I’ve received some great old (mostly) photos this week depicting various parts of Hoylake. John Broster got in touch and sent me two photos, one really old and one very up-to-date.
After last weeks teaser photo relating to the Jigger Club, here is John’s first photo that was taken in approximately 1902 at the rear of what was the butchers/ Ann’s Florist premises. John goes on to say:
The boy on the right is my father Joseph William Broster then locally known as Bill, centre is his brother Gordon, the lad with the dog I have no idea who he is, possibly someone may recognise him as their father or grandfather. Regarding your 1960’s photograph Before the Row, 78 Market Street was the Farm House of the Brosters who farmed there from 1850 – 1931, my father Bill Broster being the last to farm there, there were stables and cow sheds to the rear of the Farm House, the cows and horses would have had to cross the railway lines to get to his fields, I would think an impossibility these days with the amount and speed of rail traffic.
John’s second photo of the same Jigger club building (below) was taken far more recently in 2008. I’m sure the current owners of the building will enjoy reading about the history of what they own!