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Where is this Birkenhead wartime street? #1053874
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This is a colourised wartime photo which appeared in the Daily Mail Weekend magaine a few weeks ago.

The caption says: ‘House proud: The war was on but that was no reason to let standards slip. A Mrs Stanford and her baby pass a woman keeping her doorstep squeaky clean in Birkenhead, Merseyside, in 1944.’

I wonder if anyone can identify the street?

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Re: Where is this Birkenhead wartime street? [Re: yoller] #1053878
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William Street, near Argyle Street .....looks different now!

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Re: Where is this Birkenhead wartime street? [Re: yoller] #1053901
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Thanks for that. I seem to remember there were still some houses in William Street in the early 1960s, but that whole area has long been totally transformed.

I think that brick structure in the road at the end of the street is an air raid shelter.

Re: Where is this Birkenhead wartime street? [Re: yoller] #1053902
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The building behind the air raid shelter still exists.


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Re: Where is this Birkenhead wartime street? [Re: diggingdeeper] #1053904
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Originally Posted by diggingdeeper
The building behind the air raid shelter still exists.


Is that Market Street?

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Its the back of Market Street

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Re: Where is this Birkenhead wartime street? [Re: diggingdeeper] #1053911
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The building behind the shelter was 35 Market St, at that time, H Murphie, Jewellers. 33-35 Market St.

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Tiger, DD and Bert, thanks for the info - great stuff.

Re: Where is this Birkenhead wartime street? [Re: yoller] #1053919
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Originally Posted by yoller
Thanks for that. I seem to remember there were still some houses in William Street in the early 1960s, but that whole area has long been totally transformed.

I think that brick structure in the road at the end of the street is an air raid shelter.


There was. My Mother was an agent for Howards, a credit goods company at the time. She kept me off school frequently to help her. We used to collect weekly subs and deliver goods all over Birkenhead. William Street was one of our visits.

Re: Where is this Birkenhead wartime street? [Re: yoller] #1053921
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I can't see any of the pictures!? cry I get the following message on all of them -


"You do not have access to download this attachment.

Return to the previous page or use search if you are looking for something specific."


What gives?!

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Re: Where is this Birkenhead wartime street? [Re: yoller] #1053922
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DD, Bert, how the hell do you DO that !!!! One road out of the hundreds and hundreds in Birkenhead, where original buildings were samey 2 up 2 down Corrie type roads , the buildings are now unrecognizable or missing ---- fencing different new full grown trees, roads no doubt resurfaced -- Im intrigued , what was the thing that gave you the clues? -- Ah, was it that you recognized an air raid shelter and narrowed it down from pinpointing all of those? Was there a map of air raid shelters?

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The credit goes to Tiger, he recognised the street, DD and I only followed up after.


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Thanks Bert. It was the stonework around the doorways and windows that did it. It's not typical of later terraces in Birkenhead and I think William Sreet being where it is was one of the older streets. Also pretty sure that woman scrubbing the pavement was still around!

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Ah, sorry tiger, I missed your post altogether it seems . Well spotted.

Re: Where is this Birkenhead wartime street? [Re: venice] #1053931
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Haha no problem. Looking at Bert's map and comparing it to DD's current scene, it is sad to think that all those happy little homes are no more.

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