And we’re back!
Firstly, apologies for the lack of posts. What with the Easter holiday, work stuff and jury service at Liverpool Crown Court for a couple of weeks (a worthy, but somewhat inconvenient civic duty), I’ve not had the time to publish items on the site. If you’ve emailed, I’ve not seen it yet.
Now, this week’s photo. Pictured above is a photo of Wilton Grange that I bought from someone in Manchester. This person was researching an area of Manchester also called Wilton Grange but when she realised the photo wasn’t of the area she got in touch with me. So I ended up refunding the fiver she paid for the photo on ebay.
Now I’m not sure but I think (hope) that this photo is of an old house on Meols Drive. We’ve discussed it before in some detail but to recap, it was once the home of Robert Cain, the owner of Cain’s Brewery in Liverpool. It was located near Pinfold Lane, which is probably West Kirby rather than Hoylake but we’ll ignore that for this post. The Cain family also had properties on North Parade – we’ve discussed that here. And to get an idea of what these two houses were like, have a look at the photos of the righthand one that’s just sold this week on rightmove.
As Wilton Grange became a convalescent home for injured officers, this may well explain why there are several people sat outside the property. Obviously it was a sizeable house and would be possibly be worth a couple of million in today’s market (if it wasn’t a hotel, nursing home or as it actually became, apartment blocks). I guess someone had a run of postcards printed off so the recovering officers were able to write home to loved-ones, though the one I’ve now got is blank.
Can anyone confirm if the photo is of Wilton Grange, Meols Drive?