(A) Sandpit No. 1.
Where my friend (Frank Perris) and I would go to watch Sandmartins
building their nests in the sand.
(B) Refuse Tip
was dusk Frank and I would go across to the refuse tip and shoot
the rats with Frank's air-rifle.
(C) The Golf Club
Where I was employed, at the age of fourteen, as an
Apprentice to the
Golf Pro Mr. Bill Davies. While I was there the great Henry Cotton came to play in an exhibition game.
(D) Upton Grange
of the big house bordered the garden of the cottage where I
lived. I would often see Sir Basil Nield (MP) and his sister, Beryl,
walking around the grounds in their Forces uniforms.
(E) Grange Farm
was opposite to the Lawn Cottages where I lived. Mr. Powell,
the farmer, kept pigs which he would slaughter to make meat pies,
sausages, black puddings, etc. I went only once to see his son, Joe, use
the stun-gun on the pigs.
(F) Upton Lawn
house belonged to Sir John Frost who was a former Lord Mayor of
Chester and also the owner of Frost Flour Mills, Ellesmere Port. This
house was bought by Mr. Fred Owen and converted into flats. Among
the tenants were Mr. Beresford Adams and his son, Phillip, Estate
(G) The Lodge
The Misses Rivers occupied The Lodge during the
(H) The Woods
where we (evacuees) would go and pick the rhododendrons when
in bloom and sell them around the village but we would be chased away
by Mr. and Mrs. Hampton, Caretakers of Upton Lawn.
(J) Extension of Golf Course
(K) The Village Hall
the war the Village Hall was used for activities such as dances
concerts and, on Sundays, Catholics would hold Mass there. I was an altar
boy. The path at the side of the Village Hall led to Newton Lane.
St. Mary's School was built in 1885 with bricks from the
the school. Mr. Chidlow was the headmaster.
(M) Riding School
At the side
of the school was an entrance leading into the yard and stables of
Miss Nixon's Riding School.
(N) Congregational Church
The Church Boys Brigade and Life boys held their meetings here.
(0) Scout Hut
Mr. Boyd, Scoutmaster, held the meetings for Cubs & Scouts (1st Upton)
(P) Wheatsheaf inn
(Q) Playing Field
Donated by Sir John Frost to the children of Upton.
Mr. and Mrs. Mason ran the Newsagents shop which was a
During the war I worked as a paper-boy at this shop.
(S) Sandpit No.2. Situated behind the Congregational Church and the Playing Field.
(T) The Frog Inn The Licensee was Mrs. Archer and her son. Robin.
(U) Darlington's Smithy
Situated in Liverpool Road, practically opposite The Dale Army Camp.
(V) Kingsmead This ring of houses is behind Darlington's Smithy.
(W) Demage Farm
was owned by a Mr. Fred Davies. I would go to the farm to
help with the milking and to collect the eggs laid by the hens in the barns.
(X) Council Yard All the Council equipment used to be stored here.
(Y) Dick Jones Smithy
We would go to watch the horses being shod.
(Z) The Dale Army Camp
Home to the 22nd Battalion Cheshire Reg