I was browsing ebay the other evening and decided to do a search for Hoylake to see what was available. Amongst some golf stuff and crockery items I found this ebay store that sells copies of old maps and they had one of Hoylake as it was in 1909. It was only £3 or thereabouts inc. postage so I treated myself to one (easily pleased!).
The map details a just-about empty Hoyle Road but does include the Parade School so that ties-in with the forthcoming centenary. There’s no Cottage Hospital shown and Deneshey Road is empty. On the reverse of the map is a list of names and occupations along with road names …I need to read this properly to see what I can find but there’s entries such as Haskins & Sons Golf Club & Ball Makers, 76 Market Street. There’s a lengthy local history article too so I’ll look forward to reading that.
Places I’ve noticed include:
- Gas works (I knew there was a local gas company)
- The Dale (what is now Dovedale & Clydesdale)
- Royal Hotel on corner of Beach Road & Stanley Road
- Boathouse at the Sandhey Slipway at Meols
- Bank Road (what is now Strand Rd)
Looks like I’ve had my monies worth already!