncle, Richard Longworth, drove the tractor and when he left my uncle Billy Longworth drove the tractor. I had a lot of fun in those days. We would go to seventy seven steps and walk along the railway line and pinch apples from these old people's place. They knew we were there and would peep through the curtains and watch us. We later moved to Australia in 1950 and I am still here. We have three children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. I enjoyed reading your page and remember some of the names and people from Rainhill. The Sutcliffes chips and fish were great and we would also buy a penneth of crisps, the odd bits she used to scoop out of the fat. Is Cromptons farm still there; also Bluebell wood? Anyone with infomation let me know.

July 2012
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Brian Winnard    England    Via Rainhill Civic Society


I was born in Wigan Lancs on 13th November 1937, but moved to Rainhill in 1939 at age 18 months. Went to St. Anns Primary School, then Grange Park. Had several occupations in the early days, National Service 1956 - 1958 and finally settled into the Ambulance Service until November 2002. My main passtime now is bowling for the Rainhill Rec Bowling Club, you will have seen this from a few others. I also like the odd pint of good bitter. See you down at the green.

July 2012


> Brian adds: Jean Lightfoot’s description of Harry Anders Shop on Warrington Road is absolutely spot on. Harry’s shop was in a way an “Arkwright’s Open All Hours” type shop, except that it was much more customer friendly. There wasn’t much he didn’t have and, if he didn’t have what you were after, he would do his utmost to acquire it for you. Many times I asked for a particular item he didn’t have in store, but he would say something like “I’ll have it for you on Friday”. It was the end of an era when Harry’s closed.
August 2012
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Dennis Renshall    Rainhill, UK    moden32@talktalk.net


Born in Rainhill in 1945. Lived in Norcliffe Road until 1962 then moved to Whiston. Moved to Widnes in 1967 when I got married; still there. Worked for Frith brothers for 27years, then other milk firms until I finished in 2001 after 41 years. Would like to hear from any old friends or customers of my old round.

July 2012
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Barbara Ivady-Logue    Pittsburgh, PA, USA    blogue@access.k12.wv.us


Hello. In 1956-58 I lived with my grandparents, surname Prescott, in Rainhill. I was the American girl who went to St. Ann's School. I would like to know if there is anyone who remembers me.

July 2012
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Christina Cregan    Melbourne, Australia    Via Rainhill Civic Society


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Would like to hear from anyone who remembers her

June 2012
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Roger Hughes    England    roger9000h@gmail.com


Born 1945. Attended St Ann's 1950-1956. Whiston Secondary Modern 1956-1960. Lived in Australia 1970-1993. Retired. Live between Rainhill and St Helens.

June 2012
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Wendy Wright    New York City, USA    Wendywnyc@aol.com


I haven't checked the site for a while. I would love to hear from anyone around my age (born 1956). I have just read some of the posts and it brought back many memories. Miss Wilton was my first teacher at St. Ann's. I went to Whiston Secondary school and used to go to The Attic and St Ann's youth club. My elder sisters did not move far from Rainhill. Susan lives in St. Helens and Christine lives in Widnes. I left Rainhill in 1976 and I've lived in Bristol, London and Sydney, Australia. I have been living in Manhattan since 1990. Looking forward to hearing from anyone who remembers me. [This is Wendy's second message - see July 2009]

May 2012
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John Branelly    UK    john.brannelly@hotmail.co.uk


I would like to hear from any of my cousins who lived in Chatsworth Road, Rainhill (Yvonne, Graham and David); or cousin Anne who lived in Sutton. Also, my working colleague at Scotts in 1961 - 62, who lived in Sandhurst Road. Best wishes to them.

May 2012
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John Owens    Colchester, UK    Johneowens@yahoo.co.uk


I am trying to trace Eric Watkins who was a leader in the 8th Widnes Rainhill scout troop about 40 years ago. He knew my brother Roger, who was an assistant scout commissioner based in Widnes. Roger tells me that Eric is in fact a distant relative. I am tracing our family history and want to fit Eric into the family tree. Please contact me. Many thanks. Best wishes.John Owens.

