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  1. Firs Lane - The road is still the same, Davy. Even when walking on it, you need to tread carefully.
  2. HENRY SHAW born 1847 died 1914.docx HENRY SHAW born 1847 died 1914 Son of Thomas and Ellen Shaw “ BRITISH " Death of a Village celebrity Warrington Guardian 1914 A correspondent who signs himself “W” writes as follows: - “Poor old British”, this exclamation escaped from many lips in Stockton Heath on Tuesday morning when news reached the village that Harry Shaw had been found dead on the roadside between Manchester and Warrington. As one who knew this remarkable character from the time of my early recollections of my native village, I feel I cannot let this figure pass out without a few thoughts of appreciation – if you like, although people may be horrified at this thought. My first remembrance of “British” was seeing him starting the threshing machine “ “ then fast getting more in vogue. An event in our village life was a visit of the “iron “, then drawn by four or six horses for the boys of “Gaffer Grindrod’s School” - at this threshing at Bennett’s Farm, situated where the shoeing smithy is now near the Police Station. “British” has a wonderful little fox terrier bitch which worried rats at an exceptionally quick and smart rate, to the pride of the owner, and delight of the youngsters. “British”, in his time, had been a fairly renowned fighter, in the days when men settled differences with their fists, and many a bout had “British” in the cockpits of Back Lane, Narrow Lane and Mill Lane, and the fashionable Grappenhall Road. It was his delight to relate to the writer his many encounters, and how many times he had had various parts of his anatomy smashed and repaired; in fact one of his expressions was “You would have a crooked nose, if you had it broken four times like mine”. The making of the Ship Canal found him many engagements, with varying results, but he gleefully reckoned to always uphold the honour of his native village. His love for little children was great, and many halfpenny worth of sweets has he bought to distribute among them – a fact which the little ones are well aware of. The last time I spoke to him, he was quite prepared, he said, to “fight if them Germans came to Stockton Heath”. A queer expression he used then, and very frequently was “I shall not live much longer, and when I’m gone, there is no coming back – and when I’m buried, put on my grave “A British bulldog, a game-cock and a prize pigeon”. Yes, poor old “British”, you have gone before that Great Tribunal, think only of you as one of God’s children, however erring you may have been (like we all are): and trust that God’s mercy may be granted you in the Great White City in which we are all born heirs as children of God.
  3. Hello Millie. Hill Cliffe is not the name of a house, but the name of a district which is South of Stockton Heath. There would have been several business people of substance who lived in this area. Have you any more info about your Grandfather ?
  4. The following message was received from Harry's son, Peter, yesterday - 'We've finally got details of Dad's funeral arranged. Thursday 23rd Feb 12:00 noon at Grappenhall Independent Methodist Church WA4 2LN. (the one on the Knutsford Road, just up from the Fir Grove hotel). Then 1pm at Walton Lea Crematorium WA4 6TB. Family flowers only. Donations to St Rocco's Hospice, Warrington. He always joked that "the number of people attending your funeral depends solely on the weather" so your attendance to prove him wrong would be welcomed. Please share this post as you are able to spread the word as widely as possible. Thank you.' I am sure that our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. He will be sadly missed by many !!
  5. This link is to the Facebook group 'Warrington School Photos and People' - specifically 'Warrington High School for Girls'. https://www.facebook.com/groups/267125206825/search/?query=High%20School%20for%20Girls
  6. I have seen this link, which gives you an idea of the The Retreat - http://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/detailMatching.html/svr/3110;jsessionid=65E27B60E0FC2BF32BA058BE1478F433?prop=25886321&sale=84632037&country=england
  7. Hello Katherine, The Retreat in still there in Bedford Street, Stockton Heath. It is on the right hand side, going from Whitefield Road.
