West Derby Society (WDS) now has joint custody of the Grade II*-listed
Society is able to open and close the building for Sunday and market day
openings or by appointment.
chairman Stephen Guy says: “Liverpool City Council has owned the Courthouse
since the 1930s when it was handed over by the Marquess of Salisbury.
“The new arrangement means WDS has greater control of public access to this
important attraction which draws more than 1,000 visitors a year.”
Courthouse, built in 1586, is
Homes and Halls
knows the location of the oldest house in
One of the oldest is whitewashed Tuebrook House in
The oldest may be Stanlawe Grange, in
Another contender is Park Lodge near
The Old Hall in
Hall was built by several generations of the Norris family during the 16th
Council-owned Tuebrook House was recently put up for auction but failed to find
it was later sold by private treaty. I believe that the new owner, if he gets
permission, wants to make the Grade II-listed building into a combined residence
and coffee shop. If this idea is approved, the only place for any prospective
customers to park appears to be on the dual carriageway. Watch this space. ?
the following have no direct bearing on
first appeared 112 years ago.
Gin is now 245 years old.
Mustard Powder first went on sale 200 years ago.
Golden Syrup has been spreading for 129 years.
Mint Cake was first crunched 95 years ago.
Sauce has been spicing up our meals for 115 years.
Dairy Milk Chocolate first hit the shops 109 years ago.
& Perin’s Worcestershire Sauce was allegedly discovered by accident 176
& Morris pork pies have been baked for 163 years.
Cooper’s Marmalade started to spread 140 tangy years ago.
have been downing Pimms for 191 years.
petrol first revved up 127 years ago.
Promenade was opened in 1950, using 30 million tons of rubbish and spoil, much
of it from the Mersey Tunnel excavations.
The promenade was extended in 1984 to include the 250-acre Garden Festival site
which is now part of the Sustrans cycle route and an excellent public park with
restored Festival features.
The first (St Mary’s) West Derby Rose Queen and procession was held in July
1932 when it was called the Floral Carnival.
The following adverts for Gibson’s Garage & W Brooks Ltd are taken from St
Mary’s Parish Church Magazine of July 1932.
Did Adolf Hitler visit
Hitler’s alleged visit is told in a memoir written by his sister-in-law
Bridget in the 1930s.
It is historical fact that Hitler’s half-brother, his wife and nephews lived
Hitler’s nephews, after unsuccessfully trying to ingratiate themselves with
the dictator, later served in the US Army – a massive propaganda coupe for the
Ironically, the former Hitler Liverpool home was reduced to rubble by the
Luftwaffe during the Blitz.
memoir was filed away once Hitler started to turn dangerous to peace but was
rediscovered years later. The story was taken up by several fact and fiction
authors – one was the novel Young Adolf by
took the idea of Adolf visiting
Bainbridge made clear at the time that the novel was a product largely of her
own imagination some people accept the visit as historical fact.
to the Washington Post in 1979 Bainbridge said: “I haven’t really got the
education for that sort of thing, the bit of what I laughingly call research
that I did on Young Adolf I quite enjoyed.
felt rather educated rushing around looking in libraries. What seems most real
is the part about Adolf coming to
later in the foreword to Gardener’s Last of the Hitlers, her view of the
memoir was undimmed.
rings true, by reason of its mundane content and naivety of expression, is
Bridget’s account of Adolf’s arrival in
ordinariness of it is quite stark. Young Adolf playing with Bridget’s child in
the kitchen while chatting about the future of
says: “I didn’t find this talk very interesting but whenever I tried to get
away he would begin to shout, although I rarely troubled to contradict him.
would whip himself up into a rage and go on until hoarseness or some other
interruption stopped him. I put it down, partly to the pleasure he took in
hearing his own voice – another trick he had in common with my husband – and
partly a desire to dominate me …
his stay in Liverpool Adolf hadn’t even picked up enough English to ask
directions to the station.”
with me to the Casbah is a sentence familiar to Charles Boyer fans but for
The Casbah was opened by Mrs Mona Best in the cellars of her 8 Haymans Green
home. She claimed it was her son’s idea to turn the cellars into a den for
their friends. Later Mrs Best, after a discussion with her 18-year-old son Pete,
decided to open a club. It took two months for Mrs Best and her boys to paint
the walls and stain the boards to give it an Eastern atmosphere. Their pride and
joy was a large dragon which was painted along the length of one wall. Three
friends, Kenneth Brown, David Hughes and Douglas Jenkins were among those who
helped with the conversion after work and at weekends.
