Old Merseyside #1

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Alittle while ago, Andreaa told us the story of how her family were moved from the slums of Everton Valley out to Kirkby. Many other families were also moved from Everton Valley to Runcorn, Widnes, Kirkby and Skelmersdale. These events happened in the 1960s, before Andreaa was born, but her Granddad raised her with stories from those days. Her family lived in Everton Valley with Andreaa’s mum as a small child. The other day I found a picture of Frances. It shows one of the streets in Everton Valley where Andreaa’s grandparents and her mum lived. The woman in the picture is Frances Pulford who was 72 years old at the time of the photograph being taken. She is featured in the photograph emptying a bucket of washing-up water down a gutter in the street outside the house in which she lived. There were no sinks in any of the nine houses in the road because there were no drains and only one cold water tap for each house. This was life in 1960s Liverpool.

The second picture is of two-year-old . She sits in the sun outside the lavatory that served the nine families from the houses in the street. This picture was taken on 3rd April 1960.

The final picture is of the living room of an elderly couple in front of the range on which they kept warm and did their cooking. The house had no electricity and gas lighting. The exact date is unknown.

  • Frances Pulford
  • Diane McCardle
  • Living Room

And they called them the good old days?

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Great Uncle Bimbo MBE

I was given to Davidd back in 1960 in St Catherine’s Hospital when I was presented to him as a “birth” day present. I came home with him and have been with him ever since. We grew up together and, unlike many other people, he has never decided he was too old to have a teddy bear. I am the oldest bear here at Jammy Toast.

59 Comments on “Old Merseyside #1”

  1. I was flabbergasted when friends of mine who live in Runcorn told me the first house they owned had no central heating, and in the winter their children would stay in the kitchen to do their homework because it was the only room that had heat (from the Aga), and that’s in the early 1970s. What’s up with that?

    1. I remember in the 1960s I used to wake up in the winter with ice on the INSIDE of my bedroom window. I used to leg it down stairs to eat my breakfast in front of the gas fire. I used to sit that close to it that to this day I still do not have hair growing on the outside of my left leg!

  2. Aw I always feels sorry for companies that pay so much for an advert on telly before Christmas that they keep it running all January and hope no one notices, my daughter has just asked me what makes my Christmas sparkle. Aw.

  3. I’ve watched that Shane MacGowan doc 3 times now. I love it. It’s great. I love Shane. I hope he outlives us all. It’s mental to think he managed to make punk songs that even my granda likes.

  4. When I got furloughed before I said to the office “That’s boss, I can have some quality time with my rabbit now.” They all looked at me weird and it’s took me a good few hours to realise they thought I meant a dildo and not that I’m an actual rabbit mum. Kill me now!! x

  5. “How do you do?” said Eeyore in a gloomy manner.
    “How are you?” said Winnie-the-Pooh.
    Eeyore shook his head from side to side.
    “Not very how,” he said. “I don’t seem to have felt at all how for a long time.”
    “Dear, dear,” said Pooh, “I’m sorry about that.”

  6. Janet sits here washing herself and Gloria Glover rubs against some wood. It’s just everyday life at the allotments and we all love our peaceful lives here. Sometimes it’s good when boring is normal isn’t it?

  7. Rolf report 6 Jan

    In the past week, several “cat vs. human” races have happened. My English human drops me off at campus then goes for a run. We see who gets home first. I’ve won each time. Once I’m on the home straight, in the lane near the house, there’s no stopping me.

    Rolf x

  8. Some friends are worried I might miss the little people during school closure. Don’t worry, some are still here. Yesterday a beautiful little friend of mine left some notes for me, it reassured me & brought tears to my eyes. I :heart: my little people.

  9. You know when snatches of last night’s dream come back to you through the day? I just remembered leaving two bags of cat litter on the bus on the way to meet the cast of the west wing.

  10. Happiest of happy birthdays to the bane of me existence Caffy aka The Crank aka me Queen, hope you have a boss day in isolation I’d be there with ya only I don’t want corona, luff u bbz xoxoxo

  11. Once heard a kid by the footie ground, 30odd years ago, minding cars, asked a fella could he mind his car, the fella said, “It’s ok kid, I’ve got a rottweiler in the back.” The kid replied, “Can it put fires out, mate?”

    Scouse kids, all over this being blagged malarkey!

  12. Happy birthday to me but also a sad day as my dad decided to pop his clogs 6 years ago today. I’ve grown to think that’s special in it’s own weird way so I’ve opened the bar early.

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