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7th Apr 2021 10:35am Wirral Journal Magazine - free [by Mike666]
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.
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4th Apr 2021 4:08pm Moreton Shore [by monikav]
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!
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1st Apr 2021 11:43am Viking Golf [by lincle]
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 .
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30th Mar 2021 10:25pm Lost iPhone 8 [by bangbang]
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
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30th Mar 2021 1:54pm 2 old maps [by mikeeb]
2 fully zoomable maps of Liverpool, Wallasey and Birkenhead.
I think the first one is late 1840's or early 1850's. The second one is 1889.
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23rd Mar 2021 8:32pm Lost Dog [by kasper]
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.
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21st Mar 2021 10:06am Webb WEH12R Rear Roller Hand Push Lawnmover [by Catsick]
As title says it's a lawnmower, barely used so in near new condition. May need service as not been used since early last year.

Similar to model in picture.
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20th Mar 2021 12:02pm keyboard [by steviebyday]
when I apply cap lock, my first letter is a capital, type the next letter and its lower case, anyone know what the problem is.
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16th Mar 2021 12:04pm Vanishing recycling bins... [by Greenwood]
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?
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13th Mar 2021 12:08pm 203 Ivy Hotel 11 Ivy Street 11 [by mikeeb]
Formerly Watersons Vaults.
Dating from at least 1864, owned by Yates' Castle Brewery from 1903, closed 8 August 1930.
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13th Mar 2021 11:02am 24 Bee Hive 133 Beckwith Street 133 [by mikeeb]
Beer license granted 1881. Became a Peter Walker pub. Closed 20 September 1967. Demolished
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13th Mar 2021 10:22am 25 Bank of Ireland 195 Beckwith Street 195 [by mikeeb]
Found this on What Pub.

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.

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9th Mar 2021 1:41pm 27 Bull Inn 100 Vittoria St Birkenhead [by 25ahowbeck]
My grandfather - James Ewart Jackson - was the manager at the Bull Inn 100 Vittoria Street from about 1938 to the late 1950's. Attached is a photo of him outside the pub.
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8th Mar 2021 10:53am West Wallasey van- More carparks.. Petition [by TheComputerLab]
Hi All,

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.

Petition to stop the carpark

Secondly, we must keep fighting to keep Wirrals green spaces.
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7th Mar 2021 10:51am 64 Westboure Rd [by mikeeb]
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.
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5th Mar 2021 2:33pm road block [by lincle]
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.
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2nd Mar 2021 4:23pm What station is this? [by mikeeb]
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?
[Linked Image]

It looks like West Kirby to me.
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1st Mar 2021 3:38pm Wirral Council budget. [by mikeeb]
If anyone is interested it is at 6pm tonight. A full council meeting will debate the authority’s proposed budget.
Some of the things on the agenda are Europa pools, Williamson Art Gallery and golf courses.
Another thing that will not go down well is the proposed 4.99% rise in council tax.
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1st Mar 2021 2:28pm 4 Bridges [by mikeeb]
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.
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28th Feb 2021 12:06pm Birkenhead centre development [by mikeeb]
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?
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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.

Most may have seen this already but all the details are here.
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25th Feb 2021 12:22pm Guinea Gap [by mikeeb]
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.
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20th Feb 2021 11:52am CUPS & SAUCERS FREE [by gerry1]
FREE cups and saucers, collection only from Eastham Wirral.
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20th Feb 2021 11:10am 79 Caledonia 42 Cathcart Street 237 Cleveland St [by mikeeb]
Here are 3 different addresses of the Caledonia on Cleveland St.
Which one is right?

This is listed as 209 Cleveland Street here showing it after it was bombed. Is this the same pub?

Here is a war time account of the Caledonia being bombed, but from 27 Cleveland St.

