Colin Whitehouse visited the site recently and left the following enquiry in a comment on Stafford Street was my Playground.
Colin asks “Did I remember The Dan O’Connell, Limerick, and the Warwick Public Houses?”
Well I thought it would be simpler to answer his querie this way with a little then and now post and perhaps others may find something of interest there.
Just a couple of years prior to this photo being taken of Westbury Street in the early 1960’s you would not have been able to see the Warwick Arms, the large building at the end of the Street, top right hand side of the picture. Because what you see here now as temporary parking ground opposite St Patrick’s Church was up until then filled with back to back terraced houses that fronted Westbury street and Thornley Street.
The Warwick Arms had stood on the corner of the then still accessible Littles lane and St Mary’s Terrace for more than a century and is shown on the 1875 plan, as facing Carribee Street part of the fever ridden area known as Carribee Islands. A predominant Irish Catholic Community.
This will be noticed by the two later built and appropriately named public Houses The Dan O’Connell and The Limerick
The Dan O’ Connell stood for many years on the corner of Westbury Street and Montrose Street, opposite the Limerick which stood on the corner of Whitmore Street and most older Wulfrunians may recall the dairy adjacent to it Hickman’s and Mould. Which was later used as The Y.M.C.A.
Four decades on and the scene has changed little, its perhaps even calmer today than it was then. Now of course the trolley bus that left its terminus around the corner in Thornley Street opposite the Olympia Picture House has longed ceased to run to Heath town and Wednesfield , and the former Y.M.C.A after being substituted for the new nightclub of the swinging sixties in town “The Lafayette”, is now a Sikh Temple.
In the early 18th Century the Quaker’s built a meeting house and Burial ground here and today there is an open space in front of Westbury Chapel and this marks the site of the old burial ground.
Considering the amount of families moved from this area close to St Mary’s and St Patrick’s over years there must be many stories that can be told, many memories to be shared.
If you yourself can recall any such stories or similar memories, why not join our forum and share them with all of us.