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#520512 - 19th May 2011 4:33pm Birkenhead Docks
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Tower Quay, East Float, Birkenhead 1910.

The top of the tower is still in place


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#520541 - 19th May 2011 5:09pm Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: pablo42]
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Don't think so!

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#520542 - 19th May 2011 5:28pm Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: pablo42]
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Thanks for sharing.
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#520547 - 19th May 2011 5:54pm Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: pablo42]
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The decorative top part of the tower got blatted in the war by Mr Hitler's heavier-than-air machines !!

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#520574 - 19th May 2011 7:04pm Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: ]
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fantastic picture
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#520816 - 20th May 2011 8:39am Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: pablo42]
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great picture do you have any more?

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#520932 - 20th May 2011 12:33pm Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: pablo42]
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asked pablo22 anymore pics,had a look round the net,and found the geoff topp postcard collection very good.

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#520979 - 20th May 2011 3:35pm Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: pablo42]
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Photo of it being sorted after the bombing.


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#520985 - 20th May 2011 3:41pm Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: bri445]
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The top part is still there, maybe it was loosened and had to be taken off.
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#520996 - 20th May 2011 4:02pm Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: pablo42]
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Mmmmm. I sit corrected. I was told by a guy on the docks moons ago that it was "hit by a bomb". Obviously he was only partly right ! Yes Bert, the nearby blast would have worried the top part a bit and no doubt they truncated it to make it safe.

A few tons of masonry crashing down on your swede would have spoiled the weekend !

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#521007 - 20th May 2011 4:34pm Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: ]
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Impressive from a distance, in the 1890s.


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#522272 - 23rd May 2011 11:33am Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: pablo42]
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Sorry Parkgater, I just got sent it with a couple of others.

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#522273 - 23rd May 2011 11:34am Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: bri445]
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Photo of it being sorted after the bombing.


You can still see the repaired brick work on the building

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#587197 - 22nd Sep 2011 12:09pm Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: pablo42]
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View of birkenhead and Wallasey docks


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#596986 - 8th Oct 2011 9:59pm Re: Birkenhead Docks [Re: bri445]
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The Great Float hydraulic tower and engine house was completed in 1863. It provided power for opening dock gates and operating the swing/bascule bridges. Apparently, it was modelled on the Piazza Della Signoria in Florence, Italy. [See pic below...]

Shame it was so badly damaged in World War II and so crudely rebuilt afterwards. There were plans to convert it into a hotel at one point.


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