WikiWirral is where great friendships are made.
Forum Statistics
Posts1,020,497
Topics75,181
Members13,112
Forums66
Posts in last 24hrs6
Most Online13,060
Sep 14th, 2019
Who's Online Now
42 registered members (11kendo, 5 invisible), 2,155 guests, and491 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Social Media : Follow Us


Popular Topics(Views 7days)
New General Forums
State of the Nation
by diggingdeeper. 15th Oct 2019 5:23pm
World's Best Council Estate
by diggingdeeper. 28th Sep 2019 1:56pm
Funny Pics and Posts
by neddy. 2nd Feb 2013 4:21pm
Count to 1,000,000
by Nobody. 16th May 2011 12:40pm
New Wirral History
WHERE IS/WAS TONER ROAD, LISCARD
by moretonkiwi. 27th Sep 2019 4:25am
some downloadable pdfs from Cheshire Local History
by derekdwc. 26th Sep 2019 12:44pm
Where is/was this Station Hotel
by derekdwc. 13th Mar 2019 11:44am
Long-forgotten brook.
by Excoriator. 17th Sep 2017 7:37pm
St Werburgh's, Birkenhead
by Roslynmuse. 13th Aug 2014 7:19pm
Forum Tips
Photo Gallery Forums
Boaty McBoatface takes shape
The gathering storm: Mersey waterfront today
Topic Replies
vacuum cleaner
by lincle. 21st Oct 2019 12:14pm
Free 4x2” wooden lengths
by mike1965. 21st Oct 2019 11:21am
What song are you listening to?
by Dilly. 20th Oct 2019 9:01pm
Japanese Autumn Festival 26th October
by Touchstone. 20th Oct 2019 7:43pm
Defend Democracy Protests
by diggingdeeper. 20th Oct 2019 4:38pm
Jimmy savilles little cottage in Scotland.
by Greenwood. 19th Oct 2019 8:17pm
England rugby
by cools. 19th Oct 2019 4:32pm
Louise Ellman
by pacef8. 18th Oct 2019 9:54pm
Chester Street Tunnel Birkenhead
by diggingdeeper. 18th Oct 2019 9:47pm
October
M T W T F S S
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31
Recent Posts : What's On ?
Japanese Autumn Festival 26th October
by Touchstone. 20th Oct 2019 7:43pm
Question Time in Wallasey
by granny. 29th Sep 2019 9:51pm
Previous Topic
Next Topic
Print Topic
Rate Topic
New Brighton Tower #1066004
5th Mar 2019 9:23am
5th Mar 2019 9:23am
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 17
Noctorum
R
roywirral Offline OP
Newbeee
roywirral  Offline OP
Newbeee
R
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 17
Noctorum
DID you know?
1. New Brighton Tower was the tallest building in the land at 567 feet when built in 1897.
2. Premature babies would appear in sideshows in the Tower grounds "Incubator Babies"
3. The World cycling championship was held in the Tower grounds in 1899.
4, The fastest GO-Kart speed of over 80 miles per hour was recorded in 1965
5. P.J Proby split his trousers twice on stage and it ended up a riot, the Beatles played 27 times in the Tower Ballroom.
6. It was where according to Bob Wooler that Brian Epstein decided to Manage the Beatles.
7. Wall of Death operated from the 1930s through to the 1960's highlight a sidecar with a lion in attendance.
8. The Tiller girls started their career here in 1906.
9. The last show of Dare Devil Curly dived from a great height into a shallow depth of water in 1964.
10. The bone Crusher and The Strangler topped the bill "The Wrestling Horror match" in 1939.
11. With a web of intrigue and underhanded dealing with the main benefactors of the Tower Enterprises were the directors.
12. The first motion picture machine "The Veriscope" appeared in 1899 followed by Hales Tours in 1907.
13. The largest airship in the World circled New Brighton Tower in 1904 traveling at 17 miles per hour and made from steel.
14. Tom M'Inerney a local Liverpool wrestler beat the Russian Champ in June 1903.
15. New Brighton Tower baby shows were an attraction in 1905 with prizes for the heaviest babies the winner over 38lbs and less than 12 months old.
16. The metal tower was dismantled between 1919 and 1921 due to lack of maintenance it was made from mild steel and not wrought iron like Blackpool tower and the Eiffel Tower.