May 2012
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John Mills    Rainhill    johnsidneymills@gmail.com


I have just arrived back after spending the last 41 years in New Zealand. I was born in 1940 and lived most of my life at 104 Rainhill Road, going to St Ann's school and then Prescot Grammar. I spent a lot of time at the St James Methodist youth club with the wonderful Harry Whitfield. I would love to hear from anyone who knew me especially Derrick Hayes, who lived near the dance hall on Rainhill road (or anybody who may know where he is now). Look forward to receiving any information, Thanks John

April 2012
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Judy Lowe, née Wainwright    Rainhill    judymlowe@gmail.com


My name is Judy Lowe and I have lived in Rainhill since 1953. I am a member of Rainhill Civic Society's Heritage Committee and I am looking for any information that anyone has about the Victoria Hotel in the Village centre. Maybe you remember the names and stories about some of the landlords or you were a member of an organisation who met there. In fact any bit of information about the Hotel would be interesting. The Society's Heritage event this September is taking place at the Victoria Hotel when we will be focusing on its history and the part that it has played in Village life over the years. Looking forward to hearing from lots of people who grew up in Rainhill Village.

April 2012
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Kevin Roach    Roleystone, Perth, Western Australia    gilvinlodge@bigpond.com


Hello everyone, I was born in the front bedroom at !6 Brancker Avenue, 31 May 1944. Left UK in January 1968 and have lived in Australia ever since. My family were mum May, dad Joseph, sister Rona and brother Leonard [see below]. People I remember in our steet: Donald and Sammy Marshall (across the street), Mary and Norman Nutall (next door to the Marshalls), Hilary Wilson, Claire and Margaret Bridge (next door to us), Linda Perrin, Muriel Swift, Brian and Stanley Ball, Valerie and Geoffrey Underwood, Roy Brown, Beryl Corless, Jimmy Wayne. Others in other streets: Robert and Ronnie(Dixie)Dean, Shiela Fairclough, Peter Mather, Reggie Percy,(Chatsworth Rd.) Johnny and Jenny Hamilton, Robert Owen, Sidney Griffiths, (Sandhurst Rd.), I've no doubt missed others, so if I have, please let me know. Fond memories of days gone by. Went to St Ann's and then to Whiston Secondary Modern. I remember Dukes Clough, the monkey bridge, Rainhill rec., Maggie Sharkeys, Two Butt Lane, the Irish backs. Does anyone remember Stan's Bike shop on Warrington Rd.? .

March 2012
   

[Additional message] Does anyone remember Miss Webb's dance school? My sister, Rona Saunders (nee Roach)and her partner/husband, Norman (Soss) Saunders were once National Ballroom Champions in The Blackpool Championships and they used to go to Miss Webb's classes. I was too young to remember much of the detail so any information would be welcome.The period was during the 50's/early 60's

April 2012
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Len Roach    Billinge, Near Wigan, UK    Via Rainhill Civic Society


I grew up at number 16 Brancker Avenue, Rainhill and Don Marshall lived opposite me.

March 2012
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Walter Nelson-Aylott    Immingham, Lincs, UK    waltergeorge@ntlworld.com


I was born in St Helens in 1960, then moved to Rainhill St Davids Close, and attended Rainhill Primary School. We used to go over the railway bridge, past the shop on the corner and up on the right was the school. I have been back in 1985 when I had a motorbike and hope to see Rainhill again other than on Google. My name at infant school was Wally Aylott...about 1965

March 2012
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Alan Spooner    Rainhill    alanspooner410@btinternet.com


Alan Spooner from Rainhill. Played rugby for Rainhill ex and football for school and Rainhill BB. I am now 66. I spent my first 26 yrs at 15 Warburton Hey and now in Swale Avenue.

February 2012
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Jean Lightfoot    South Africa     jeangillitts@telkomsa.net


(This is Jean's second message) Hello, I just can't leave this site alone! Does anyone remember The Odd Fellow's Hall in Rainhill road ? In the late 50's there used to be a dance on the upper level on a Saturday night. Would love to hear from anyone who went there jiving. Also, someone mentioned Harry Anders being a toy shop, I think incorrect - Harry used to put a few toys in the window round about November and we used to pay 6 pence per week to join the Club, it was a general store, I remember a sack of broken biscuits just behind the door, and his sister Mabel lived upstairs.

