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#154075 - 25th Apr 2007 1:07pm Old Wirral Pictures : Compare *****
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Where on the Wirral am i?

I have just under 120 pictures of the wirral in days gone by,
and i wanted to share them with you. There all at least 50+ years
and in Black and white.
So i thought that if anyone has a modern picture of the same place to get some comparisons up, of how its changed.

Or 50 years in is it just the same ?

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1 - 1930s Rodney Street, Birkenhead
2 - 1940s Central Hotel, Birkenhead, with George V Clock
3 - Looks like New Brighton Baths in back ground
4 - New Brighton Tower Building after Tower was demolished.
5 - Grange Road West the corner building on the Left is Bargain Booze
6 - Kings Land and Old Chester Road Bebington
7 - The Halfway House in Prenton
8 - 1950 Allansons, Grange Road, Birkenhead. Beatties took over the building in 1960
9 - Tunnel Entrance in birkenhead 1950 in the background you can see the Old Birkenhead Market
10 - The Park Hotel in grange road know dickie lewis. Think its changing names again dunno?
11 - Dock road in Birkenhead 1963 with Stone Maganeses and the Flour mills.
12 - Argyle Street 1961 looking towards Hamilton Square and the ABC Cinema now Rileys Snooker Hall
13 - Argyle Street 1950s looking towards Woodside
14 - Argyle Street Theatre 1900's
15 - Duke Street Bridge notice the Steam driven Lorrie ? 1920s
16 - 1948 Corporation Road in Birkenhead Looking towards Penny Bridge and the J Rank mill.
17. Dock road in birkenhead 1960 showing Stone Maganese Marine
18 - 1900's Oxtone Village
19 - 1961 Shore Road Pumping Station and showing the Old Steam Chimney looking up towards Hamilton Square
20 - 1965 Home Farm Road in Wood Church showing the Church in the Distance
21 - Lees Tapastry Works showing the Dock cottages.. The Tapastry work site is know Kwik Save (Somerfields) also in the Picture birkenhead north railway Station 1948
22 - 1960 Charing Cross Birkenhead the pole used to be greased in the middle as Revlers every New Year climbed it there where also toilets on the Roundabout and the Grange Pub is now Mcdonalds
23 - 1954 WoodSide Ferry Terminal the huge ship is the Reina Del Pacifico
24 - 1910 New Chest Road in Rock Ferry
25 - The dock cottages which is Know Illchester Sqaure in the North End the big huge field by St James Church. 1900s. My grandad was born here smile
26 - 1940s Old Chester Road Bebington
27 - Bidston Hill showing Observatory 1940's
28 - Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight also showing the Fountain infront of the Building. 1930's
29 - 1963 Maternity Hospital in Grange Mount it was demolished in 2002
30 - 1930s Woodchurch Road In Birkenhead see the halfway house in the distance
31 - Bidston Church on the way to the Ford Estate 1940s
32 - Seacombe Ferry
33 - Wallasey Village i think ?
35 - Brombourgh Brown Cow i believe
34 - Bebinton Rd : You can see Bebington Railway Bridge.
36 - Seacombe Ferry
37 - Liscard the picture is takin outside the Wellington on the corner of Seaview Road
39 - Moreton Cross
40 - Tower inn in liscard there should be huge block flats there lol
41 - Grange Road in West Kirby, looking towards the train station.
42 - Birkenhead North train Station
43 - Heswall
44 - Lever Brothers in Port Sunlight.
45 - Seacombe Ferry Terminal
46 - Storeton quarry
47 - mariners home on egremont prom
