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Here’s an old photo that I stumbled upon some time ago… over three years ago in fact!
It features members of two families, one being the Hyslop-Maxwell’s and the other the Willink’s. The Hyslop-Maxwell family were (presumably) wealthy merchants and land-owners with ties to both Scotland and Liverpool. You can read more about them in this dedicated website.
I’ve previously attempted to contact the publishers of that site for permission to use this photo, but nobody has ever got back to me. But, I’m sure they won’t mind if we can all play nicely together 🙂 Besides, some of you might be able to offer some information on the history of this family?
I’m pretty sure these cyclists are stood in the front garden of No 3 Valentia Road (the porch has changed over the years). Agreed?
From what I can tell, the Willink family must be linked to Willink & Thicknesse architects (background), the architectural practice behind the world-famous Cunard Building on the waterfront in Liverpool. Closer to home, Willink & Thicknesse designed the Bank of Liverpool building on Market Street (pictured, right – source). This Grade II Listed building went on to be a Martin’s Bank, a Barclay’s Bank and is currently the Smooth Coffee cafe.
Sir Henry Willink was a former Conservative MP and health minister. Presumably from the same family? (wikipedia link).
Does anyone know if it was the Willink’s or Hyslop-Maxwell’s that lived in Hoylake?