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Gibson House, Wallasey #218601
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Today I was photographing in the Egremont area and noticed a very big, abandoned, building between Blenheim Road and Maddock Road. It has "danger asbestos" notices all over it. I am wondering what is the History of the place? From the style and type of brick I will guess built around 1900 or a bit before. From the size I will guess a school or the like. It is surely FAR too big to be residential.

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Re: Gibson House, Wallasey [Re: Snodvan] #218614
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At first it thought it could have been the same place?
But after looking at the details?
Nope..

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Or could it be the building to the Left of this one?


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Re: Gibson House, Wallasey [Re: Mark] #218617
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The B&W photo is of the old Mariner's Home on the Egremont Prom., with four "old salts" enjoying well-earned retirement.
Anyone any idea when it was demolished ??

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Heh me and Totopop know this building well... can't help you on the History of it though.

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The building is just the other side of the road (Maddock Road) from the Mariners Home.

I did some research today and the building I photographed was the Andrew Gibson Home for Seamen's Widows. The building was donated for the purpose by a Liverpool shipping mangate. It was built in 1906 and dedicated by two sons in memory of their father. It cost 25,000 to build - which is a HUGE amount for 1906 (about 5 million based on todays prices and a conversion based on average earnings). Consider that at that date a typical church could be built for around 6000. The building itself is also HUGE. I walked around the front/ side / back today and was amazed at just how big it is

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Before it was closed down, it was an old peoples home, we know that much.

And Toto believe's it is haunted from his own experience.

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I can believe the latter - was spooky enough on a dull morning. Inside on a dark night - oo er. And if you cough the falling asbestos dust will probably get you anyway.

Great shame for a building like that to remain all closed up and neglected. The views out over the Mersey must be spectacular. I wonder who owns it now and what are the plans for the future? Before the recent downturn in property values I suppose it could have been earmarked for demolitiion and yuppy appartments. However, a place riddled with asbestos will cost two arms and legs to dismantle/ dispose of safely so I suppose the owners will just let the place rot even more until property prices swing up again.

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Re: Gibson House, Wallasey [Re: Mark] #218673
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did we not have a thread about this building, I remember taking pics and posting them up.

and from the pics I posted Im sure we all agreed that it was the same building as the b&w one. just the other side (the river side) of what is shown above.


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Looks very different from the back on the old mariners home home pictures:

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Hence my point it looks very different smile

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Originally Posted by Mark
At first it thought it could have been the same place?
But after looking at the details?
Nope..

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Or could it be the building to the Left of this one?


And i said this in post 2 wink lol


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I will ask my dad for info if he has any.....he was brought up in Trafalger Ave.A great aunt lived even closer!

I will ask them for their memories etc when I see them this week.

I vaguely remember the home as a kid......The green hill etc..happy days

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