Nov 06

Phillipson/Pennington Family Sandy Lane

I am a decendant of the Phillipson/Pennington family of 105 Sandy Lane. We had neighbours, The Mason Family and think we have found pictures of them and would be interested if any of the family are still living in the Skelmersdale area and could identify who was who in the photos. Four generations of my family lived in Sandy Lane and I think that the Mason’s lived in 103 or 101 Sandy Lane. Any help would be much appreciated.
Val Lees nee Pennington

Nov 04

Skelmersdale United FC

My Father John (aka Bob) Dobie played for Skelmersdale United in the early fifties.During that time the club won the Liverpool County Football Combination and the George Mahon Cup.I have several photographs and press cuttings of the team If anyone wants to see them I`ll gladly add them to the site.

Jul 30

Skelmersdale Railways

Like many local people I was aware that a railway line had existed on “the old line” running past the duck pond down to the brickworks and beyond but I was not aware that a line came from the goods yard and crossed Sandy Lane between the Victoria Hotel and the Town Hall. This line served the Chapel House Colliery and from Sandy Lane ran parallel to Clayton Street approximately half way between Clayton and Marchbank. It turned behind the Nonconformist Chapel and crossed Sharrat Street (then called Charnock Road) at its junction with School Lane. From there it went through Olive Grove and the junction of Lancaster and Rose to the pit which would now be between Lancaster and the Trinity Cof E school on Kiln Lane.

It`s amazing what can be discovered looking at old maps. The above is courtesy of Lancashire Mario Maps and the First Edition OS 1/2500 map. I don`t know the map date but would guess at 1860s or 70s .

I hope some members may find it of some interest, I know I did and there doesn`t seem to be too much banter at the moment.

Jim P

Aug 13

August 2006′s picture of the month

0608 - August 2006 - Toil Won Home.This month’s picture of the month features Toil Won Home.

We’ve decided to give you a mystery pic – can you tell us where this is in Skem and more importantly the reason why it was erected and what it means.

If you have any recollections of this image please post your comments below.

Jun 13

June 2006′s picture of the month

0606 - June 2006 - Sandy Lane and it's still there today.This month’s picture of the month features Sandy Lane.

Now here’s a rarity for us, a picture of old buildings that weren’t actually demolished by the Development Corporation!

This picture shows the houses opposite the row of shops in Sandy Lane today which include Bickerstaffe’s Butchers and the off-licence.

If you have any recollections of this image please post your comments below.