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#206132 - 12th Feb 2008 3:04pm Flaybrick Cemetery - Birkenhead *****
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But there are loads if interesting facts.

Jonno39 - Keep me right lol
There were 3 churches.
2 Graves Exist from the Titanic.
The First plea of insanity victims is buried there.
The Second Church was round.
Its rated 3rd Best Gothic Cemetery.
Why it was built there? (Bidston Avenue, straight grand road).
Which used to have holly tress and others top to bottom.
And loads more....

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The Main Church i was told today was divided into 2 because
one side was for catholics and the other for prositants.
And was used to hold funeral services in its day.

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#206139 - 12th Feb 2008 3:54pm Re: Flaybrick Cemetery - Birkenhead [Re: Mark]
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Out Side the Cemetery Gates there used to be a Victorian Bus Stop
with a Glass Roof.

And If you turned left when entering the gates there used
to be men and ladies toilets.
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#206140 - 12th Feb 2008 4:39pm Re: Flaybrick Cemetery - Birkenhead [Re: Mark]
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Flaybrick Memorial gardens as it is known now. Is a catalogue of History. The points mark has made are true and can easily be cross referenced .The insanity victim was a Chinese guy call Loch Ah Tam and he supposedly murdered his wife and three children in a fit of rage but pleaded insanity as he had no recollection of the events in question. He was tried and convicted and sentenced to hang at Walton gaol. Coincidentally the day of the funeral was the same day that he was hung some witnesses report a large gust of wind on an otherwise calm day as the family were lowered in to the grave . Loch Ah Tam is said to stalk the path near to the grave .the grave can be found on the old boundary wall to the infectious diseases hospital.

The cemetery its self was opened in may 1864 but the original plans where drawn up some years before ,the designer a Mr Edward Kemp chose that site as it provided a processional route so the populus could pay there last respects and if you look back out the gates you can see this today.there are many people who were significant to the rise of Birkenhead buried in there as well as military hero's ,Titanic victims and victims from the Thetis submarine disaster

There used to be three chapels t,the main church was divided into two Catholic and Protestant and there was a Methodist chapel as well.there are several unmarked paupers graves with up to seventy bodies in them also victims(mainly children)of the diphtheria out break are buried there as well. it is also the resting place of some of the Laird family (not john).To be honest I could write for hours because every grave tells a story


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#206153 - 12th Feb 2008 5:36pm Re: Flaybrick Cemetery - Birkenhead [Re: jonno40]
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Excellent Pictures Jonno, Ive updated your post (Dates Changed)
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#206157 - 12th Feb 2008 5:47pm Re: Flaybrick Cemetery - Birkenhead [Re: Mark]
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Apparently way back + 40 years.
Bidston Avenue which is in the distance, used to have trees
all the way down. There were holly bushes shaped into tall
trees with rounded tops almost like a simple ice lolly.

There were trees that flowered and made it look so prestigious
and that was a very posh road to live in. As Jonno said to us
on our outing, that they used Bidston Avenue as they wanted
a "Grand Entrance" so you can see that from the Gates there
is a straight road almost into Birkenhead.

So the Modern Bidston Avenue we know today is nothing
to what it was, when the council looked after and trimmed
those trees and holly.


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#206159 - 12th Feb 2008 5:51pm Re: Flaybrick Cemetery - Birkenhead [Re: Mark]
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I'm informed that the Church was used for Funeral Services.
And it was divided in half, but unsure which side was which.

One side was for the Catholics and the Other Side (right, left) for the protestants.

What a shame its in the condition it is today.
Derelict.



You can just make out the war memorial cross at the front.
I don't know any more than that.

Q. Has the "Spire" been removed, ive only just noticed.
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#206164 - 12th Feb 2008 6:01pm Re: Flaybrick Cemetery - Birkenhead [Re: Mark]
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The Laird thats buried at the Cemetry is William Laird happy and its the grave i took you guys to when we went on that nightly paranormal excursion smile
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#206173 - 12th Feb 2008 6:08pm Re: Flaybrick Cemetery - Birkenhead [Re: SoundLad]
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#206174 - 12th Feb 2008 6:09pm Re: Flaybrick Cemetery - Birkenhead [Re: Mark]
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#212406 - 28th Feb 2008 11:15pm Re: Flaybrick Cemetery - Birkenhead [Re: jonno40]
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To Think the House Still has lights on at night...
It even looks scary in the Day Time....


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#212424 - 29th Feb 2008 2:51am Re: Flaybrick Cemetery - Birkenhead [Re: Mark]
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#212497 - 29th Feb 2008 12:59pm Re: Flaybrick Cemetery - Birkenhead [Re: jonno40]
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Originally Posted By: jonno39
the designer, a Mr Edward Kemp

This is the same Edward Kemp who was Paxton's assistant in the construction of Birkenhead Park, & who became Park Superintendent. Interestingly, it had been Paxton who originally started to design Flaybrick. The extract attached is from "The People's Garden", a History of Birkenhead Park by Clifford E. Thornton, on Sale at the Park Pavilion.


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#212533 - 29th Feb 2008 3:10pm Re: Flaybrick Cemetery - Birkenhead [Re: chriskay]
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Yes Chris he is the same Edward Kemp who at the time was the curator of Birkenhead Park
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#212564 - 29th Feb 2008 6:42pm Re: Flaybrick Cemetery - Birkenhead [Re: jonno40]
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Some very interesting stuff there smile

I noticed the other day, If you look straight up Bidston Avenue towards Flaybrick Cemetery, Bidston Windmill is in line with the Cemetery and Bidston Avenue albeit slightly to the left, however as is my understanding, where the foundations of the orignal Windmill are, this would place it directly in line.

Wonder if that had any influence on where it was built?
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#212725 - 1st Mar 2008 7:22pm Re: Flaybrick Cemetery - Birkenhead [Re: BMW Joe]
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