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    I'm compiling a list of famous people from the Toxteth and Edge Hill area. Any famous people, notible residents/ ex residents from past and present, can anyone help?
    John Meakin landlord (now deceased) of Liverpool 8; Peter Kavanaghs (the Grapes); The Basnett Bar and the Baltic Fleet fame may want a mention.
    He was infamously took to court for biting a girls bum in his cellar and then riding to court on a horse and carriage. Also known for wearing an admiral costume to work. Later took to wearing a bowler hat and pin striped suit around town. Once appeared on play your cards right with Bruce Forsyth in the late 70s. Was also in the Liverpool Echo during the Shankly years selling fake kaiser hats. on the back page. Finally dressed up as an NCP attendent and skanked a load of American Beatle fans for minding their cars during a convention. A real Liverpool character beyond compare. Their will only ever be one John Meakin. :


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    I still meet and talk with the famous boxer 'Hogan Kid Bassy' he is a gentleman.

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    I'd heard Conteh was from Toxteth, he lived in the tennaments the corner of Mill Street and Harlow Street. Was Mathew Arnold from Toxteth?

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    I'd heard Conteh was from Toxteth, he lived in the tennaments the corner of Mill Street and Harlow Street. Was Mathew Arnold from Toxteth?
    No Matthew Arnold just happened to die in Toxteth. Actually on Dingle Lane, when he was visiting his sister I believe.

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    Was Frankie Vaughan from Toxteth, he made a film on the cazzie.

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    Was Frankie Vaughan from Toxteth, he made a film on the cazzie.
    He was in a film with Anna Neagle, I think it was called ' These Dangerous Years' or Violent Playground. I'm not sure?

    Frankie was a great person and his Gran was a Russian Jew. She used to say to him, "Frankie when you grow up you will be number Vaughn (one). This is the source that he took his name from."

    I always thought that they came from the Scotty Road area ?

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    Frankie was indeed a great man.
    And rather dishy, too!

    "These Dangerous Years" (1957) starred Frankie Vaughan.
    It was produced by Anna Neagle, but she didn't appear in it.
    Frankie's character was one of "The Dingle Boys" gang, and it was shot on location and included scenes of the caves at Knott's Hole.
    Unfortunately no longer with us.

    Our own Gerard will probably be able to sell you a copy.

    BTW, "The Heart of a Man" by Frankie Vaughan is still one of my all-time favourite songs, but I'm not sure if that was the title of the film it came from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    Frankie was indeed a great man.
    And rather dishy, too!

    "These Dangerous Years" (1957) starred Frankie Vaughan.
    It was produced by Anna Neagle, but she didn't appear in it.
    Frankie's character was one of "The Dingle Boys" gang, and it was shot on location and included scenes of the caves at Knott's Hole.
    Unfortunately no longer with us.

    Our own Gerard will probably be able to sell you a copy.

    BTW, "The Heart of a Man" by Frankie Vaughan is still one of my all-time favourite songs, but I'm not sure if that was the title of the film it came from.

    I was living in King Gardens at the time and was 10. They rounded up a lot of kids and took us up to the Cassey, as extras. We had a brilliant day out and all got half-a-crown.

    Frankie then went on to put a cage over York House, so we could play footy on the roof. Hogan kid Bassey came down and opened it for us. Another true gentleman.

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    As far as I know he was from the Kempston st area, off Moss st.

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    Liverpool FC's Lee Peltier, who played four games last season in the Carling Cup and Champions League, was born in Toxteth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven View Post
    He was in a film with Anna Neagle, I think it was called ' These Dangerous Years' or Violent Playground. I'm not sure?

    Frankie was a great person and his Gran was a Russian Jew. She used to say to him, "Frankie when you grow up you will be number Vaughn (one). This is the source that he took his name from."

    I always thought that they came from the Scotty Road area ?
    It was 'These dangerous years". I've got a copy. Anna Neagle isn't in it, she produced it. Frankie was from Edge Hill.
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    Three of the Fourmost are from Dingle, Billy Hatton, Joey Bower, and Brian O'Hara (deceased). There was a footballer from Caryl gardens played for Derby 60s-70s, can't remember his name. think it was McGoven? Was Michael Holliday from Dingle? Alan Rudkin, Shay Neary, Larry Paul. Was in the echo in the week two lads from a family of ten from Upper Mann St. died, interesting stories, I think the name was Connor? One worked on appollo 11 as a welder, was well respected in USA, Flew the flag at the Whitehouse at half mast for him. Reggie Bousenque's family lived at Princess park, not sure if he did. Also first woman to climb the Matterhorn lived at Princess Park, sadly can't recall her name?