January 2012
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Barbara Baxter, neé Lay    Western Australia    barb.john@westnet.com.au


My name is Barbara Baxter my maiden name was Lay. l lived at Sandhurst Road from 1948 to 1959. My family all came from Rainhill. My grandfather, Jack Lay, and grandmother lived in Rainhill Road. l would love to hear from anyone who knew my family. l now live in Rockingham, Western Australia.

January 2012
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Don Marshall    USA    donrainhill5@verizon.net


Don used to live in Brancker Avenue and left for the USA in 1964. He says :- "Derick Houghton's older brother Les (from the farm) was my older brother's best friend. I can remember chasing pigs around the field across from the farm many times and helpimg to bail hay. Mr Houghton came to our house every other week. The last time I saw Les I was visiting my brother who lived in Holt Lane. Some names I recall:- Norma Ellard, Muriel Swift, Rhona Roach. I welcome any contact or sharing of my information to any of the old Rainhill gang!"

January 2012
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Bill Humphreys    Rainhill    billhumph@hotmail.com


I have lived in Rainhill since 1955. Educated at Liverpool Bluecoat School 1943 - 1950 as a boarder. Worked at Eric Bemrose (News International) as a process engraver till 1991. I have been involved in Rainhill Recreation Club for many years, particularly with tennis and bowls. Prior to that I served on the Village Hall management committee, and was active with others in raising funds to have the hall built. I Married Janet Kerr Parker in 1959, and have two children Karen and Andrew, four grandchildren; all live in the south of England. I would like to contact any members or ex-members of the Recreation Club with whom we should have many reminisences.

December 2011
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Brian Renshall    Rainhill, UK    brianrenshall@hotmail.co.uk


I was born & bred in Rainhill (Chatsworth Road) and still live in Rainhill. I have many happy memories of St. James church/youth club and the wonderful Harry Whitfield. I ran for Sutton Harriers and Liverpool Pembroke Harriers until old age caught up with me and I retired at 50.

November 2011
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An additional message from Brian, December 2011: Does anyone remember The Rainhill Rockets speedway cycle team of the late 1950's ? They used to compete against other teams from the local area and their cinder track was on the Holt Playing fields at the back of Chatsworth Road. Any further info photos etc would be appreciated.


Dorothy Rigby, née Maunder    Rainhill, UK    Via Rainhill Civic Society


I was born in Sandhurst Road in June 1941 and have never lived anywhere else. I attended St. Ann's infants and junior schools, before going on to Whiston Central. I have been married for 50 years to Ernie, and we have three children and four grandchildren.

October 2011
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Irene Button    St Helens, UK    ijbutton@talktalk.net


No Message.

September 2011
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Susan Roberts    Leyland, Lancs, UK    Via Rainhill Civic Society


Susan Roberts, born 1956 Hi. Remember the good old days, I loved them and wish I could go back for a week, I lived in the old sweet shop come cafe next door to the paper shop. Went to St Ann's. I would love to hear from anyone who went there no matter where you are now. It would be great to know what you're up to now. I have a brother Roy Roberts he is 5 yrs older than me. My mum's name was Milly and my Dad's name was Ronnie. My brother and I used to play a lot at Dukes Clough. Any one remember that place? .If anyone has any stories I would love to share them with you. Thanks. Susan.

September 2011
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June Slowey, née Cropper    Upholland, Lancs, UK    june.slowey@btinternet.com


My grandad is on the memorial in Rainhill. He is Thomas Wright Cropper he was killed by a U-boat in 1940 one of the first destroyers to go down. My nana lived on in Rainhill until her death when she was 90+. She lived in Rainhill Road and worked as a dinner lady in St Ann's all my school life but was a member of the Methodist church herself. If I can give any more info. please contact me.

August 2011
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Linda Jameson, née Lamb    Newbury, Berkshire, UK    oaklands3@aol.com


I was born in 1943 in Whiston. I went to Halsnead School and then to Wade Deacon Grammar School. I lived in Rainhill for a time after marrying George Jameson, who lived in Rainhill. We have lived in South Africa and Zambia and have lived near Newbury for 30 Years. We still have lots of family in Whiston and Rainhill. I noticed the name John Lamb on the website. I am sure that he must be my cousin and I would love to contact him. His email address is not recognised. Does anyone know his email address? I would love to hear from you if you do.

