I've been living in L19 since January of this year (having grown up just down the road in L25, and lived in L8 for ten years). Our house is just off Springwood Avenue near Clarke Gardens, Springwood Crematorium & Cemetery, Springwood Heath school, etc.
I've been wondering about the name Springwood - it doesn't seem to be a district in its own right anymore (maybe it never was?) - presumably there was once an actual wood? Perhaps on the land where the cemetery and gardens are now? There's a small wooded area behind the pub in the park (aka Allerton Hall) which we always called Dead Man's Valley when I was a kid, and I wondered whether that might be a surviving portion of the wood?
The Allerton Oak website http://www.allertonoak.com/merseySig...verpoolAL.html has this to say about the former mansion, now nursing home on the corner of Springwood Ave and Woolton Rd
The neoclassical Springwood was probably designed by John Cunningham and is dated 1839. It was built originally for plantation owner William Shand but was completed under the auspices of ship-owner Thomas Brocklebank. The lodge and stables survive to the north. The house is now a nursing home.
I'm wondering whether the mansion took its name from the wood (assuming there was one) or whether the area and avenue took their names form the mansion.
Basically, I'd like to know more about the area, its origins and history but I'm having trouble finding information to get me started. Any help and info would be very gratefully received.