The development of the Wirral Waters project has unearthed some interesting foundations on the Wallasey side of the docks near the Tower Rd bridge.
Evidence of early industrial developments that were discovered include:
> The foundational remains of The Seacombe Smalt Works which were established in the early 19th century to produce smalt (an inorganic pigment), which was at the time an important pigment used in European oil painting.
> The remains of an iron, lead and copper works which had been established during the 1820s. Following its initial use to produce lead, the works were then acquired by John Bibby & Co to produce copper. Products offered included copper-plated hulls for wooden ships.
> An alkali works which had been established during the early to mid-19th century.
Commenting on the findings of the archaeological investigation, Richard Mawdsley, Director of Development at Wirral Waters at Peel L&P, said:
“The Wirral has a strong industrial heritage; a heritage which we have seen first-hand thanks to the findings of this archaeological investigation. Wirral Waters in collaboration with our partners SoilFix are committed to documenting and recording this heritage so that it may inform some of the research objectives outlined in the current North West Regional Research Framework for historians and archaeologists.”
“A lot of analytical work will need to be carried out on the samples that have been taken from the excavation but, once completed, this will undoubtedly be hailed as one of the most important investigations of a historic industrial site in Merseyside in recent times. I’m immensely grateful to Peel L&P and SoilFix for facilitating this important and unique excavation.”
I didn't realise that there was any heavy industry in Wallasey before the docks were built. How would they transport it? Did Wallasey pool have moorings for boats/ships?https://www.wirralwaters.co.uk/news...hed-wirral-waters-northbank-development/