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the old parochial hall and one of the houses on the pow willock
the old parochial hall and one of the houses on the pow willock
Photo: t darbyshie
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Item #: 10349
I went to this school in the early 50s the teachers were Mrs Lowe Mr King and Mr Piggot,happy days.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 8th April 2009 at 09:51

Lovely old photo. Brings back memories. What is the street and building on the right of the hall? Anyone know?

What is your first name? I may know you. I'm from Helvellyn Road. Thanks for the putting on the pic.

Comment by: Tricia on 8th April 2009 at 14:01

Thanks for the photo t. I had been puzzling over where 'Pow Hillock' was remember it perfectly now, and the row of houses there. Anyone have any idea what this means in 'Lommera Green' speak?
This is where Brit Boy and I caught the Kitt Green bus ..... that's not us in the picture though ...lol Any idea of the date? I don't think the gate was there in our day. I remember going here for dancing lessons. Fred and I had different teachers than the ones you had. We were in the other class.

Comment by: ttd on 8th April 2009 at 14:25

The buildings to the right are still there today Trinity methodist hall. The street is Queens street.

Comment by: Jimmy on 8th April 2009 at 16:17

Just out of shot to the right, in front of Trinity Methodist Hall is the Weslyan chapel.

Comment by: Tricia on 8th April 2009 at 18:15

Is that you Jimmy C?
Happy Easter.

Comment by: Mick on 8th April 2009 at 19:51

"Anyone have any idea what this means in 'Lommera Green' speak?"
Tricia - it was originally called 'Pole Hillock', which was altered by folk who talk proper to 'Pow Hillock' or 'Pow 'illock '

Comment by: Mick on 8th April 2009 at 22:12

Further to above - Lamberhead Green fair used to be held 'on the Pole Hillock' every July, in the 19th c.

Comment by: Tricia on 8th April 2009 at 23:05

Ah... I get it now Mick. Thank you for that. Been away from God's chosen for too long I guess.
Happy Easter to all.

Comment by: ttd on 9th April 2009 at 10:08

All of us that lived on the Green it was Pow Willock. Lomerra Green slang.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 9th April 2009 at 13:59

The picture was taken in 1275 BC. (Before Cameras). The girls on the corner are Trish, Dorothy and Harriet. I am leaning against the back wall with my brother. Don't we wear well..!!

Still don't know your full name, t. I remember Peter (Pey) Ashurst from The Green and also Colin Garbutt who I have recently been in touch with.

As with Trish, I wish everyone a very happy easter.

Comment by: christine bishop needavies on 14th April 2009 at 21:38

to the left of picture before the row of houses ,there was a slaughter house behind .at the end of the row of houses there was a shop , think this was pigotts , but could be wrong .happy memories

Comment by: ticsmon on 15th April 2009 at 11:44

christine i think pigots shop was on ormskirk rd near j carringtons

Comment by: Jimmy on 16th April 2009 at 10:55

Christine, I think the shop you mean was Pollitt's
Pigott's was a shoe shop further down Ormskirk Rd

Comment by: christina bishop on 21st June 2009 at 01:22

ticsmon, yes piggots shoe shop was near to jack carrington , but was not allways there .never knew mrs pollit having a fish shop on pow hillock , on ormskirk rd yes facing pannache hair dressers , then she moved down into pem in the row where the hub was ,across way from queens picture place

Comment by: Fred Mason on 15th September 2009 at 15:45

There is a very interesting history and old map of Lommera Green at this site..


Comment by: Harold Bullough on 21st February 2011 at 20:34

I fell off the parochial hall trying to get a pigeon egg -88ft I think? was in daily mirror at the time 1955/56? no permanent injuries-may have knocked some sense in.

Comment by: John Belshaw on 13th July 2011 at 12:58

I remeber going to the cubs here, Akela was Joan Arrowsmith who also had somethibng to do with the old folks home on Norley Hall. I also went to the Boy Scouts here before they built the new premises further down Fleet Street. Both buildings are sadly gone now.

Comment by: Nicola Arrowsmith on 1st September 2011 at 21:53

Joan Arrowsmith was my Nan - she was a cub leader, and the matron at Norley Old Folks home. You have a great memory! Sadly she died in the summer of 2004. What a character!!

Comment by: Fred Mason on 3rd September 2011 at 18:31

I remember Harold Bullough well. Only he could fall off the Parochial Hall. Hope you are well, lad. Cheers.

Comment by: teresa henry on 24th March 2013 at 12:00

my husbands relative, was killed in this hall in the early 1900's. she was six years old when her dress caught fire and she was burned to death. god bless her. her name was alice atherton.

Comment by: alan barlow on 18th December 2013 at 11:37

18/12/2013, a builder as started on foundations, putting steel formation for beam prior to concreating slab,it looks like the are going io be flats....

Comment by: Chrissie eccleston on 10th February 2015 at 16:57

I used to go to the parochial hall , where mr king took our lessons . He taught us knitting and needlework . He was a lovely kind natured teacher .

Comment by: Fred Mason on 10th April 2018 at 19:22

John Belshaw...any relation to Fred Belshaw? Worked at Triangle Valves with me and lived in Skem in 1964? I bought a black lab from him.

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