THE MIDDLEWICH DIARY REVISITED APRIL, MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST 2020





Editor's note:

In April, May, June, July and August 2020 during the  days of the first Coronavirus (or Covid 19) 'lockdown', we thought it might be a good idea to revisit some of the hundreds of Middlewich Diary entries from the last nine years, giving the people of Middlewich the chance to spend some of their increased leisure time re-acquainting themselves with this unique record of Middlewich through the years. Here, all in one place, are links to all the postings.


PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO A CHANGE OF URL CERTAIN LINKS (HIGHLIGHTED IN BLUE IN DIARY ENTRIES) MAY NOT BE CURRENTLY WORKING. THESE ARE BEING UPDATED AS TIME ALLOWS. APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

5th APRIL 2020:CROWDS AT THE 1952 CARNIVAL

6th APRIL 2020: BRICKER CUP WINNERS TROPHY 1938

7th APRIL 2020: THE TURNOVER BRIDGE




8th APRIL 2020: SEDDON'S BROOKS LANE WORKS 1969 and 2017

9th APRIL 2020: 'PIRATE SHIP' VISITS MIDDLEWICH

10th APRIL 2020: MIDDLEWICH AUTOS and BOOSEY'S GARDEN CENTRE

11th APRIL 2020: 'WYCH & WATER' - DEEP IN MIDDLEWICH SALT COUNTRY


12th APRIL: MIDDLEWICH TOWN WHARF - EASTER SUNDAY 2013

13th APRIL 2020: FAMILIAR MIDDLEWICH FACES IN FAMILIAR MIDDLEWICH PLACES

+ 'CHESHIRE IN COLOUR' - A FILM FROM THE ROBERTS COLLECTION


14th APRIL 2020: THE DODGER AT CREWE 1955




15th APRIL 2020: KINDERTON STREET ROAD SIGN 1973. 

...and....'DID CHARLIE CRABBE MEET TOM JONES?'

16th APRIL 2020: RICHARD DEVANEY IN A KILT 1973

17th APRIL 2020: MIDDLEWICH SALT COMPANY LETTERHEAD 1946


18th APRIL 2020: DEMOLITION OF SHOPS ON HIGHTOWN 1972




19th APRIL 2020: NOW and THEN: CHALLINOR'S/GIBBIN'S SHOP IN 1948 and 2012

20th APRIL 2020: KING STREET IN THE 1940s

21st APRIL 2020: A MYSTERY WOOD MYSTERY

22nd APRIL 2020: LAWRENCE GARDENS and LAWRENCE AVENUE

23rd APRIL 2020: THE 1984 LEWIN STREET LORRY CRASH

24th APRIL 2020: SALT WORKS, GAS WORKS AND CANAL 1960s





25th April 2020: THE JUNCTION INN, LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY                 

'THE JEWEL IN OUR CROWN' MIDDLEWICH CORONATION CELEBRATIONS 1937

27th APRIL 2020: 'SEE HOW IT RUNS' - THE 'CEREBOS' BOY and CHICKEN




28th APRIL 2020: 'THE VIEW FROM 1987 - 'CHURCH AND CHIMNEY'
(MIDDLEWICH CHRONICLE ARTICLE)

29th APRIL 2020: THE BOGOTA BOYS AT THE 1949 MIDDLEWICH CARNIVAL

30th APRIL 2020: THE ORIGINAL LONG LANE CANAL BRIDGE

1st MAY 2020: THE TV DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW (HARRY JACKSON)

2nd MAY 2020: THE BUTCHERED BUTCHER'S SHOP




3rd MAY 2020:  FRED DODD'S GENTS' OUTFITTERS SHOP, LEWIN STREET, 1970s

4th MAY 2020: STEAMING THROUGH MIDDLEWICH (THE FIRST STEAM TRAIN THROUGH MIDDLEWICH SINCE 1968)

5th MAY 2020: AERIAL VIEW OF MIDDLEWICH 2018 by CHRIS FUCHS

6th MAY 2020: THE BERTIE WILKINSON MURDER - 50 YEARS ON

7th MAY 2020: LEWIN STREET FROM THE CHURCH TOWER 1972



8th MAY 2020: LINK TO 'THE WAR AT HOME' - MIDDLEWICH HERITAGE TRUST
                         (for the 75th Anniversary of VE Day)




9th MAY 2020: THE LAST OF SEMI-RURAL WARMINGHAM LANE


10th MAY 2020: 'BANK HOLIDAY' 
A short film made a couple of years before World  War II showing the rural delights of Cheshire.  

11th MAY 2020: LEWIN STREET and LEADSMITHY STREET FROM THE CHURCH TOWER 1983.  

12th MAY 2020: CHESTER ROAD, CORONATION DAY, 12th MAY 1937  

13th MAY 2020: THE WOODLANDS, NANTWICH ROAD, 1960s

14th MAY 2020: THE OTHER MIDDLEWICH









20th MAY 2020: SOUTHWAY THEN AND NOW (1987 and 2018)

21st MAY 2020: BARCLAY HOUSE, SOUTHWAY  2012
                           (UPDATED THE DAY THE HOUSE WAS DEMOLISHED)

                          + THE SALT SIDING AND THE BRINE LINE

22nd MAY 2020 'BROKEN DREAMS'. AN EDITORIAL ON THE ABANDONMENT BY
                           TESCO OF PLANS FOR A 'SUPERSTORE' IN MIDDLEWICH 
                           IN 2012. REPUBLISHED WITH ADDITIONAL FACEBOOK FEEDBACK
                           FOLLOWING THE START OF THE DEMOLITION  OF BARCLAY                                         HOUSE.  

