More light shed on Leys Road semi

The large semi-detached houses in Leys Road, Blackpool, one of them a former maternity home,  are circled in this 1959 photograph showing the demolition of Fieldings chimney on Warbreck Hill Road.  Below is the home's matron, Nurse Charlston, with Mona Elston and baby Pat (now Mrs Meddows)
The large semi-detached houses in Leys Road, Blackpool, one of them a former maternity home, are circled in this 1959 photograph showing the demolition of Fieldings chimney on Warbreck Hill Road. Below is the home's matron, Nurse Charlston, with Mona Elston and baby Pat (now Mrs Meddows)
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IT ALL started with a mystery photograph of a Blackpool chimney being toppled.

But when we asked readers for help in identifying the area - which was revealed last month to be Warbreck Hill Road - attention then turned to the two large semi-detached houses in the background.

Mona Elston with baby Pat and Nurse Charlston, the Matron of the Maternity Home at 26 Leys Road, Blackpool.  Pat is now married to Ray Meddows, of North Drive, Cleveleys

Mona Elston with baby Pat and Nurse Charlston, the Matron of the Maternity Home at 26 Leys Road, Blackpool. Pat is now married to Ray Meddows, of North Drive, Cleveleys

Now Rosemary Jones has emailed: “I also lived at 26 Leys Road, from 1977 to 1995 and the couple we brought the house from were called Charles and Mary Edge.”

Rosemary reveals: “The first thing that I knew about the house been a maternity nursing home was when my late husband and I moved in and our neighbour from our old house came for coffee one morning.

“Upon arriving she said she must go on to the top floor, which I thought was a bit odd, but I took her up. She looked around the back room and said ‘this is where I gave birth to my son Ken’.

“My husband’s mother’s side of the family farmed Leys Farm for many years. The family name was Sanderson and my second husband remembers helping with the harvest and ploughing fields, where Bispham High School is on Bispham Road.”

Another reader, Ray Meddows, of North Drive, Cleveleys, has a double connection with number 26.

He says: “As a regular reader of Memory Lane, it was with great interest that I saw the article about the old brickworks on Warbreck Hill Road. Of special interest, though, was the mention of the large house on Leys Road being used as a maternity nursing home.

“I was born there in 1943 and by a strange coincidence my wife Pat was also born there in 1945.

“I have a photograph of my late mother-in-law, Mona Elston, with Pat as a baby, together with Nurse Charlston, who was the matron of the maternity home.”

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