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Parkgate Plaques Unveiled

Author: David Johnson Published: 4th April 2016 09:14

On Friday 1 April there was a short ceremony in front of St Thomas' Church, when the Mayor of Neston, Cllr Mike Shipman, and Lesley Irvin, Deputy Church Warden, unveiled a commemorative plaque which tells the story of Parkgate's well-loved ‘fishermen's church'.

The ceremony was attended by members from St Thomas' congregation and the Parkgate Society. Martin Barker (Parkgate Ward Councillor), David Carter (Neston Town Councillor) and Cheshire West and Chester Officers also attended. Following the unveiling ceremony everyone retired to the warmth of St Thomas' for tea and coffee and the chance to have a look at the photograph exhibition mounted by the Parkgate Society.

Parkgate plaques unveiledDeputy Church Warden Lesley Irvin and Cllr Mike Shipman, Town Mayor, unveil the plaque at St Thomas' Church in Parkgate.

For some time the Parkgate Society have been promoting a Parkgate Heritage Trail, to enhance the image of the village, and the St Thomas' plaque is one of seven that have been commissioned by the Society in collaboration with Cheshire West and Chester Council, and with the support of Neston Town Council, to commemorate the various aspects of Parkgate's historic past.

The other premises to receive plaques at this stage are: Dover Cottage - for its connection with Emma, Lady Hamilton; Mostyn House - for its connection with Grenfell of Labrador; Balcony House - for its connection with the Georgian love for sea bathing; Seven Steps - for its connection with Parkgate's shipping era; the Old Watch House - for its connection with smuggling during that period; and (jointly) Pengwern and Sawyer's Cottage - for their connection with Parkgate's sea-faring days, the latter also being one of Parkgate's long lost public houses.

Details of the Parkgate Heritage Trail are given in the Society's publication of the same name, which is available from Mozkitos and Nicholl's Ice Cream Shop, Parkgate, and from the Society. Visit the Society's website: www.parkgatesociety.co.uk.

Additional photography courtesy of Roy Wilson:

Parkgate plaques unveiled

Parkgate plaques unveiled

Parkgate plaques unveiled

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At 10:40 on 6th April 2016, jonesy commented:
Memories !!!

I well remember going to Sunday School at the small school adjacent to the Church and the Harvest Festivals in the 1950's.

Morny Swift lived with his mother by the old main entrance.

I well remember the fishing families, the Higgins, The Bushells, the Smiths, the Jellicoes, the Mellors. and Swifts the Butchers and Eric Howes shop in Coastguard Lane.

I lived in Boathouse Lane at the time and delivered my Dad's Tomatoes to them all. Later moved to Little Neston .

Now living in Cape Town.

Regards to all Parkgate folk who remember me..

Edgar Jones

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