WikiWirral values you and your opinion.
Forum Statistics
Posts1,029,848
Topics75,779
Members13,634
Forums65
Posts in last 24hrs27
Most Online14,906
Nov 23rd, 2019
Who's Online Now
37 registered members (8 invisible), 1,366 guests, and396 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Social Media : Follow Us


Popular Topics(Views 7days)
New General Forums
This guy . . .
by GaryFromWirral. 18th Jan 2021 2:47pm
Cat needing good home
by muzzy2. 8th Jan 2021 2:03pm
Covid and Cars
by diggingdeeper. 2nd Jan 2021 11:48am
Furloughed
by diggingdeeper. 2nd Jan 2021 12:47am
New Wirral History
Gladstone Street
by Chevi. 6th Jan 2021 8:39pm
Birkenhead born Tramway King
by Norton. 28th Dec 2020 4:39pm
The Rockville pub
by madrob. 28th Dec 2020 12:29pm
Prenton Brick and Tile Works (off Prenton Dell Rd)
by edbrooke. 30th Dec 2016 5:07pm
Loads of old Wirral pics
by ZipperClub. 5th Sep 2014 8:37pm
Forum Tips
Photo Gallery Forums
Boaty McBoatface takes shape
The gathering storm: Mersey waterfront today
Topic Replies
Donald Chump
by granny. 18th Jan 2021 11:20pm
Free logs wanted
by Boots. 18th Jan 2021 7:48pm
Horses Killed
by Excoriator. 18th Jan 2021 5:24pm
The Co-op Ghoul
by Greenwood. 18th Jan 2021 2:39pm
Gerry Marsden
by granny. 18th Jan 2021 8:00am
What song are you listening to?
by granny. 16th Jan 2021 10:22pm
Wirral Covid Mass Testing
by diggingdeeper. 16th Jan 2021 9:04pm
Nervous Nelly?
by Greenwood. 16th Jan 2021 8:21pm
Women's LFC Top - Price Drop
by Julie64. 16th Jan 2021 6:13pm
January
M T W T F S S
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Recent Posts : What's On ?
Previous Topic
Next Topic
Print Topic
Rate Topic
Page 1 of 2 1 2
whetstone lane boxing club #1035627
19th Apr 2017 5:34pm
19th Apr 2017 5:34pm
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 35
Birkenhead
O
oldbirkonian1 Offline OP
Newbeee
oldbirkonian1  Offline OP
Newbeee
O
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 35
Birkenhead
Does anyone know if there was an amateur boxing club in Birkenhead possibly in whetstone lane? I am tracing my family tree and may have a cousin called Oliver Locke who I think was an amateur boxer.Thanks

Google Ads
Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: oldbirkonian1] #1035630
19th Apr 2017 6:24pm
19th Apr 2017 6:24pm
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 8,251
tranmere
B
bert1 Offline

Wiki Veteran
bert1  Offline

Wiki Veteran
B
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 8,251
tranmere
Willaston boxing club, Oliver Street, Halkin Street?


God help us,
Come yourself,
Don't send Jesus,
This is no place for children.


Bertieone.
Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: bert1] #1035632
19th Apr 2017 6:33pm
19th Apr 2017 6:33pm
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 8,251
tranmere
B
bert1 Offline

Wiki Veteran
bert1  Offline

Wiki Veteran
B
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 8,251
tranmere
Whetstone lane had/has the YMCA, may have had a boxing club.


God help us,
Come yourself,
Don't send Jesus,
This is no place for children.


Bertieone.
Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: bert1] #1035640
19th Apr 2017 7:22pm
19th Apr 2017 7:22pm
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 417
Upton, Wirral
L
locomotive Offline
Smartchild
locomotive  Offline
Smartchild
L
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 417
Upton, Wirral
THere was a Boxing Gym just past the old YMCA on the right hand side of the road, a big old house, I think it was something to do with Wally Thom or his family,(well known boxers) 50s /60s, i used to walk past it every day going to school in the late 50s,
Change of subject, the Oliver Locke you mention, did he work for the Dock Board ? if so, he was quite a well known Racing (road) Motorcyclist in his day, it's not a commom name so it's probably him, he was a friend of a friend, who used to speak very highly of him. This friend of mine was also a friend of Wally Thom, so it could all tie in together.

Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: oldbirkonian1] #1035643
19th Apr 2017 7:53pm
19th Apr 2017 7:53pm
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 5,161
Birkenhead
derekdwc Online content
Forum Veteran
derekdwc  Online Content
Forum Veteran
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 5,161
Birkenhead
Went to Willaston Boxing Club age 10 or 11 but left after being put in the ring against Les McAteer and another boxer Peter McCann.
I think we used to call it Campbell's Gym and think it may have eventually moved to Whetstone Lane


Attached Files
WBC.jpg (97 downloads)
Last edited by derekdwc; 19th Apr 2017 7:54pm. Reason: changed of to have
Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: oldbirkonian1] #1035646
19th Apr 2017 8:10pm
19th Apr 2017 8:10pm
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 13,867
Birkenhead
diggingdeeper Offline

Wiki Master
diggingdeeper  Offline

Wiki Master
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 13,867
Birkenhead
Whetstone Lane Gymnasium started by Johnny Campbell and assisted by Gerry Burns. Prior to that Johnny Campbell ran Provincial ABC. Whetstone Lane Gymnasium might have been in the Birkenhead Institute land?


The further you are down the pay scale, the more 'essential' you are when the s--- hits the fan... Sue Farbysmith 2020

Insults are engendered from vulgar minds, like toadstools from a dunghill - Charles Caleb Colton

We don't do charity in Germany, We pay taxes. Charity is a failure of governments' responsibilities - Henning Wehn
Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: oldbirkonian1] #1035647
19th Apr 2017 8:20pm
19th Apr 2017 8:20pm
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 5,161
Birkenhead
derekdwc Online content
Forum Veteran
derekdwc  Online Content
Forum Veteran
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 5,161
Birkenhead
Vaguely recall there being a boxing place where locomotive says, same side as the YMCA

Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: derekdwc] #1035648
19th Apr 2017 8:29pm
19th Apr 2017 8:29pm
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 417
Upton, Wirral
L
locomotive Offline
Smartchild
locomotive  Offline
Smartchild
L
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 417
Upton, Wirral
Definitely wasn't on BI land ( Mine and Derek's old school) it was lower down on the opposite side of the road.

Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: oldbirkonian1] #1035658
19th Apr 2017 10:21pm
19th Apr 2017 10:21pm
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 13,867
Birkenhead
diggingdeeper Offline

Wiki Master
diggingdeeper  Offline

Wiki Master
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 13,867
Birkenhead
This photo is titled "Whetstone Lane Gymnasium" from around 1959 but I guess this is the BI gym not the boxing gym?

[Linked Image]


The further you are down the pay scale, the more 'essential' you are when the s--- hits the fan... Sue Farbysmith 2020

Insults are engendered from vulgar minds, like toadstools from a dunghill - Charles Caleb Colton

We don't do charity in Germany, We pay taxes. Charity is a failure of governments' responsibilities - Henning Wehn
Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: diggingdeeper] #1035683
20th Apr 2017 10:59am
20th Apr 2017 10:59am
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 8,251
tranmere
B
bert1 Offline

Wiki Veteran
bert1  Offline

Wiki Veteran
B
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 8,251
tranmere
I've seen the 1955 directory for Whetstone Lane and there is no mention of a boxing club/gym, perhaps too early.


God help us,
Come yourself,
Don't send Jesus,
This is no place for children.


Bertieone.
Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: bert1] #1035700
20th Apr 2017 5:25pm
20th Apr 2017 5:25pm
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 417
Upton, Wirral
L
locomotive Offline
Smartchild
locomotive  Offline
Smartchild
L
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 417
Upton, Wirral
Bert, I left the BI in 1959, so it would probably have been late 50s/early 60s, but I lived on the corner of Clifton Rd for 6 months when I got married in 64, so it could have been later. now the memory cells have been jogged, I think it was Campbell's Gym, there was a sign on the side of the house, the picture off DD is the BI gym, I used to go up those ropes like a rat up a drainpipe.

Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: locomotive] #1035730
21st Apr 2017 7:10am
21st Apr 2017 7:10am
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 8,251
tranmere
B
bert1 Offline

Wiki Veteran
bert1  Offline

Wiki Veteran
B
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 8,251
tranmere


God help us,
Come yourself,
Don't send Jesus,
This is no place for children.


