Delving deep into the rich history of St Helens

Where are we in this week's Coffey Time puzzler? As usual drop Chris a line

Where are we in this week's Coffey Time puzzler? As usual drop Chris a line

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TWO more books have been added to the rich collection of gems that celebrate the history of St Helens’ industry and communities.

Firstly, may I draw your attention to the biography of businessman George McCorquodale — Master Printer, written by local historian Geoff Simm.

McCorquodale saw his printing business in Newton-le-Willows grow from small beginnings to become a worldwide company. He did dealings with Pilkingtons and Beechams as well as the railways.

Geoff’s book features plenty of excellent illustrations and he is to be applauded for producing such a fascinating work.

He tells me there are 30 members of the McCorquodale family coming to Newton in November to listen to a talk on their family and a tour around St Peter’s church. You may recall Coffey Time featuring stories on the progress of a book Memories of Eccleston.

The Smithy Heritage Centre in Eccleston has been working on the project to collect the memories of local people.

The former blacksmiths shop, transformed into a local history museum by Eccleston Parish Council, received £5,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories programme to create an archive of personal stories.

I’m glad to say that the book is now available. Readers can get it from the Smithy Heritage Centre in person during open hours. You can even download a copy.

Meanwhile, Ann Johnson, nee Fishwick, a regular reader living in Melbourne, is seeking some help.

She writes: “My great-grandfather, Henry Fishwick, had a butcher's shop in St Helens. He was born in 1848 in Billinge. I would love to know if anyone in the St Helens area has a photo of him. All my living family cannot help me. If you need any more information please let me know.”

If you have any information, drop a line to Coffey Time and I’ll pass it on to Ann.

Email chrispcoffey@gmail.com, ring 01744 817130 or write to 37 Holbrook Close, St Helens, WA9 3XH.

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11:14am Fri 29 Aug 14

Terry B says...

Easy peasy this one! It's a view of the Fleece Hotel on Church street. The shop on the right was I think a small Tyrers with just gents clothing. The location would be where the now empty W H Smiths is. Another nice building that was wilfully destroyed by our forward looking council!
Easy peasy this one! It's a view of the Fleece Hotel on Church street. The shop on the right was I think a small Tyrers with just gents clothing. The location would be where the now empty W H Smiths is. Another nice building that was wilfully destroyed by our forward looking council! Terry B
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3:44pm Sun 31 Aug 14

AntonB says...

I was going to say the Fleece too, but I have been beaten to it! When wee first came to Sintelllins in the early 1970s, one of the high spots of the week was Saturday lunch at the Fleece! :)
I was going to say the Fleece too, but I have been beaten to it! When wee first came to Sintelllins in the early 1970s, one of the high spots of the week was Saturday lunch at the Fleece! :) AntonB
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10:50pm Tue 2 Sep 14

butscratcher says...

The shoe shop to the left of the fleece i think was called ascot shoes , and the shop on the right i recall in the 70's/ 80's being Liverpool building society
The shoe shop to the left of the fleece i think was called ascot shoes , and the shop on the right i recall in the 70's/ 80's being Liverpool building society butscratcher
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5:37pm Wed 3 Sep 14

dwebby says...

Bit late on this one but I can add that the shop that once was Tyrers Regent House later became a Jewelers, I remember that because I bought my wifes wedding ring from there in 1959.
Bit late on this one but I can add that the shop that once was Tyrers Regent House later became a Jewelers, I remember that because I bought my wifes wedding ring from there in 1959. dwebby
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