July 2011
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Daphne Wilson, née Allender    Glasgow, Scotland    daphnemwilson@ntlworld.com


I lived at 1 Batey Avenue from 1938 until 1949 when I moved to Liverpool and resided and worked there until I was 17, before moving to Scotland. I still visit Rainhill at least twice a year. My dad, Reg Allender, was a plumber and gas fitter and a founder member of a cycling group. I attended the school which used to be in Delph Lane, Huyton Prep School, and St Ann's for a short while. I attended the Morrison Girls School in Liverpool later on.

July 2011
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Dorothy Cartmell née Tirebuck    Queensland, Australia    Dorothycartmell@ymail.com


I was born in Sandhurst Road in 1946. Attended St Ann's then Whiston Secondary School. Remember all the lovely times spent in the village and recognise quite a few names on this site. I married Neil Cartmell and emigrated to Australia in 1973 and have been here ever since. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.

July 2011
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Ian Robinson    UK    Via Rainhill Civic Society


Worked on Rainhill Hospital farm in the early 1960's with a lad called Billy. Henry Schneider was the manager then. Happy days.

July 2011
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Dorothy Coburn-Atherton, née Fishwick    Whiston, UK    daisyco@blueyonder.co.uk


I lived in Trent Close from 1950 until I married. I was a pupil at St Ann's infants and juniors and still live quite nearby in sunny Whiston, so haven't gone very far. A lot of the names I remember quite clearly and often wondered what had happened to everybody who grew up in Rainhill in the 50's. What a wonderful place to live as a child then. The street games and the adventures at Dukes Clough. Yes I remember sitting on the monkey bridge letting our legs dangle down between the bars, the steam wafting up in our faces. I too can remember the smell that hit the back of your throat. Betty, who had the shop opposite the junior school. She made her own icecream, thick and yellow. The dairy farm in Longton Lane. The waiting room at the station; there was always a fire burning in the grate.

July 2011
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Anne Slater, née Lowe    Rainhill    via Rainhill Civic Society


I am a member of the Society's Heritage subcommitee and I'm seeking information about Rainhill's past.

June 2011
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Ken Leyland    Vancouver, Canada    leylandbrenda@hotmail.com


I was born at Whiston Hospital, lived on Dragon Row next to the Green Dragon, moved to Stoney View and attended St Ann’s juniors and Whiston Secondary. I was in Rainhill cubs and scouts with Steve Darling, John and Peter Lowe, John Lamb, etc. Used to drink in the Comic, the Vic and Maggie Sharkies, where you could drink under age. Remember going to the Cavern, Iron Door and Peppermint Lounge. Also going to the Regency and the Garrick with Eric Beesley, Mike Hart and other local unsavories. I served my time on both Tom Jones sites, played footy at the ex-servicies club and went to Longton Lane youth club. I had a great time growing up in Rainhill. The 60s was the best decade to live as a teen. I moved to Edmonton in ‘75 and then Vancouver in ‘79, where I still live and love it, but I will always be a Rainhill lad. If any of the names I have listed remembers me, drop me a line.

June 2011
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Malcolm Moss    UK    malcolm@64moss.freeserve.co.uk


I attended St Ann's Primary school from 1950 until 1956. I have many happy memories of my time at that school and would love to chat with anybody who remembers me from that time.

May 2011
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William Hughes     Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain    billandsheilahughes@btinternet.com


Fond memories of the village and the colourful people who lived there from 1936 to 1957.

April 2011
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Eric Beesley    Georgetown, Ontario, Canada    rainhillrocket@cogeco.ca


Born 1942 in Whiston, moved to Rainhill Rivers Estate 1953. Went to Halsnead Primary School and Whiston Secondary Modern. Worked at BICC and Stoves. Went to Winnipeg Canada in 1967 with Dennis Halsall and Ron Berry, two Rainhill lads. Lived in Winnipeg for 15 years. Moved to Georgetown, Ontario, which is near Toronto in 1982. I still have family in Rainhill and come home a couple of times a year. Enjoy having a few pints at The Commercial or Victoria Hotel. Rainhill will always be home to me and, as you can see by my email address, is very special.

