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aerial Walton/Orrell

Postby emma » Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:41 am

Yrs ago I used to know all these streets very well except where Reads Tin works used to be (middle left) there are now houses. HM Prison Walton at top, Orrell Lane runs across from top left cnr to bottom right. I knew the area at bottom of photo as the International Harvester plant where they assembled farm machinery. And up above that there's some waste ground - does anyone else remember the tennis club that was there? (think it was Bibbys?)
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Postby Bernie R » Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:42 am


Another cracking pic!!

The buildings across the bottom are (L to R) the Royal Mail depot where you need to go to collect the mail they can't deliver (and charge you £1 admin fee if something is 6p short on postage - rip off Britain strikes again!), then Peoples Ford/Mazda dealership.

Moving up, the next 2 are also Peoples then there's the warehouse near Orrell Lane that has the Netto supermarket and used to house MFI furniture (think that's now closed as MFI went bust but if I'm wrong I'm sure someone will tell us).

The green space just to the left of MFI is the site of the old BAT Social club - later known as Leisure Time (which burned down in somewhat suspicious circumstances a while ago) - could that the one you remember as Bibbys?.

Hope this helps

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Postby rivermersey » Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:04 pm

I remember the building that's now Netto making farming machinery combine harvesters I think and then it having somthing to do with Morris cars, as they had the first "Morris Marina" car I'd seen on displayed on the back of a lorry parked outside.
Remembering further back my uncle Tony Lloyd (who worked for British Railways) took us to see some old engines (Being broken up I seem to recall) a big engine shed and a giant train turntable in the area that became the Bootle container base and is now the Royal mail /Peoples site.
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Postby PETER CRAIG » Thu Apr 16, 2009 5:48 pm

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Postby emma » Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:27 pm

Sorry, I realise this pic is a bit big so you have to scroll L to R. Thanks Bern for the update on all that is now in the area of the former International Harvester plant - time sure has changed a lot :shock: And it sounds like the Bibby tennis/sports facility later became the "Bat Social Club". Question - What is "Peoples" and is the Orrel Park Ballroom still there?
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Postby Eddy Lloyd » Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:32 pm

Peoples is a Ford Car dealers Emma and yes The Orrel Park Ballroom is still going strong. :wink:
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Postby daveowe » Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:09 pm

Emma -Bernie

Obviously Bernie does not go back as far as you do Emma understanding the Social Club was the Bibby's club before the British American Tobacco Co acquired it. They had a very fine football pitch at the rear of the site and many local football finals were held there. The Orrell Park Ballroom is now also a Social Club.
A coincidence the steward (manager) of the Bibbys/BAT club after the sale to Leisuretime became the steward at the OPB, Bob Wright, his daughter posted on the site last year now living and teaching in Sicily. I responded to her post previously knowing her father.

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Aerial Walton/Orrell Park

Postby Peter W » Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:56 pm

The engine turntable was part of Aintree M.P.D. (Motive Power Depot)

During Grand National week especially on Grand National Day, it was the place to be for us (Anoraks) train spotters. There was always a "Steamer" pulling cream and brown Pullman Coaches which came from Londoin via Edge Hill, Olive Mount Cutting, and branched of onto the line that passed over the bridge at Broadway, and branched off again at Alexanda Dock junction, and emerged at Bedford Road bridge and joined the main Liverpool to Southport Line. After Bootle Oriel Road Station, it branched off to join the line which crossed Akenside Bridge and continued past Ford Station, past Aintree M.P.D. and around to Aintree Sefton Arms Station. other lines also converged to Aintree (Central) Cheshire Lines, and the Racecorse Station. All engines Collected Water and coal at Aintree Sheds.
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Re: aerial Walton/Orrell

Postby ScouseJohn » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:24 am

Hi, long shot but does anybody have the image that the original poster put up at the start of this thread?
Can view the picture anymore as the post was from 2009!

Thanks in advance
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Re: aerial Walton/Orrell

Postby BOBHAMO » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:40 am

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Re: aerial Walton/Orrell

Postby ScouseJohn » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:53 am

BOBHAMO wrote:Image

Thank you very much. Been looking everywhere for pics of the Netto/MFI, Parcelforce depot, old Leisuretime site where Stantondale used to play but I don’t think a single picture exists!
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Re: aerial Walton/Orrell

Postby Dan » Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:27 pm

October 10 1952. Different view, from above Walnut Tree pub.



Upper left in the photo, Bridle Road prefabs.
Upper left in the marked rectangle, Sefton Junction signal box.
Upper middle left, allotments at the end of Orrell Pleasure.
Behind the factory, Aintree sidings. Used to fall asleep listening to the shunters working into the night.


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