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lunarnights20
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Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:03 am

Hi,

I was wondering if anyone here lived on Wood Avenue from 1939 to around 1950? I have family members who lived there at this time, and have heard from them how the house backed onto Walton Jail. It would be good to hear from anyone who lived in street during this time.

Thank you! :)
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Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:24 am

Welcome Lunarnights hope some one help
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lunarnights20
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Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:50 pm

Hi BOBHAMO

Thank you very much for finding that!

That must be my grandad at number 56: James "Jas" Mack (he died before I was born). My dad lived there with his brothers and my grandma. My grandad had worked on a ship as a Barber apparently.
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Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:10 pm

With it being over 60 years its a bit before most of are members
if you are local the houses are still there
in 1962 Mrs M E Mack still lived there
but not in 1968
did your dad go to local schools as there might be a better chance of finding info
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lunarnights20
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Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:21 pm

Ah okay thanks for explaining - knew it may be a long shot :)

That must be my grandma who lived there at that time. My dad went to a convent home in Widnes and not the local school unfortunately.
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Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:35 pm

Your Dad would have been in are age group and if he had been
around some one might have none him but with him moving
there where no Macks left in bootle if you want a photo of the house
i can get you one not that far for me to go
just looking up barbers your grandad had a shop
250 stanley road will tryand get more in fo
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lunarnights20
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Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:41 pm

Thank you, I did manage to find it I think on google street view!

Ah that's interesting - I didn't know he had a shop too?
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the shop was in this block oppasite the strand
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lunarnights20
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Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:10 pm

Thanks so much for getting all the info and the photo!
Really interesting to see that.
I think this may be no. 56
https://goo.gl/maps/yv2C4XALsMD2

Great to see the B&W one too
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Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:39 pm

No 50 was Sonny Kenny who was doorman at the Gainsborough
My family tree is full of nuts
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Thank you Sheila! :D
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Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:46 am

With working for the corpy :D :D :D :D :D :D
i have painted the houses in wood ave
but after your family had gone
at least there are some memories
the barbers shop would have been at the side of the bus
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Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:18 pm

Good work Bob :D

Welcome Lunarnights you probably have this info from 1939


Mack Household (2 People)
56 Wood Avenue , Bootle C.B., Lancashire, England





 James Mack 03 Jan 1904 Ship's Barber  (Additional info was listed as an ARP Warden Bootle.)
 Bridget M Mack 15 Oct 1875 Office Cleaner

One further record serving on board the 'Cedric' as a barber arriving in Boston USA July 1929.
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Thu Jun 16, 2016 4:50 pm

Some more great info Lily :D :D
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Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:12 pm

Thank you so much Lily, very interesting about the ship names and my grandmas job.

Thank you too Bobamo really appreciate all the info :D
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Fri Jun 17, 2016 3:01 am

Thanks Guys :D
Finally managed to find his Mercantile Marine info::::

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As you can see this is dated 1952 and the ship The Ben my Cree was owned by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company running run Liverpool to the Isle of Man (plenty of info and photos Google). It is also shown that his next ship was to be the Cheshire this was owned by the Bibby line and in the 1950's was used as an immigrant ship to Australia and rather luxurious at the time. The journey took 6/7 weeks passing through the middle east and onward to the Indian Ocean one of the highlight stops was at Colombo Sri Lanka. (photo and further info Google). Hope it helps.
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Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:31 am

Amazing info Lily to think you had a barber on board :D :D
the Ben ,my , cree saved nearly 4000 troops from dunkirk and was scrapped
1965 ,
another really interesting post
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Fri Jun 17, 2016 10:03 am

Hi Bob yes just goes to show what level of service was offered even on the Isle of Man boats in those days eh?? we learn so much from these posts :D and we have every reason to be grateful to Mersey boats and ships in both wars don't we?

Guys the following link gives some wonderful insight into the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co and mentions the Barbers (at least one on every trip) I haven't had time to read it all but Lunar would be a nice addition to print for your family archive.

https://www.steam-packet.com/assets/pdf ... istory.pdf
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The ship name has been carried on by IOM ships. I am to go from Heysham on a ship names Ben-my -chree.
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Ben-My-Chree 4

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Hi just found this forum. My mum Edna ( green) Hurt, was born in 1935 and lived at 31 Wood Avenue with her mum Also Edna May, her sister Janet, her dad John, who worked at the tannery in Bootle as a fireman / stocker. Her mum worked at at the cable works and then as a barmaid in the Albion pub and the outdoor of the Albion as well. My mum remembers most of the names posted above. My mums best friend was Shirley Walker. Mum thinks she went to Marsh Lane and they lost touch. Mum says that there was regular games of rounders with the kids and Ralph Larkin hit the ball for miles. Kids used to put a rope on the lamp post as and swing on them. The kids used to go to the Walton jail wall, collect ciggy stumps and throw them over in a shoe box to the convicts. They used to play near the bridge and train tracks, mum remembers walking along the track to Stanley road and back again. Her dad was a warden in the 2nd world war. There was bombing in the area and her dad raced home as they had a air raid shelter in the garden. As her dad got there a small bomb fell in front of him forgive the spelling mum said it was an insenduary bomb, He threw sand bags on it and adverted a catastrophe. Mrs Feeley lived next door to my mum.
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Hi Janet, welcome to the forum and thanks for your memories. :D Are you related to the Bartons of Lydiate?
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