March 2011
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Ken Taylor    Pontardawe, Wales    Via Rainhill Civic Society


I was born in Ormskirk in 1939 but lived in Chatsworth Road, until I moved to london in 1959. Lived in various parts of the country, moved to Wales in 1972. I attended St Ann's infant and junior school, then Whiston secondary modern school.

February 2011
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Barbara Caffell, née Griffiths    Hamilton, New Zealand    barbreadjones@hotmail.com


I was born at Whiston Hospital in November 1950. We lived in King Edward Close, before moving to Sandhurst Road, the previous home of my late grandparents. I attended Longton Lane school and Whiston Girls. We emigrated to N.Z. in 1970.Yes! I remember the Monkey Bridge, also Johnny Harrison - he was in my class at Longton Lane, and lived opposite my cousins Graham, Geoff and Carol Ames in Sandhurst Rd. We all used to play street games like kick the can, vinager bottles, tag etc. and make dens on the back field...does this jog anyones memory. The Houghtons at the Holt Farm are related, as were Betty and Roy Bibby at the Holt Pub! So pleased to have found this site!

February 2011
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John Caley    Limousin, France    jpcaley@msn.com


I am attempting to gather information on Rainhill St Ann's F.C. in order to have a book published with players' stories, match reports and photos etc. I and my two brothers played for the club during the 1960s and 1970s. I have contacted a number of players from that period but would appreciate any help and assistance in getting in touch with as many players as possible, both before and after my time, in order to gather any documentation and stories of the team.

January 2011
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John Dutton    Wigan, UK    johndutton1@sky.com


I was born at Whiston Hospital on 23rd March 1945 and attended both St. Ann schools and then Whiston Secondary modern. I lived at 88 Sandhurst Road until I married and moved to the Wigan area where I still live. Yes I remember the monkey bridge and the choking smoke [fondly]. Remember [not so fondly] being hit on the head with a stone in a playground throwing contest. Does anyone remember a lad called Johnny Harrison? He lost an eye in a similar incident, but with arrows. I look forward to sharing more memories and updates.

January 2011; confirmed July 2014.
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Jean Lightfoot    Near Durban, South Africa    jeangillitts@telkomsa.net


I was born in Rainhill in 1941 but have lived, with my husband, in South Africa for 42 years. My younger brother Alan still lives in Rainhill. My eldest brother Stan lived in Warburton Hey. Sadly he passed away in 2007 after being a driver for Sutton's for 42 years. I worked in the admin at Whiston Hospital. My mother Margaret (Peggy) Davies, was born in the Coach & Horses where my grandfather, Job Davies, was the publican and also ran the adjacent bowling green. Peggy was orphaned at an early age and she went to live with her sister Dorothy (11 Warburton Hey), who was married to Bob Frith, a well known Dairy Farmer. Peggy subsequently married Fred Spooner, my father, who was a well known motor cycle dealer in Prescot. He was already living two doors away at 15 Warburton Hey, and Peggy lived there until her death in 1989. So Peggy only moved some 200 metres in all her life. I remember lots from my very early days, for example, my first pair of shoes from Mrs Pennington's on the bridge, the penny balm cakes from Welsby's, home made ice cream from the shop which became the Post Office. May Lowe's. And life in Rainhill school - Mrs Merrick who wrapped me over the knuckles with a ruler, Miss Skeet, and Mrs Critchley, and my crush on Mr Broome! I wonder if anyone remembers Miss Wilton; she also taught my mother, and was still wandering around Prescot at the age of 93. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me from Rainhill or from Whiston Secondary Modern.

January 2011
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Sylvia Howarth    UK    Via Rainhill Civic Society


Does anyone remember Howarths Greengrocers in Rainhill Village? There were two, but ours was the one in the centre. My parents, Gordon and May Howarth, purchased the shop after the war from a Mr and Mrs Flower, who lived on the other side of the main road in a Victorian house. My parents could only afford to buy the shop. At the begining there was an old fashioned order boy's bike but, later on, deliveries were made in various vans. It was a lovely shop at Christmas with oranges arriving in wooden boxes, each orange wrapped in tissue paper with the name of the producer and country of origin. Game,Christmas trees, holly, mistletoe all hung up outside. Toy shop next door and with the window all steamed up in winter, you could only guess at the delights within. I believe the old Rainhill Telephone Exchange was above the shop and, if my memory serves me right, the telephone number for the shop was just 29. My brother Gordy and myself both went to Halsnead then to Whiston Secondary School.

