The Snape and Ashurst Family from Stocks Farm
as told by Mr Frank Waterson
Mr Frank Waterson was born in Liverpool in 1926. At the age of 13 in Sept 1939 he was evacuated to Skelmersdale, just a Village back then along with his sisters Edith and Dot and his brother Harry.
When they first came to Skem they came by train to Ormskirk Railway Station and then by coach to the Endowed School. From there Frank and Harry went to stay with a couple in School Lane and Edith and Dot went to stay with a family in Stormy.
About three weeks later all the kids were sent to Stocks Farm (click here to see details of the family from the 1901 census) and they had the time of their lives. Living at Stocks then was Grace Ashurst (daughter of Mr Daniel Snape) and Tom Ashurst, and their child Lucy (who later became Mason; she died in 2001).
He stayed there until he was called for National Service and went back to Liverpool but always came back at the weekend. The Ashursts eventually moved to Number 2 White Moss Road, a striking cottage directly opposite the old Engine Pub (now the British Legion).
Grace was Skem’s florist and the family had a shop in Liverpool Road.
Frank is now 80 and because of his bond with the Ashursts decided to come back to live in Skem in 1985.
Thanks to Frank, he has lent the Heritage Society some of his wonderful pictures which can be seen below. Please click over them to see them full-size.