I’ve been browsing through my archives and stopped on this very old image kindly sent to me by Paul Doleman. I like the way the photographer has captured the people chatting on the street corners (posed perhaps?) …something we all still do today when we bump into someone along Market Street.
By my reckoning the view is toward Meols with Trinity Road on the left (or Church Road as it was then) and Elm Grove on the right. Today you’ll find Wellington-Young Insurance Brokers on the left and Ambience Hair & Beauty on the right.
Those gates must be Shaw’s Yard and Elm Grove (or at least the land around Shaw’s Yard) was then known locally as Cockle Alley with, according some of your previous comments, several local fishermen living in cottages in Elm Terrace.
In the row of shops on the right you’ll find Joseph Iles, maker of plain and fancy biscuits no less! Mr Iles, being something of a big-shot in the village, had a second shop further up Market Street. Today you’ll know it as the Indira restaurant.
I wonder if the Lighthouse Inn was around back then? I suspect it was. And ideal for a restorative pint or two of ale after a hard day’s fishing the Irish Sea.