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    Shay Neary? Is he someone else or do you mean Shea?
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    What about the actress Cathy Tyson - was she from Toxteth?
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    Just found this thread, so heres a couple more names to add tom your list

    Victor Anichebe, footballer.
    Alex Cox, filmmaker.
    Niall Griffiths, author.
    Jeremiah Horrocks, astronomer.
    Holly Johnson, former lead singer of Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
    Mark Moraghan, an actor.
    Herbert Louis Samuel, the first Viscount Samuel of Mount Carmel and of Toxteth, who became the first Jewish Home Secretary.
    Allan Ivo Steel (1892-1917) English cricketer.
    Willy Russell writer and playwright.
    Kevin Nolan footballer

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    Here's a link to the Liverpool Echo:
    http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liver...0252-20260045/
    It's a interview with Jean Alexander. It mentions she was born in Rhiwlas Street, Princes Park (surely they mean Toxteth?). I never knew that, though I have heard she worked in Toxteth library.

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    [QUOTE=marky;96400] It mentions she was born in Rhiwlas Street, Princes Park (surely they mean Toxteth?). QUOTE]

    This area was certainly once called Princes Park. St Margaret of Antioch Church School on Upper Hampton St still claims to be in Princes Park and of course there was Princes Park Hospital on Upper Parliament St.

    These days this area is all now back in Princes Park Council Ward I believe.

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    I've always regarded the 'Welsh streets' as Toxteth. Anything else sounds just a bit too la-di-da.

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    How about author Lyn Andrews.. still lives in Merseyside and has written so many wonderful stories about Liverpool....

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    Hi Verdi, the 2 men your on about was my Uncles Frank and Fredrick OConnor they lived in caryl gardens and Frank worked on the appolo, he told us that he carved his initials into the nose so that he was the 1st man on the moon , wen i told my friends at school ( i was only 9) they took the mick out of me calling me a liar true gents Freddy lived in yorkshire but he wanted his ashes scattered on the mersey which we did, the ferry stopped for us to do this,we called it Freddy across the mersey, my Uncle Franks getting done next year, they were the cousins of Richard Shields (dickie) who won the golden gloves and ran the carylie boxing club. scousette
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    Scousette1st, do you mean Franky and Freddy who wrote the books 'it all came tumbling down' and the 4 'pub on every corner' ones. Has Freddy died then? What do you mean 'my uncle Franks getting done next year'? Is he palnning to die too - he's a presenter on Radio Merseyside isn't he, does he know about these plans for him
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    That's what I was wondering Ged but didn't like to ask

    Frankie is still on the radio isn't he.

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    As far as I know Lindy, wait a mo.....the airwaves have gone quiet.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Scousette1st, do you mean Franky and Freddy who wrote the books 'it all came tumbling down' and the 4 'pub on every corner' ones. Has Freddy died then? What do you mean 'my uncle Franks getting done next year'? Is he palnning to die too - he's a presenter on Radio Merseyside isn't he, does he know about these plans for him

    Scousette1st can explain but it occurs to me that presumably Fredrick O'Connor who lived in Yorkshire is different to Freddy O'Connor the author. Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scousette1st View Post
    Hi Verdi, the 2 men your on about was my Uncles Frank and Fredrick OConnor they lived in caryl gardens and Frank worked on the appolo, he told us that he carved his initials into the nose so that he was the 1st man on the moon , wen i told my friends at school ( i was only 9) they took the mick out of me calling me a liar true gents Freddy lived in yorkshire but he wanted his ashes scattered on the mersey which we did, the ferry stopped for us to do this,we called it Freddy across the mersey, my Uncle Franks getting done next year, they were the cousins of Richard Shields (dickie) who won the golden gloves and ran the carylie boxing club. scousette
    Did they live on the 1st floor landing in Caryl Gdns.
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    Hi, they are different men ged, my mums family lived on top landing of caryl gardens there was 12 of them, and my uncle dickie shields lived on the 1st landing waterways, they are bringing my uncle Franks ashes home next year to be scattered on the mersey. scousette

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    What Toxteth resident wrote this:

    When your mother has grown older,
    When her dear, faithful eyes
    No longer see life as they once did,
    When her feet, grown tired,
    No longer want to carry her as she walks,
    Then lend her your arm in support, escort her with happy pleasureó
    the hour will come when, weeping, you must accompany her on her final walk.

    And if she asks you something, then give her an answer.
    And if she asks again, then speak!
    And if she asks yet again, respond to her, not impatiently, but with gentle calm.

    And if she cannot understand you properly, explain all to her happily.
    The hour will come, the bitter hour, when her mouth asks for nothing more.

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