The Hostels and H.M.S. Mersey Susan Chambers
The original plan for the site that eventually became the Ringway development was hatched in 1942, and was intended to provide ‘temporary hostels’ for those made homeless by enemy bombing in Merseyside…read more
Neston’s Mill Street Quarry Susan Chambers
Neston’s main quarry covered the area on Park Street at the top of Mill Street, now grass and flower-beds. It was part of the Mostyn estate and had been worked since at least the start of the nineteenth century…read more.
Neston, Autumn 1917 Susan Chambers
The war in Europe still dragged on as the grim story of Passchendaele and its battles was unfolding, but General Allenby was making some progress in the Middle East, where the 4th Cheshires (including Neston men) were busy in Egypt and Palestine…read more
A popular music promoter from Wallasey, by the name of Les Dodd, was responsible for bringing the Silver Beetles to Neston in 1960. His company, Paramount Enterprises had in fact been running events in Neston for years,…read more
Eighty years ago this summer, a new horse was needed for Neston’s Team Labour. Little Neston farmer Robert Scott who had Ivy Farm and White House Farm at the time, 1937, had been helpful before in the purchase of horses, so he was called on again… read more
This weekend, a century ago, was not the Bank Holiday; that was still celebrated on the first weekend in August. Many local men had by this stage been killed in action and some of them were being remembered this week in 1917 …read more
The name Bridson is a familiar one in Neston and although the firm of Robert Bridson and Son is no longer in operation many Nestonians remember the steam roller which was stored in Bridson’s yard and a fair few remember riding on the back of it…read more
Many Nestonians will remember Charles (Charlie) Gray who lived at the Mill in Leighton Road and no doubt there are some old enough to recall the time when he owned a number of steam traction engines used for threshing and road haulage. However it was his grandfather, Wolton Gray, who first established the business in the nineteenth century…read more
Although the need for a public hall in Neston had been discussed before, it was only in 1887, the year of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee (50th anniversary of her accession to the throne) that it began to look like a serious possibility. read more
The Monster Box: sterling silver, the inside of the lid and hinge nuts, gilt. Hallmarked Chester 1930. Maker’s mark of Andrea Pallis, and also bearing the mark of James Smithies, metalworker, of Wilmslow (perhaps as retailer)
Bowl and spoon: Britannia standard silver, entirely gilt. Hallmarked Chester 1927. Maker’s mark of Andrea Pallis.
Large mug: Britannia standard silver, entirely gilt. Hallmarked Chester 1934. Maker’s mark of Andrea Pallis.
Pictured above is the Old Quay House, formerly the House of Correction, at Little Neston.
Read its story in ‘NESTON STONE AGE TO STEAM AGE’, the book published by Burton & Neston History Society telling the story of the Neston area from earliest times.
The book costs £14.95 and is available for sale locally at Temptation, Neston High Street, Gordale Garden Centre and Little Neston newsagents, online on ebay.co. uk or by post from Burton and Neston History Society who may be contacted by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for details of how to order a copy.