The traditional British celebrations associated with the 1st May, dancing around the maypole, morris dancers, the crowning of a May Queen have their origins in the Ancient Roman feast Floraliana and the Celtic celebration of Beltane…read more
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
Alfred Jellicoe died at Paschendaele on 23rd September 1917 aged 39. 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.
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
The Society’s next meeting is at the Gladstone Village Hall, Burton at 8pm
Thursday 8th November – A look at the River Weaver through the Ages , a talk by Colin Edmondson
Colin Edmondson is Historian to the River Weaver Navigation Society and is recognised as the leading expert on the history of the River Weaver.
Colin’s fully illustrated talk covers the history of the River Weaver and salt mining from 1670 to the present day.
Guests are welcome free on the first occasion. Click here for information on how to join
Are you interested in discovering the impact that the First World War had on some families in Neston and Burton, or learning the fascinating stories of those local men who died as a result of that brutal conflict? Even if you are not connected to any of the families who lost loved ones, the detailed accounts of those men who died provide engrossing, and often emotional, stories of local men who were caught up in hostilities over which they had no control. Their highly-varied stories are told in HomeTown Heroes, a work of research which took Neston Local Historian Ian Norris over four years to complete and which spans ten volumes packed with detail, maps, diagrams and photographs. You might have heard the very positive review of this work recently on BBC radio Merseyside (click here to listen)
A printed copy of HomeTown Heroes forms part of the “Great War – Neston Remembers” Exhibition currently in Neston Library; the Exhibition will run until mid-November and you don’t have to be a member of the library to view it or to read the accounts in HomeTown Heroes. After the Exhibition ends, HomeTown Heroes will remain in Neston Library as a permanent resource – but you are able to buy your own copy, for viewing on a computer, laptop or tablet (but not Apple iPad or on a TV) at your leisure.
Whilst it would be far too costly to produce more paper-based versions of HomeTown Heroes, the entire work (around 1900 pages) can be purchased at the not-for-profit cost of just £5 for the CD version, or £9 on a USB FlashDrive (also known as a memory stick, pendrive, thumbdrive or USB) from the author. If postage/packing is required, an additional charge of £1 is made and further details of the work, and how it can be obtained, can be got from the author, Ian Norris, by emailing to: email@example.com
Unfortunately, the CD/FlashDrive cannot be obtained from the staff at Neston Library and they are unable to take orders or details. For every sale of HomeTown Heroes a small contribution will be made to the Royal British Legion.
Hint: if you are looking for a known man who had a Neston or Burton connection, and who died in, or as an immediate consequence of, the First World War, you should be able to locate his account in HomeTown Heroes. If he’s not there, please get in touch with me on the above email and I’ll see if I can track him. If you are just looking for an interesting story, try the accounts of Thomas Ellis (aged just 17 years 10 months, the youngest man to die) ; John Peters (was he the Last of the Unknown?) ; Ratcliffe Handley (he disappeared on the Front Line after being Court Martialed) or William Niven (at 61, our oldest man to die). Don’t forget also our two local First World War VCs, Christopher Bushell and William (Billy) La Touche Congreve, both killed by snipers.
Whilst HomeTown Heroes (nearly) concludes one chapter in our local history of the First World War, there is much more that needs to be researched and written – what are the stories of those who served, and survived, and how did the war change the face of Neston and Burton? If you would be interested in helping with this absorbing work, please do get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you – Ian L Norris
NESTON, STONE AGE TO STEAM AGE
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
My Gift Place, Neston High Street,
Gordale Garden Centre
Little Neston newsagents
online on ebay.co. uk
by post from Burton and Neston History Society who may be contacted by E-mail at email@example.com for details of how to order a copy.