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The Burton Tour
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Circa 1910 and maintainance or repairs are being carried out, on the right-hand side of the street, to Neston's public weighing machine.
We set off in a south-easterly direction towards St. Mary's and St. Helens Church which is directly ahead of us.
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High Street - 1913.
I find this particular photograph very poignant. It's the year before the 'Great War' and the lives of these young men and many families in Neston and the rest of Europe are about to change, forever.
The white awning, opposite the church gates, belongs to 'A.D. Prentice', so this bit of wall on the right-hand side will lead down a narrow footpath between the church and, what I will always remember as 'Bradleys', to 'Church Lane'. In the fifties and sixties, the local bikers used to meet outside 'Bradleys'.
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Just going past the church towards Chester Road. Nicholson's is on the left immediately after A.D. Prentice and I'm sure the business survived into the sixties. Down at the junction, can be seen the window of Pearson's the grocer and the site of the future Tags/Rumbelows. My first 3 records came from Rumbelows, Dance On - The Shadows, Bachelor Boy - Cliff Richard and Return To Sender - Elvis Presley. I'm pretty sure my Beatles - Twist and Shout E.P. came from there, too.
Neston
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c1910. The church of St. Mary and St. Helen was built in 1875 on the site of the original 12th century Saxon church. Emily Lyon of Ness, later to become Lady Hamilton, was christened on 12 May, 1765. Her name is recorded in the church records as Emy!
I wonder how many of us were also Christened in that same font!

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Neston High Street
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Another two 'guard-stones' protecting the buildings on the right, indicating that horse-drawn vehicles must have required access to the rear. The Red building, on the right, housed Stella Ashington's sweet shop and was demolished c1960 to widen the bottle-neck. The green-fronted building in the foreground was Millington's 'chippy', and stood next to 'Pykes' the butchers through the 40s & early 50s.
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The Chester Road Junction with Pearson's groceries on the corner, this will eventually be demolished and become the site for Tags and Rumbelows. The lighter building further down the road is The 'Coach and Horses'.
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Pearson's business moved across the road, to the other side of Bridge Street and continued trading, when this building was eventually demolished. This photograph was taken at about the same time as the previous one which shows a young lad sitting on that 'guard-stone'.
Bridge Street, Neston
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Remember this? This is only one of two photograph I've managed to find of a 'tween wars 'Coach and Horses' in Bridge Street and I've had to crank up the contrast to bring out the details. I can remember the cottages opposite the 'Coach' before they built 'Benbows' hardware (which later became Thermacon) in front of them and I never knew that an earlier building occupied the ground. I'm only guessing when I suggest that this photograph was taken early to mid thirties.
Griffiths
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This building, opposite 'Station Road', is still standing and, currently, sells pine furniture. I remember it as, 'Griffith's' and only recall it being open on a Sunday for the newspapers. I remember Eddie Griffith delivered ours, every week, he was a lovely guy, who was always happy to have a chat, even with us kids.

At this junction, we can turn ointo:
or continue on, towards Burton.
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Carrying on down Bridge Street we arrive at what was to become known, locally, as Bridson's hill with the photographer standing in the shadow of the railway bridge, above.
According to today's Google Street View, 'Burton Road' ends and 'Bridge Street' begins at the top of 'Church Lane' and continues, past 'Eldon Terrace' and up the hill to the 'Chester Road' junction, so at the time of printing, this road was still known as Burton Road, although the railway was built in the mid 1860s.
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I've seen a tinted version of this photograph with the date 3.3.06 etched onto it and judging from the size and shape of the trees and shrubbery, I'd guess that this photograph was taken not many years after the one above and it now becomes apparent that the second building, in the previous photograph, is on the right-hand side of the road, going up the hill. I can almost convince myself that I remember the remnants of that empty cottage on the right but I'm fairly sure it must have been demolished, long before I was born.
The photograph has been taken from an elevated position above the wall, from within the garden wall or on the railway embankment.
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I'm guessing that the children are from Old Cottage, possibly with friends. Again, a slightly elevated camera position... I wonder if the photographer was on the back of a vehicle, a sort of early Google Street View.
Bridson & Son
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One of Bridsons incredible steam engines that frequented the roads and lanes around Neston in my childhood.
Burton Road School
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Burton Road School aka the 'Council School'. I moved here, from Bushell Road School under the care of Mrs. Alderson and Mrs Clark, when I was 6 - 7 years old. I think Mrs. Coventry was my first teacher and Mr. Llewellyn was Headmaster. I can remember some of the other staff during my time there: Miss Mulligan, Mrs. Nicholls, Mr. Scoggins, Mr. Davis (Tosh), Mr. Davies (Big Jack), plus Mrs. Holland (cookery) and Mr. Martindale (woodwork), these last two classes were for the secondary school kids who used to make their way down once a week for these lessons.
The domed window was the assembly room where, every morning, we'd assault the air with such evergreens as 'All Things Bright and Beautiful' or listen to our very own 'Shirley Temple', Mary Lewis, standing on a bench, singing 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'. We even had a couple of small fish ponds in the well-maintained gardens and grew our own vegetables in the school gardens! Happy days.

