Courthouse Planning Issues
The West Derby Society (WDS) is backing amended alterations affecting the yard behind the Grade II*-listed Tudor Courthouse in the Village.
The changes are linked to restaurants adjoining the historic building.
WDS alerted Liverpool City Council, which owns the Courthouse and yard, after new ventilators and pipes appeared on the restaurant walls.
Hot water was discharged through a poorly-installed pipe into an open grid. Two large ventilators belch hot fumes over the yard and gooey substances dribble down the restaurant esterior walls.
On 14 June WDS held a site meeting with a surveyor employed by one of the restaurants. It is understood retrospective planning permission is being saught for the alterations.
The surveyor drew up a draft schedule of works including bringing the pipes together and discharging into drains on restaurant land, not the Courthouse yard. This work was carried out almost immediately (above).
WDS is nurturing a natural fern garden to enhance the Courthouse. This has been affected by works linked to the restaurants.
There is also an issue with the general public being denied views of the rear of the Courthouse.
Until the recent works, people were able to see the back at all times.
One of the restaurants has erected a solid screen (above) between its premises and the flower shop, blocking the view.
WDS wants windows installed in the screen so that the Courthouse can once again be viewed.
WDS chairman Stephen Guy says: “We are delighted some remedial work was done so quickly.
believe these ventilators and pipes had a detrimental affect on our unique
Substantial new shutters have now been fitted to the Courthouse south window, replacing rotten ones. Shutters have been replaced numerous times over the centuries.
Spielberg's film War Horse sparked huge interest in the role that
having been given the
Prior to the Great War no British Army had ever gone into conflict without horses. In summer 1914 no-one could have forseen how much it would become reliant on an animal sharing qualities with the bravest of men - courage, steadfastness, determination, strength and, above all, loyalty.
The army of 1914 was small and ill-prepared for war but it was the best trained in the world. By August 1914 there were around 26,000 army horses and within weeks that had increased by 140,000 following an act of parliament commandeering horses from farmers, businesses, livery yards and private owners.
number was to prove small compared to the amount that was eventually needed to
prosecute the “war to end all wars”. War Office statistics indicate that
between September 1914 and November 1917 215,000 horses and mules passed through
horses were transported from
Work commenced at Lathom in September 1914 under the guidance of Sir John Jackson. It was set out originally as a civilian establishment with a military-style layout. The depot had Army Regimental HQ staff formed from Army Service Corps troops. It was this Regiment (ASC) that was the major unit at the depot, assisted by a detachment from the Army Veterinary Corps (AVC) whose local HQ was at nearby Scarisbrick Hall.
In January 1915 the civilian personnel at the depot became militarised overnight with most men enlisting in either the ASC or AVC - it was much more economical. All foremen became NCOs within a few weeks and much of the civilian existence ended. The result was a military establishment much larger than its predesessor.
However, civilian employment continued as no camp could function without it. With the advent of conscription in 1916, men of fighting age were compulsorily enlisted and many older people were employed in military depots. Including the Army Ordinance Depot at Burscough established in 1910, the area now resembled a rural garrison - the economic and social impact of was enormous. The pubs of Lathom, Burscough,
Remount Depot was primarily for breaking / training horses to work in teams, of
four, six or eight for hauling guns and wagons. The human element was training
men to drive horse teams. Not all these men had previous experience and needed
to be trained to handle horses, hence schooling in a suitable environment. Some
horses were broken to be ridden as officers’ mounts while others went to
reserve cavalry units elsewhere in the
romantic indiscretion of War Horse depicting the King Edward’s Horse charging
the German Maxim guns is fanciful. Mounted cavalry indeed did exist but were
mainly employed to protect the lines of communication between rear depots and
the front. In truth they saw very little action – there were only four cavalry
charges in the conflict. These included one by Indian cavalry in 1916 and
another involving the Australian Light Horse at
War Office archives inform us that some 5,600 men passed through Lathom Park by November 1917 while adding there had been significant shortages of personnel owing to a) the dispatch of squadrons and reinforcements overseas and b) the drafting of A-category men to combat units.
is ambiguous because given the number of regiments employed in recruiting within
South West Lancashire - 12 - and
considering the location of many recruiting places nationally, it is unlikely
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TIME TRAVELLER TO
A hazy morning, a housewife cleans her step, the lamplighter extinguishes the glow of the gas as the sun struggles through the mist. A carter pauses outside the inn waiting to get going on his daily round, a tram for town awaits its passengers by the village monument.
The upper picture shows a similar scene today but being early morning, a little less lively. Soon it will be bustling with cars, buses and shoppers.