48 - Frankby Rd in Greasby. Looking on to Greasby Rd.
49 - Lady Lever Art Gallery
50 - Storeton quarry
51 - Hoylake Beach - Meols
52 - New Brighton baths i believe
53 - CO-OP in Liscard i believe its where Wilkinsons is not possitvely sure but its in Liscard
54 - By the looks of that its near the end of Kings Parade in Hoylake
55 - Castle Buildings, Telegraph Road, Heswall
56 - Bromborough Cross
57 - This is Pensby Road, in Pensby.
58 - Looks like eastham Village
59 - Parkgate
60 - Moreton Cross.
61 - Thorton Hough.
62 - Eastham Village : St Johns Rd.
63 - This is Little Neston.
64 - Rake Lane, Liscard
65 - Neston Cottage Hospital
66 - From Seabank road looking at Manor road.
67 - "The Boat House", bingo Parkgate.
68 - Hoylake Road looking towards Moreton Cross
69 - Central Park Wallasey and thats the Lake.
70 - Bidston Hill Windmill
71 - Bidston Hill Windmill
72 - Bidston Wind Mill.
73 - Raby Mere
74 - Raby Mere
75 - Williston Windmill
76 - is looking down Red Hill Road on Storeton hill
77 - Hilsbre Island
78 - Raby Mere
79 - Looks like Eastham Ferry
80 - Where am I?
81 - Fox and hound in the Barnston Dip
82 - Raby Mere
83 - Raby Mere in the 1930's.
84 - Wheatsheaf in Ness.
85 - This is Laird Street looking down from St James Church
86 - ABC Cinema in Argyle Street this is know Rileys Snooker Club
87 - This is Devonshire Road 1900's in birkenhead.
88 - 1900's Conway Street birkenhead on the Right you can see Shi*locks on the left you can see what is know the ABC Chemist in the distance you can see Ritzy Theatre (old mecca bingo hall)
89 - Alexandra Garage in Conway Street Birkenhead i believe this is where Europa boulveard is where the Road towards Conway Park Station (not 100% sure)
90 - 1962 Grange Road, Coburg Street birkenhead This is not here anymore and the Pyramids shopping centre is situated here.
91 - <Duplicate>
92 - 1940s Old Chester Road Bebington on the Junction of Tower Lane
93 - Shore Road Pumping Station
94 - <Duplicate>
96 - 1940s Slatley Road Police Station
97 - Grange Road West looking up towards Grange Mount
98 - Birkenhead Central Libarary on Borough Road
99 - Bebington Rd, New Ferry.
100 - Bouncing Bicycles - New Brighton Tower Grounds
101 - 1958 Oak and Eldon Gardens in birkenhead the site know occpys the Job Centre Plus and hordan house on Price Street.
102 - Birkenhead Park you can see the Boathouse in the Back Ground.
103 - Hamilton Square in birkenhead. Picture probaly taken from Town Hall.
104 - Hamilton Square again. Picture taken probaly from one of the Buildings near Hamilton street going down towards HSBC Bank.
105 - Birkenhead Park the bridge you see is know back as a Replica so you can Cross the Swiss Bridge.
106 - Picture from the Swiss bridge which is know reopen again.
107 - 1948 Old Bidston Road Our Ladys school know occupys this Site.
108 - Cammel Lairds, Birkehead 1961 liverpool water front can be seen in the distance..
109 - This is Rock Lane West in Rock Ferry You can see the Railway bridge and on the Corner is Wirral Tool Hire (the gate on the left)
110 - Slatey Road in Birkenhead this is Looking Towards the Walker Art Gallery...
111 - This is the Penny Bridge in birkenhead this Bridge no Longer charges a Penny but it got its name after the Owners put the Price from ha'penny to a penny.
112 - This is Duke Street bridge looking towards Birkenhead Park early 1920s
113 - Duke Street birkenhead 1948
114 - 1900's Village road in Oxton
115 - Woodside Ferry Terminal 1950
116 - Old Chester Road in Birkenhead 1959


