Rooms of the Dead.
Unfortunately i wasn't too sure what to call this topic,
as the description i was given was The holding rooms
for the dead children that died of Diphtheria
such like diseases, they were used to keep them separate
from ordinary dead body's.
Back in the 20's - 30's when disease was a common place,
when a person, but mainly children died of Diphtheria
wouldn't go straight to the morgue they would be held in these
rooms where they would be for a word processed then cremated.
The Horse and Cart as a Hurst would bring the dead up the
back path to the Morgue for sorting, back then there was
a huge church and crematorium in Old Flay brick cemetery.
They would come around the side, and through cuttings in the
rock to deliver the dead.
So the pictures below show what is one of the other buildings
which we assumed would also be used for the same sorting
but can not be sure. But the one where it happened for sure
has been rubbed out, its actually on the hill, maybe the
entrance was behind the main gates now welded shut.
First let me show you what it looks like now,
the building that could have been a holding place too.
And some pictures from just inside, basically
holding the camera low and clicking with the flash on.
There believed to only be rooms, and not Tunnels as some
have thought. Maybe a trip inside will help.
Now where is it?
At Old Flay brick Cemetery in Bidston,
You need to come around the side of the Nann's to get in.
Number 5 Shows you the way through the fence.
Once your at the top of the hill where the picture is
taken from follow Arrow 3 and stay to the wall and
you will see the hole. It looks like its visited regularly.
Where i have marked 1 & 2 is where i was told the "Real"
holding rooms were for the children with Diphtheria,
as the "Fever" Hospital for Mersey side was just over the way.
But the "Real" one seems to be either covered over or Rubbed out,
but all the ground around the base of the hill we were standing
on seems a good 6ft higher than days gone by, like the spoil
from the new housing estate has been used to cover / bury
over things from the past.
There could how ever be an entrance to the left of the main gate
but we couldn't get to it as we were running out of time.
Number 2 shows where that entrance may be??
In the rock faces, facing towards the path behind the gate.
Purley speculation as we dont know what's happended to the
building. Number 1 shows where you used to be able to have
a drink from a lions head, but its been broken and gone.