Many thanks to local Hoylake historian and author Jim O’Neil for this week’s Friday Photo.
Taken from the promenade between 1913-1918 in the background is the former Ellen Gonner Home (you’ll know it today as Hoyle Court – the “flats in the pink building”). The tower and spire at the corner have gone – either completely or partially, I can’t decide which myself?
In front of that is Fellowship House (it’s currently painted purple) and Jim asks: “Â The tower of Fellowship House is now a whole floor shorter but why? when? was it bombed? Any suggestions welcome! ”
Note that the toilet block hadn’t yet been built.
Jim will be launching his new book “Hoylake Then & Now” with a book signing event at Hoylake Library on Saturday 24th March from 10.30 to 1 pm.Â All are welcome, refreshments provided. The blurb for the book reads as follows:
“Hoylake Then & Now” is the latest book by local historian Jim O’Neil.Â Illustrated with 90 full colour photographs and accompanying captionsÂ this new hardbackÂ provides a real insight into the town’s past.Â It captures life how it once was and how it is today, comparing streets, buildings and people at work.
If anyone interested in purchasing a copy after 24th March they can do so atÂ Hoylake Post Office and the new HELP community shop in Market Street as well as from Jim’s website.