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    I just want share some thoughts of my own about Norris Green; somwhere I've only recently become familiar with. Until not too long ago (I'm ashamed to say) I'd only ever passed through the estate a couple of times, and all I really knew - or thought I knew - about Norris Green was what I'd read in the papers. I'll admit, my view of the estate was largely very negative.

    One thing that I always ask people though when they 'knock' our city is 'Have you actually looked around?'. Usually, they have formed their opinions from one news article or a negative story they have been told.

    Anyway, the point of this is that since I met a girl from Norris Green, I've been spending quite a bit of time there, and - you know what - I've actually come to quite like the area. Sure, it's not without it's problems (but neither is any other area of Livepool, or indeed Wirral), but it ain't all bad.

    I'd say that a great majority of the houses are well-kept, the shops I've been to are good and the people I've spoken to have been great - proper, true Scousers.

    I've been having a read of the Norris Green website, which I've found very interesting - SEE HERE

    I'll add some photographs this week too, I must take some photos of the fantastic shopping parades at Scargreen Avenue and Broadway. Now they would look great with a bit of money spent on them.

    To me, this is a fascinating place. It's a brilliant example of 20s / 30s corporation development on a grand scale. I would love to have seen Norris Green in its prime, and I wonder now whether maybe one day there could be a return to those times.

    I'm certainly glad I've discovered this thriving part of Liverpool, and I really would say to anybody that Norris Green certainly ain't all that bad...


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    Nogsy shopping arcade is on my site from when it first opened. I have spent time around there in my life, first, going the baths with rellies of someone who lived in Gerard Gardens and latterly through another mate.
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    Well put Ross
    I am a Norris Green lad. I think the place is a dump. The bingo in Broadway is tatty looking. The shops behind the bingo are a disgrace too. The little "hut" shop is now closed and looking rough.Most of the shops in the strand are empty and as for Landford shops...a sunbed shop,a chemist and a chippy.Great!!
    That's just a tiny bit of Norris Green.

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    There are two little 'hut' shops aren't there, under the bridges? There's the one at Broad Lane - which I went in recently - and there's one by the roundabout at Townsend. That one looks like it's been closed a while.

    The shopping parades are great though. I'd love to see them tidied up. Kind of Art Deco, aren't they? Late-twenties.
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    Hi Ross,

    Fabulous post mate, many thanks I enjoyed reading it [as I do most our threads on Yo! ]

    Here's a bit of history, old pics and newspaper cuttings describing the problems that arose after the estate was built: http://www.yoliverpool.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3893
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev View Post
    Hi Ross,

    Fabulous post mate, many thanks I enjoyed reading it [as I do most our threads on Yo! ]

    Here's a bit of history, old pics and newspaper cuttings describing the problems that arose after the estate was built: http://www.yoliverpool.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3893

    Cheers, thanks Kev - and an interesting link too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross08 View Post
    There are two little 'hut' shops aren't there, under the bridges? There's the one at Broad Lane - which I went in recently - and there's one by the roundabout at Townsend. That one looks like it's been closed a while.

    The shopping parades are great though. I'd love to see them tidied up. Kind of Art Deco, aren't they? Late-twenties.
    That's the one..by the roundabout. That is pictured on many old pics,shame it's gone to ruin. The swimming baths is well missed in the area. I spent most of my youth in there.
    It's a shame they got rid of those flats opposite the shops too. They used to look nice,better than the carpark that's there now.

    There's not many old pics about of Norris Green which is a shame.
    I am still searching for pics of prefabs on Townsend Ave,they built bungalows not long after and they got knocked down only a couple of years later in the 60's and Jack Sharpes golf course.

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    Man shot in drive-by attack on streets of Liverpool Norris Green

    A MAN was treated in hospital today after being shot.

    The 21-year-old victim was attacked on Cottesbrook Road, Norris Green, just before midnight.

    It is believed a car was seen driving around the area just before the shooting, which police suspect was carried out with an air weapon.

    It is understood the victim was on the street alone when the car screeched to a halt nearby and something was shouted by one of the passengers.

    It is thought a weapon was then fired from within the car before it sped off.

    The dazed victim took a few seconds to realise he had been shot.

    http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liver...0252-24057234/

    Another day another shooting.

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    Memories of Norris Green. Going to Broadway to Woolworths to buy some pickamix, Banners to buy records . The Regal every saturday , with Uncle Mac the compere. Going the baths, then to the `cafe` for a hot drink and sweets, which was the first shop at Broadway. New Years Eve everyone would congregate under Broadway Bridge. I always wondered what the symbol was daubed by the bridge, someone told me it was the BAN THE BOMB symbol. Which meant nothing to me at the time, well I was only about 10. Going in the library, which seemed so enormous to me. Going for our school meals to Strawberry Road, where we had to queue with other schools. Every evening we used to go to the `cottage` for more sweets, Sundays , going for the sunday papers to the hut next to The Broadway Pub. Think thats long gone now. The smell of Sayers, The electronic bells that used to play out tunes on a Sunday from St Teresas. Happy Memories.