January 2011
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Brian Johnson    Monteseel, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa    brian@astronet.co.za


Born in 1950 at 25 Trent Road, attended both the St.Anns schools in the Village before Whiston Secondary Boys, leaving in 1965. Left Rainhill in 1973 when I married and moved to Fazakerly, then Wigan and finally Sale in Manchester, before being transferred with my job to South Africa. Have a brother Ken, who is 2 years older. My mum passed away in 2008 and my dad just a few weeks ago. I have visited a few times but, now they have passed, I doubt if Rainhill will see my face again. Does anyone remember going to the Monkey Bridge, sitting there while the steam trains passed underneath and getting swallowed up in the chimney smoke? Can smell it now. Would like to try and trace Arthur Jenkins, who spent many an hour with me on the terraces at Old Trafford waiting for the trio Best, Law and Charlton to weave their magic. Anyone who remembers me please get in touch.

December 2010
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Angela Lobedan, (née Williams)    Ashton, near Wigan    alobedan@hotmail.co.uk


I was born in 1955 and lived in First Avenue before moving to Warrington Road (opposite Maggie Sharkies). I went to Longton Lane and Prescot Girl`s Grammar School. My mother, Madge Williams, had a sewing shop above the fruit shop in the village. My father worked at Cronton Pit, and was killed there in 1970. I have an older sister Jean, and an older brother Keith. I trained to become a nurse in 1974 and later as a midwife.

October 2010
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Gillian Okill (née Carey)    Shetland, Scotland    gillian@auroradesign.plus.com


I spent my childhood in Rainhill until 1975, when I went to university and then moved north to Shetland, where I have lived ever since. I was schooled at St. Ann's and later at Prescot Girls' Grammar, and went to Sunday School and the Girls' Brigade at St. James'. My husband and I were married there in 1981. These days, my visits are infrequent and I have lost touch with all the old friends. I discovered the Rainhill Civic Society during a recent family visit and walked and drove around the village to see what was new and what was still familiar. If you remember me and want to recall old times, please get in touch.

September 2010
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Peter Leyland    Ontario, Canada    pleyland@sympatico.ca


I lived in Rainhill from 1949 to 1966 when, after marrying, I emigrated to Canada. I attended Prescot Primary School and Whiston Secondary Modern, also Holt Congregational Church and St. Ann's in Rainhill. The latter when I was in the 8th Widnes Scout troop along with Matt and Denis Gilsenen. For a while I also was a member of St. Nicholas' youth group. I would be pleased to hear from anyone who knew me in those days.

September 2010
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Michael Thomas Doran    Rockingham, Western Australia    michael.doran162@gmail.com


Hi Mike Doran here. I was born in Whiston on 14/5/49 to Felix and Emma Doran and lived at 122, Windy Arbor Road . We moved to Rainhill in 1966. We lived at two addresses, Bretherton Place and then Severn Road. I went to Whiston Sec Modern, my teacher was Bill Shankland in 3R, before working as a bus conductor for St Helen's corpy, then Widnes corpy. Moved to Rockingham, Western Australia in '70/71. I came home in '74 and then in '80 with my new wife Janice and son Andrew and stayed until my middle son Kevin was born at Whiston Hospital, which mean's he's now part of Rainhill. I would love to hear from anyone that thinks he may know me or my family I have been here for 40 years and have just recently joined St Helen's Connect, so now I can keep in touch.

September 2010
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John Berrigan    Whiston, UK    suenjohn3484@msn.com


Born and bred in Rainhill, in 1952, I lived on Rainhill Road near the Coach and Horses, but have lived in Whiston village for the last 30 years. I was the DJ at the Attic and St Ann's YC, and have wonderful memories of wonderful times.

