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#239053 - 17th Jun 2008 6:38pm Mount Rd. Higher Bebington
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#239063 - 17th Jun 2008 7:45pm Re: Mount Rd. Higher Bebington [Re: BMW Joe]
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What was it beforehand? A quarry? And how come it looks like there's a peak-less lighthouse in the background of the first pic?

ZOMG, so many questions!

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#239079 - 17th Jun 2008 10:20pm Re: Mount Rd. Higher Bebington [Re: BigBadStuey]
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One of the Storeton quarries, filled with the spoil from the Kingsway tunnel.
Bebington mill in the background; several of us oldies remember it.

Thanks for combining the old pic & my pic Joe.

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#239092 - 17th Jun 2008 11:37pm Re: Mount Rd. Higher Bebington [Re: chriskay]
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No problem Chris.

Never knew there was a mill there

What happened to it?
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#239097 - 17th Jun 2008 11:52pm Re: Mount Rd. Higher Bebington [Re: BMW Joe]
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Don't know when the re-development of that area happened; someone will know. The mill is still commemorated in a couple of the road names: Mill Brow, Millfield Close, off Village Rd., just down from the Sportsman's Arms on Mount Rd.

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#239114 - 18th Jun 2008 9:45am Re: Mount Rd. Higher Bebington [Re: chriskay]
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I never realised that there was so many Quarries on the wirral. Good Work Chris.
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#239115 - 18th Jun 2008 9:59am Re: Mount Rd. Higher Bebington [Re: Waddi]
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This may answer a few questions -

The outcrops of white or cream-coloured "Keuper" sandstone which form the Storeton ridge have been quarried for more than 1,700 years.
Buildings constructed of this stone include the Liverpool Custom House (1828), the houses in Hamilton Square, Birkenhead (1830-40), the original Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool (1845), the Birkenhead Town Hall (1883), and the nave and tower of St. Andrews Church, Bebington.
However, the present records relate only to the period when the quarries were worked by the Wells family (of Bootle): Charles Wells (between 1905-16), his executors (between 1917-20), and Frank Wells (between 1922-59). After the auction of the estates of Sir Thomas Brocklebank in 1911 see ZST/12 the quarries were owned by Lord Leverhulme.
There were two quarries. The older "North Quarry" was abandoned during the 1920's and filled in (during 1926-31) with waste from the Mersey Tunnel excavations. Working was then concentrated on the other (east) side of Mount Road, at the "Higher Bebington White Freestone Quarry".
This was gradually run down; it closed in 1959, and has also since been filled in.
For a period during the 1940's and 1950's timber was cut and sold at the quarry.

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#239122 - 18th Jun 2008 11:45am Re: Mount Rd. Higher Bebington [Re: Colgo]
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Thanks for that, Colgo. I'm surprised that this quarry was not closed till 1959, as I left the area in 1956 & had been playing around there for years & thought it was abandoned then. There was a large pool at the bottom of this quarry & I used to throw rocks in; from memory, I'd guess it was about 20-30 metres from the top to the water; made a great splash anyway happy
I see your quote doesn't mention that Storeton stone was used in the Empire State Building in New York.
The stone from all the quarries on the ridge was transported to Bromborough Pool by a tramway opened in 1838. the trip was mostly by gravity & the wagons were hauled back by horses. There's a good book about the tramway: "The Storeton Tramway" by R.C.Jermy.
ISBN 0 907768 00 8

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#239124 - 18th Jun 2008 12:06pm Re: Mount Rd. Higher Bebington [Re: chriskay]
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As regards the mill, don't know when it was demolished, do you remember it still being there in 1956 Chris ?
Did find this though,so it was there in 1936

Black and white negative and print made from it of a sailess tower mill at Higher Bebington, Cheshire, showing side view, taken on 25th June 1936.

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#239125 - 18th Jun 2008 12:14pm Re: Mount Rd. Higher Bebington [Re: chriskay]
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Originally Posted By: chriskay
One of the Storeton quarries, filled with the spoil from the Kingsway tunnel.
Bebington mill in the background; several of us oldies remember it.



Cheers, Chris.


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#239182 - 18th Jun 2008 6:56pm Re: Mount Rd. Higher Bebington [Re: Colgo]
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Ahh, see, I'm learning all the time! Nice!

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#240830 - 28th Jun 2008 1:39am Re: Mount Rd. Higher Bebington [Re: Colgo]
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My folks house is called Millview, as you can see the mill (or used to) from the house. (It's about 5 minutes away).

There are several pointers that have been left behind from the quarry. There is one small tunnel under one of the walls in Storeton Woods, which has now been bricked up. A train used to take the deliveries from the quarry down what are now normal roads (most of the straight longs roads were the old railway).
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#240849 - 28th Jun 2008 1:52pm Re: Mount Rd. Higher Bebington [Re: DavidB]
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A train used to take the deliveries from the quarry down what are now normal roads (most of the straight longs roads were the old railway).


Yes, you can follow some of the line on the attached link. Starting from Cross Lane, which was a gated crossing, the line followed what is now Quarry Ave. to another gated crossing at Church Rd. then along Quarry Rd. & Quarry Rd. East, then under Bromborough Rd. where there was a bridge & under the main line. Then it went along the front of Lever's to Bromborough Pool.
The wagons went most of the way by gravity & were hauled back up by Shire horses.
http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=53.345466~-3.005533&style=r&lvl=16&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=29161045&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1
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#245856 - 5th Aug 2008 11:28am Re: Mount Rd. Higher Bebington [Re: chriskay]
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I beleive that parts of the tramway bridge are incorporated in the pedestrian tunnel under Merseyrail opposite Quarry Road East. It has also been said that some of the garden walls on Quarry Road East are made from some of the stones originally in the track bed.

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#245968 - 5th Aug 2008 10:44pm Re: Mount Rd. Higher Bebington [Re: AR_One]
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I always thought it went down Mount Road towards Cammell Lairds! My da has loads of books on this, I'll have to scan some stuff in.
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