Stories from Home

Child RD

Esme’s Grandma moved to Garston in 1957.

Her favourite place is Garston Park where her nan and Aunty used to watch a puppet show!

Esme’s Grandad played football for Garston Royal Football team and was captain! His grandad worked uploading the bananas in Garston Docks!

Child 2M

Gemma told us that Garston means ‘grazing farm’ and that the first recorded settlement goes back to the year 1235.

Child 2M

His Daddy has lived here for 30 yrs!Beryl lives on his road and has lived on his road the longest – she also went to Gilmour.

Whats special is the amount of families that live here (and families from our church) within walking distance. Funny thing is ladies who wear rollers and pyjamas in their hair at the ‘The Asda’

Child 2M 

Her favourite place is the swimming baths. Oldest person she knows in Garston is Geoff the lollipop man. Emily’s uncle is a crane driver and took a baby rhino to the safari park 44 yrs ago.

Child 2M

His family has lived here for 30 yrs. Favourite places are the park and church. Great grandad billy knows the best bookies and pubs. Good community. His dad says he is a Mud Man!!


Great Nanny lived in Garston for 82 yrs! She remembers the clothe being different and there being trams not buses.

Child 1S

Harry likes Messy Church. His sister lives by the River Mersey and her car fell in it! There are trains out of his garden.

Child 1K 

Lived here for 2 yrs. She likes the library and playground. Mim her neighbour was on of the first pupils at Gilmour. She tell sis there used to be a pond in Gilmour!

Child RT

His Nanny moved to Garston in 1963. His favourite places are Fun town and Football. his Nany has photos from 1970s at the Street Party for the Queens Silver Jubilee. His Mummy told him there used to be a carnival in Garston Park!

Child RT 

Her favourite place is park, library and the adventure playground. All her family still live in Garston and she loves it because she can visit them.

Child 1S

His family have lived in Garston for over 80 yrs. Nannie Jean is a Great Great Nan. her family owned fishing boats and her Uncle was champion boxer Joe Barnabas. His friends and family being here make Garston special.


Dad told me about Ginny the Screaming Ginny the witch. They like Garston because most of their friends live there and the school is here and the shops (where they get their magazines).

Child Nursery  

Oliver loves South Parkway and Cressington Railway. The library for books and park for scooters. the oldest person in Garston he knows is his Nan and Grandad who used to own a hoover shop in Garston.  His Nan remembers the swimming baths, cinema, laundry, gas works, bottling plant, the market, the banks. Mummy remembers buying shoes in Freeman Hardy Willis and shortbread from Wilsons Bakery.

Mummy misses Benny cake shop and remembers the supermarket being Lennons, Safeway, Somerfield, The Co-op. Nan and Grandad remember Woolworths, Old Banks Road School. She trained to be a nursery nurse in the nursery by the gas works.

Child 1K

Family has lived in Garston since 18th century. her favourite place is the swimming baths. The funny thing was people swapping charcoal for bananas!

My Nana’s family were all from Garston, she has traced our ancestors as far back as my Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather. He was born in Garston in 1804. He worked on a farm but my ancestors since then had worked in the iron works, the sugar works, and the bobbin works. My Great Great Grandfather ran the Cock and Trumpet pub opposite the gas works and during the war a bomb landed in the gas works but didn’t explode. It was removed by a very brave man called Harold Newgass. My Nana was born in 1953 and started at Gilmour infants in 1957. Her teacher was called Miss Patterson and the Head was Miss Palmer. On Empire day every year the Infants used to decorate their bikes and scooters with flowers and flags and parade around the playground.

Nana remembers the bungalows opposite the Infants being built there was a field and  barn where Florida Court is now. Nana used to feed sugar lumps to the horse on her way home from school. When nana was at Gilmour Juniors the head teacher was called Miss Fell. the building the Juniors are in now was Gilmour Seniors and it was just for girls ages 12 – 15 who hadn’t passed the 11+ exam. The Juniors was on the other side of the playground and has since been demolished. It was very old and had outside toilets which used to freeze in the winter. The desk in the classrooms had ink wells which had to be filled with ink from a can and you dipped the nib of your wooden pen into the ink to write. there was a very cold winter in 1962/3 when it was foggy and icy for weeks and Garston Park froze over. People went skating on it after school. Also on Garston Park there was a row of prefabs on the long lane side. These were homes built after the war for people whose house had been bombed.

On the side of the park where the gym is now, there was a bandstand and in the summer brass bands would play there. Also, every summer a traveling fair would pitch up on the park. there was a girl who went to Gilmour called Christine, she lived on the corner of South Mossley Hill Road and Whitehedge Road and her family and their house appeared on TV in an advertisement for soap powder. the advertisers called it Shining Whitehedge road and the name stuck for years.

Child Nursery 

Many of my family were born in Garston but many have moved. Mummy favourite place was the swimming baths and Caulfields pet shop which used to be owned by my Grandparents and Mummy had a Saturday job there.

Oldest person I know is my Great Grandma who is 95, Irene Caulfield (nee Sheron) – she wrote – I was born in 1920. I lived in my grandfathers house and butchers shop in Window Lane. His name was Horatio Fairbanks. Window Lane was a very very busy place with lots of shops on both sides and huge lorries driving up and down all day long:

– The Woodcutters Club (which was a men only club). Every Saturday they have wives’ night with entertainment

– Wilsons bobbin Works made all of the bobbins and shuttles for the factories to make cotton materials for clothing

– The Tannery where hide skins used to be cleaned and made ready for the shoe factories.

