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Life in 'lost' Ellesmere Port street to be chronicled by local history group

Town residents asked to share their memories of Dock Street for new booklet

A view of Dock Street, in Ellesmere Port, which was demolished to make way for the M53
Dock Street in Ellesmere Port was once the bustling hub of the town

Another aspect of Ellesmere Port’s fascinating past is to be chronicled by a busy local history group.

The Dock Street Memories booklet is now ‘work in progress’ and Celia Webber, chairman of the town’s Local and Family History Society, is asking for contributions for it.

The society has already published popular recollections of Whitby Road, Cromwell Road and Station Road over the last two and a half years which have been quickly snapped up.

The Canal Tavern pub in the Dock Street area of Ellesmere Port was demolished to make way for the M53
The Canal Tavern pub in the Dock Street area was, like the street itself, demolished to make way for the M53

Hot on their heels, a new ‘Town Centre Memories’ booklet is due out in the next month or so and Dock Street Memories will be the fifth in the series.

The group has arranged a meeting in Ellesmere Port Library on Thursday, September 29 starting at 5pm for people to come and chat about the latest booklet.

It will be held be on the first floor and the library will be open until 7pm that evening.

There is still a Dock Street in Ellesmere Port – it runs parallel with the M53 close to the Holiday Inn – but most of the buildings there were lost when the M53 motorway was built. Other roads and buildings close by were also demolished for the same reason, including some on Queen Street.

Before so many more memories are lost, it was felt now is the time to look at the oldest part of the town which for decades was its very heart.

Dock Street, Ellesmere Port, in 1955
Dock Street pictured in 1955

Many shops that were founded there grew and then moved as first Station Road was developed and then Whitby Road, sporting the names still fondly remembered by the older generation.

All are welcome to the meeting but if anyone needs more information or is unable to come and wishes to contribute to the booklet they can contact eplocalhistory@yahoo.com or leave a note at the National Waterways Museum (Boat Museum) with their contact details.

The address to write to is Ellesmere Port Local and Family History Society, c/o National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW.

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