Extracts from the “History of New Brighton Tower and Gardens” by Roy Dutton with 365 pages and over 500 photographs

Attached Files
1 - Cover for book.jpg (44 downloads)
Google Ads
Re: New Brighton Tower [Re: roywirral] #1066009
5th Mar 2019 9:55am
5th Mar 2019 9:55am
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 805
Greasby
G
Greenwood Online content
Wise One
Greenwood  Online Content
Wise One
G
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 805
Greasby
I remember my Dad saying he taught my Mum to dance on the balcony at the Tower ballrooms because she was shy and didn't want to make a fool of herself on the main floor. I never thought to ask him where HE learned to dance! Wish I'd seen the actual tower, that must have been a wonderful sight. Glory days... in some respects! Incubator babies on display? Yuk... not nice.

Re: New Brighton Tower [Re: Greenwood] #1066014
5th Mar 2019 11:34am
5th Mar 2019 11:34am
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 17
Noctorum
R
roywirral Offline OP
Newbeee
roywirral  Offline OP
Newbeee
R
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 17
Noctorum
In those days with no National Health Service, this was probably the only way these children would survive, the children would be given back to their parents on reaching a normal size.

Re: New Brighton Tower [Re: roywirral] #1066027
5th Mar 2019 9:53pm
5th Mar 2019 9:53pm
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 16,557
Wirral
granny Offline
Wiki Master
granny  Offline
Wiki Master
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 16,557
Wirral
Very interesting Roy.. My dad used to talk about the N.B. Tower , Tower Gardens, and the clock made of flowers. Not sure when that would have been he was born 1902 , so his youth would have been spent in an around there , I suspect.
( he got married late in life ,just in case anyone's doing their mental arithmetic :/)


Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
~Chief Seattle
Re: New Brighton Tower [Re: roywirral] #1066031
6th Mar 2019 10:10am
6th Mar 2019 10:10am
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 2,128
Oxton
Gibbo Offline
Forum Addict
Gibbo  Offline
Forum Addict
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 2,128
Oxton
Any discounts on the book Roy? Although I'm sure its terrific, I can't justify £25 from Amazon or Ebay!

Re: New Brighton Tower [Re: roywirral] #1066036
6th Mar 2019 2:48pm
6th Mar 2019 2:48pm
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 709
Wallasey
Norton Offline

Veteran
Norton  Offline

Veteran
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 709
Wallasey
No.7 - The Wall of Death.

I did some research on this back in 2012, for a WikiWirral item, part of which read...

"The Wall used in the Tower Grounds until 1959 was 32 feet in diameter and was owned by Peter Catchpoole (and possibly others before him.) It did tour occasionally. I was able to confirm (with Ken Fox*) that part of the staging, where people stand, did collapse in 1959. The Wall was taken out of service, repaired and extensively modified, but didn't return to New Brighton. It was taken to Africa, where it toured, ending up in North Africa."

*Ken Fox is the owner/operator of one of the UK's travelling Wall of Death shows and was a partner of Peter Catchpole.

Therefore, it did not operate into the 1960's, but the bit about the sidecar and lion are definitely true. Quite a sight eek

Last edited by Norton; 6th Mar 2019 2:51pm.
Re: New Brighton Tower [Re: roywirral] #1066041
6th Mar 2019 7:44pm
6th Mar 2019 7:44pm
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 5,090
Birkenhead
derekdwc Online content
Forum Veteran
derekdwc  Online Content
Forum Veteran
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 5,090
Birkenhead
In the 50s a friend of mine used to go out with the daughter of one of the riders Ken Roach? and got to have some rides on the wall of death.

Granny, my mind tried working out how old you were before I got to the end of your post. Thought I had a good idea of it from the first wage topic
roywirral would you by any chance have pics of the 4 pubs in the tower grounds for the Pub index please
the Algerian
the lakeside
the woodlands
the rock point

Last edited by derekdwc; 6th Mar 2019 7:46pm.
Re: New Brighton Tower [Re: Norton] #1066054
6th Mar 2019 11:51pm
6th Mar 2019 11:51pm
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 17
Noctorum
R
roywirral Offline OP
Newbeee
roywirral  Offline OP
Newbeee
R
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 17
Noctorum
Unique footage of the Wall of Death featuring Jack Roche, Peter Catchpoole, Ursula Brown. Showing the setting up of the ride in Easter 1992, and shots of Victoria Road, and New Brighton a real gem of a film.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sko9Ru3N390&t=2s

Re: New Brighton Tower [Re: Gibbo] #1066055
6th Mar 2019 11:59pm
6th Mar 2019 11:59pm
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 17
Noctorum
R
roywirral Offline OP
Newbeee
roywirral  Offline OP
Newbeee
R
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 17
Noctorum
I could do a book for £16 if you could collect the book. They are hardback so quite expensive to print. Loads of illustrations so a better paper quality.