  8. Microsoft accused of dirty tricks .............. https://uk.news.yahoo.com/microsoft-accused-dirty-tricks-customers-201601449.html
  9. Microsoft accused of dirty tricks ............ https://uk.news.yahoo.com/microsoft-accused-dirty-tricks-customers-201601449.html
  10. Gary Skentelbery, Editor of Warrington Worldwide, interviews Professor Steven Broomhead. Published on 17 Dec 2014 Interview with Warrington Borough Council CEO Steven Broomhead who talks about the town's economic prosperity, traffic congestion and even more council budget cut backs scheduled for the New Year. https://youtu.be/GH0eSfZQJm8
  11. Bazj, I have sent you a private message on here, and messsged you of Facebook with a picture.
  12. I am not sure if this has already been posted here http://www.pts.co.uk/mixed-use/garnetts-cabinet-works-warrington/ 'Warrington Borough Council have decided that they want to develop it and the surrounding area into a cosmopolitan housing area.' (WG 2014)
  13. PLANNING chiefs at Warrington have given the go-ahead for a pair of semi-detached houses on the site of the old Ship Inn at Walton – despite strong opposition from local people. http://www.warringto...toric-pub-site/
  14. http://www.wirefm.com/news/local/two-weeks-to-save-historic-stockton-heath-church-bell/ We are told that St Thomas's parish were unable to find anyone to take the bell, so they offered it as part exchange for the new set being installed once the church is renovated. This fund-raising would not have been neccessary, if St Thomas's Church had allowed those interested in acquiring the bell to be given a chance to do that, instead of letting it go to the foundry in part payment for the new bells. I am sure that any monies being raised under those circumstances, would have gone directly to the Church, and not the foundry. All of this desperation to raise money by a deadline could have been avoided, and there would have been no need for the Civic Society to try to raise enough, as they are doing now.
  15. PLANNING chiefs at Warrington have given the go-ahead for a pair of semi-detached houses on the site of the old Ship Inn at Walton – despite strong opposition from local people. http://www.warrington-worldwide.co.uk/2016/02/06/homes-approved-on-historic-pub-site/
  16. Now here is one for all of you - supposing that WBC wanted to demolish the Parr Hall !! Now, there's a thought - a spanking new multi-purpose concert hall and theatre could be built on this very site.
  17. This building also has a frontage on Barbauld Street, where the access for demolition is much better than that in Cairo Street. The Industrial School building could be left standing. As Dizzy has already pointed out, what about the presence of carcinogenic asbestos in the building ? There should be notices near this site warning people that there's a risk there. Why hasn't this issue been addressed ?
  18. Is this the Planning Application which was subsequently withdrawn ? http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/10403894.Office_block_to_replace_box_works_plan_/ And this http://planning.warrington.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=2013/21575&backURL=%3Ca%20href=wphappcriteria.display%3ESearch%20Criteria%3C/a%3E%20%3E%20%3Ca%20href=%27wphappsearchres.displayResultsURL?ResultID=594088%26StartIndex=1%26SortOrder=APNID:asc%26DispResultsAs=wphappsresweek1%26BackURL=%3Ca%20href=wphappcriteria.display%3ESearch%20Criteria%3C/a%3E%27%3ESearch%20Results%3C/a%3E
  19. Garnett's Cabinet Works Warrington. http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/garnetts-cabinet-works-warrington-july-2014.t91262
  20. This is all good as they have to be able to justify themselves to get out of the bottom of the pile... I am sure we could make the C-C the focus of so much activity if only we were allowed to.... Isnt it Proverbs which tell us.... "Where there is no vision..... the people perish".... and there is certainly a paucity of it in "Varrington"!!.... There is a marvellous children's memorial to Peter Pan in Sefton Park which says "the moment you begin to doubt you can fly, you cease, forever, to be able to do it".... they need to realise this before it is too late..... I still wonder whether the organ's fate is sealed with these losers.... and we who are concerned about it should try to get the Heritage Lottery to transplant it somewhere IN THE AREA who would appreciate it (with a nice acoustic and the will to make it a centre for concerts and teaching)....as we are clearly flogging a dead donkey with them.
