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#241951 - 6th Jul 2008 3:39pm The route of death
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Here's a rather macabre extract from a map Jonno & I found in the archives some time ago. It shows the very efficient arrangement of the industries on New Chester Road: from the abattoir, to the glue works & the tannery


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#241954 - 6th Jul 2008 3:59pm Re: The route of death [Re: chriskay]
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It is a very efficent arrangement.

Is there a date to the map?

How would supplies have got there?

I quickly overlapped the map over what it looks like today to see whats still there and whats not.


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#241977 - 6th Jul 2008 6:41pm Re: The route of death [Re: BMW Joe]
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Excellent smile

I keep forgetting the cattle trade Birkenhead had.
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#241984 - 6th Jul 2008 7:08pm Re: The route of death [Re: Mark]
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I have no date for this map, but I remember you could smell the tanneries in the 1950's. I don't know how the cattle got there, but there was a lairage in Pacific Rd., near Woodside.
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#242019 - 7th Jul 2008 8:17am Re: The route of death [Re: chriskay]
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Apparently they were walked from woodside.
And the rest were either onto trains or carts for around the country.

Its a subject i would like to dig into as its what made
Birkenhead the Place it is today being the central cattle
importer for the Northwest ( I think).
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#242021 - 7th Jul 2008 10:10am Re: The route of death [Re: Mark]
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There used to be cattle associated business's all around the woodside area annd also on the Seacombe side of the docks.All the cattle from Ireland used to come into woodside and apart from Lairds the industry was one of the biggest employers of the time.
There is a book available from the libary called Birkenhead and the cattle trade smile
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#243121 - 15th Jul 2008 12:09am Re: The route of death [Re: jonno40]
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In the early 1980's, I worked for an edible oils company in Birkenhead and used to occasionally go with the driver to collect animal entrails from Tranmere Lairage in New Chester Road.

At the time they had no dealings with the tannery opposite, as all the hides from there went to a tannery in Chester. I think the glue works had closed by then.

Woodside Lairage had many seperate companies within it including a firm which made sausage skins from intestines. Most of the cattle that came to Woodside came from Ireland and they had a purpose built berth for the ships with bridges leading to the lairage. When Ireland joined the EU, the irish cattled trade ceased and that was the end for Woodside.
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#243739 - 18th Jul 2008 8:06pm Re: The route of death [Re: Northender]
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There is a mini-slaughter house in New Ferry, behind the butchers opposit the old Kwik Save (now Somerfield). They have auctions there. Couldn't believe it when I heard!!
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#244558 - 24th Jul 2008 2:10am Re: The route of death [Re: DavidB]
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Yes, that's Edge & Son.

They are the only butchers in the area who are licenced to slaughter on site.
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#814800 - 9th Aug 2013 10:25am Re: The route of death [Re: chriskay]
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It was still stinking in 1988 when my Missus was working in the nearby office Block just over the wall in Lairds

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#814819 - 9th Aug 2013 1:26pm Re: The route of death [Re: chriskay]
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WHAT SMELL ? :-))
I worked in the Tannery during 1961 and I couldn't smell a thing, it was only when I got home that my Mum (God bless her) made me strip off all my working gear and have a bath, and that was EVERY DAY... grin

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#814820 - 9th Aug 2013 1:37pm Re: The route of death [Re: TheComebackKid]
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I remember the cattle bridges, the poor creatures pooped all the way along and the smell was pretty gross.

I had a friend who worked in the tannery and he said that the bull hides were very, very heavy but he could shift one on his own. Whether this was a bit of bragging I don't know but he would have been a big guy in those days.

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#814906 - 9th Aug 2013 6:52pm Re: The route of death [Re: TheComebackKid]
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Originally Posted By: TheComebackKid
WHAT SMELL ? :-))
I worked in the Tannery during 1961 and I couldn't smell a thing, it was only when I got home that my Mum (God bless her) made me strip off all my working gear and have a bath, and that was EVERY DAY... grin


Apologies if this turns out to be off-topic, but does anyone recall the stink that came from some kind of dump site adjacent to the Wallasey tunnel bridge on Oakdale Road?
I remember it from the late 1970's, and phew was it vile, especially on hot days.
Someone told me the stench came from a pit that was filled with what they believed to be tannery waste, but I don't know if that is true or not.


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#814982 - 9th Aug 2013 9:28pm Re: The route of death [Re: Tess65]
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Hi, It used to belong to The British Leather Company who transfered their waste from their site by Cammel Lairds. As you say, it stunk. Sand bags where used to keep it on two levels. I seem to remember the worker taking off one of the top sand bags and letting it overflow like a weir. Dead dogs where often found, never stopped me playing there though. In the late 60`s it was manned by Sammy Smith from Oakdale Road
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