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    Thanks Ged for all these terrific pics ,reminding me of a great day I had in Ormskirk in '93 on a trip home ,on Market Day too! I toured the church & cemetery ,noting the gravestones as pathways , felt a little odd walking on folks gravestones though. Ron

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    Its a nice little town with some good tea shops. I love Mystic Mews, the lovely old arcade of shops off the main street. I like the fact that Edge Hill University has expanded, although I dont think all the locals agree. The town seemed in danger of dying a few years ago. Chapel Art Gallery and Teashop is a nice place to stop and have tea and a browse. Ruff Woods, just outside the town is gorgeous too.

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    There's about 3 millions bakers/cafes. I don't know how the town supports them all. They even had two Sayers in the same street until they restructured that time and closed one down.

    I think the locals are a bit miffed about some of the rowdy student antics. Wednesday night is cheap ale and the town's only club is open til 1am - Las Vegas or what eh?
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    I absolutely love visiting Ormskirk every time I am home from Australia, I particularly enjoy market day on a Thursday and a Saturday, and I found out recently that the West Lancs Town crier, Don Evans, ls living in my old house up on Elmers Green, Skelmersdale, I wish I was still living there , a beautiful area, in all of Lancs, Beacon Park etc, if any of you know this area. I know where John Zapper is coming from Kerv , as much as I love my old city of Liverpool , a lot of it has declined, much to the worse, from when I was living there, and I go back far longer than you, 1942 till the present, and I still go back in my memories of how it used to be. But still proud to be a Scouser.

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    [QUOTE=Ged;105989]This is PhilipG's photo of Woolworth's, Ormskirk, lifted from the Wooly's thread.




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    Yes, I know Elmers Green well, the post part of Skem High up, not far from Dalton, great views - you can see the Cathedrals and Tower from there.
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    My mums mum and all her family are from Ormskirk/Lathom I got her side of the family tree to the 1700's in no time.

    All the rest are Irish and as soon as I hit them its a brick wall, researching Irish ancestry is so so difficult.

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    You've done well getting back to the 1700's there H.

    The problem with the Irish ancestry records is they were all destroyed in a fire so I've found it difficult to get any further back than my gt gt gt grandparents coming over during the famine in the mid 1840s.
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    Yeah but that was just the Govt records Ged, all the Church records are still there, its just knowing what district and Church to look in.

    I got my Dads side to 1843 they came over from Dublin ( found a source on Census for info), and even though I know there Dubliners I can't go further online, need to get over there and scour the archives to find wedding and birth info.

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    Ormskirk info was so easy Ged, its all been transcribed and free to get online.

    http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/Ormskirk/index.html

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    Great stuff H. Looks like a cheap ferry in the summer and plenty of guinness to fuel you around.
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    Ah tomorrow would be the day for sure begorra!

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    Catch yerself on.
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    this is in Ormskirk parish church,any idea what it is? Looks like one of the old liverpools urinals which were on the dock rd
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    I want to live in one of those big posh houses in Ruff Lane in Ormskirk. They are gorgeous. Just far enough out of the town to be quite but still accessible. A previous postee wonders how the town can support all the cake shops. Thats because all the students wander around scoffing them all day. It still has really old fashioned butchers and independent cake shops too.

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    Joe Royle still lives in Ruff Lane, saw him the other sunday morning. A big house with a sweeping drive, in one side, out the other. Some grand properties in Ormskirk and Aughton.
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    In 1956 the murder of shopkeepers, the Ormesher sisters rocked the small market town of Ormskirk and despite every male over the age of 16 being fingerprinted, the murderer was never found.

    http://www.ormskirkmemories.merseybl...n_ormsk_1.html

    Here is a scene of crime pic.



    And here is the same scene today




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    Gypsy was performing at Ormskirk clock tower last saturday.

    Her voice was captivating, effortless opera. I was never into that sort of thing but have accompanied my better half to a few Andrea Bocelli concerts (imho better than Pavarotti)

    I was talking to her, I'd heard her and her husband 'Purple' on Radio Merseyside the other week. She's sold out the Royal Court in the past and is next up on Southport Theatre. And no, i'm not on a commission.






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    On foot today and enjoyed it - must do it more often as you see so much more.




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    Very nice pics Ged.

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    Fresh in from midnight mass.

    There's something about Christmas and a medieval church in the snow. A brisk walk up the hill and a church organ blasting out Silent Night and O come all ye faithful.



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    Very fine photographs, Ged. Thanks for sharing the occasion with us!

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    Some more pics from last night when I braved the -11 temperature on foot from 11pm until 1am.




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    A very festive double fronted house I passed on the way.



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    A wedding at Ormskirk Parish Church at Mid-day today.





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