Formby Arms Inn Serving the Community

Officers from the Royal Engineers conducting the 1845 Ordnance Survey record the existence of the Formby Arms Inn.

Formby Arms Inn 1
According to the Ordnance Survey map published in 1848 this building is sited on a place designated as the Formby Arms Inn. I cannot confirm if this was the original building but I suspect part of the current house was the Inn. The large section of the building to the left has a date stone incorporated into the fascia. This shows the date AD MDCCCLXIV which is the year 1864. So I think that section might be an extension to the original building.

Where's the evidence that the building was an Inn? The answer is shown below:

Formby Arms Inn
This extract from the Ordnance Survey map was surveyed in 1845-6 by Captains Hamley and Stanley, both Royal Engineers. The map was 'contoured' in 1847 by Lieutenant Barlow, RE this is a reference to the Bench Mark (BM 32.4) and engraved in 1845 under the direction of Captain Yelland at the Ordnance Map Office in Southampton.

As I wrote in a earlier story the community of the 'Old Town', now known as Freshfield, was well served in 'matters of the spirit. The map illustrates the importance of these two buildings as 'centres of community'.

 


Formby Choral Society Performs Carmina Burana in Concert

Formby Choral Society one of the North West's leading Choirs will be performing Carmina Burana at Liverpool Philharmonic this weekend.

Formby Choral Society April 2015The locally based choir has earned a reputation for fine performances of some of the greatest choral music.

They wil be joined in the concert by the Birkenhead Choral Society and Children from Merchant Taylors' School. Together they are also performing 'Feel the Spirit' by John Rutter and the 'Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra' by Benjamin Britten.

The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by David Holroyd.

Formby Choral rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:30 from September to May/June in Holy Trinity Church Hall, Rosemary Lane, Formby.

They also give Concerts of major choral works in November and March, with a carol concert in December.

Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff in 1935 and 1936, based on 24 poems from the medieval collection Carmina Burana.

Its full Latin title is Carmina Burana: Cantiones profanæ cantoribus et choris cantandæ comitantibus instrumentis atque imaginibus magicis

(Songs of Beuern: Secular songs for singers and choruses to be sung together with instruments and magic images).

 


St George's Day, William Shakespeare, Sun and Sundials

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He died on 23 April 1616.

William Shakespeare is quintessentially English who is also universally known. As is the case with St George, the Patron Saint of England, who's memory we celebrate annually. 

Shakespeare wrote:

SunDial BaseCarve out dials, quaintly, point by point
Thereby to set the minutes, how they run,
How many make the Hour full, complete,
How many hours bring about the Day.
        King Henry VI. Pt. III. Act II. Sc. 5.

In the last few days we've been blessed by glorious uninterrupted sunny weather and I was looking for an appropriate short story to link these events and Formby together.

This incomplete sundial is in the grounds of St Peter's Church in Freshfield.

It's one of a number of historic items and places registered on the Historic British Listed Buildings list, which is an online database of buildings and structures that are listed as being of special architectural and historic interest.

The details recorded on the list describe it as follows:

FORMBY GREEN LANE (east side)
2/39 Sundial approx. 5.5 m. south of Church of St. Peter G.V. II

Sundial. Probably C18. Stone. Tuscan column with square abacus on cyma moulding. Metal plate; gnomon missing.

(Source: http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/)

And the Gnomon that's missing well that's the part that normally casts a shadow on the dial showing an approximation of the time, they look like this image below, which explains the way they work.

Sundial Gnomon
ASundial Columns a resident of Formby since 1972 I've lost count of the number of times I've passed this column when walking into Formby Village from my house.

I've never noticed it before, which I suppose just illustrates how often I walk or cycle around with my eyes closed to the details of our rich environment.

This is the stone column to look out for.

There's also a very interesting building opposite St Peter's Church, which is not recorded on the British Historic Buildings list.

I think this is a surprising omission. It's an old building and looking at old maps suggests it was a 'Public House'.

Two places serving the 'Spirit' side by side.

 

 


Formby Roadworks and Traffic Interruptions from 20 April

Roadworks and traffic interruptions alert

Harington Road, Formby, Sefton Council

21 April — 23 April
Delays possible Traffic control (give & take)
Works location: Outside 48 42 14 Jcn Victoria Rd Jcn Birch Green Har Formby Sefton Council
Works description: '100mm (2 Layers Of 50mm), 10mm Ac Close, Bs En13108-01 In Carriageway'
Responsibility for works: Sefton Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

 

Woodlands Road, Formby, Sefton Council

21 April — 23 April
Delays possible Some carriageway incursion
Works location: Outside 24 Har Formby Sefton Council
Works description: '70mm (2x 35mm Layers)Of 10mm Ac Close Bs En13108-1 In Footway'
Responsibility for works: Sefton Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

 

A565 Formby Bypass, Formby, Sefton Council

20 April — 22 April
Delays unlikely No carriageway incursion
Works location: Rear Of 15
Works description: Works To Rectify Defective Reinstatement In The Verge
Responsibility for works: SP Energy Networks
Current status: Planned work about to start

 

A565 Formby Bypass, Formby, Sefton Council

20 April — 22 April
Delays unlikely No carriageway incursion
Works location: Opposite Raf Woodvale
Works description: Remedial Works Following Defect Inspection - To Top Soil In Verge Trace, Then Excavate To Repair Gas Escape And Reinstate Where Possible
Responsibility for works: National Grid Gas Plc
Current status: Planned work about to start

 

Altcar Lane, Formby, Sefton Council

20 April — 21 April
Delays unlikely Traffic control (give & take)
Works location: Outside 42 Altcar Lane
Works description: Replace 1 Bt Telegraph Pole In The Footway
Responsibility for works: BT
Current status: Planned work about to start

 

Barkfield Avenue, Formby, Sefton Council

21 April — 23 April
Delays unlikely No carriageway incursion
Works location: 16
Works description: Open Cut Excavation Required To Replace Existing Damaged Atplas Frame And Cover To Prevent Circumstances, Which Might Cause Damage To People Or Property. Works Required At The Request Of The Regional Highways Inspector, In Footway
Responsibility for works: United Utilities Water
Current status: Planned work about to start

 

Birch Green, Formby, Sefton Council

21 April — 23 April
Delays unlikely Some carriageway incursion
Works location: Outside 30 Har Formby Sefton Council
Works description: 'Granolithic Concrete (Mix 1:6) As Fillet To Edges Of Footway, Average Thickness 65mm (Only To Be Measured When Ordered By The Engineer At Specific Locations)'
Responsibility for works: Sefton Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

 

School Avenue, Formby, Sefton Council

21 April — 23 April
Delays unlikely Some carriageway incursion
Works location: Jcn Halsall Rd
Works description: Footway Patch Rigid
Responsibility for works: Sefton Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

 

Victoria Road, Formby, Sefton Council

20 April — 22 April
Delays unlikely Traffic control (give & take)
Works location: Outside 104 Side Of Entrance Jcn Golf Rd Opp62 Har Formby Sefton Council
Works description: '70mm (2x 35mm Layers)Of 10mm Ac Close Bs En13108-1 In Footway' '100mm (2 Layers Of 50mm), 10mm Ac Close, Bs En13108-01 In Carriageway'
Responsibility for works: Sefton Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

 

Wicks Lane, Formby, Sefton Council

21 April — 23 April
Delays unlikely Some carriageway incursion
Works location: Outside 58 Around Gully Har Formby Sefton Council
Works description: '100mm (2 Layers Of 50mm), 10mm Ac Close, Bs En13108-01 In Carriageway'
Responsibility for works: Sefton Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

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