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Latchford Locks

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  1. NHS again -

    If anyone on this forum can remember pre1947 and the sickness and social deprivation that was taken as part of life then they will know that todays generations just don't know how lucky they/we are. No more Polio/Rickets/TB/Scarlet Fever and the common occurrence of Mother or Child losing their life during routine childbirth.Just to mention a few examples. My Parents lived through those days and use to tell me how heartbreaking the general conditions were. Yes The NHS can improve but just thank God we have it.
  2. Cockhedge Foot Bridge

    I have noticed over the last couple of weeks that it is closed to pedestrians. No reason given and no sign of any work being done on it. Does anyone know why it is shut. It makes a hazardous crossing of the road now for shoppers with children. I'm sure the foot fall will be hit by this.
  3. Latchford Station

    I left when I got married in 1969. But to this day I still consider it home. And can see the large waiting room converted into a wonderful living room complete with large Victorian fireplace. There were outhouses I used as childhood dens and a driveway up to the station from Grammar School Rd Railway bridge plus a wonderfully stocked large garden which was my Parents pride and joy. Dr Beaching was the man responsible for closing two thirds of the country's rail network (Locally...Including stations at Latchford/Thelwall/Lymm/Heatley+ the Old Trafford stadium direct link) He had the misguided idea that motorways with road transportation was the way forward. And now look at the grid locked system he saw as the bright new future (end of rant )
  4. Latchford Station

    The pictures are of two different stations. The first one was on the ship canal bank at the top of Grammar School Rd And the rest are the high level station which closed courtesy of Dr Beaching in 1962. I was was born and raised on the lower level station which was demolished in 1971.To make more room for the timber yard that was there at the time. The rail crossing in the first photo was a road that joined Latchford and Grappenhall before the canal was built. After the canal was dug the higher level became the only way to keep the railway open.
  5. Furniture Shop

    Hi All I really need need to know the name of the old furniture store that was located on Bridge St next to the Packet House pub. I remember furninshing the new home My Wife and I had just got. Back in 1973. We got a complete house plus carpets for £300 at £ 2 per week !!
  6. Furniture Shop

    Blimey.. You are spot on I sometimes went in the shop with the Wife to pay and I remember he just shoved the money in his pocket... said thanks,see you next week. And that was it. You have definitely jogged some (one) of my ageing memory cells
  7. Furniture Shop

    YES !!!! Thats the one. Blimey how did you work that one out That was when Lower Bridge St had real shops and people didn't feel embarased walking up it.
  8. Furniture Shop

    No it was definitely next door to the Packet House where the former job agency was recently before it closed last year. The shop I am on about closed around 1979 after the owner had some kind of brush with the law. And eventually re opened at the back of Woolworths opposite The Hamlet Nightclub(or whatever name it traded under in 1980)
  9. PC slow response Memory

    This is something I've had for many years http://www.iobit.com/en/advancedsystemcarefree.php I use this most days and it does every job needed
  10. Six straight defeats

    After years of obscurity came the brief taste of glory in the 73/74/75 Murphy era :then we slipped back into mid table also rans. Déjà vu, ????
  11. I know from personal memories of several tank traps/machine gun bunkers and anti aircraft emplacements(particularly in the vicinity of The Manchester Ship Canal bridges and locks) as I played on many into the 1950's. But try as I may I can find no photos anywhere. Can anybody help me or point me in the right direction please... Any help would be gratefully appreciated.
  12. Harry Hayes in Hospital.

    Very sad news RIP Harry
  13. Harry Hayes in Hospital.

    Best wishes to Harry and his Family.
  14. Temp Market

    It was only Paper bags / wrapping paper plus cleaning gear & spare overalls . The cellar entrance is/was approx where Alice statue is now so yes well and truly filled in. Out of interest there was also an identical cellar on the left hand side of the building that was converted into a Gentleman's public loo.
  15. Temp Market

    "". Perhaps a better project to retain the town's character would have been to restore the pre Golden Square businesses in situ & use what became the GS to build offices "" Sorry to disagree Davy, But.... At the end of the day like it or not, Golden Square is a Thousand times better/cleaner/safer and weather friendly than the old Bridge St/ Sankey St/Old Market areas. When we take off our rose tinted specs ,it was a filthy dangerous place (Traffic / polution wise) and Trinity Church was just totally caked in soot and grime from the local industries and all the heavy traffic travelling through Town Centre. . I worked in the Old Fish/meat market in the 1960's and it was infested with rats which incredibly were an accepted way of life.I remember on my first day working there I was sent down into the cellar for some stock and was told to take something to throw at the rats to "shift 'em" !! I am an old fogey these days but appreciate how much things have immeasurably improved over the last 50 years.
  16. Temp Market

    A better option would have been a dual purpose venue so that concerts and live shows could also be shown.
  17. Temp Market

    That has been puzzling me as well. Tremendous expense for little benefit.
  18. Temp Market

    No . The derelict Packet House Pub complete with broken windows and rotting window frames. and the sprawling mass of late night pubs and takeaways that you see as you drive over Bridge Foot then turn right into Mersey St and our Job Centre with it's prams and bikes all over the pavement blocking the pedestrians way due to no proper parking spaces or area for people to wait or meet.And yes the new high rise has me concerned it may just be another concrete eyesore.
  19. Temp Market

    But what is being done about the eyesore view that people get as they drive over the bridge into town .? So important as first impressions last.
  20. Those loveable blondes

    Brilliant !
  21. Three feet ?

    So bad it's funny
  22. Plastic bags

    My Mum always said..." If you look after the pennies the pounds will take care of themselves" plus " See a coin and pick it up,and all day long you'll have good luck"
  23. Windows 10 ?

    First problem for me... after 3 trouble free months my latest win10 update in it's wisdom decided to uninstall my old(only)version of office , and the option to buy the latest version of office was offered(full price) Anyway lucky for me I still had the original disk and key numbers. And (fingers crossed)it reinstalled without problem and is back to normal. But the moral of this story is... Always keep your old instalation disks somewhere you can find them for future use.
  24. Plastic bags

    You surprise me Ms Dizz I thought you would be very much for this new"bagless" supermarket regime If only because of the endless bags blowing everywhere over parkland etc and the very real recognised dangers they pose to our wild life. I am not a "Greeny" by any stretch of the imagination but I think this legislation was a great idea. Latch's rant now finished