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25th Sep 2020 12:23pm Argyle Theatre [by mikeeb]
I was reading about the history of the Argyle Theatre and that it was bombed in the blitz and condemned but interestingly it wasn't knocked down, the dressing room complex and Argyle Hotel survived.
The theatre carried on as a travelling theatre.

The Argyle Theatre for Youth by Geoff Unwin
A visitor to this site, Geoff Unwin, who performed for the Argyle Theatre For Youth and was also the composer of the title song score for the feature film 'On the Buses,' has sent in some information and images of the Argyle Theatre, he writes:-

'Dennis Clarke, who ran the Theatre in the first half of the 20th Century, had three sons, two of which - Tom and Gerrard - ran the Argyle Theatre for Youth from the dressing room complex of the Theatre that survived the blitz.

It was a traveling fit-up theatre which I joined in 1957 for a production of Alice in Wonderland, touring schools all over the British Isles. (I played the white rabbit and Judy Vague - a great niece of Hollywood's Vera Vague - played Alice.)

Uncle Tom, as we called him often told us stories of his childhood in the Theatre. He remembered the first movies being shown there on a huge white linen sheet which was suspended from the ceiling in the centre of the Theatre. Firemen sprayed water on it in order for those on both sides of the screen to view the hazy images. No-one complained about the water running down the isles apparently!

In 1949 Tom Clarke bought a job-lot of costumes from Tom Arnold and these were used in his touring productions as well as being hired out to other companies. I remember 'uncle Tom' opening a locked door in the rabbit warren of dressing rooms to let us look out into the ruin of the Theatre. It was open to the sky and still contained huge mounds of bricks which had been left there since the war.

This was in 1957, I don't think it would be allowed today.
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The Theatre for Youth continued into the 1970's. In the early 1980's the Argyle pub, attached to the Theatre, was condemned as 'unsafe' and in danger of collapse and was finally demolished along with the remains of the Theatre.

Today there is no sign of there ever having been such a wonderful Theatre with its own adjoining pub ever having existed on the barren space which is now a car park.' (For those that don't know, this is the car park opposite the old post office) - Text courtesy Geoff Unwin.

I found it strange that they left the ruins for so long. Did they have urban explorers back then? laugh

An old map from 1955 still showing the Argyle Theatre and ruins behind it. A 1970 map also shows the ruins still there.
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23rd Sep 2020 12:57pm Woody [by lincle]
Hi Everyone,Your help needed again to find owner of black/white shih tzu found in Oxton Rd Birkenhead ,now at FOBK . Hes wearing a black flea collar,no tag but is chipped “WOODY” unfortunately no response from any contact numbers listed. Lets get him home pls
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19th Sep 2020 3:05pm Stage-Coach Timetables in 1830's [by mikeeb]
Very interesting site here detailing all the stage coaches and ferrys timetables and names. The site also has national stage coach timetables.

"Stage-Coach Timetables in 1830's Cheshire

Here are the timetables for all the stage-coaches, and passenger-boats, running in Cheshire in the spring of 1830. If Ye Worlde Wide Webbe had existed in 1830, this page could have been used to plan real journeys.

The first map shows the routes within Cheshire. Click on a stopping place (black dot) to see a list of coaches stopping there, click on a coach in the list to view its timetable."
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17th Sep 2020 7:55pm cat found,Wallasey [by doggod]
hi,i said hello to a cat last night (16/09/2020) and he followed me home. he was sitting outside a house in King street,Wallasey just by tescos. i have been to the house but they said he wasn`t theirs. he is still young about 12mths maybe and he is in great condition and has been looked after really well. he has a collar on and wants to be stroked constantly. 07757 095432
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17th Sep 2020 2:38pm Birkenhead Trams 1876 [by mikeeb]
I have been looking at a map from 1876 and it shows trams running on Price St then up Vittoria St to the park entrance. I thought they only ran along Conway St to that entrance so it must have been a circular route.
Another route I didn't know about was the one up to Palm Grove. It ran up Park Rd East, Park Rd South then up to the top of Palm Grove where it ends and there is a street railway depot there.
The only other route is Canning St, Bridge St, Cleveland St, and Beaufort Rd to the old Docks Station on Wallasey Bridge Rd.
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17th Sep 2020 8:20am Spring fitting required [by gerrymoore]
I need a spring compressing and fitted to the strut. It's a bmw 4 series and the spring is more oval than straight and I can't seem to get my spring compressor on it. I have the strut off and the new spring just need them 'mating' as soon as possible as I need the car for next Tuesday. Many thanks Gerry (not sure if you're still at it Brian??
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12th Sep 2020 4:07pm Wooden Single Bed, Headboard, Mattress and Drawer [by rhoobarb2002]
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Good condition, it's free because it needs to be gone ASAP, we just don't have the room for it. The boards on the bottom of the drawer just need securing. The bed itself is very sturdy and well made.


