West Bank on the River Mersey
Sometime between 1861 and 1871 Ike Gandy moved with his family from Penketh & Sankey to West Bank in the industrial town of Widnes, a few miles further west along the River Mersey. Klick here to see this on a map.
The above photograph shows Victoria Promenade on the West Bank, Widnes bank of the River Mersey, looking upstream towards Penketh and Warrington. The tower of St Mary’s Parish Church can be seen on the right, and rows of terraced houses centre. The white building on the left is a public house (inn).
In the 1871 Census Isaac age 14 was recorded employed as a shoemaker in the family business, living with his parents William and Mary, brothers William 17, Samuel 13, Charles 7, David 5 and one-year-old sister Beatrice at 60 Cromwell Street, West Bank, Widnes.
An interactive map of West Bank will be found here. Here you can see a modern ariel view of Cromwell Street and other streets in West Bank which are mentioned in this story.