Kenneth Brown had been a member of a guitar group who began to play at the
Casbah on Saturday nights. Other members of The Quarrymen, later the Silver
Beetles, travelled from the south of the city - John Lennon, Paul McCartney and
George Harrison. They were joined by Pete Best on drums.
George was also a member of the Les Stewart Quartet, the resident band at the
Pillar Club in Lowlands 13 Haymans Green which opened some months earlier than
Like the Pillar Club and similar basement clubs in
chairman Stephen Guy (above ) was elected chairman of West Derby Community
succeeds Mrs Pat Blair JP (above, with
by WDS country member Roland Dowd
born in 1930 on
My memories of
I made many visits with my grandfather to see his sister. She lived in a couple
of rooms off Town Row – sometime later she died in a fire.
I remember Mr Shallcross the vet who lived in one of the Mill Lane Cottages
My father was a tram driver who is pictured above driving a 12 at the Pier Head.
In 1937 we moved to near
1941 I won a scholarship to Liverpool Collegiate. The college’s sports ground
was at the back of Holly Lodge running down to the Cheshire Lines railway, with
a small wooded area at the bottom.
I joined the Collegiate Scouts and we held weekend camps on the sports ground.
We were attached to St James’s Church which we attended regularly.
Aged 11, I used to visit the shop at the corner of
In 1944 I joined the Army Cadets based in Sandforth House,
When I married we moved to
1962 we moved to just off
We moved away in 1965 and later my wife, a former nurse, founded the Rathbone
Hospital League of Friends. The treasurer was a Mrs English who lived in Almonds
In 1968 we left
broker James Lister, of Basil Grange,
The huge Lister Drive Power Station was built to cope with the surge in demand
for electricity with much of the current needed to power the city’s new
It was 1900 and electrically-propelled vehicles were taking over from the
traditional horse-drawn tram cars while electric light was superseding gas.
The Lister Drive Power Station with its four towering chimneys dominated the
surrounding area for decades.
houses stood on either side of the engine rooms, supplied directly with coal
There were 469 trams in stock with about 400 in regular service. Most of the
trams were double-deckers with a 6 ft wheel base.
The demise of
Lister was summonsed to appear at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court along with all
At first he tried to bluster it out, telling the court: “I have two dogs and
they are never allowed to go at large without somebody being with them.
“I was in church at the time. I have two little dogs and they are in the habit
of going from my grounds to the coachman’s lodge but to get there they must go
into the high road. The animals are quite harmless.”
Lister puffed out his chest and declared: “A little discrimination would have
told the police that there was really nothing in it. There has been too much
However, his fellow magistrate trying the case, Lt Col Bidwill, had done his
homework and upon closer questioning Lister admitted that his dog did not have
to cross the road to get to the lodge.
is a short private drive from Basil Grange (pictured) to the lodge.
Lister still insisted the dog was under his control even though it was not on a
lead and he was in church!
He was fined 2s 6d (12.5p) and ordered to pay 5s 6d (27.5p) costs.
A repentant Lister told the court: “Quite right and I am happy to pay it.”
In 1897 powerful politician and baronet Sir Arthur Forwood MP, of The Priory, Woolton, was fined 2s 6d (12.5p) for having a dog at large, this time without a muzzle. Presumably this law still applies but is rarely enforced.
down and switched on my computer – nothing.
I tried again, and again, with the same negative result.
I bought the computer in 2008 and had paid £9.99 a month for a service plan.
Taking it back to the store where I originally made the purchase, the
assistant tried to make it work without success.
It was sent away and a few days later I received a call saying the machine could
not be repaired.
As I had the monthly plan, they sent me a £650 voucher to buy a new computer,
so the monthly plan was money well spent!
They also sent the hard drive so I could transfer all my files on to the new
This is where my troubles began.
store assistant tried in vain to transfer the material off my old hard drive (a
small metal box with circuits) on to the new computer.
I discovered that the original supplier had provided a series of potentially
defective hard drives. That’s apparently why I was given a virtual refund.
A computer enthusiast friend is now trying to access the files from the
defective hard drive. Complete success seems unlikely as it needs very expensive
equipment to do the task effectively.
The moral of the story is always to back up your files. Fortunately I did this
with some of the more important material.
This story underlines how we have become so dependent on new technology.
I am tempted to say it would not have happened with traditional printed material
but that can be lost as well.
Many years ago, when computers were in their infancy, a friend lost his
daughter’s 20,000-word university thesis due to the careless pressing of a
button. Human error and technical failures are just waiting to happen.