Many thanks to Dorothy Curtis for not only sending in the above image of the old Hoylake Parish Church (demolished in the 1970’s and discussed in this post) but for also sending me copies of newspaper articles detailing the tragic loss of five Hoylake men in a storm in 1894.
The press articles are unfortunately too large for me to upload to the site. They detail an inquest in to the loss of the lives of five Hoylake fishermen:
- John Eccles (Snr)
- Joseph Sherlock
- Joseph Rainford
- Edwin Eccles
- John Eccles (Jnr)
All men drowned at sea during what is described as The Great Storm of December 22nd, 1894. The bodies were found washed ashore at Southport. Sailing the fishing smacks (boats) called The Stag and The Ellen and Anne the men failed to reach land. I understand the men are buried in Hoylake Cemetery.