Ellesmere Port nostalgia is on offer in an ideal Christmas present.
The new not-for-profit Cromwell Road Memories booklet, written by the members of the Ellesmere Port Local and Family History Society, will be enjoyed by those who worked in the town’s former industrial heart.
The long-awaited and fully illustrated booklet takes a fascinating and nostalgic look at the area.
Following on from the successful Whitby Road Memories published last year, which quickly sold out, the booklet is packed with narrative, pictures and snippets which shine new light on the history of that part of the town.
Editor Celia Webber said: “For many decades, Cromwell Road was the industrial hub of the Port with the huge Wolverhampton Corrugated Iron Works built there at the beginning of the 20th century changing the place forever. Employing thousands of people, it brought prosperity to this small ‘canal town’.
“Whitby Road and the surrounding areas suddenly came into their own with the demand for housing and shops.”
A century ago the road was a hive of industry with ever-increasing numbers of men and some women working in the factories that were established there.
First there was the iron company, locally known as ‘Joneses’ or ‘The Mersey Iron Company’ who not only built and named Cromwell Road but dominated the Port for many years.
From the 1920s Robertson’s worked alongside Jones’s eventually taking over much of the site.
The booklet charts the highs and the lows of these two great industrial firms and the long list of the many new companies that were attracted to the busy industrial road including Sir Alfred MacAlpine and the Royal Ordnance Factory.
Also mentioned is the gas works and the many memories of people collecting a bag or two of coke while the final chapters look to Cromwell Road’s exciting future.
Celia, who is chairman of the local and family history society, added: “Many new sources have been used.
“There are contributions from the people who lived the story, along with press cuttings, extracts from publications, the internet and personal photographs.”
The society points out most of the townspeople of Ellesmere Port have either worked down Cromwell Road or had a member of their family who did and many have passed on their stories for the booklet.
Mayor of Ellesmere Port Lynn Clare said: “Once an industrial estate, then wasteland, the character of the area will now change again as house building will turn this into another vibrant community for Ellesmere Port.
“I look forward to seeing this part of the town bustling with energy once more.”
The society will be selling copies, price £8.50, at The Port Arcades, from 10am to 3pm on Fridays December 11 and 18 and if there are any copies left on Sunday December 20.