23rd MAY 2020: 'NINETY-NINE YEARS OF ENTERTAINMENT'. THE ALHAMBRA.




24th MAY 2020: WHISTON'S TV VAN. EARLY 1960s

25th MAY: THE NIDDRIE'S BISCUIT TIN SONG!

26th MAY: 'WEDDING BELLS' (FILM). A 1938 MIDDLEWICH WEDDING

27th MAY: MIDDLEWICH RAMBLERS CYCLING CLUB BADGES

28th MAY: 'LOVE AMONG THE SALT PACKETS' (SONG)




29th MAY: SEDDON'S SALT ADVERTISEMENT 1895

30th MAY: A MIDDLEWICH UDC RATE DEMAND 1971

31st MAY: A MIDDLEWICH-NORTHWICH RAILWAY TOKEN

1st JUNE: INSTAMATIC MEMORIES

2nd JUNE: PATRIOTIC VERSES ON INN SIGNS AT MIDDLEWICH (c1804)



3rd JUNE: ERF MIDDLEWICH IN THE 1980s

4th JUNE: CLIFF'S CANNON BALL DISCOVERY (2010)

5th JUNE: 'MEMORIES OF A BOATWOMAN' (RADIO PROGRAMME)

6th JUNE: PANSMITHS AT MURGATROYD'S MIDDLEWICH 1963

7th JUNE: 'DOWN THE FACTORY LANE' - FINNEY'S LANE 1968


8th JUNE: 'EVERYTHING STARTS WITH AN 'E''
                  (ERF, ES6, ECSTASY AND ACID HOUSE)


9th JUNE: 'GLIMPSES OF MIDDLEWICH & WINSFORD IN THE 1960s' (FILM)

10th JUNE: 'FOLK, BOATS, SALT AND BISTO'

11th JUNE: NOW & THEN: REID'S BAKERY, 1987, 2012 and 2016 

12th JUNE: THE ORANGE WONDER, 1973

13th JUNE: HIGHTOWN IN MONOCHROME AND COLOUR, EARLY 20th CENTURY

14th JUNE: MIDDLEWICH'S TWIN AQUEDUCTS




15th JUNE: THE FIRST MIDDLEWICH FOLK & BOAT FESTIVAL 1990

16th JUNE: TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF THE FOLK & BOAT FESTIVAL

17th JUNE: STEVENTON'S YOUNG ENTERTAINERS (MIDDLEWICH CARNIVAL 1973)

18th JUNE: MIDDLEWICH ROCK & ROLL DANCERS AT MFAB25

19th JUNE: MIDDLEWICH GUARD STONES





21st JUNE: DAD AT CEREBOS (FOR FATHER'S DAY 2020)

22nd JUNE: MFAB MEMORIES: COPING WITH THE CAMPERS

23rd JUNE: STRANGE VISITOR (THE YORKSHIRE RIPPER)

24th JUNE: HERITAGE SOCIETY PLAQUES: SALINAE CENTRE






27th JUNE: 'OUR TOWN' (VIDEO)

28th JUNE: THE RIVER CROCO IN FLOOD, MID 1980s

29th JUNE: 'KORAL'S WORLD DANCE' (STEVE KORALSKI)




1st JULY: POCHIN'S (ICI) OFFICES BROOKS LANE, 1973

2nd JULY: THE COTTON HOUSES

3rd JULY: MIDDLEWICH SHOW 1937 (FILM, STP/BFI)

4th JULY: MEET ME ON THE CORNER - LINDISFARNE AT MFAB 25















13th JULY: ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY 1973

14th JULY: MIDDLEWICH ALKALI WORKS RUGBY TEAM 1938-39




15th JULY: 'MIDDLEWITCH MAYHEM' (BOOK BY HEATHER PARKER).

16th JULY: 'OLD NELL' - A TALE FROM 1834

17th JULY: 'A WARTIME TAILOR'S ACCOUNT (1942)

18th JULY: A MEADOW DAIRY TALE: 'THE MANGLED GROCERIES'

19th JULY: 'GHOSTS OF MIDDLEWICH STATION' by TREVOR BURTON


Lewis Battersby
Middlewich Station Master, 1920

20th JULY: MIDDLEWICH STATION GARDEN 1950s

21st JULY: CEREBOS OF THE ANTARCTIC 1910

22nd JULY: THE MIDDLEWICH DIARY: FIVE YEARS ON

23rd JULY: MORETON'S FARMHOUSE 1970

24th JULY: WILLOW-WREN KEARNS 1972



25th JULY: THE BATTLE(S) OF MIDDLEWICH (ARCHIVED)

26th JULY: MEET THE MIDDLEWICH METEORS

27th JULY: MURGATROYD'S SALT STORE-ROOM c1914

28th JULY: A MIDDLEWICH MYSTERY: BRASS CAPS

29th JULY: ON THE MIDDLEWICH BRANCH 2003



















































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