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#218601 - 26th Mar 2008 12:08pm Gibson House, Wallasey
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Today I was photographing in the Egremont area and noticed a very big, abandoned, building between Blenheim Road and Maddock Road. It has "danger asbestos" notices all over it. I am wondering what is the History of the place? From the style and type of brick I will guess built around 1900 or a bit before. From the size I will guess a school or the like. It is surely FAR too big to be residential.

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#218614 - 26th Mar 2008 1:22pm Re: Gibson House, Wallasey [Re: Snodvan]
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At first it thought it could have been the same place?
But after looking at the details?
Nope..

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Or could it be the building to the Left of this one?
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#218617 - 26th Mar 2008 2:32pm Re: Gibson House, Wallasey [Re: Mark]
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The B&W photo is of the old Mariner's Home on the Egremont Prom., with four "old salts" enjoying well-earned retirement.
Anyone any idea when it was demolished ??

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#218629 - 26th Mar 2008 3:49pm Re: Gibson House, Wallasey [Re: ]
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Heh me and Totopop know this building well... can't help you on the History of it though.

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#218633 - 26th Mar 2008 4:36pm Re: Gibson House, Wallasey [Re: MattLFC]
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The building is just the other side of the road (Maddock Road) from the Mariners Home.

I did some research today and the building I photographed was the Andrew Gibson Home for Seamen's Widows. The building was donated for the purpose by a Liverpool shipping mangate. It was built in 1906 and dedicated by two sons in memory of their father. It cost 25,000 to build - which is a HUGE amount for 1906 (about 5 million based on todays prices and a conversion based on average earnings). Consider that at that date a typical church could be built for around 6000. The building itself is also HUGE. I walked around the front/ side / back today and was amazed at just how big it is

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#218634 - 26th Mar 2008 4:39pm Re: Gibson House, Wallasey [Re: Snodvan]
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Before it was closed down, it was an old peoples home, we know that much.

And Toto believe's it is haunted from his own experience.

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#218635 - 26th Mar 2008 4:48pm Re: Gibson House, Wallasey [Re: MattLFC]
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I can believe the latter - was spooky enough on a dull morning. Inside on a dark night - oo er. And if you cough the falling asbestos dust will probably get you anyway.

Great shame for a building like that to remain all closed up and neglected. The views out over the Mersey must be spectacular. I wonder who owns it now and what are the plans for the future? Before the recent downturn in property values I suppose it could have been earmarked for demolitiion and yuppy appartments. However, a place riddled with asbestos will cost two arms and legs to dismantle/ dispose of safely so I suppose the owners will just let the place rot even more until property prices swing up again.

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#218666 - 26th Mar 2008 7:50pm Re: Gibson House, Wallasey [Re: Snodvan]
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#218673 - 26th Mar 2008 7:59pm Re: Gibson House, Wallasey [Re: Mark]
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did we not have a thread about this building, I remember taking pics and posting them up.

and from the pics I posted Im sure we all agreed that it was the same building as the b&w one. just the other side (the river side) of what is shown above.
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#218675 - 26th Mar 2008 8:03pm Re: Gibson House, Wallasey [Re: Waddi]
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Looks very different from the back on the old mariners home home pictures:


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#218681 - 26th Mar 2008 8:16pm Re: Gibson House, Wallasey [Re: MattLFC]
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this is 2 story + roof space


this is 3 story + roof space

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#218683 - 26th Mar 2008 8:22pm Re: Gibson House, Wallasey [Re: Waddi]
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Hence my point it looks very different smile

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#218685 - 26th Mar 2008 8:25pm Re: Gibson House, Wallasey [Re: Mark]
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Originally Posted By: Mark
At first it thought it could have been the same place?
But after looking at the details?
Nope..

Click to reveal..



Or could it be the building to the Left of this one?


And i said this in post 2 wink lol
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#218729 - 26th Mar 2008 10:30pm Re: Gibson House, Wallasey [Re: Mark]
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#223069 - 26th Apr 2008 10:30pm Re: Gibson House, Wallasey [Re: Waddi]
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I will ask my dad for info if he has any.....he was brought up in Trafalger Ave.A great aunt lived even closer!

I will ask them for their memories etc when I see them this week.

I vaguely remember the home as a kid......The green hill etc..happy days

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