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#680450 - 30th Mar 2012 3:49pm Argyle Street South
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Looking down Argyle Street South. Nothing much changed here to me. No date


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#680466 - 30th Mar 2012 4:42pm Re: Argyle Street South [Re: pablo42]
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Lots of white stripes painted around the bases of the traction poles/lamp posts. These were painted on during the blackout and look quite "fresh", so a wartime or immediate post-war pic at a guess ??

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#680484 - 30th Mar 2012 5:35pm Re: Argyle Street South [Re: pablo42]
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Reckon you're right Pinz.

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#680504 - 30th Mar 2012 6:36pm Re: Argyle Street South [Re: pablo42]
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I wonder if this picture is quite a bit later than immediate post-war? The tall building on the horizon directly in the middle of the photo looks like the borough treasurer's office block near the junction of Cleveland Street and Hamilton Square. This was built on the site of an old church in the mid to late 60s and had distinctive orange-tinted reflective windows. It was later cut down to a single storey, which is how it remains today. On the other hand, I may be totally wrong about all this.

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#680507 - 30th Mar 2012 6:50pm Re: Argyle Street South [Re: yoller]
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The pic is in the book, Nostalgic Wirral and is described as 50s but that doesn't mean it is.
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#680620 - 30th Mar 2012 10:20pm Re: Argyle Street South [Re: pablo42]
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No centrally heated, double glazed houses then. With hot and cold running water, en-suite showers with indoor toilets. When my mam mentioned to my dad, all those years ago, that it said in the papers that some people were buying freezers. My dad said,'We've already got one here...the parlour.' lol! There's a lot changed for the better for most of us since that pic was taken. Just a shame that some don't appreciate it and take modern living too much for granted.

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#680640 - 30th Mar 2012 10:47pm Re: Argyle Street South [Re: Alonso]
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Wife and i think that the bus could be the number 10 which crossed the docks to Liscard. I know it's impossible to be definite but the shading is a possible clue.

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#680700 - 31st Mar 2012 1:06am Re: Argyle Street South [Re: pablo42]
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Re my earlier post. I think I'm wrong about the date of the picture and it almost certainly is the 1950s.

On closer inspection, the building on the skyline that I thought might be the 1960s borough treasurer's office in Cleveland Street looks more likely to be the Mersey Tunnel ventilator on the riverside.

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#680721 - 31st Mar 2012 9:35am Re: Argyle Street South [Re: pablo42]
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I have a print of this with date on the back and it is 1952.
What always strikes me about the scene is the grey frontages of all the houses
going down Argyle St. South-before we all could afford Dulux exterior paint etc.
Before clean-air Acts as well so all bldgs. uniformly grey around the town.
Other point is only 1 motorbike outside the houses near the top!
Today there are cars parked outside most houses all the way down the street-
and every street in the town i suppose !

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#680724 - 31st Mar 2012 9:49am Re: Argyle Street South [Re: littlestan]
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Has it been snowing? Deffo a Wallasey bus that and as stated will be the number ten.

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#681101 - 1st Apr 2012 8:38pm Re: Argyle Street South [Re: Helles]
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I remember a gang of us going down there in an old folded up wheelchair a bit later on from when that photo was taken though
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#681116 - 1st Apr 2012 8:51pm Re: Argyle Street South [Re: pablo42]
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I was asking my husband about Argyle Street South the other day! You know the houses there, on the top floors why do they all have like a bricked up middle window split in half by the two properties?

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#681184 - 1st Apr 2012 10:42pm Re: Argyle Street South [Re: pablo42]
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Its nothing to do with the old window tax, the houses are not old enought to have been built when that was going. Its more to with the house builder attempting to balance the look of rows of terraced houses. There where lots of terraced houses in Tranmere like that. Most where pulled down prior to the regeneration of Lower and Higher Tranmere over the last 30 years.


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#683182 - 9th Apr 2012 7:13am Re: Argyle Street South [Re: jimbob]
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This is an enlargement of the section of the photograph showing the bus, which is a Birkenhead Corporation route 43, from Bromborough Cross to Upton Village (the shortened route 42).


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#686019 - 18th Apr 2012 10:26am Re: Argyle Street South [Re: uptoncx]
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Oh well I got the number wrong, that's for sure. Good enlargement too.

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