September 2010
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John Fairclough    Rainhill    info@fotographicimages.co.uk


I was born in 1943 at No 43 Rainhill Road and have an older sister called Margaret. The family moved from there in 1955/56 when my father (Bob) retired from his post as “Chief Male Nurse” at Rainhill Hospital. We ended up living in Fairclough Road, off Warrington Road. I joined St Ann’s Scout Group at the age of 7 years and when I was 18 I moved to the new open religion group, the 5th Rainhill, Widnes. This is where I met my wife Carol. We now have two children and three grandchildren. I joined the Rainhill Garrick Society at the age of 12 years. There I met John Taylor, John Harris, David Welsby and many more reprobates!! This was my introduction becoming interested in sound and lighting systems, not realising that it was later to become my profession. I started my working life as an electrician, which was really a means to an end. However, I left this industry in my late 20s to work in the music industry. After freelancing as a recording engineer for some years, my wife Carol and I opened our own factory producing pre-recorded audio cassettes. Our clients included such organisations as Sony, Warners, BBC, EMI, Polygram, Early Learning Centre, Harper Collins - just to mention but a few. This grew and grew to become the largest cassette factory in the north of England. I sold out in 2003. In the 80’s, and thanks to Carol, I adopted a new hobby, photography, and in the late 90s was operating as a semi-pro natural history and wildlife photographer. In 2003 I won an international wildlife competition, sending me to the Falkland Islands via Chile for 14 days. Following this award, and as a result of selling my business, I turned professional for my later years and am now having great fun!! I will most certainly be contacting some of the contributors to this site and would really appreciate it if the following could contact me; Dorothy Cartmell (nee Tirebuck), Max Lycett, John Lamb.

August 2010
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Phil Ball    Rainhill    philbulldogball@gmail.com


Rainhill born and still living here, but done a lot of travelling over the years. Attended St Ann's infant and junior schools from 1957 to 1963 and then Prescot Grammar (briefly) and Whiston Higherside. I would be interested to hear from anyone who remembers me just to reminisce. [We have recently learned that Phil Ball passed away on 29th September, 2013. April 2016.]

August 2010
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Therese Glynn , née Murtagh    St Helens, UK    treray@live.co.uk


I attended St Barts School from 1959 - 1966 - thereafter I attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary Modern in St Helens (all girls). My grandparents lived in First Avenue Rainhill (where my mother and aunts and uncles grew up) and then in in Whiston until 1973. Since I married, I have lived in St Helens. I have 3 grown up children and 4 grandchildren. I would love to hear from kindred spirits who would like to get in touch to reminisce.

July 2010
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Theresa Thomas, née Hollis    England     adt.brenig@tiscali.co.uk


In 1966 to 1969 I often went to my friend's house to stay. I remember we got off the train from Earlestown to Rainhill and walked a few minutes up the road to her house. I haven't seen Elsie since 1969, so would love to get in touch. Elsie Baines was her name. Other friends from Rainhill and Prescot were Sandra Barns. Doris Burke and Sue Hughes. We all went to Newton le Willows College to do an NNEB Course. I remember Rainhill as a lovely place. I now live in Essex but still go back to Lancashire to visit family.

March 2010
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Matt Gilsenan    Rainhill    gillie6622@yahoo.co.uk


I have changed my e-mail address since I last appeared on the web site, Born in Rainhill in 1940,opposite Houghtons farm and still living in Rainhill, it is interesting to see many old Scouts writing about their life and time spent in the Village. My request for information about the Scout HQ in the Vicarage did not seem to jog anyone's memory.

February 2010
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Messages earlier than 2010 have now been removed from the page. However, we still have contact emails for many of the correspondents, though they may well be out of date by now. There is a list of them below. Email the Society if you wish to get in touch with anyone.
David LordPeter CartmellPeter RigbyStephanie Warbrick (née Baines)Ron WarbrickRon PyeChris HarrisGraham StirrupMorris CleggWendy WrightJohn LambJoan Langlois (née Welsby)Geoff LovettTerence Colin SteeleDennis HalsallDeborah Collett (née Seddon)Margaret Carden (née Tyson)Peter WelsbyAlan HughesMalcolm (Bill) WoodRod HughesJohn Taylor.
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