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#212255 - 28th Feb 2008 9:37am Water Tower - Pine Walks.
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The last time I was "back home" I went up Pine Walks, Prenton. There used to been a tall water tower in the wooded area with a similar "tank" on top to that at Flaybrick. The tank was on top of a girder structure as opposed to a solid tower. Shock, horror - it's gone !

Has anyone any idea when it was given the chop ? It was a landmark for miles around.

I would have thought it would have been a listed structure.

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#212257 - 28th Feb 2008 9:50am Re: Water Tower - Pine Walks. [Re: ]
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Yes, I remember that one; situated in one of the most desirable areas in Birkenhead. I also remember one at the junction of Hawthorne Rd. & Greenway Rd., but that was on a brick built base. Don't know when either came down.

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#212258 - 28th Feb 2008 9:51am Re: Water Tower - Pine Walks. [Re: ]
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#212266 - 28th Feb 2008 12:07pm Re: Water Tower - Pine Walks. [Re: Mark]
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Yes Chris - desirable areas! I guess it's the old thing about the higher up the hill you are, the classier the shack !

Obviously, water towers are usually situated at the highest point. Max. pressure etc.

Even Pine Walks seems to be "bling" rather than "quality" now. Oops - sorry wandering off topic AGAIN !

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#212765 - 1st Mar 2008 11:07pm Re: Water Tower - Pine Walks. [Re: ]
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The green "flying saucer" has been gone a while - probably between 5 and 10 years.

I grew up around there, so here's an interesting (but totally pointless) fact both the flying saucer and the big sandstone water towers in Prenton were replaced in the early 80's by a huge underground water supply. These means that whacking great building is not actually used for anything..... I wonder if any property developers have got their eyes on it......

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#212807 - 2nd Mar 2008 1:27am Re: Water Tower - Pine Walks. [Re: AR_One]
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like them on grand designs with the water tower turned into a house
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#212943 - 2nd Mar 2008 4:31am Re: Water Tower - Pine Walks. [Re: placidmaster]
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The green "Flying Saucer" - brilliant ! Didn't realise it had been gone so long. Sad really. It was a unique structure.

I wonder where the "huge underground water supply" is ??

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#212968 - 2nd Mar 2008 10:38am Re: Water Tower - Pine Walks. [Re: ]
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If you can Get a Google map of where it is the next time
one of us is passing we can get you a picture.

I cant picture it that's all.
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#212981 - 2nd Mar 2008 1:43pm Re: Water Tower - Pine Walks. [Re: Mark]
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Just had a blimp at Google Earth. Unsure how to forward it directly, but the co-ordinates of the site of the tower are:-

53 21' 59.67" N
03 02' 22.08" W

The site is about 60yds almost due south of the very obvious covered reservoir (looks like a white square blockhouse) at the head of Resevoir Road.

On the aerial shot you can see an obvious circular clearing in the trees where it was. From memory, there is/was a high sandstone wall on the north side of Pine Walks which would prevent you getting a shot of the actual site of the tower.

Worth having a mooch around next time you are passing though Mark. Thanks.

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#213128 - 2nd Mar 2008 6:24pm Re: Water Tower - Pine Walks. [Re: ]
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Damn i passed there twice today, if only i'd of seen this topic earlier could of got a snap of it. Sorry guys
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#213133 - 2nd Mar 2008 6:28pm Re: Water Tower - Pine Walks. [Re: Cali_16v]
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useless, bloody useless lol
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#213165 - 2nd Mar 2008 7:24pm Re: Water Tower - Pine Walks. [Re: placidmaster]
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C'mon girls - put those handbags away! I don't want any blood spilt on my behalf !!!

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#213179 - 2nd Mar 2008 8:11pm Re: Water Tower - Pine Walks. [Re: ]
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I might make a detour up that way tomorrow if i'm bored just for you.
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#213596 - 4th Mar 2008 1:12pm Re: Water Tower - Pine Walks. [Re: Cali_16v]
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"I wonder where the "huge underground water supply" is ?? "

it's supposed to be behind the gates at the corner of Tower and Resvoir road.

Checked with my better half - we've been together since 2002 and the flying saucer had gone the first time I subjected her to the Wirral - so at lest 6 years.

A bit of a dig on the net pulled up these corking photos of the big water tower (I wonder if this chap is a member here?):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimmediaart/445956849/in/set-72157600047061417/

I'm still looking for a photo of the flying saucer!

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#213614 - 4th Mar 2008 3:30pm Re: Water Tower - Pine Walks. [Re: AR_One]
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Ive never been that way nor did i even know it was hidden
away there. OMG smile

How impressive does it look.

I Googled your directions and got this over head.
The Google arrow is a little south i imagine.
You can see it there its massive by the looks of it.


Paste this into google maps wink
53 21' 59.67" N 03 02' 22.08" W



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