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We've just passed 'Talbot Avenue' and we're now approaching 'Rose Gardens' and 'Badger Bait'.
At the crossroads, we can turn and go up...
or down towards the colliery on
Marshlands Road
Neston
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Burton Road - c1900. Looking back to Bull hill, on the right and Colliery Lane (Marshlands Road) with Hallfield Brickyard, on the left. They built houses on the site of the brickyard, after WW1.
Neston church can be seen in the distance, between the telegraph poles.

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The junction of Burton Road and School Lane c1910. Ness Holt school was finally demolished in the 1960s and the stone used for building projects within Ness Gardens.
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'The Stores' Ness.
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Coronation Day - 1911 with 'The Wheatsheaf' to the rear centre and 'The Stores' to the rear right.
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Well Lane, Ness.
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This row of cottages was built on the site of the cottages in the previous photograph and were known as Mealor's Cottages. Just beyond the cottages is Snab Lane which gave, us kids in the fifties, access to Snab Wood, although, it wasn't one of our regular haunts.
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c1903.
J. Mealor and Sons was started in 1851 by Samuel and Margaret Mealor at Burton Road, Ness although the company's foundation date is recorded as 1880. It probably began as a simple farriers before expanding into forged metal products such as railings and eventually into designing and producing farm equipment.
I never realised that 'J. Mealor & Sons' had occupied the same site for just over 160 years.
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You can just make out 'The Wheatsheaf' peeping from behind the tree on the left.
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Ness
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c1925.
Neston
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The Old Cottage, Ness.
Burton
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Coming down Neston Road to the Station Road junction in Burton Village.
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Schools out, c1904. The same setting as previous photograph but without the telegraph poles.
At this junction, we can turn into 'Station Road' and head down to the marsh.
or continue on, towards the village.
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C1955. The village as I would have seen it as a child and young teenager. As youngsters, we travelled to Burton Woods, and our Cub Scout meetings, by bicycle and later, as a teen, on the top deck of the Crosville 'C22' Meols to Chester, double decker.
John Peel, the well known DJ grew up just outside Burton, overlooking the Dee Marshes. He was born in Heswall Cottage Hospital and grew up in Burton. John was educated, as a boarder, at Shrewsbury School, where one of his contemporaries was future comedian Michael Palin.

Burton
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Burton Manor, once owned by the Gladstone family, now resident in Hawarden and the Jacobs (Jacobs Crackers) family is now, sadly, falling into disrepair, with the owners, Liverpool Council looking to dispose of it. There are a number of little craft shops and a pleasant cafe to visit. Volunteers keep the glass-house, walled kitchen garden and the grounds as tidy as they can. The underground ice-house is still accessible and, surprisingly, is home to 3 variety of bats.
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The gardens to the rear of the manor.
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And into Burton Village.
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c1905 and I'm guessing that the locals could be on their way home from Sunday church.
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Mid-winter in the village with Sunny Bank Cottage on the left.
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Sunny Bank Cottage - Burton Village.
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The Old Smithy.
Noah's Ark
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This, very typical, Burton thatched residence, perched on a sandstone outcrop, was once an inn called the 'Fisherman's Arms' later to be renamed 'Noah's Ark'. As you probably know, there hasn't been a public house in Burton for many years yet, in 1561, this tiny village had five of them.
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Burton
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Barn End Cottage - 1950s - 60s. I think the lower image is probably the older one, less mature growth behind and no television aerial evident.
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Burton Village - c1960
Burton Village
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Burton Post Office
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Burton Post Office in it's very early days - c1890.
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Burton Post Office - 1911.
Burton
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Burton Post Office - 1913.
Burton Post Office
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Burton Post Office with it's new extended shop, I'm guessing 1940s. The sign reads, 'W. Howe. Chocolates & Minerals'.
We can turn into Puddington Lane at this junction.
Return
or continue...
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The village c1910. I don't recognise this bit of road so I'll have to look out for it the next time I drive through. The sign on the right seems to be indicating a 'Tea Room'.
Burton, Wirral
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This, I think, could be the aforementioned 'Tearoom'. The name on the board reads 'Harley' or 'Hadley' or possibly 'Massey'... if anyone knows for sure, please leave a message in the guestbook.
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Bishop Wilson's cottage - c1960.
Burton
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The cafe at the junction of Dunston Lane and Mudhouse Lane. I remember the cafe, so I'm guessing this could be the late 1950s/ early 1960s.

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