|Laurence Matthew Furlong
I just wanted to take the opportunity to compliment you
on your brilliant web site. Not only is it very
informative, but its presentation is of a high standard.
I enjoy looking in for a good read often, and never fail
to recommend your history site to any serious student of
We enjoyed another
of your wonderful walks today (Thursaston/Irby). They are
becoming my first port of call for ideas when a local
walk is needed. So clear and informative. Please
know how helpful your website is and many thanks for your
commitment to it. Keep up the good work!
What a fantastic
website - am really enjoying this site will return to it
I lived in Vale Road
Woolton from my birth in 1926 until leaving for Canada in
1955, where I worked as a Professional Structural
Engineer until my retirement in1991. Was at St. Peters School until
1940, then Old Swan Tech. until 1942. I have just learned
of this very interesting site, which I will enjoy
investigating further. An excellent site that has been
put in my favourites to go back and explore time and
again. You have done a lot of work and research. This site is going to provide me with
hours of exploration of my home area, and talking of the
Allerton Oak in Calderstones Park, that is the place my
father worked as a gardener. I consider myself very
lucky to have grown up in the area where we, as children
and adults, had access to Reynolds Park,
Allerton Park, Woolton Woods, Allerton Golf Course,
Clarke's Gardens and Calderstones Park. I emigrated to Canada in 1955,
and if you are interested, I have a website, part of
which has photos of Liverpool and Woolton area taken over
many years. Of note, the Three Graces when they were
black from all the coal burning ships along the docks.
They were sand blasted clean, but have still darkened
since then, but not to the extent they once were.
Just stumbled upon Allerton Oak. What a
treasury! I grew up in Litherland in the 50s but
the family moved to Southern Africa when I was 11, just
about to start at Waterloo Grammar. I spent 12
years in Africa before returning for a brief 6 years in
England, though in the Midlands. I've been living
in Australia since 1974 and seldom get back to the old
country but recently have been researching family history
and am sufficiently inspired to make a return visit later
this year. Allerton Oak has awakened so many
memories, visual and other, and I've learned more about
Liverpool history in this short time than I ever
knew. Well done for such a great effort!
What an absolutely wonderful
website! I chanced upon it via Google whilst researching
the history of Shotwick and Woodbank. It really is a
fine example of what is good on the WWW and is very much
a credit to you. Well done. Bugger the hard work and
keep it up! Many thanks.
Love this site ... it makes me cry ... but in a
good way. I lived at the bottom of Church road Woolton.
The double decker buses (#73) did not even go up the road
at that time. Christmas morning we listened to the bells
of St. Peters playing Christmas music, and of course
their summer fete was always fun, especially the lucky
dip. Living on Church road, I would go to all the
churches, regardless of which faith they belonged to. I
went to the Archbishop of Liverpool's house (Catholic)
for firework night. The village was a safe place to grow
up in the fifties. It was a simple life. Wish it was the
same these days ... Jennifer Steier, nee Caveney.
Susan Taylor (Wallasey)
Just to say we discovered your website by chance
(googling for urban walks) & have now done 3 walks on
Wirral: Hoylake, West Kirby/Caldy & Irby: all most
enjoyable. Thank you very much.
Hi One and All. Have just discovered this web
site. Love it, and will be a regular visitor. Since 1976
I have lived in New Zealand, but in my earlier years -
Wavertree was home. I attended Hey Green Road School, and
later Olive Mount Secondary Modern. I was saddened to
learn that Olive Mount was bulldozed to the ground to
make way for some kind of residential area. My first ever
job was with the Royal Liver Friendly Society, in the now
famous Liver Buildings. Sad to say that whilst living in
Liverpool I did not appreciate it's history, and the
architecture. It's now only many years down the track
that I am finding more of Liverpools' history. Cheers
Fantastic! I cannot say enough good things about
your website! (Well, I could, but we would have to talk
in terms of compensatory pints then! ;) ) I finally have
a comprehensive view of what Liverpool is truly about. It
is far more picturesque than I had been lead to believe!
