The postcard is dated 7th July 1913. The message was ” Visited this church with Mr R. Howick who played the organ for me”. It is addressed to Miss M Phizackerley, Chester. It was unposted and with an incomplete address so possibly it was her memento of the occasion. Richard George Howick, originally from Chester, was the organist at Neston Church for a few years, until 1918 when he left to take up another position (in London?). He was the son of Walter Howick who had a music shop in Chester and was organist at Backford church. Miss Phizackerley was probably Muriel Phizackerley, daughter of George Thompson Phizackerley, District Superintendent of railways. They lived at Fairfield, Kilmorey Park, Chester
The Society’s next meeting is on Thursday 14th February 2019 at the Gladstone Village Hall in Burton at 8:00pm
The Development of the Chemical Industry in Runcorn and Widnes from the Eighteenth Century onwards, a talk by Dr. Diana M. Leitch.
Dr Diana M Leitch, MBE, FRSC, is both a chemist and a local historian. She has been researching the history of the chemical industry on both sides of the River Mersey for many years. Born and brought up in Runcorn – at the thriving heart of an industry which developed in Runcorn and Widnes from the 18th century onwards – Diana is descended from Weaver flatmen, who brought the salt from Winsford up to Runcorn, and others who came from Oxfordshire to work in the growing chemical industry in the mid 19th century. She attended the Queen’s School in Chester before going to the University of Edinburgh and worked at the University of Manchester for many years before retirement. She uses her extensive collection of photographs and personal knowledge in this talk.
Diana is also a Trustee at the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum in Widnes which is based in the old Gossages’ soap works building dating from 1855. She will be bringing some of her local history books for sale, and also greetings cards in support of Catalyst.
Guests are welcome free of charge on the first occasion. Click here for information on how to join.
SALEM HALL – A PLACE OF WORSHIP
Morning and evening services were held there and there was also a Sunday School. The Plymouth Brethren, I believe, may have owned the building which appeared to be built as a place of worship…read more
Tom Crimes Ashbrook was born 17th March 1877 in Little Neston the son of William Ashbrook, who farmed the Colliery Farm Neston, …read more