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#1029082 - 19th Jan 2017 7:23am Re: Taylors Villas 1874 any info? [Re: locomotive]
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Len Turner's Motorbike shop was on the library side of Borough road, the building is still there, Len's was next door to the cobblers, I remember sitting outside the shop on my AJS looking at the new Hondas in the showroom, saying to my mates "They'll never catch on", ah well, so much for my judgement.


Correct Loco,

Telephone Book, 1965,
373 Borough Rd, Birkenhead.

I remember a Motor bike shop on the same side as the Carlton, late 60s, nearly bought a bike in there, I also thought it was Len Turners.


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#1029093 - 19th Jan 2017 11:56am Re: Taylors Villas 1874 any info? [Re: derekdwc]
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I knew Len Turner had been on the 'odds' side of Borough Road, but I was trying to keep on-topic and only mentioned his shop on the 'evens' side as it was in the block that we were talking about.
Mrs Turner was usually in the front of the shop, while Len was in the back working on bikes. I hardly ever saw him. Mrs Turner was a pleasant woman with short black curly hair, and quite used to me popping in for bike bits. Just as well, because one day I went in and asked her if she had little rubber feet. She laughed and said that she had ordinary feet, thank you.
Their move from one side of Borough Road to the other was quite inconvenient for me. Because I lived so close to the 'old' shop, I now had to walk twice as far and cross Borough Road, as well.
I think Len Turner did a deal with Bob Simister - a car dealer and mechanic - who occupied the old shop for a while. Being in the centre of the block, he could run a car straight down the back entry between Raffles and Willmer Road, and work on it around the back without being seen from the front.
I couldn't find anything to speak of on the Taylors, but I think the boot & shoe maker/repairer living in that block may have once been of the same name as the shop next to Turners on the even side. I feel another topic coming on...

But, If you check out the April 1971 phone book, you will find Mr Turner at 332 Borough Rd.


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#1029096 - 19th Jan 2017 12:26pm Re: Taylors Villas 1874 any info? [Re: derekdwc]
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A bit off topic but interesting to me
Where are these street directories and telephone books posts and censuses? coming from?

Ancestry? - which I've never used



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#1029097 - 19th Jan 2017 12:39pm Re: Taylors Villas 1874 any info? [Re: derekdwc]
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A bit off topic but interesting to me
Where are these street directories and telephone books posts and censuses? coming from?

Ancestry? - which I've never used


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#1029109 - 19th Jan 2017 2:15pm Re: Taylors Villas 1874 any info? [Re: derekdwc]
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Cheshire Council have put quite a few directories up HERE
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#1029123 - 19th Jan 2017 6:31pm Re: Taylors Villas 1874 any info? [Re: bert1]
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I know we're drifting off topic, but in the late 60s there was P J Motorcycles the other side of Charing cross lights opposite the Woodlands School.

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#1029170 - 20th Jan 2017 1:36pm Re: Taylors Villas 1874 any info? [Re: locomotive]
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Quite correct. That was 134 Borough Road, on the corner of Gomer Street.

See a picture and more info on the Borough Road Topic.

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#1029172 - 20th Jan 2017 2:19pm Re: Taylors Villas 1874 any info? [Re: derekdwc]
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I remember Len Turner when he worked for Bob Simister Motorcycles on the corner of Nelson Rd and New Chester Rd which was strictly British bikes. I think Bob backed a loser. My bike at the time was a Triumph Speed Twin.

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#1029173 - 20th Jan 2017 2:20pm Re: Taylors Villas 1874 any info? [Re: derekdwc]
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I remember Len Turner when he worked for Bob Simister Motorcycles on the corner of Nelson Rd and New Chester Rd which was strictly British bikes. I think Bob backed a loser. My bike at the time was a Triumph Speed Twin.

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