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#219089 - 30th Mar 2008 2:38pm Eastham : Bear Pits ( Zoo)
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Eastham : Bear Pits ( Zoo)

Ive been there once, any pictures or more info?
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#219092 - 30th Mar 2008 3:52pm Re: Eastham : Bear Pits ( Zoo) [Re: Mark]
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#219095 - 30th Mar 2008 5:04pm Re: Eastham : Bear Pits ( Zoo) [Re: Waddi]
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I was there last week; will post some photo's later.

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#219098 - 30th Mar 2008 5:32pm Re: Eastham : Bear Pits ( Zoo) [Re: MattLFC]
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Oops Will make links later Waddi wink

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#219100 - 30th Mar 2008 5:56pm Re: Eastham : Bear Pits ( Zoo) [Re: Mark]
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i have ill get em on now xx
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#219109 - 30th Mar 2008 7:30pm Re: Eastham : Bear Pits ( Zoo) [Re: chiccy]
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#219110 - 30th Mar 2008 7:40pm Re: Eastham : Bear Pits ( Zoo) [Re: MattLFC]
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Nice one wink

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#219116 - 30th Mar 2008 8:20pm Re: Eastham : Bear Pits ( Zoo) [Re: Mark]
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heres our pics...

i acytually took them to start p topic on here an forgot lmao!



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#219117 - 30th Mar 2008 8:29pm Re: Eastham : Bear Pits ( Zoo) [Re: chiccy]
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#219139 - 30th Mar 2008 11:15pm Re: Eastham : Bear Pits ( Zoo) [Re: Mark]
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Mark, They used to tie the bears up to a pole in the pit, I believe...and theyd release dogs into the arena or so Ive been told...but dont quote me on that bit.....


I used to do orientering for my Secondary school (for all 7 years....we won the Championship every year)....and we used to compete in Eastham woods.....

One year, a control was in the bear pit itself..so we went flying down the ridiculously steep and slippy steps at speed....only to come up to the very small entrance....so dangerous hahahaha....a few bruised backs and wet rear ends were experienced
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#219144 - 30th Mar 2008 11:27pm Re: Eastham : Bear Pits ( Zoo) [Re: MGCraig]
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I beleive that the pole was a feeding station, they would use a long pole to reach over from the side and load the top of the pole with food to encourage the bears to climb, and therefore entertain the visiting public.

It is a well known victorian zoo keeping practice.
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#219155 - 31st Mar 2008 12:07am Re: Eastham : Bear Pits ( Zoo) [Re: Waddi]
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I found this:

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Since the Middle Ages, a ferry service operated across the river Mersey between Eastham and Liverpool, the early ferries being run by monks from the Abbey of St. Werburgh. By the late 1700's, up to 40 coaches each day arrived at a newly built pier, carrying passengers and goods for the ferry. Paddle steamers were introduced in 1816 to replace the sailboats, but the demand for a service declined in the 1840's with the opening of a railway link between Chester and Birkenhead Woodside Ferry. In 1846, the owner of the ferry, Thomas Stanley, built the Eastham Ferry Hotel and shortly after, the Pleasure Gardens were added to attract more visitors. The gardens were landscaped with Rhododendrons, Azaleas, ornamental trees and fountains. Attractions included a zoo, with bears, lions, monkeys and antelope, an open air stage, tea rooms, bandstand, ballroom, boating lake, water chute and a loop-the loop roller coaster. Entertainers performed in the gardens during summer, and included Blondin, the famous tight-rope walker who once wheeled a local boy across a high wire in a wheelbarrow.


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#364830 - 11th Nov 2009 2:53pm Re: Eastham : Bear Pits ( Zoo) [Re: BMW Joe]
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Going on from the pics posted by chiccy, the first 2 which are described as fireplace type things, since we were kids we have always known these to be the lions dens, get inside them and you can see scratch marks on the sandstone.
They were probably more mundane than a lions den, but have since told kids and nephews etc that is what they are, so the legend lives.

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#364839 - 11th Nov 2009 3:21pm Re: Eastham : Bear Pits ( Zoo) [Re: hazza]
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I've never seen or heard of this place! Fascinating! Must go see it.
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#364866 - 11th Nov 2009 3:49pm Re: Eastham : Bear Pits ( Zoo) [Re: MissGuided]
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