Secret Sand Land

An independent local history website for Southport

My name is David Walshe and I am a proud Sandgrounder that has been researching the local history of Southport since around 2009. I aim to present well researched material via regular blogs, my twitter feed and also in book form, uncovering previously unknown facts along the way. My debut book, ‘Sandy Tracks’, is a unique collection of local history based poems, illustrations & historical notes. I also do talks to groups. Get in touch if this is something you’d be interested in.


My Story

In 2009 I started work on a family tree project with my Grandfather. When I began to look into my Grandmother’s (Rimmer) line I started to uncover places within Southport that I had never heard of, and that sounded fascinating, ‘Dean’s Court’ for example. A book was purchased for me, ‘Southport A History’ by Harry Foster which more than wetted my appetite. 

I started to collect books on Southport, as well as maps, directories, pictures, paintings, anything really and today I now have a large collection. In 2019, after many years of being active on Southport based social media groups and local forums, I started to think about fresh ways of presenting the history of Southport and what existed before.

In July 2020, I created the Twitter page, ‘Secret Sand Land’ as I was very impressed by other local history accounts and noticed there wasn’t one covering the whole town of Southport. In September 2021, I released my debut book, ‘Sandy Tracks’.

This website will feature regular & well researched blogs, whilst also keeping you informed about future publications, some of which I have been working on for a number of years whilst others are more recent and connected to other like minded projects. 

(Image below available for purchase from johnrshort@btinternet.com)

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