The headboard has been dismantled from the bed, but the rest of the bed is in one piece. Please only ask for it if you have the transport to take it away, I managed to fit it into a large 7 seater with the front seats pushed as far forward as they could go. I doubt it would fit into anything smaller.
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12th Sep 2020 11:51am WHAT PUB [by derekdwc]

Came across this pic on internet. Marked as "public house Birkenhead 1900"
Any idea what its name was?
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8th Sep 2020 9:02am Our Earth [by granny]

Considering it takes a few thousand years to find buried treasure and old artifacts relating to life on this planet, how is it we KNOW what the earth is made up from ?

The deepest drill was 12 kms in 1980s but according to science there are 6,371 kms to the centre of the earth ( in a straight line.) How do they know that ?

The centre of the earth is solid iron ! How do they know that ? Are they going on assumptions , because scientist do get things wrong, and if the earth should end, I wonder how would it end ? I can;t see it blowing up , but I can see humans destroying life in the not too distant future.

We seem to have come to a transition period atm from human activity to AI. This will surely be the beginning of the human senses, brain thought process and activity closing down. Is it fair on our gt grandchildren's children , if human birth is still available by then ?

We will come to an end as a human race, we have to , and will the scientist have handed over all their data to technology to decide who will be saved and who will not ? Will the sceintists regret their meddling into the future after the event , just like Robert Oppenheimer ?

What do you think ? How can we know the centre of the earth be solid iron ?

If members can't find something to discuss and expand on this , then I give up.
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7th Sep 2020 7:18am 2x2 seater leather sofas recliner [by paul110180]
2x2 seater black leather recliner sofas 1 is excellent condition and other is good must go asap free to a good home 07793555415.
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6th Sep 2020 12:53pm Tower road. Birkenhead and now Dock road [by keef666]
So as most of you already know the Tower road is closed to traffic, from July 2020 till Feb 2021, I thought this was something to do with sewer drains but i went over to day and had a closer look, for now most of the work seems to be around the Met College. They have rows of black plastic tubes below the road surface which again i thought was to get rid of excess water, and on visiting Wirral Councils site and reading the information with regards this work.
"Description of the scheme.
These improvement works will create high quality facilities, encouraging more sustainable travel,
Widening the pavements.
Reducing the width of the road.
Crossing points for pedestrian's and cyclist and planting 130 trees.
These improvements will encourage cycling, walking and the use of public transport,
Reduce the speed of vehicles, improving road safety!
Create new street design that is adaptable and suitable for the future,
Cost £3.2 million"
There's been some money spend over the years on this stretch of road?, still say they built that College in the wrong place. But what i am worried about now is the sign i saw on the dock road near Duke street bridge, informing us as of the 7th Sept for 23 weeks work will be carried out there, can't find any information on the Wirral site, so don't know what is involved but for six months its going to be major, so if this is the case there's going to be a lot of angry drivers over the next six months, not to mention the green house gases if we are all stuck in traffic queues trying to get to work.
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5th Sep 2020 2:50pm Enjoy the street theatre! [by Excoriator]
First you get an expensive (and very expert) road marking company to come and paint very nicely done road markings with cycle lanes in light beige, behind double white lines wit drawings of bicycles to tell people what they are for, new road markings everywhere until it looks absolutely splendid. A real treat to see.

Then you get the whole bloody lot covered in a new layer of black tarmac obscuring everything .

Following this, you then engage aforementioned road marking company to come out and do it all again to the same high standard.

Then, and only then, you can sit back and declare you have run out of money and the local library will have to close!

This procedure can be observe along New Chester Road between Rock lane and the Rock ferry end of the bypass!

I don't know whether this brilliant piece of financial management is down to our wonderful government, our own dear local council or whether it is the result of combined brainwork by the pair of them, but I congratulate them for entertaining us all so magnificently.Well done lads!
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3rd Sep 2020 11:19am Customer Is Always Right [by BultacoAstro]
Pink Floyd Dog's
Vets changing Advocate to Primovox this stuff Doesn't work so ask your Vet to Order Advocate in don't listen to Nonsense it's identical it Isn't.
I phoned Vets for Advocate as dog scratching as got a skin problem so treat every year with Advocate and he is great skin greasy so waterproof. They palmed my Mrs of with this New Primovox myself would of refused it as Advocate is brilliant.
Let's say I wasn't happy at All now we are ordering Advocate to treat Max so over a week of scratching and biting unnecessary if just ordered it in the first place. Anyway don't be afraid to say what you want.
Do research don't take my word as am a Stranger as there is a few unhappy customers palmed off with Primovox. Picture of Max
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2nd Sep 2020 1:46pm A Gate legged table and Four chairs [by gerry1]
hi all I have a Gatelegged table for Free.

