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    Was going to give It a try, but I have to get two trains, starting at St Michael's to Sandhills, then to Omskirk from Sandhills, then a cycle up a country lane to Burscough since I ain't getting a third train. Says 56 minutes of train travel and thats daft since It's only on the outskirts of North Liverpool.

    Makes Max want to smash, cannot wait till I can drive.

    I can cycle to Widnes faster than that.


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    Went to Tarbuck and Halewood Instead.
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    Well I went to Burscough and all I got was a photo of a tractor and an electric and telephone pole In a field of wheat.

    Winds were too heavy so I had to pedal extra and couldn't find anything.

    Just been told harverts won't be there till August as the Inspiration for going there was because of Maddie Digital of Flickrs photo.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/maddiedigital/1184492495/

    Couldn't find Martin Mere either despite looking at the signs.
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    To find Martin Mere, go over the 2 bridges, one the canal, the other the railway in Burscough and take a left down Redcat Lane until you come across it some way down. It's near to Windmill animal farm, also well worth a visit.
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    Aw crap, I forgot about the Windmill pic I saw on Flickr too. I found the canal but lack of scenery except for boats and stuff put me off.

    I'll go next month when the farms harvest so I don't waste another 5.20 on a train ticket.

    I think I've gained a 4th sunburn too, I would use suncream but I never think I'll be that long haha.
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    I used to love visiting Ormskirk..especially the big market they used to have on Thursdays and Saturdays...........is that still going

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    Sure is.
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    Default Naked man hanging out of the window

    took my Nan to my aunt's today and we had to change buses at Ormskirk.
    as we sat waiting to go out I spotted this out of the bus window


    on the way back I had enough time to go and get a proper set of pics before the Lpool bus came in.




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    Well spotted Quincey - brought a smile to my lips!

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    Some great pics here on the site capturing every street in the L postcode area.

    http://www.liverpoolstreetgallery.co...lbum=41&page=1



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Some great pics here on the site capturing every street in the L postcode area.

    http://www.liverpoolstreetgallery.co...lbum=41&page=1



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    Thought Ormskirk was In Lancashire and had no Liverpool postcode?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    Thought Ormskirk was In Lancashire and had no Liverpool postcode?
    Yeah, the L postcode continues as far as Burscough/Rufford before the Preston (PR) Postcode takes over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wallasey View Post
    Yeah, the L postcode continues as far as Burscough/Rufford before the Preston (PR) Postcode takes over.
    Ormskirk is L39 & L40, but it doesn't make Ormskirk part of Liverpool.

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    That's true, it's not even in Merseyside but the Liverpool streets site is doing all the L postcodes.
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    Default Ormskirk, New years day 09.

    The parish church with tree and nativity scene.










    The North side.






    Looking down Church Street.





    Up Aughton Street towards the Clock Tower.









    A serene and peaceful town centre as dusk falls on the first day of the new year.







    The Eureka pub on Halsall Lane.






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    Good pics Ged. I like Ormskirk shops

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    "Ta! Ged, I enjoyed the pics. I visited Ormskirk Market last time I was in UK, brought back some good memories" Cheers

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    I;d visit Omskirk more If It didn't cost ?5.20 on the train!

    Should be close to driving soon though.
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    Cheap at half the price. Aren't you a student or out of work. Should be free then as far as Maghull at least. Cycle the rest in 15 mins easy peasy.
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    I always like to go to the lovely Mystic Mews, in Ormskirk, which is a nice arcade off the main street with some lovely but expensive shops off each side. There is a mad shop called the Fairy Wing Repair Shop at the end of Mystic Mewswhich has all manner of odd things. You can get a reasonably priced cup of tea in Chapel Gallery and also have a gander at the latest art works.

    I think the increasing student population from Edge Hill is changing the face of Ormskirk in terms of shopping and that seems a good thing to me as it was stagnating a bit a couple of years ago

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    old furniture shop

    Magistrates court in Ormskirk

    Ye olde police station

    Ormskirk parish church with it`s tower and steeple

    Steps out of gravestones in Ormskirk parish church
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    Nice one Joe.

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    Very nice Joe. Stokers Furniture store was once a school. There's pics in an old book showing kids in the playground, the wall of which was right on the main road though a none busy main road back then.

    The church is only one of two in the country with both a spire and tower due to two old ladies bequeting their savings to the church with one instructing a tower to be built, the other a steeple/spire.
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    My Dad used to tell me about the two sisters who couldn't decide about whether to have a steeple or a tower. Unfortunately, it seems it is a myth. The steeple dates from the 1400s (rebuilt from 1790 - 1832) whilst the tower dates from around the time of the dissolution of the monasteries (mid C16) when Burscough Priory was closed and Ormskirk church got their bells and built the tower to house them. But the legend of the sisters is very widespread.

    Seems even Spike Milligan got it wrong which is a shame as it's a great rhyme and story:
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    Quote Originally Posted by julieoapw View Post
    My Dad used to tell me about the two sisters who couldn't decide about whether to have a steeple or a tower. Unfortunately, it seems it is a myth. The steeple dates from the 1400s (rebuilt from 1790 - 1832) whilst the tower dates from around the time of the dissolution of the monasteries (mid C16) when Burscough Priory was closed and Ormskirk church got their bells and built the tower to house them. But the legend of the sisters is very widespread.
    Thanks, Julie and Ged. The revised story sounds closer to the truth. I remember the church very well from Ribble bus journeys I used to take with my Grandad when we went to Blackpool or Preston. After he retired from the Post Office telephones as a general manager he had a job installing phones for the "Blower" in betting shops. My wife and I drove through Ormskirk, at least on the bypass, on our way from Liverpool up to Lancaster in October, on our way to catch the ferry from Heysham to Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland. I regret we did not have time to have a look at the church. Hopefully on our next trip to the UK, . . .

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    Great photos GD

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    Ye olde drinking fountain in Ormskirk,1858
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    Open for the last month, the proprietor of this shop claims to be able to get his hands on any of your childhood sweets from sweet tobacco, liquorice sticks, sherbet dips, bulls eyes, arrow bars, egg n milks, bon bons, sugar barley, black jacks, spanish gold, gobstopper, truffles, rum balls or whatever and is doing a roaring trade.







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    The Continental Market was in Ormskirk today which means Spanish Paella in great big pans, Frankfurters like only the Germans know how, Belgian Chocolates and my fave, French Garlic Prawns the size of Mr T's fingers.







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    Nice one Ged.

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    Spent a lot of summers there as a pup.Worked on the library last year and Edge Hill in 2004 (the FacEd).Hasn't changed that much,the market it not as big as it was but the place is full of charity shops.The locals are livin' in the past,every new thing they try to stop.More building at Edge Hill(the towns biggest employer,the studets put loads of cash in and they don't want it) My mum and some friends wanted to open a day center for the terminally ill,a place where their carers could leave them so they could do shopping etc.Oh no! Ormskirk does not want sick people,lowers the tone etc,etc.
    And another thing,in reply to Zappas older posts,go and have a look at the Scott estate,off the A59 by where Burscough Rd meet it,BEIRUT.

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