'OLD WOOLTON' by Frank Cain
On Tuesday December 7th, we were entertained to a pictorial journey stretching nearly 900 years by Frank Cain. Frank asked us to imagine we were on a bus journey through Woolton and its surrounding hamlets of Speke, Hale, Garston and Gateacre - and we travelled with him from the 12th century to the eve of the new millennium.
And what a fascinating journey it was. Present-day MTL could not possibly compete. We met John Constable, Lord of Halton and Widnes, the Knights of St John, soldiers, scholars, French prisoners-of-war, mill owners, the landed gentry, Todds, Reynolds, Gascoynes, Benedictines, King John and a host of other notables. We were not too surprised to learn that Woolton used to have 40 pubs and that the Law was keeping a close eye on them. The Police Station was next to the White Horse.
Humour and history kept the large audience spellbound. We heard how Frank had persuaded a bus driver to stop his bus - on which Frank was travelling - so that Frank could attend to a man who had, apparently, fainted on the sidewalk along Menlove Avenue. The Good Samaritan found that his help was not required: the man was merely clearing a drain and had his arm down a grid.
Frank can be certain that, if he brings his bus down Gateacre Brow again, he will have no shortage of passengers.