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Postcard showing Billinge Vicarage.

Comment by: Johnny on 22nd June 2016 at 09:26

Where is this? I lived in Billinge at one time but cant remember this or the hall.
Perhaps Philip (Gormley) can enlighten us?

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 22nd June 2016 at 13:12

John: This vicarage (now demolished) was situated on the left-hand side and at the farthest end of Beacon Road. In the 1950's my brother and some of his schoolmates attended a meeting with Mr. Strickland at the vicarage where they were also shown some of the curiosities which were housed there - one of them being a rowing blade autographed by members of a college, How's that! Oh, have you seen Billinge Soap Box (2nd Test) on YouTube? It isn't exactly Sulby Straight but the gentleman did hit 50mph as he passed the café.

Comment by: Johnny on 22nd June 2016 at 16:52

Thanks Philip for that info. I'll have a look on YouTube.

Comment by: GW. on 23rd June 2016 at 07:12

That cart could do with narrower wheels and whoever posted the trip down Shaley Brow left the handbrake on. Sorry Ron, a bit off subject but Phillip started it. PS Nice vicarage.

Comment by: Johnny on 23rd June 2016 at 10:10

The name Strickland rings a bell. I'm sure he was the vicar at St Aidans when I lived in Billinge circa 1963/1965.
I enjoyed the Soap Box on YouTube..

Comment by: Philip Gormley on 23rd June 2016 at 12:31

John: Mr. W Kenneth Strickland was Vicar of St Aidan's during the years 1957-66 and - as GW has touched on, couldn't have been any happier with his new home.

Comment by: Johnny on 24th June 2016 at 10:41

Thanks Philip!

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