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    They sure do seem like happy memories Linda. I went to the baths a few times with a lad and mates who'd moved out from Gerard Gardens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lindac8941 View Post
    Memories of Norris Green. Going to Broadway to Woolworths to buy some pickamix, Banners to buy records . The Regal every saturday , with Uncle Mac the compere. Going the baths, then to the `cafe` for a hot drink and sweets, which was the first shop at Broadway. New Years Eve everyone would congregate under Broadway Bridge. I always wondered what the symbol was daubed by the bridge, someone told me it was the BAN THE BOMB symbol. Which meant nothing to me at the time, well I was only about 10. Going in the library, which seemed so enormous to me. Going for our school meals to Strawberry Road, where we had to queue with other schools. Every evening we used to go to the `cottage` for more sweets, Sundays , going for the sunday papers to the hut next to The Broadway Pub. Think thats long gone now. The smell of Sayers, The electronic bells that used to play out tunes on a Sunday from St Teresas. Happy Memories.
    That cafe Linda my mum used to run it. Woolworths was great. I thought the pic 'n' mix was free ?
    Banners ...great shop for all the electricals. The baths I used to almost "live in". I used to get in for nothing as I was there that often. The Norris Green restaurant is where I assume you had your school meals. That was where the school board was when I was a kid. Then it got burnt down and now there's a few houses there.
    The Hut and the Broadway pub are still there too although the hut is no longer in use.
    I used to hear the bells from the Crown church where I lived. Happy days which also seemed sunny

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    Two pics...
    The old tram pic you can see "The Hut" in the background.
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    1955 WITH THE HUT AKA, SWEET SHOP, TAKEN FROM LRO WEB SITE

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    Thanks for putting up the pics, but I didnt mean that hut, although I did go to that one, I meant the other one (and depending on your age, you might not even remember it) it was right next door to the Broadway Pub, right at the side of the bridge (not the big bridge, as in your pic) and up a bit of an incline, think it is derelict land there now. If you dont remember it and your ever goin that way, you will see where I mean. .

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    Does anyone remember the little cottage as well, which was a tiny shop, cant think of the name of the road, but it brought you out onto towsend, near to where I have just spoke about, think its a private residence now, but me and my friend used to go there all the time, for sweets too. (No wonder I am a fat adult. )

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    I was born in 1931 in Stalisfield Ave, Norris green/West derby , & what a wonderful concept it was , where are the town planners now that could put a plan like that into operation . Dovecot /Huyton was a duplicate estate it lifted the living standards of the working class away from the slum-like conditions most were living in previously . Thank you for bringing back a lot of good memories ,we didn't have much money but we had a lot of fun . Ron

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    Lancelot Keay was responsible for those self contained estates, with a library, shops, wash house, baths etc - Speke won an award. How sad it is that they've been allowed to rot like this now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lindac8941 View Post
    Thanks for putting up the pics, but I didnt mean that hut, although I did go to that one, I meant the other one (and depending on your age, you might not even remember it) it was right next door to the Broadway Pub, right at the side of the bridge (not the big bridge, as in your pic) and up a bit of an incline, think it is derelict land there now. If you dont remember it and your ever goin that way, you will see where I mean. .

    Yeah that one is still there and there's now a barbers shop next to it.

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    The shop i think you mean up the wooden stair to the station was called Pedeltons.or pendos we called it.they also made ice cream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Lancelot Keay was responsible for those self contained estates, with a library, shops, wash house, baths etc - Speke won an award. How sad it is that they've been allowed to rot like this now.
    It's very sad indeed... these towns / estates are now, in many cases, the exact opposite of what they were intended to be. I can see instances where some of these estates began do see their downfall even before they were completed.

    The story is much the same for the 'New Towns'... Skelmersdale included.
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    Norris Green shops were once somewhere where people travelled to shop. In the late 50s and the 60s my Mother regularly took the bus from Fazakerley (the Kirkby end of it) to "Broadgreen shops" as she called it. It seemed massive and, astonishingly, quite exotic to us Fazakerley plebs, who did not have a Woolies or a purpose built baths or, for that matter, a dedicated shopping arcade of a similar size. My Mum was a particular fan of the fruit shops; there seemed to be hundreds of them. My friend longed to live over the shops in the arcade. Those flats were, in those days, highly desirable. My, how things have changed.

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    Try as I may I can't access the Norris Green site, as I was brought up there I'd love to see all my old haunts.
    To meet an old friend in a distant land is like refreshing rain after a long drought.

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    The Norris Green site closed down some time ago.Don't know why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wendyanne View Post
    Try as I may I can't access the Norris Green site, as I was brought up there I'd love to see all my old haunts.
    Have a look at Ged's site,he's just put some Norris Green pic's on! www.inacityliving.piczo.com/

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    Cheers Steve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wendyanne View Post
    Try as I may I can't access the Norris Green site, as I was brought up there I'd love to see all my old haunts.
    And where was your old haunts. ?

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    Hello Linda.the hut up the pathway next to the broadway pub was called pendaltons the made great ice cream and had an add on TV that sain "ther's nothing nicer than a pendltons twiser"Ooooo nice.

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