  21. I find it incredulous that this is going to happen in Warrington's so-called Cultural Quarter, when there is an Historic Organ around the corner from this building which is going begging for funding. Is it me, or have the inmates taken over the asylum ? http://www.warrington-worldwide.co.uk/2015/11/26/bold-plan-for-45-million-heritage-hub/
  22. Tonight, there will be a meeting of the Warrington Civic Society in the Museum at 7pm, in which there will be further discussion of the Heritage Matters conference which took place last Saturday. https://www.facebook.com/events/994035497301572/
  23. It gives me no joy at all to read the reports of the Heritage Matters meeting from the two who were there - namely Bazj and Sha. As I write this comment, I am listening the the recently produced CD recording of the 1870 Cavaillé-Coll Organ in the Parr Hall. This has brought together two separate recordings onto one disc - selected items from Roger Fisher's 1984 LP recording, and the whole of his programme of music in the first half of the 2011 Recital to commemorate the Birth of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. This CD can be regarded as an Historical recording in more ways than one, and is an example of this unique instrument's ability to produce the music of the French composers whose music is on the disc, as well as the sounds and tones which were present when it was first played by these composers in the organ builder's demonstration hall in Paris. Unless the Warrington Borough Council are prepared to apply for Heritage Lottery Funding for this organ, it's deterioration will continue, which will result in not only a loss to this town - but also to the whole fo the organ world. There are few intruments of this calibre remaining in original or near original condition in the World, and we have one of them !! I make no apology for the length of this comment, and those of you are prepared to read it will then appreciate the significance of the organ in the Parr Hall. I hope that the Warrington Councillors who read this forum no longer regard this topic as something to be put 'on the radar' for future consideration. This is the time for them to do something about this valuable and historic instrument, which looks as though it was purpose built for the Parr Hall, that is, when it can be seen, and is not concealed behind the black drapes.
  24. The demise of the Walton Estate The death of Lord Daresbury in 1938 left the family owing £500,000 in death duties. This, together with the atmosphere of uncertainty preceding World War Two, led to the sale of the estate by auction in 1941. Much of the farmland was bought by the existing tenants, whilst the council purchased the hall and what is now the park and municipal golf course for £19,000. The gardens were opened to the public in May 1945. In 1868-70 the house was extended and offices were added by the Lancaster architect, Paley and Austin The extension included a new wing with a tower, containing a billiards room and rooms for guests, and a new entrance on the east front. After being allowed to fall into disrepair, most of Paley and Austin's extension was demolished in about 1990, but the tower was retained. Walton Hall and Gardens redeveloment 'We've been busy at Walton hall and gardens over the last 18 months with new developments in the shape of: a new extension completed using carved sandstone a new courtyard that can be used for events and wedding parties a resurfaced events car park complete with disabled parking new public toilets and baby change facility near the entrance to the zoo a new footbridge for access to the eastern greens on Walton golf course With further improvements for the children's playground and the crazy golf course this autumn/winter we're not resting on our laurels! As if that wasn't enough we have just found out that Walton hall and gardens has secured substantial funding from the National Lottery via the Heritage Lottery Fund for restorative work on the historic conservatory and stable buildings! This has been a joint effort and we have to thank our partners Myerscough College, Walton Lea Partnership and the Friends of Walton Estate in helping us secure the winning bid. An important part of the project will be to re-open the conservatory area to visitors to Walton. Part of the main conservatory will be a public space where visitors can learn about the horticultural heritage of the site and see development and training work being undertaken.' There was a time when the hothouses and greenhouses supplied floral decoration for all civic events. 'Perhaps it should be said that if Walton Gardens and Hall were offered today, we'd turn it down as we couldn't afford the maintenance.' Without the Heritage Lottery Fund's generosity, the greenhouses would have become non-existent in time. (The same could be said of the conservatory of the Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, but for the HLF grant.) The Parr Hall and the site on which it stands was presented to the Borough on the 26th September 1895, by J. Charlton Parr Esquire, of Grappenhall Heyes. http://openplaques.org/plaques/8282 The Cavaille-Coll Organ. The efforts of Alderman A. Bennett JP, Dr. M. Darby, W.H. Payton and T. Tanner, were pivotal in persuading the County Borough Council of Warrington to make the purchase to replace the existing organ, at a cost of £2,000. Walton Hall and Gardens, the Grappenhall Heyes Walled Garden, the Parr Hall and historic organ within, were all once the product of wealth that had been acquired through the enterprise of forward thinking business men. Today, the townspeople of Warrington are able to enjoy all of these assets, which must be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations. It is to be hoped that the Warrington Borough Council Executive and Culture Warrington can be just as forward thinking, when the future of Heritage and Culture in the Town is debated at the planned meeting in the Museum on Saturday, 21st November, 2015.
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