We continue to receive letters and e-mails from former Wavertree residents - and enquiries from those researching their family history - all over the world. We hope to put together a Wavertree Memories volume at some time in the future, and meanwhile we shall be adding some of the more interesting contributions to our website.
Here are a few recent extracts:
WAVERTREE GARDENS. 'I was amazed to read and finally see the transformation of Wavertree Gardens during a recent visit. I was raised in "The Tennies" from 1944 till I left Liverpool in 1978. … I lived in No.1a then later 19a, spent some fantastic years there … Would love to get in touch with some of the old gang.' (Bill Holmes)
CENACLE COTTAGE. 'I was born at Cenacle Cottage which had a street address of 20 Childwall Road, Wavertree, in the early part of 1933. … The garden [of the Cenacle Convent] was maintained by my father … Wavertree at this period of time was full of things for a young boy to see and do … We had Kellitts the grocers, with its open tins of biscuits along the front of the counter and the smell of tea, herbs and other fragrances from the East. … a cobbled laneway went through to Frederick Street, halfway up on the right was Lowe's Stables and Farriers. This was a young boy's paradise to see the big dray horses and the burly blacksmith shoeing them.' (Stan Neill of Brisbane, Australia)
NEWSTEAD. 'My father purchased Newstead in 1946 so that the extended family could all live in the one house. … There was electric lighting in parts … but no power circuits at the time we moved to the house. The stair banister and newel post were in polished mahogany and fitted with heavy ornamental wrought iron balustrade. Originally large black and white gravure prints of classic scenes from the Napoleonic wars hung in the stairwell in heavy gilt frames. …'
(Dr Rodney Brandon of Harrow, Middlesex)