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I was down in Lodge Lane a little way back and managed to get a glimpse of my old Junior and infant School, 'Tiber Street', just before it was completely demolished.


I haven't any brilliant memories of how it was at school - I do know that it was situated between the top end of Tiber Street and Tagus Street on Lodge Lane... In the Tagus Street their was an old Drill Hall used by the Home Guard during the Second World War, It was the back of the shops... and oh! what shops... The sweet shop at the top corner of Tiber Street was where we bought our sticky lice, colsfoot rock, cinnamon sticks, licquorice and so on... I used up many a sweet ration voucher in that place...

That was just over Lodge Lane from William's the bakers which was next door to Dicky Wood's newsagents...

Dicky Woods used to sell us our Dandy and Beanos - the Eagle - The Beezer  and such other deemed collectibles...

Dicky was a fat old guy (not quite PC, but...) who could always be seen riding his bike up and down Lodge Lane his knees sticking up in a very uncomfortable - I hear tell that he was a retired bobby...

There was a relatively open phone box in Dicky's (I think it was the only available phone when I was a kid) not much privacy - but providing much entertainment when only one side of an argument could be heard... we didn't have tellys in those days...

Tiber Street was almost opposite Cedar Grove where my mother moved in after marrying my dad on 26th December 1940... my sister Juli was born there in 1941 and then I came along in March 1943... At the junction of Lodge Lane and Cedar Grove there was an office licence - (formerly a licenced beer house) next to Wood's and on the other corner was a Wesleyan Chapel - that was pulled down a long while ago and is now a supermarket...

In the late 1800s, Tagus Street, along with, Lodge Lane and the surrounding streets was just being built. There were still several empty, new homes, Many of the occupants had migrated from Wales to work in the Ropeworks...

In 1880 a 24 year old  portrait photographer by the name of Arthur S. Edrington, had  moved from Bath in Somerset   into number 2,Tagus Street, to be with his Liverpool born wife.

George Bergman another photographer had moved into number 6, bringing his 5 children from Hampshire - his youngest son Arthur was the first scouser of the family being born in Liverpool... the fmaily had migrated via Great Easton in Essex...

There were several men employed as Moulder Artz including William Armour aged 40 from Durham, living in number 66...

Their were Rope Workers, Dock Porters, Car Drivers, French Polishers, Wheelwrights... there was  William O'Hara from Dublin aged 24 a Railway Labourer - Edge Hill Station was a short walk away... there was a monthly nurse and several  Policemen including one called George Roberts from Churton - he lived in 84...there was a printer from Runcorn... a joiner, a blacksmith... several printer compositers... a paper and paint hanger, a boot and shoemaker... an 'iron and tin smith' - Edward Sheil at number 9... a sawyer, a cabinet maker...and Joseph Hamilton, a Stone Mason employing, 6 others, who lived in number 29... THomas P. Major who had the distinction of being Chief Clerk of 'S W Lanc Liberal Association' lived with his Scottish wife and his Irish mother at number 39... and at number 107 Tagus Street there was cow keeper - milk seller named Thomas Handley from Garsdale York, with 7 cows, his brother John had 6...

Tagus Street had 58  households living in 67 dwellings in 1881, (8 dwellings were recorded as uninahbited): 215 occupations were recorded out of a total of 267 people registered - this included 55 wives of heads, 91 sons of heads, and 98 daughters of heads....

80 of the females had originally been born in Liverpool.and 81 males born in Liverpool... 4 males had been born in Scotland...and 6 females had been born in Scotland... 2 Females had been born in Manchester as well as 2 males... one male had been born in Dublin and 1 female...

There was 1 sister in law...

3 Stepsons...

1 father in law

There were 84 Scholars...

 

There were seven people who were boarding with the host.

 

 

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