Start you off with some easy ones smile

Picture 1.


Picture 2.


Picture 3.


With a bit of luck and your help i can find out where they all are,
and if any one is keen enough to show a modern day picture of the same place smile

Don't worry any of your 2007 pictures will look funny in 50 years too lol..


Edited by Mark (18th Nov 2008 11:32pm)
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#154081 - 25th Apr 2007 4:17pm Re: Old Wirral Pictures : Compare [Re: Mark]
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Argyle street?
Hamilton square?
New Brighton?

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#154083 - 25th Apr 2007 5:44pm Re: Old Wirral Pictures : Compare [Re: Wheels]
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1. Argyle street? I only took a picture of this the other day aswell in exactly the same place, and if it is, I'll post it.

2. Roundabout by Central Station.

3. New Brighton? Is that taken when the Promenade Rally Stage was on? lol

I also have quite a few old'un pics myself, i'll have to dig them out and post them too
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#154086 - 25th Apr 2007 6:05pm Re: Old Wirral Pictures : Compare [Re: BMW Joe]
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1. Argyle street?

But is it as i first though that too,
The Picture "Argyle Street" doesnt have the side road
from green lane?

Unless its behind the one i'm thinking of?


2. Central Station Roundabout smile
3. New Brighton (The Grass Flats) smile
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#154087 - 25th Apr 2007 6:12pm Re: Old Wirral Pictures : Compare [Re: Mark]
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So 2 are correct for sure, so here are 2 more.

Picture 4.


Picture 5.


Picture 4, where and if you know what's happening ?
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#154090 - 25th Apr 2007 6:47pm Re: Old Wirral Pictures : Compare [Re: Mark]
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Originally Posted By: Mark
1. Argyle street?

But is it as i first though that too,
The Picture "Argyle Street" doesnt have the side road
from green lane?


Thats what I thought, should have Hinderton Road coming off it unless its one of the other roads parrallel with Argyle Street South? They all look the same lol

4. New Brighton when it used to have the tower?

Ive seen numebr 5 before...Grange Road West. The shop on the left hand side on the corner is now a bargain booze. The building in the far distance in the middle is still there, tis the Pub/club opposite maccies in town.

Wonder if motor world used to be there on the right too? think lol
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#154093 - 25th Apr 2007 7:00pm Re: Old Wirral Pictures : Compare [Re: BMW Joe]
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1. Still not sure ?
4. Isn't that The Victoria Hotel at New Brighton.

2. Central Station Roundabout
3. New Brighton (The Grass Flats)
5. Grange road west smile



Picture 6


Picture 7
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#154098 - 25th Apr 2007 7:45pm Re: Old Wirral Pictures : Compare [Re: Mark]
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6) woodchurch road by the swan Pub ?
7) halfway house Pub at top of woodchurch road

the white building in picture 3 is the open air swimmin baths in new brighton....


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#154099 - 25th Apr 2007 7:50pm Re: Old Wirral Pictures : Compare [Re: jonah]
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6) looks like what Steve said, but I'm not certain. I think it's in Bebington by the Kings Pub looking up towards Old Chester Road
7) Halfway House

Originally Posted By: jonah
the white building in picture 3 is the open air swimmin baths in new brighton....


ahh yeah, I've heard so many family stories about them baths when they were kids lol

When did they disappear?
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#154102 - 25th Apr 2007 8:47pm Re: Old Wirral Pictures : Compare [Re: BMW Joe]
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yeh lookin at no6 again think ur right, buildin at the top of hill over junction is firs cameras now...
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#154103 - 25th Apr 2007 8:52pm Re: Old Wirral Pictures : Compare [Re: jonah]
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pic 6 is defo the kings love all the old pics
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#154111 - 25th Apr 2007 11:38pm Re: Old Wirral Pictures : Compare [Re: fordsteve]
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Trying to pin the Locations Down

======= More Info Needed ===============
1. Still not sure ?
4. Isn't that The Victoria Hotel at New Brighton.

======= Correct ===============
2. Central Station Roundabout
3. Open air swimming baths in new Brighton
5. Grange road west
6) Woodchurch road by the swan Pub ?
7) halfway house Pub at top of Woodchurch road

Picture 8


Picture 9


Picture 10


Well Done Peeps, if you have any upto date pictures
of the same places that would be great
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#154135 - 26th Apr 2007 5:41pm Re: Old Wirral Pictures : Compare [Re: Mark]
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me nan says that pic 4 is deffo the tower grounds in new brighton. an is pic 10 were dickie louise's is now i b/head?
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#154141 - 26th Apr 2007 5:58pm Re: Old Wirral Pictures : Compare [Re: krisGTi]
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Originally Posted By: kris 06
an is pic 10 were dickie louise's is now i b/head?


I thouight it was Dickie Lewis'? not Louise? lol

Not sure where 8 is, but at a wild guess, where beaties is today?

9 is the queensway tunnel entrance

10 is as kris said, Dickie Lewis' - accross the road from maccies in town


I'll have to go down to these places and try and get pics from the same angle.

Will be interesting to see how many things have changed and how many things haven't!
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#154153 - 26th Apr 2007 7:07pm Re: Old Wirral Pictures : Compare [Re: BMW Joe]
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======= More Info Needed ===============
1. Still not sure ?
8. Not Sure

======= Correct ===============
2. Central Station Roundabout
3. Open air swimming baths in new Brighton.
4. the tower grounds in new Brighton
5. Grange road west
6) Woodchurch road by the swan Pub ?
7) halfway house Pub at top of Woodchurch road
9 Queensway tunnel entrance (Wirral Side)
10 Dickie Lewis' - accross the road from maccies in town

Picture 1


Picture 8


8. Beaties in Birkenhead?? Guessing
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