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Sherwood Crescent


Sherwood Crescent early '60s
Photo: David Halliwell
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Item #: 26036
This view is taken from the front bedroom window of No.16 around 1960. On the left of the picture, just above the rooftops, can be seen the long white building of, I think, what was GKN (Guest, Keen and Nettlefold). This was alongside the railway line to Southport (and is still there today I believe). I remember I could see a trail of smoke from the steam engine appear at this point and watch it all the way until it disappeared at Gathurst way over to the left. Marsh Green Estate was only a few years old at this time, we used to play in the houses when they were being built on the site of an old brickworks and quarry. Once the houses were completed I couldn't watch the smoke to Gathurst anymore.

Comment by: Giovanni on 18th February 2015 at 11:09

Wasnt GKN located at Woodhouse Lane? My employer, Tarmac bought tons of steel reinforcement from them in the 60's and 70's!

Comment by: t on 18th February 2015 at 14:39

the factory is no more, gone.

Comment by: DerekB on 18th February 2015 at 14:42

GKN was on Woodhouse Lane opposite the end of Beech Hill Lane and almost opposite what is now Farm Foods. I thought the building had been demolished and apartments built on the site.

Comment by: Ticsmon on 18th February 2015 at 19:31

I think that white building is Springfield Park or Woodhouse Lane athletics stadium

Comment by: farrie50 on 18th February 2015 at 23:28

is this before the Montrose pub was built?

Comment by: farrie50 on 18th February 2015 at 23:34

sorry didnt see other photo lol

Comment by: John on 21st February 2015 at 09:25

I love the shape of the lamp-posts.

Comment by: Mary on 13th May 2015 at 00:43

Yes John, I agree. I do as well.

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