I can vaguely remember this car park ((in light blue on map) never being used except possibly 1950/60 for Hardings? laying a railway track and running a small size train on it, I think around one christmas time. Can anyone confirm whether this happened
Does anyone recognise these doors? My house is a reconstructed farm building and the doors were apparently sourced from an institute of some sort on The Wirral. Anyone involved in the building work, from the late '80's, has passed on.
The locks are unique in that they could be locked twice, with two different keys (I don't have any keys). I would imagine that rooms needed to be locked and, at times double locked, by a person in authority. Possibly to keep someone inside secure or access strictly controlled.
They are larger than average in size and beautifully made. They all came with original architraves so were deemed valuable enough to be carefully salvaged at the time.
I've searched many times and not found anything definitive. Any information would be appreciated.
I have a set of the The Wirral Journal magazines from Spring 1982 to Spring 1996. I also have Wirral Champion Journal from Spring 2000 to Winter 2002. If anyone is interested in these then they can be collected from Upton.
I was down at Moreton shore yesterday at low tide and came across what seemed like wooden posts embedded into the sand about 50m offshore. They were still upright, seemed fairly sturdy still and there was about 7 of them in almost an exact row. Does anyone know what these would have been or whether there's ever been a structure on the beach? I'm aware of the prehistoric forest near Meols that used to be seen occasionally, but these were definitely rounded stumps rather than the remains of trees. Just curious whether anyone knew why they might have been there!
Hi Everyone if your stuck for somewhere to take the kids this holiday Try the Viking golf Tarran Way Moreton. Spent a great day there on the 18hole crazy golf. All the families there were really enjoying themselves .Try it .
Hi I have lost my iPhone 8 on bidston hill Birkenhead I was sitting on the bench and when I walk towards windmill I realised it had gone it is white screen in black case if found can you call mike on 07745497434
A black Patterdale dog called Charlie went missing on 21 March 2021 about 9pm. He is 10 years old with white paws and flash on chest, and grey muzzle. He was last seen opposite the St Johns ambulance building on the A41 in Eastham. He may be injured and requires medication.
Just wondering if anyone knows the reason why the recycling bins for plastic, cans and bottles have been taken away from Upton Sainsburys - and possibly other supermarkets, though I haven't been to check? I used the plastics one regularly, though the kerbside collection is okay for some plastic, as well as cans and glass. This is not likely to encourage people to recycle - I thought that was a priority. Can't see anything on the council's Facebook page to explain it - but maybe it's not the council's responsibility Any ideas?
Probably the same as the Hindon Hotel and Hindoo Tavern at this address in 1850 to 1860. The Hindoo Tavern is listed in Bagshaw's Directory of 1850. (Listed in the wiki index as '28 Hindon Tavern Beckwith Street')
The pub was leased to Anchor Brewery from 1861 and transferred to Birkenhead Brewery in 1866 as the Bank of Ireland Hotel, it possibly got its name because Irish sailors picked up their pay nearby and then spent it in the pub.
The photos from the 1950s are courtesy of Helen Wood whose grandparents Frank and Mabel Ryan were licensees from 1948 until the time the pub closed on 22 June 1962. The interior shot shows Frank Ryan behind the bar on the far right. The pub was later demolished.
The fields at the back of the Mosslands school have been taken over by nature over the past 30 years. When i was a wee nipper these fields where sports fields for the school. (Its Rumored) A housing development on cross lane in the 90's caused problems with the water table and now once a year the field turns in to a bit of a marshland in places.It is a wonderful field full of life and nature. The noise of the creatures and birds is glorious.
However... the owner of West Wallasey van hire wants to pour concrete over it all and create a road from the main office to the fields so that they can store more commercial vehicles. The blue in the photo is his current holdings and the red are his proposed. The area has been designated as an area of green space but for some reason the council are still trying to sell this land, it isn't theirs to sell it is ours. Please sign the petition to stop this from happening.
Was reading an article in the Echo today and it had 64 Westbourne Road in it. I was sure there was a thread on here explaining what the building was used for, and what business it was but cannot find it. One of the commenters says it was used by 'Mersey Coal Company' in 1900.