Also I have four Green chairs for Free.
Collection only from Eastham Wirral.
must go. or recycle.Thanks.
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1st Sep 2020 4:05pm 365 Crown Vaults 34 Watson Street [by mikeeb]
Crown Vaults (formerly Painters Arms)
Originally the Painter's Arms, a beer house dating from at least 1876, renamed the Crown Vaults in 1889, closed in 1965.
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1st Sep 2020 9:04am VW Golf TDi Cambelt [by TudorBlue]
My daughter has just boight a golf TDi. She wants the cambelt done. Anyone know of a mechanic who can do it? Reasonable. Thanks
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31st Aug 2020 4:54pm 94 Clarendon Hotel 109 to 111 Chester Street [by mikeeb]
Clarendon Hotel Chester Street
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31st Aug 2020 11:13am Birkenhead and beyond [by snowhite]
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30th Aug 2020 6:14pm Video Doorbell [by rossie]
Hello can anybody help please. I have purchased a video door bell off ebay. It works fine at a friend's house but I cannot get it to work at my house. The bell works and takes and records pictures but will not connect to my Android phone.It gets as far as putting in my password but then just keeps saying "paring with camera " Wifi is fine . Any suggestions please. Many thanks.
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30th Aug 2020 8:24am Printer [by Catsick]
Canon Pixma MP270 printer with spare ink cartridges.
Printer, copier, scanner, powers on ok. No USB lead included.
Not PAT tested!
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30th Aug 2020 8:14am Laptop table & fan [by Catsick]
Newvante Laptop table with built in USB powered fan & drawer. USB extension included.
Adjustable height folding legs (10"-15") & laptop base can be angled to suit. (24" wide x 16" deep)
Clean & smooth finish, too good to bin.
Collection only.
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28th Aug 2020 9:13am Birkenhead pubs [by snowhite]
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25th Aug 2020 1:34pm Birkenhead park air raid shelters. [by mikeeb]
Here is a picture of men digging deep trenches in Birkenhead Park, which will become shelters. Birkenhead, Merseyside, 28th September 1938.
[Linked Image]
I was looking on the Britain from Above website and noticed these huge shelters in Birkenhead park. Maybe it is these shelters because they look extensive.
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20th Aug 2020 7:30am Road resurfacing 2020 [by keef666]
I don't know how you feel about this subject, but as a motorcyclist i have a dislike to Council's resurfacing any road with the loose grit treatment. Wirral Council seems to be a big fan of it, as over the last two or three years have covered many roads with this muck, as i like to call it, its cheap and nasty!
Leasowe road, the lower part was done around two years ago, then they had to re tarmac some parts of it, where the old hospital used to be, entrance's to side roads as the traffic coming in and out was ripping it apart.Once its down it takes a year or two [ depending on the volume of traffic ] for the loose grit to wear off the top, to leave a rough texture below, now this is good as it gives better braking in the wet etc, but in the meantime we have to put up with the loose stuff, the loose chipping going everywhere, into your brake calipers, sticking to you're hot manifolds, tread on the tires, not to mention all over the footpaths where it remains for years to come, blocking the grids and we wonder why we have flooded roads?.
So they have been at it again, Liscard road next to Central park, there was nothing wrong with that road, ok it had some cracks here and there, the biggest problem was the center joint where both lanes meet, and where the tarmac was laid a number of years back, this had started to break away causing a narrow strip down the middle of this road, This could have been taken care of quickly by fill with hot bitumen. What have Wirral Council done, walking along this road this morning, just covered it with grit, you can still see where it dips down in the center [ never even bothered to fill it], any dips or low points in this road also show up, in some areas it looks like a ship has gone over it leaving a wake behind. Some of the side roads have grit being dragged in as traffic turns in. Looking at what the road was and what they have done to it, i am appalled, if this is what i am paying Council Tax for, and i still see other roads left for decades just falling apart. I would also like to know why we have some many different types of road surfaces on one stretch of road
Roads are important for keeping the Country moving, getting people into work, schools, shops and getting freight from once place to another, but also in making sure people using/near them are safe!,
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18th Aug 2020 10:27am Birkenhead memories [by snowhite]
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17th Aug 2020 9:04pm Betty [by lincle]
Once again folks your help is needed to find Betty who is missing from Bidston area since 7.30 last night . Post seen on face book with picture ,looks like French bulldog .She is a very nervous dog & will be terrified .Help get her home please.
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17th Aug 2020 3:21pm free printer [by gerry1]
Hi 1 Kodak ESP-5210 all in one Infered printer free,
mains lead required/ink .
full working. collect from .eastham
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17th Aug 2020 12:23pm SatNav Update [by Moonstar]
Looking for information on how to update SatNav. Don't tell me how to do this that and the other because I am past it. Just want someone to do it. laugh
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15th Aug 2020 5:33pm rug free [by gerry1]
Hi,A design Legacy rug size 120cm X170cm Needs a slight repair on one corner, Collection from Eastham only.
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14th Aug 2020 8:58pm Ignition Switch Faulty Barrel Worn Key [by fish5133]
Cant get the ignition to switch on with the key been playing up for a while. Knackered barrel or worn key? Key doesnt manually lock car door either.. Main dealer ellesmere port 2 weeks to just look to see what problem is and the couple more weeks to order and fix(but cant drive it there).. Local auto locksmith says cant fix it as cant get barrel, Have ordered a replacement key cut to code to see if its a worn key. failing that mobile mechanic ?? -. Can ignition lock assemblies be got from motor factors? . suggestions please? Honda 2005 crv automatic..
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12th Aug 2020 9:08am Any Auto Electricians here? [by Pete_M]
Hi All....again smile
I have now fitted the tow bar to my 2010 diesel focus estate and have the electrics to connect, can anyone guide me in the right direction of joining the wires to the loom please? I do have all the bits required including the 7 pin plug.
Thanks for looking....Pete
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11th Aug 2020 11:50am Woodside Ferry on Upton Rd [by mikeeb]
How come Woodside Ferry is on Upton Rd, right hand corner?
I have noticed it on a few maps.
The map is a 1912 O.S
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7th Aug 2020 8:00pm Restaurant/pub with outdoor seating - Bromborough [by CarterUSM]
Hi, can anyone recommend a restaurant or pub in or near Bromborough with an outdoor seating area, which doesn't close too early on Sundays?

