Jan Foster (Hoylake & Meols In Bloom) has been researching the history of an imposing house on North Parade that goes by the name of Grebnul.
It transpires that Grebnul and the adjoining semi were built on behalf of the Liverpool brewing magnate Robert Cain for his daughters. I’ve featured Robert Cain before as he had at least one other house built in Hoylake on Meols Drive …read this interesting article to find out more. Why is the house called Grebnul? Apparently the name is Lunberg spelt backwards. As reported (pdf) in the London Gazette in June, 1915 a Mary Elizabeth Lunberg of Grebnul, Hoylake, changed her by deed poll to Mary Elizabeth Langdon.
Here’s an old image that I received from Jim O’Neil recently, showing the land to the front of Grebnul, the former shelter that was next to the original lifeboat station (shame that’s still not there for sheltering from stormy weather while looking out to sea) and in the distance what looks like a building that must have been right at the corner of Kings Gap and the prom? Anyway, if you have any more information about Grebnul and especially any old photos, feel free to leave a comment or get in touch.