– Morton’s Iron Works who made all of the Bailey Bridges all over the world.

– The Copper Works who made copper for pans and cooking utensils.

– The Glass Company who made glass bottles for lemonade.

Banks Road School used to open on a Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00pm. It was a play centre where anyone of school age could go to attend various classes such as singing, poetry and plays or you could go and hear a woodwork or science talk. Garston Parish Church used to hold the Girls’s Friendly Society every Thursday where you could do all sorts of crafts (sewing, knitting and crotchet, scrap books, dancing and singing). There was also the Illuminated Tram which was very pretty. Everyone used to go to the bottom of the village to see it. Every Boxing Day we had a Comic Football Match. The men used to walk around the streets first collecting for charity. As it was Christmas, people used to give them a drink. By the time they got to the pitch to play, they could hardly stand up never mind kick a football! It was hilarious!

Child 1S

His Garndma wrote a long email with memories of Garston…

We lived in a ‘new estate’ off Holman Road 1952 – 63. Everyone in the street knew each other and all the children played together in the street. When our Queen Elizabeth was crowned we had a street party, with tables places from one end of the street to the other. Sandwiches, jelly, cakes and lemonade for everyone. It was a big celebration.

My Mum – Jacks Great Grandma – walked every week to Garston Market where she would buy material from Lens’ stall. He was a cheery man and his stall was stacked with rolls of all kinds of materials from which my mum would sew and make dresses and coats for all the family. The market was always busy and i especially liked the biscuit stall where you could buy broken biscuits for half the price.

I went to South Bank School – Gilmour Infants – the Head was Miss Palmer and i remember her as a smart lady with hair tied back in a neat bun. She would stand at the top of the steps in your playground whilst the school bell would be rung by on of the children to call everyone back into school after playtime.

The playground had a pretty rockery with a stone in memory of a sailor and his dog.

The school celebrated St Georges day and everyone dressed in red white and blue and brought Union Jack flags. I had a huge flag and could hardly hold it up. The teachers called me to the front of the class and I had to stand on a chair and show everyone.

In Garston the shops were

Lennons supermarket, Dewhirsts the butcher, Post office, Co-op where my mum worked.

There was a swimming baths with a large pool, small pool and cosy changing rooms along the side. We used to eat cold burnt toast with jam after swimming.

There was a cinema (opposite health centre) my brother worked there as a projectionist. The library where we went every week. The books were stamped with the date and we would pay a fine if they were late.

We had great fun at Garston park swings where we would spend half an hour on the ‘jerker’ one big swing for 6 children, maypole with wooden and metal handles and the swings.

Another memorable occasion was when a tv crew filmed a soap ad at Whitehdege road and they needed extras to walk up Shining Whitehedge Road.

Jacks Great Grandad said they must work hard at school or they would end up making matches at Bryant & May the local match factory.

Child 1S

In 1933 Lilla’s Great Grandad used to get sent to Garston Shore from the age of 10 to pull the shrimp nets because his father worked on the docks. his father would pay him 1.5p in old money. they would then bring them home to Lilla’s Great Great Grandmother who would boil them and sell the shrimps then take them to Liverpool City centre eon the first tram out of Garston.

Child 2A

Her family have lived in Garston for over 100 years. her favourite place is Garston Adventure Playground. Her two Great Nans Ninny Mc and Ninny Wakey are the oldest people she knows.

Her Great Grandad was called Tommy and he owned the King Street Garston pub. He loved darts and set up a Merseyside League. The men off the ships at Garston used to drink in his pub. he was known locally as Flopper. He loved boxing and football. He is now in heaven and Josie’s family miss him. Everytime we used to visit he would give Josie mints.

Child 2M

His favourite place is the swimming baths. The oldest person he knows is his neighbour Jim who is 92. He loves living in Garston and always wants to live here in the same house.

Harrisons Great Grandma, Marie, worked as a conductress on the trams from Garston during the Second World War, when women were called upon to do jobs that were traditionally done by the men (who were away fighting in the war).

Marie was very successful in this job, going on to become an inspector and later on into staff training.

Many years later in the 1960’s, Marie worked for a company called Garston Wholesale Grocerswhich was formed by a group of small local food retailers so that they could buy produce in bulk in an attempt to compete with the rapidly expanding supermarkets.

Child Nursery 

She has lived in Garston for 2 years. Her favourite place is the doctors. the oldest person she knows is Len her neighbour. Her favourite place is Funtown.

Child 1S

His family have lived in Garston for over 100 yrs. His favourite place is Garston Park and the oldest person he knows is his Grandad. His Great Grandad had a shop in Chapel Road in the early 1900s it was called John Holmes and Sons and they sold fruit. Daniel wrote…

My Great, Great Grandfather had a shop in 9 Chapel Road, Garston, in the early 1900’s. It was called John Holmes and Sons. They sold fruit, vegetables, fresh fish and rabbits. Deliveries were made by horse and cart and the horses were kept in stables at the back of the shop.

In Wellington Street nearby was Joys Farm, which was a house and cobbled farm yard where Mr Joy kept his cows. Each morning he walked the cows to the fields at Highbank Drive for grazing, then walked them back each evening.

Just after the Second World War my Great Grandfather and his brothers used to play water polo at Garston Baths, representing Garston. My Grandfather remembers being taken to Garston Market by his mother in the early 1950’s. There was no electricity for the market so in the winter the stalls were lit by oil filled storm lamps. My Grandfather also remembers, as a small boy having a friend who lived in one of the cottages in Chapel Road. These cottages all had outside toilets and one large communal back yard. These cottages are the oldest properties in Garston.

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