Here is a map with a pub on the corner of Cathcart and Cleveland St.
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12th Feb 2021 7:29am Birkenhead Carnival, 1902 [by bert1]
A little gem of a film.
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9th Feb 2021 9:28pm Birkenhead aerial photo, 1945 [by yoller]
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.
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7th Feb 2021 10:15am Free Dog with your Pizza [by granny]

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.

Is it an idea that could be copied here ?
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6th Feb 2021 9:12pm Lucky horse [by cools]
Wow this horse was lucky , looks like it wouldn’t have lasted much longer. Good work everyone involved.
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6th Feb 2021 1:03pm Dock Branch Park [by mikeeb]
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.

Anyone else got more info on it?
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6th Feb 2021 10:28am Hobbies and Pastimes [by granny]

Share with us what you have been occupied with or your interests and hobbies, particulalry over the last 12 months during our Covid 19 Experience.
(no politics)

Photos would be good to see also.
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30th Jan 2021 8:08pm Brackenwood [by cools]
How very sad and tragic, a baby boys body been found on Brackenwood Golf course..
R.I.P little one...
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28th Jan 2021 5:55pm Aggravated Burglary Foiled [by diggingdeeper]
If they catch them, they will probably get a £20 covid fine.
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26th Jan 2021 3:16pm New Meseyrail trains [by Excoriator]
Are they in use yet? Its been ages since I've used them so I'm not really in touch with what's happening. I recall one was delivered only to be promptly covered in graffiti but that was a long time back.

The only trains I've seen have been the old ones, but thats only th ones running towards Chester passing through Bebington.
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26th Jan 2021 3:12pm Those flyovers! [by Excoriator]
Liverpool looks so much better without the horrible disfiguring flyovers.

Surely it's not beyond the wit of the Wirral road engineers to find a way of rejigging the road system in Birkenhead to get rid of those in Birkenhead too. A lot of it runs over existing road systems, or where they used to be so it shouldn't be too difficult. Improved public transport and the new tunnel has actually reduced the traffic from the days when they were built.

Time to get rid, I say!
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23rd Jan 2021 3:43pm 4mph speed limit over the Penny Bridge. [by mikeeb]
4mph seem a bit ott, haha!
[Linked Image]

Nice pic of Borough Rd at junction with Wilmer Rd. Why was all the left hand side knocked down?
[Linked Image]

Some more old pics here in this recycled Echo article. Worth a little look.
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22nd Jan 2021 8:35pm Pandh Travel [by RawtenstallBus]
I'm trying to find a view of ex Rossendale Transport double decker bus registration number DDK 26W operating with Pandh Travel of Wallasey.
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22nd Jan 2021 8:31pm Hardings (Wirral) Birkenhead [by RawtenstallBus]
I'm trying to find a view of an ex Rawtenstall Corporation double decker bus that was operated by Harding's Coaches between 1955 to 1960. Registration number was CTJ 714.
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22nd Jan 2021 8:28pm Hardings (Wirral) Birkenhead [by RawtenstallBus]
I'm trying to find views of an ex Rawtenstall Corporation bus that was operated by Harding's Coaches of Birkenhead from 1955 to 1960. Registration number was CTJ 714.
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18th Jan 2021 7:48pm Free logs wanted [by Boots]
If anybody has any logs they do not need would you please consider me for some please .
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15th Jan 2021 5:38pm Nervous Nelly? [by Excoriator]
I was offered a routine appointment (nothing to do with covid and non-urgent) at Mill lane in Wallasey for Monday, but asked them to delay it until I've had my Covid vaccine. I really don't want to visit a medical centre unnecessarily.

They were happy to agree to this, but I wonder whether I was being over-nervous about the whole thing. What do you think?
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6th Jan 2021 8:39pm Gladstone Street [by Chevi]
Hi ,just joined and need help. My dad born in Birkenhead 1920 and raised in Gladstone Street. Currently creating a family tree. Appreciate any information, history maps etc. relating to Gladstone Street
Checked location on Goggle Earth but street does not exist now.
Cheers for any help
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