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27-May-2002, 11:27 PM
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Will I ever catch up with other subscribers!!!!



you're doing quite well upto now...



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28-May-2002, 09:20 AM
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and daffodils shooting up.All seasons in one here.
I used to have piano lessons at the Farington school house for a few years, from the Headmaster's wife.Seem to remember a steep hill -Spion Cop in that area.
There used to be a tannery behind the house where my Grandfather lived on the road from the Pleasant Retreat to Farington School.




That would be St Paul's School Lady G. I live quite close to that. There are no hills as such as the area is very flat. Between the pleasant retreat and the school is a steepish railway bridge where the road crosses over the main line, maybe that's what you remember?
There is a Victoria St. in Lostock Hall with a large house like building which has become a pub, called The Victoria. I wonder ifthat is anywhere near the Victoria Nursing Home ? Spion Cop is a name I have heard locally I think it is not used much now, but it was also one end of the PNE football ground though I feel sure it is used for a part of the area locally
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28-May-2002, 10:20 AM
Post: #33
 
Noel you are probably right as I used to walk miles in those days, or bike.Getting off the topic of Leyland I know but have been trying a bit of returned memory syndrome.
I used to leave St James Council school where I went for 7 years and walk past the Victoria to the Pleasant where George Brazier was the Landlord- when I was old enough to sip a babycham, sit in the snug with the ladies and join in sing songs with"Fred"???at the piano.
I really do remember a railway bridge.Wasn't there a station?
The hill I'm thinking of was past the school on the left hand side.Maybe it's been flattened or I dreamed it.
Have stood on PNE's ground many times in the freezing weather.Great stuff.Incidentally in the mid 1950's I walked all over Lostock Hall collecting radio rental money for a firm in Bamber Bridge.Hard to believe that people rented wirelesses.
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28-May-2002, 07:01 PM
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I really do remember a railway bridge.Wasn't there a station?
The hill I'm thinking of was past the school on the left hand side.Maybe it's been flattened or I dreamed it.



Facing the Victoria pub which is oposite St James' Church in Lostock Hall the bridge is to the left what we call a double bridge since it crosses over 2 train lines ( not main line , the line goes out to Blackburn Burnley etc. ) And yes there is a station down there, Lostock Hall. Going down Croston Rd back to the Farington Bridge there was also a station there Farington Station which disappeared under Dr Beeching. The area is as I said very flat and you can see Blackpool Tower and the Big One from parts of Leyland .
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28-May-2002, 07:39 PM
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Many thanks for the NZ link, Lady G - I've bookmarked it to visit again. I especially liked the story about the chap snowed up in a pub for three days - must have been like a dream come true!
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28-May-2002, 10:49 PM
Post: #36
 
Bridges galore!
The bridges to the left of St James leads to the Raiway Hotel.See I do know my pubs at least as it was my father's drinking hole.He only ever stood in the corridor to quaff his pint but he did it with regularity.
On the railway yard under the bridges I used to order my bags of coal-most important in the days before central heating.
The Farington station was where we music hopefuls all left from bound for Preston and the dreaded exams.Pity about Dr Beeching as Bamber Bridge and Todd Lane South stations also were very important in my day.
Again sorry I must get back to Leyland next time -the music exams where held in Fishergate in a very Gothic 'Baptist' church.We were all scared to death before we started.
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30-May-2002, 01:43 AM
Post: #37
 
Noel have been re-reading a history of early Farington -a tun where fearns grow- and of course it was flat which I had forgotten and acres of peat moss.A good place for agriculture in times gone by
My Grandfather on my father's side bought a house on Todd Lane South and called it Moss Lea and it seems that area too was very peaty.Ivy Cottages farm is among the many old farms on early maps and Ivy Cottage is still there and restored.
Grandad was an engine driver and I can remember the knocker up coming at all hours with his long pole and watching Grandad's train steam under the bridge in Todd Lane South. Yet another bridge!
I've only just started to find all the old posts on this site and really enjoying reading early topics.Missed out on the Grundy one but don't want to think about such a 'painful' subject too much except to say that I still have gaps and fillings from way back when.He certainly left his mark on many of us no matter how far we have travelled.
Thought I would end by trying to get back to the topic of moving on as I fear I'm straying somewhat.
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30-May-2002, 03:56 AM
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I wish you lot would stop talking about nice cold weather, it's been in the 90's here for weeks and not a drop of rain. Sorry, everything is Fahrenheit here [the deep south of the USA]. Hurricane season starts next week so maybe we'll get some rain, roll on winter, I'm sick of the heat already.
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30-May-2002, 09:23 PM
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Bridges galore!
Again sorry I must get back to Leyland next time -the music exams where held in Fishergate in a very Gothic 'Baptist' church.We were all scared to death before we started.
Cheers Noel.




Which instrument Lady G? Or was it vocal? Bamber Bridge station is still there,Todd Lane's gone as has the old line and of course the old tram line , which is now a walkway/cycleway down into Avenham Park. Sorry guilty as you ignoring Leyland, maybe we should have a Lostock Hall Forum.
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30-May-2002, 09:26 PM
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Noel have been re-reading a history of early Farington -a tun where fearns grow- and of course it was flat which I had forgotten and acres of peat moss.A good place for agriculture in times gone by
My Grandfather on my father's side bought a house on Todd Lane South and called it Moss Lea and it seems that area too was very peaty.Ivy Cottages farm is among the many old farms on early maps and Ivy Cottage is still there and restored.



I didn't realise that was where Farington came from. Yes it's excellent farming land the moss extends right out to the coast and the soil is black, Rufford new potatoes boiled with a knob of butter on is to die for.
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