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Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: blackadder] #500023
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Originally Posted by blackadder

My Mum told me there was a gun battery on the Shore Fields in New Ferry- dont know when that was moved though


The gun battery at Shorefields was manned by Poles. There were a series of barrack huts erected to billet them in. The guns were removed in late 1944/early 1945 when the danger of Luftwaffe bombers reaching Merseyside had long since passed. The barracks were then used as a POW camp housing German and Italian prisoners. There was no barbed wire around them - it was an "open" prison where the inmates were allowed out to work on local farms during the daytime. Some of them even dated local New Ferry girls - as one elderly lady who lived in Pollitt Square at the time told me last year when I was exhibiting my Luftwaffe bomber pilot collection at Fort Perch Rock Museum (which I will be doing again this coming Easter Monday!).... her sister went out with one of them on a date, and her mother always said for a foriegner he was one of the "politest dates" any of her daughters had gone out with!

From 1948 the barracks were used as temporary housing for people who had lost their homes in the bombing on Merseyside. The buildings were empty in the early 1970s and finally demolished. Some of the trees that survive opposite Pollitt Square, on Shorefields, originally were planted in the "gardens" around the huts when people lived in them.

You can find out more about New Ferry and its wartime History on my website www.newferryonline.org.uk Look in the History section, and at the Photos & Memories page, particularly the 1940s page.

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Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: Trearan] #500025
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Here is an Ordnance Survey map extract from 1954, although I have added the position of the gun. You can clearly see the barracks on the field opposite Pollitt Square.

The map came from the excellent website www.old-maps.co.uk Just input your postcode and see all the various maps from different times available for this area!!

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Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: Morseman] #1069357
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Hey all,

could someone link me the images of the Holm Lane (if any exist) and the Storeton Gunsite, please? All the links provided seem to have expired, or that I simply cannot view them.

Many thanks

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The bases and drains of the Storeton Gunsite buildings are still present and worth a visit if you have an interest.

As far as I remember there are only aerials of Holme Lane and Storeton.

The only Wirral sites with the remains of gun emplacements are Bidston and Puddington. Puddington is dangerous to enter without permission but is by far in the best condition albeit very overgrown.

Storeton and Bidston are accessible.


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The Holme lane site received a direct hit from a German bomb and several crew members both male and female were killed.I believe they where buried in Landigan .

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Firstly, thanks for the information. I'll be checking out the Storeton battery as soon as I can.

As far as I know, the Bidston Site is being demolished, as the area is blocked off and controlled fires are clearing away the shrubbery. Not sure about this though.

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