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Woolton and Gateacre

Here is an interesting recollection from the web, I think you will find interesting.

.. ' I have lived in Woolton all my life, 68 years when I last looked, and never regretted one day; of course, some things have changed but by and large it has retained its unique character. I lived in School Lane(The Old School and the road to Woolton Woods) where to the right lay Tod's Style, a pathway bodering Tod's Field and leading to Macketts Lane which in those days saw little traffic. The field was a wonderful stretch of open land which contained several ponds, trees to climb and ditches to hide in. It was owned by Miss Tod who lived in a big house overlooking Speke Road with a couple of small dogs. After her death, the house was knocked down and the land sold for housing; Chaterhouse and Hailybury Roads are now where the old field used to be. I was sad to see it go as not only was it a magical place for chidren to play but it teemed with wildlife; the ponds were full of frogs, sticklebacks and newts while the ditches were occupied by rabbits and foxes. James's Dairy also herded their cows along Speke Road each day to Tod's to graze in the field. However the world has to change.'
Alice

One of my relatives lived in School Lane, I always thought it was a nice place to live.
Scousemouse

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Good pics scousemouse with some interesting Gateposts and walls apparently belonging to long gone Mansion houses etc.

Here is an interesting recollection from the web, I think you will find interesting and maybe you can identify the particular areas being discussed

.. ' I have lived in Woolton all my life, 68 years when I last looked, and never regretted one day; of course, some things have changed but by and large it has retained its unique character. I lived in School Lane(The Old School and the road to Woolton Woods) where to the right lay Tod's Style, a pathway bodering Tod's Field and leading to Macketts Lane which in those days saw little traffic. The field was a wonderful stretch of open land which contained several ponds, trees to climb and ditches to hide in. It was owned by Miss Tod who lived in a big house overlooking Speke Road with a couple of small dogs. After her death, the house was knocked down and the land sold for housing; Chaterhouse and Hailybury Roads are now where the old field used to be. I was sad to see it go as not only was it a magical place for chidren to play but it teemed with wildlife; the ponds were full of frogs, sticklebacks and newts while the ditches were occupied by rabbits and foxes. James's Dairy also herded their cows along Speke Road each day to Tod's to graze in the field. However the world has to change.'

that area is about ten minutes walk from where i Live, wish it was still fields with wild life  Rolling Eyes
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Another ex residents comment :  


' My family from many generations back have liven in Woolton and Gateacre. I grew up in a house opposite the English Rose pub and went to Out Lane primary school. We spent our summer days playing in the orchard by Watergate Lane, in Quarry St swing park, Woolton Woods and Camp Hill and School Lane swing park. We learned to swim at the tiny Woolton Baths and I think I read every book in the childrens dept of the tiny library. Saturdays we went to the tiny cinema for the matinee, and galloped home down Out Lane slapping our sides to encourage our imaginary horses, or tying our coats around our necks superhero style. After swimming at the baths, we could buy chips from the village chippie and a carton of milk from the milk machine at Salisbury farm dairy on the top of Kings Drive.
Going back to Woolton now it saddens me to see how run-down everywhere seems. The village centre has been upgraded, but the Kings Drive, Hunts X Avenue and Mackets Lane area are all very shabby. Every scrap of vacant land has been built on so that the semi rural nature of Woolton has been obliterated. Many of the wide grass verges have been concreted over for residents parking, the orchard has gone under a housing estate, and so have the fields opposite the English Rose. Sadly it is no longer the lovely place it used to be.#

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