Many thanks in anticipation.
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6th Aug 2020 10:11am A Stanworth Shop, Birkenhead North [by diggingdeeper]
A little puzzle, got this through the other day, I'm fairly sure I know where the shop was but so far the bridge has beaten me, I have reason to believe it is not the obvious one.

Here is the text that came with it.

I don't know if this is of interest, this is my Nan's old shop (A.Stanworth), it was located close to Birkenhead North station, not sure if it was on Station Road, photo is late 40's / early 50's. Found it in my late Dad's photo's. Shop was a general store/ corner shop. 2nd photo is inside the shop
3rd photo is also in that area - you might be able to place it.
I grew up in Birkenhead, left when I was nine, in my minds eye I can see where the photo is but can't place it exactly.
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4th Aug 2020 1:34pm Toll booths Birkenhead Tunnel [by mikeeb]
I found this picture of cars entering the tunnel but there is a queue of cars passing the booth on the left. The drivers must have had to lean over the passenger seat to pay the toll. Is this true? Or did they have a pre-paid pass similar to todays Fast Tag?
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I got this picture off this website that contains many pictures I haven't seen before. They're mainly Rock Ferry but also has a few from Birkenhead and New Ferry Baths, which are hard to find.
Check them out here.
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3rd Aug 2020 9:36am Three light unit [by gerry1]
If anyone wants this light, befor it goes to recicle.
Collection only from Eastham
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28th Jul 2020 5:38pm New Merseyrail trains covered in graffiti [by mikeeb]
One of the trains was covered in graffiti whilst being stored at the Tonbridge Yard in Kent, and now Merseyrail will have to spend thousands cleaning it. It is at the Kirkdale depot at the moment and being cleaned.
Surely the yard it was being stored at is insured and this should pay for it.
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25th Jul 2020 9:43am Found bicycle seat cover [by BultacoAstro]

Fleetwood Mac Go Your Own Way
Found this seat cover by Dole office while walking toward Asda in Bromborough. Message me if yours or will bin it after a while as value could be a £1. Thanks
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24th Jul 2020 2:53pm Regeneration of New Ferry [by Excoriator]
The last ambitious plans I saw somewhere for the regenerated new Ferry shopping centre seemed to show most of the car park sacrificed for housing. Hardly any parking space lft for shoppers cars.

Plentiful free parking seems the one asset New Ferry has a a shopping centre and cutting this down to a the small number shown in the plan seemed to me to be extremely short sighted, unless the idea is to abandon it as a shopping centre entirely.

Presumably much needed money will be made from selling this land off, but it seems extremely short sighted to me.
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23rd Jul 2020 10:29pm Painted frontages of new Ferry Shops. [by Excoriator]
Are these an improvement? I'm not convinced

I was rather surprised to find the white Georgian frontage of edges displaying the head of a large cow of some description.

Whatever next?
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