Bertieone.
Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: bert1] #1035752
21st Apr 2017 5:48pm
21st Apr 2017 5:48pm
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 417
Upton, Wirral
L
locomotive Offline
Smartchild
locomotive  Offline
Smartchild
L
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 417
Upton, Wirral
Brilliant write-up, thanks

Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: locomotive] #1036111
26th Apr 2017 8:43am
26th Apr 2017 8:43am
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 8,251
tranmere
B
bert1 Offline

Wiki Veteran
bert1  Offline

Wiki Veteran
B
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 8,251
tranmere
I've checked the phone books for, Campbell's Gym and Whetstone Lane Gymnasium, 1960/65/73 and under those names, not mentioned in any of them. A friend checked the 60s directories at the Liverpool records office and again no mention of a boxing gym/club in Whetstone Lane.

Loco's memory of it is good enough evidence of its existence, how did anyone find it or get in touch with it?


God help us,
Come yourself,
Don't send Jesus,
This is no place for children.


Bertieone.
Re: whetstone lane boxing club [Re: locomotive] #1036113
26th Apr 2017 8:51am
26th Apr 2017 8:51am
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 567
Cheshire
Y
yoller Online content
Smartchild
yoller  Online Content
Smartchild
Y
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 567
Cheshire
The boxing gym was definitely in Whetstone Lane, just up from the YMCA, where Locomotive says. I remember it in the late 1950s / early 1960s.

Last edited by yoller; 26th Apr 2017 8:52am.
Page 1 of 2 1 2

Moderated by  Mod 

Random Wirral Images

Click to View Topic.
Newest Topics
Horses Killed
by granny. 17th Jan 2021 3:29pm
Nervous Nelly?
by Excoriator. 15th Jan 2021 5:38pm
The Co-op Ghoul
by Erainn. 11th Jan 2021 1:54pm
Donald Chump
by mikeeb. 10th Jan 2021 1:39pm
Toyah . .
by GaryFromWirral. 10th Jan 2021 1:39pm
For Sale & Free
Free logs wanted
by Boots. 18th Jan 2021 7:48pm
Women's LFC Top - Price Drop
by Julie64. 16th Jan 2021 6:13pm
Women's LFC Top
by Julie64. 14th Jan 2021 9:53pm
AQUARIUM
by lincle. 8th Jan 2021 10:47am
kids boots used size 6
by gerry1. 6th Jan 2021 4:22pm
Member Spotlight
derekdwc
derekdwc
Birkenhead
Posts: 5,161
Joined: October 2008
Show All Member Profiles 
Newest Members
johnnyoldhitz, Rosielee66, Buckley, Philwilliams80, nicks22
13634 Registered Users
Today's Birthdays
No Birthdays
New Wirral Info
Nervous Nelly?
by Excoriator. 15th Jan 2021 5:38pm
Visiting the tip - opinions?
by Greenwood. 9th Jan 2021 5:25pm
covid & cold
by lincle. 7th Jan 2021 9:25am
Coastal views
by rossie. 31st Dec 2020 9:01pm
Time for a name change?
by Excoriator. 23rd Dec 2020 1:02pm
News : New Topics
Horses Killed
by granny. 17th Jan 2021 3:29pm
Donald Chump
by mikeeb. 10th Jan 2021 1:39pm
Eleccy Off in Oxton
by diggingdeeper. 3rd Jan 2021 8:31pm
Gerry Marsden
by lincle. 3rd Jan 2021 5:33pm
EU Migrants
by granny. 3rd Jan 2021 12:02pm
New Enthusiast Forums
The Co-op Ghoul
by Erainn. 11th Jan 2021 1:54pm
Toyah . .
by GaryFromWirral. 10th Jan 2021 1:39pm
Wirral Covid
by diggingdeeper. 4th Jan 2021 2:59am
Wildlife
by cools. 31st Dec 2020 2:21pm
Gaming PC
by karl1972. 28th Dec 2020 7:28am
Popular Topics(Views 24hrs)
Wirral Sunrise Sunset
Sunrise Tue 8:14am
Sunset Tue 4:31pm
Local Time Tue 4:33am
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1.1