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#494316 - 30th Mar 2011 9:21am Fieldside Road, Woodfin coal merchants, 1946
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A photograph of Charlie Woodfin's coal lorry winter 1946
taken outside 16 Fieldside road, Rock Ferry. Charlie can be seen on the back of the lorry and the woman on the left of the picture is Elizabeth ( Betty ) Woodfin, his son Billy's wife.

Charlie and his brother George had been coal merchants since the early 1900's in the Rock Ferry area.Before the War, they owned stables at the bottom of Union Street that housed the shire horses that pulled the coal, Bookers cash and carry now stands on the land. When Charlie died, William Henry Woodfin ( known locally as Billy Woodfin ) carried on the business until into his 70's. The coal business ended when Billy died in the early 80's

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#494345 - 30th Mar 2011 10:49am Re: Fieldside Road, Woodfin coal merchants, 1946 [Re: cameraman]
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I think I know your mum she told me that your family had always owned a house in fieldside road.
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#494411 - 30th Mar 2011 12:57pm Re: Fieldside Road, Woodfin coal merchants, 1946 [Re: starakita]
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Mum still lives in Fieldside, she was married to Reg Woodfin who was one of Billy's sons. Myself and my brother still live in the area as well.This photo was taken in the early 50's. Billy is standing next to his youngest son Dennis who was born at the end of WW2, not sure who the other person is I used to go round with my Grandad during the summer holidays in the early 70's when he delivered coal around the Rock Ferry and Lower Tranmere streets. We used to load up in the coal yards at Green lane. This eventually moved to the North End of Birkenhead. Billy Woodfin was a very familiar site in the area

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#494429 - 30th Mar 2011 1:09pm Re: Fieldside Road, Woodfin coal merchants, 1946 [Re: cameraman]
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Sorry summer01, not got any of Rock Lane West. Fieldside is off Bedford Avenue by the Rockville public house

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#494437 - 30th Mar 2011 1:18pm Re: Fieldside Road, Woodfin coal merchants, 1946 [Re: cameraman]
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my brother lives in fieldside road

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#494442 - 30th Mar 2011 1:20pm Re: Fieldside Road, Woodfin coal merchants, 1946 [Re: ]
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IT is your mum I know, we used to walk round the park with our dogs. I know shes still got hers I still see her now & again
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#494452 - 30th Mar 2011 1:26pm Re: Fieldside Road, Woodfin coal merchants, 1946 [Re: delta6]
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Found a shot of Charlie Woodfin with one of the horses at the Union Street stables. Shot was taken around the 1930's before they purchased their first truck.

Charlie and his son Billy were one of the last Coal merchants to use horses.

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#494454 - 30th Mar 2011 1:29pm Re: Fieldside Road, Woodfin coal merchants, 1946 [Re: starakita]
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Small world Starakita, if the second part of your user name is your dog, then I think mum has mentioned you smile

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#494478 - 30th Mar 2011 2:20pm Re: Fieldside Road, Woodfin coal merchants, 1946 [Re: cameraman]
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Remember Dennis Woodfin Played cricket with him for Tranmere Victoria in the 1960s. Tranmere Victoria still play in Victoria Park

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#494484 - 30th Mar 2011 2:35pm Re: Fieldside Road, Woodfin coal merchants, 1946 [Re: cameraman]
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yes it is I miss our little chats & putting the world to rights
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#494505 - 30th Mar 2011 2:51pm Re: Fieldside Road, Woodfin coal merchants, 1946 [Re: alan128]
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Dennis & Reg Woodfin, taken in the early 80's

Dennis lost his battle to cancer in 2003 and my Father Reg passed away in 2007. RIP

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