Re: New Brighton Tower [Re: roywirral] #1066063
7th Mar 2019 12:41pm
7th Mar 2019 12:41pm
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 17
Noctorum
R
roywirral Offline OP
Newbeee
roywirral  Offline OP
Newbeee
R
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 17
Noctorum
I was very lucky to obtain the diary of C.L Weller who described in detail the construction of the Tower, this covered the period between 1896-1897, and features in the first chapter of my book, with numerous photographs, It also goes on the explain the fatalities that occurred during the construction.
Another interesting event was the arrival of Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show in October 1899 in the Tower grounds, unfortunately, one of his gunsmiths blew his brains out and an ancestor of mine Inspector Dutton appeared as a witness at the inquest.
Also did you know that in the History of women's football, The Dick,Kerr Ladies are the most successful team in the world. They played at the Tower Grounds on numerous occasions, infact on Boxing Day 1920, 53,000 spectators packed into Goodison Park, Everton. Which lead to the Football Association (FA) to ban women's football at its members ground on the 5th December 1921. The FA ban would stay in place for fifty years - finally being rescinded in 1971.


Moderated by  Mod 

Random Wirral Images

Click to View Topic.
Newest Topics
Japanese Autumn Festival 26th October
by Touchstone. 20th Oct 2019 7:43pm
Chester Street Tunnel Birkenhead
by Chatto66. 18th Oct 2019 8:58pm
Jimmy savilles little cottage in Scotland.
by snowhite. 17th Oct 2019 9:35am
Louise Ellman
by granny. 17th Oct 2019 12:56am
Timing Belt change vauxhall Zafiria 59
by rossie. 16th Oct 2019 7:45pm
For Sale & Free
Free 4x2” wooden lengths
by mike1965. 21st Oct 2019 11:21am
vacuum cleaner
by lincle. 18th Oct 2019 1:09pm
Computer Desk
by Catsick. 9th Oct 2019 11:49am
Computer Desk
by Catsick. 5th Oct 2019 9:35am
Laser Printer (USB / network)
by Gibbo. 3rd Oct 2019 11:11am
Member Spotlight
Xan_Asmodi
Xan_Asmodi
Oxton
Posts: 235
Joined: March 2010
Show All Member Profiles 
Newest Members
Chatto66, Biggs84, Carson, Bishti, Philbill
13112 Registered Users
Today's Birthdays
No Birthdays
New Wirral Info
Japanese Autumn Festival 26th October
by Touchstone. 20th Oct 2019 7:43pm
Chester Street Tunnel Birkenhead
by Chatto66. 18th Oct 2019 8:58pm
Question Time in Wallasey
by derekdwc. 29th Sep 2019 12:12pm
Recent road repairs
by Littlebear. 26th Aug 2019 11:21am
News : New Topics
Louise Ellman
by granny. 17th Oct 2019 12:56am
Extinction Rebellion
by granny. 7th Oct 2019 6:06pm
New Brighton Adventure Land
by cools. 25th Sep 2019 10:34pm
New art ... by Dotmaster @ NewBrighton
by GaryFromWirral. 21st Sep 2019 3:20pm
Lost river (Well, brook really)
by Excoriator. 10th Sep 2019 9:50am
New Enthusiast Forums
Jimmy savilles little cottage in Scotland.
by snowhite. 17th Oct 2019 9:35am
Timing Belt change vauxhall Zafiria 59
by rossie. 16th Oct 2019 7:45pm
When Logins Become Redundant
by diggingdeeper. 24th Sep 2019 8:10am
Spark plugs
by Pete_M. 16th Sep 2019 8:14am
Downton Abbey Film
by cools. 13th Sep 2019 3:30pm
Popular Topics(Views 24hrs)
Wirral Sunrise Sunset
Sunrise Mon 7:50am
Sunset Mon 6:02pm
Local Time Mon 12:27pm
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1.1