As an across-the-ponder trying to get a handle on
placenames, your site has assisted me tremendously. Your
attention to detail and good humour made for both a
pleasant and productive visit! Job well done! I was
especially grateful for your treatment of the Docks, as
my great grandad Henry Connor was a piermaster at one. As
someone else suggested, more pubs would be fantastic as
my other great grandad Joseph Ross, barber to the masses,
had his shop on St. Mary's Road right beside the George
Inn. I only hope his clientele visited him before the
publican!! Can't wait to see your next offerings! Perhaps
a view of all musical venues in the city? Church choirs
notwithstanding! Thank you for all your efforts!! You
simply must put out a book!
Have just discovered your splendid website -
congratulations! It's endlessly fascinating, both in
terms of images and facts. Thank you.
Gosh - what a super site. It covers all my
interests in Liverpool / history / walking, and even has
a separate page on ancient churches - a particular
interest of mine. I can see many a happy hour ahead
browsing through the site, and will no doubt be in touch
again. Thank you very much.
Thanks for the photos and info on Liverpool and
Wirral. It is a fantastic resource. I found it by chance
when researching for collieries in the Neston area.
My grandfather John Alfred Evans, b.1876 in West
Derby Liverpool, came to Australia around 1905 and little
was known about his family or where he lived. This site
has given me a huge insight as to what it was like and
still is in Liverpool.
As an expatriate Scouser (Wavertree) now living
in So. California, I loved all of the photos and
positively wallowed in nostalgia. Ah, the memories of my
Last year I noticed an old railway line and
station in West Derby village and was interested in when
the line had been closed and the general history. After
viewing AO I got all the info I wanted. A bonus was the
link to walks in and around Merseyside.
I have just received your web site from a friend
in the States. I have only looked into it briefly but I
am very impressed. I live in Melbourne Australia, and
anything to do with Liverpool has my attention. I look at
the Lark Lane site quite often.
(ex Liverpool, now in USA)
Thoroughly enjoyed your site. Thanks for the
great memories. Joanne Roberts (nee Joan Mansell), if you
read this, please contact me. Mansell was my maiden name,
we may be related!
I am delighted with the content of the website.
Both the information and the photographs are impressive.
All in all a great experience for those who cannot view
the area in person. Keep up the good work. If you decide
to publish a book let me know.
What a great idea for all of us who no longer
live in our Liverpool as we are still very proud to be
Thank you for all the effort into creating this
wonderful nostalgic site.
Recommended to view this site by John Finnigan.
I was born Joan Mansell in 1930 at 215 St Marys
Road Garston. I maried Ray Courbet in 1952. I miss
Liverpool more and more each year and regret ever moving.
Jim Beisty (NSW
Australia, formerly of Bootle)
What a wonderful site, congratulations. I have
walked some of the areas you have tabled on previous home
visits, but your great detail and photos will allow me an
even better opportunity to revisit many and more of the
sites/sights of my childhood.
What a magnificent resource for visitor and
local alike. The walks are amazingly detailed and the
photos and history add real flavour to the experience.
Thank you so much for the time and effort invested in the
ex-Dingle now Arizona, USA
Excellent site. Keep up the good work.
Hi Laurence. Like your site a lot. Will be
visiting it regularly. Keep up the good work. Have you
got more pictures of pubs?
I've just spent a lovely, interesting and
nostalgic hour or so on your website. Your photos are
great, especially St. George's Hall, Walker Art Gallery,
etc. Keep up the good work!
Marg and Andy
It brought a tear to our collective eye to see
scenes of Merseyside again. Loved living in liverpool,
and recently seeing lots of our dear friends again after
a very long sojourn. Arightlike!
Nice pictures of Wirral, especially the ones
near Heswall and the Wirral Way.
A thoroughly well researched site full of
interesting walks, facts, comments and, not least, high
quality photographs. A feast for those interested in all
things Scouse, and a valuable source of information and
A very attractive website. The photographs are
good and the walks well planned and detailed.
Interesting useful site!
Just had a look around your site - extremely
interesting. The photo of Allerton golf course with the
sun setting is very atmospheric and the Liver Building,
as usual, is mightily impressive.
Nice pictures on your site. In response to your
request for information, the landmark pictured near Hall
Road is one of two measured mile markers which were used
by shipping to calibrate their speed instruments when
In Woolton Woods there is a Walled Garden. I had
forgotten about this until I glimpsed it through the
trees. It has the old floral cuckoo clock in it. Thanks
for doing this walk - it took me back through areas
unvisited for a long time.