historian Andrew Lamberton isn't answering questions form "A
Dabber's Nantwich" website, and others who turn to him for
assistance, he has other
pastimes to keep him busy. For one he is Group Leader and Vice-Chairman of Willaston and
District History Group.
The group, which is popular with history fans in the village and
other villages in the area, "now
has a terrific set of photographs of Willaston School", said a
Explaining the photographic windfall, Andrew says: "Around
200 lantern slides from the school were deposited at Harris Manchester
College, Oxford (Unitarian), in the 1970s.
have now been digitised and have been made available to the History
Group. They contain some real gems. For instance, we think there are
two of Shavington Zoo which was the
precursor to Chester Zoo."
Willaston School has undergone a few name changes over the years and was
at one time the Regent Theological College. It is now the Olive Grove
The theological college itself moved to new
premises in West Malvern.
Standing between Crewe Road and
London Road, Regents Park is home to Nantwich Elim Church. It is
home to a number of Nantwich businesses and
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Andrew says: "This
is a nice picture of an early coach. It says 'Carimore' and 'Moore’s
Garage, Nantwich,' on the side and I think Carimore is a play on the surname
Mr Moore had a garage in London Road in the early 1930s."
This picture shows boarding pupils of Willaston school about to get
on the coach for a journey. They are pictured outside the
London Road entrance to the school.