Has anyone else read about the lunatic who took it upon himself to use his car as a road block on the road leading to the overspill carpark off Leasowe Road to the beach. I hope he gets prosecuted as he blocked the only route available for the emergency services (surely an offence) ,wheelchair users ,people with prams & the elderly & infirm. There are steps at the other entrance by the Green Hut & I totally agree that too many people converge down there at the weekend but didnt this idiot think before taking the law into his own hands.
This picture is captioned 'Birkenhead North Station, Station Road, North End, Birkenhead' It doesn't look anything like it is now, so I think it is wrong. Can anyone confirm this or where this station is?
Anyone been over the 4 bridges lately? It may look better but why did it take so long? Also that new roundabout that isn't quite a roundabout, the one you drive over without realising it is a roundabout until it's too late. And those traffic lights on the roundabout on the Wallasey side don't need to be there because they just hold up all the traffic Wallasey bound, even when the traffic is relatively quiet.
We now know the development of Birkenhead town centre has started, what do you think of the plans? Plot A is the first one underway and has a detailed application for offices with flexible uses for retail, leisure or food and beverages on the ground floors. The largest of these new offices are going to be used by Wirral Council, does this mean that Wallasey Town Hall will be left to history?
The wider areas of the site has been applied for in outline. This means that the detailed design has yet to be fixed for plots B, C, D, E, F, G, I, and J. For those plots, it’s the principle of development and its type that is being applied for, so this illustration is not an exact one.
Here are all the other outline applications. Plot B. Car park. Plot C. The replacement of the market with a new market hall, offices, retail and leisure. Plot D. Substation. Plot E. Hotel, office, residential, retail and leisure. Plot F. Improvements to bus station. Plot G. Hotel, residential and car park. Plot H. Substation. Plots I and J. Residential.
Amongst all this new development, I hope they don't knock The Crown pub down.
Was looking through the 'Loads of old Wirral pics' thread and found these of the Guinea Gap. The gap not the baths.
It got me thinking where the name came from and found this.
"The name comes from a natural cleft, or gap, that had formed in the high embankment above the river, sometime in the early 18th century following a storm. The gap is still there but is now a paved pathway from the road down to the modern esplanade that runs along the Wallasey waterfront. However, when the gap first opened up it also created a large natural basin against the shore. This was big enough for a number of people to swim safely in at low tide. This proved to be very popular indeed, and local boys came here regularly to strip off and frolic about in the river waters.
But, around 1850, one of these youngsters felt something round and hard beneath his foot in the sand under the water. When he lifted up his leg to see what was caught between his toes, he, and his very excited friends, saw a golden guinea. This bore the head of King William III (1650-1702), so dated from the end of the 17th century.
The boys now scrabbled around in the sand, where they discovered around fifty of these valuable gold coins. As a result, the gap soon became known as ‘The Guinea Gap’, and the coins were believed to be some of the hoard of the local smuggler chieftainess, Mother Redcap. Her isolated tavern had stood for very many years, further along the coast at Egremont, where a large treasure had always been believed to have lain undiscovered.
What happened to the gold coins is not known; there are no records stating into whose pocket or bank account they eventually found their way. It is almost certain that the boys who found them never got to keep them, so all that remains of this curious incident today, is the Guinea Gap itself."
Has anyone else heard of this or if it's true? I don't know when the walls and what looks like a slipway were built but the gap is visible on the maps I have been looking at up until 1908 when the promenade is covering it.
I bought this RAF aerial photo of Birkenhead on eBay the other day and thought I'd share it. It was taken in August 1945, soon after the end of the war. What I found striking was the number of brick-built air raid shelters that can be seen dotted in many of the streets. You can spot them as tiny white rectangles (they had concrete roofs). The picture is pretty sharp, but gets blurred as you zoom in.
Budapest have decided to put pictures of dogs on their Pizza boxes.
So many dogs , (probably many street dogs from places like Greece) the animal rescues are now full to breaking, so anyone buying a pizza can have a free dog ! The pictures are stuck on the pizza boxes . Good results apparently.
Looks like a plan to make a park utilising the old railway cutting through Birkenhead. It is a bit vague like all the other proposed plans that just get mentioned and forgotten about. I like the sound of this park and hope it happens but can't find any info on it, only this, which, as I say, is a bit vague.