History of the
Few memories come as misty-eyed as this for those of a certain age, in which case you know what comes next:
“The time is a , this is the BBC Light Programme for mothers and children at home, are you ready for the music? When it stops Catherine Edwards will be here to speak to you”.
Then followed that wonderful music, the gently lilting Berceuse from Faures’ Dolly Suite.
So began Listen with Mother, every afternoon at (just before Womans Hour) , a daily ritual, except for weekends. The 15-minute programme included songs and a story for children under five. At its peak the audience was more than one million a day.
nursery rhymes were beautifully set to music by Ann Driver and sung by George
Dixon and Eileen Brown. There can not be many children of that generation who
did not march up and down with the Grand Old Duke of
Meanwhile Mary Mary Quite Contrary was growing neat rows of silver bells and cockleshells in her garden, whilst the King of Spain’s daughter regularly visited A Little Nut Tree on which grew only a silver nutmeg and a golden pear. Humpty Dumpty could often be discovered precariously seated on a high wall and Ding Dong Dell Pussy was in the well, though all turned out for the best when we discovered who had put her there! So Polly put the kettle on we will all have tea.
Once again our driver was Dave and we headed south directed by the chairman on his customery front perch.
Wood sailed by, then Gateacre Grange and
there was no repetition of last year’s mishap when we went through the toll
barrier at the
to The Dell and Rock Ferry, an area blitzed in the war. We paused to take in the
stunning view of the
The coach carried on south through Eastham before following the lanes to Willaston – passing a modern pony and trap on the way.
It was then north again through Heswall into the timeless countryside around Thurstaston and Caldy.
Some of us went for a short walk to look at the old lighthouse, unusually surrounded by houses, and the seashore which was comfortably deserted – it was a chilly, dull evening.
We then adjourned to a nearby hotel set in pleasant grounds.
After about an hour’s stop we boarded the coach and carried on through north Wirral and home via the Wallasey Tunnel.
WDS has been in touch with Terry Hutchinson Powell, a member of the family who lived in Holly Lodge House currently threatened by demolition.
Terry has contacted Mayor Joe Anderson and builders Redrow backing WDS’s call for a re-think.
He has also appeared on Radio Merseyside and been interviewed by the Liverpool Echo.
who lives in
Before it became a school (above, circa 1930), the house was occupied by Terry’s great-great-great uncle Edward Hutchinson, a wealthy corn miller.
family company –
members linked to Holly Lodge include the Lord Mayor of
Other include: a headmaster of Edinburgh’s Fettes College, two Anglican priests, a Methodist minister, one Oxford rowing blue and a current deputy lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire.
others gave their lives in both world wars including Phyllis Hutchinson, lost on
she lived at Woodcroft,
says: “Phyllis worked very hard for the war effort. She then went to
stayed with her uncle Bob Franks, an agent to Andrew Carnegie, before boarding
is a memorial to Phyllis in
Visit the new
Your chairman had these two interesting e-mails about vanished local houses.
Byron wrote: I believe that my ancestors may have lived in Tuebrook House in the
early 1800s. The family were called Segar and I have letters addressed to Tue
Janet Rome wrote about a front page article in the West Derby Link: My husband’s grandmother Ruth Elizabeth Hayward was born and raised at Leyfield Priory. Her grandfather was Peter Thomson who was involved in the construction of the Edge Hill railway.
It is good to see these local connections.
I have recently had two old clocks repaired by a local horologist.
This had me musing – perhaps predictably – about passing time.
The first clock dates from about 1953, made by the famous Smith company. It has a lovely chime and must have seemed rather old-fashioned even when new.
The factory carried on until about 1968 when quartz clocks became the rage, making clockwork largely redundant.
second timepiece, produced in
Housed in a polished wooden case in the architectural style, it is known as a boardroom clock as they were popular on business premises.
I lived in Rainhill Stoops for 24 years and was interested in the area’s watchmaking tradition. A friend’s mother worked in the Prescot Watch Factory before she married. This purpose-built premises still stands although it closed after its products were undercut by cheaper foreign products.
When I moved to Rainhill in the 1970s there were still one or two former watch workshops. They were greenhouse-type buildings presumably because the intricate work needed lots of light.
Watchmakers often specialised in various components and the output of many hands went towards creating a watch.
There were associated cottage industries in the area, including making specialist tools, which continued until the 1960s.
As well as passing time, this got me thinking about how often British production has been copied then destroyed by cheaper foreign competitors. However, we continue as world-leading innovators and inventors.