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The Pyramids, Birkenhead #293210
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I remember when I first started secondary school having to walk through a building site to get to the bus stop over the road. This was around 1987, and it was just about to be put up. The patch of land next to it was a rough car park for a few years until they built Netto on it in 1993 (?).

Has anyone got any photos of this area before it became what it is today? I can barely remember what it looked like.


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Netto is built pretty much on the site of the old Birkenhead fire station:




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I was a bit of a kid wen the pyramids being constructed and really believed that the area fenced off was a architection site. Doh!
Timpsons the shoe shop was in the whereabouts of superdrug now-in hindsìht the last of the 'real' shoe shop!


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All the area now occupied by the Pyramids was mainly terraced houses, with streets leading off between Borough Road and Grange Road. These included Vincent Street, Horatio Street, Coburg Street, Stafford Street, Huskisson Street and Collingwood Street. Along Borough Road from the fire station, going towards Birkenhead town centre, there were several shops dotted in among the houses, including a barber's shop called Tunna and a sweet shop - which are just two I can remember. In Huskisson Street, the impressive St John's Church was situated on a sort of island in the middle of the road. Further down Borough Road towards St Werburgh's Church, the earlier Grange shopping precinct was completed in the mid-1970s. This also involved the demolition of many rows of terraced houses along with some fine old Victorian buildings in Austin Street.

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I played in the fire station early 60s firemen lived in station with family 2 story flats. There was a police station in side st were nettos front door is got put in cell when i was 6 nicked a big cake from van at rear of stubs. hated my mam 4 that. in cell 4 hours. opposite fire station was a shop my favorite one. named what?? lived in Warwick st. get photos soon..


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Re: The Pyramids, Birkenhead [Re: RUDEBOX] #293367
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Originally Posted by RUDEBOX
I was a bit of a kid wen the pyramids being constructed and really believed that the area fenced off was a architection site. Doh!
Timpsons the shoe shop was in the whereabouts of superdrug now-in hindsìht the last of the 'real' shoe shop!


Here's a pic. of Timpson's for you. It was on the corner of Horatio St. If you can't recognise the location, the van in the middle of the road is about opposite Woolworth's. (Yoller; the Pyramids started at Coburg St. I think).

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If i can get hold of some old photos of the Woodlands school When it was on the woodlands i remember a few pictures takin on the bourgh road side as the school playground was looking towards the school play ground i saw the pyramids being built its ashame i wasnt into taking pictures otherwise i would of happy the Woodlands school had its own Swimming pool it was great smile


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Thanks, Chriskay - you're right, the Pyramids started further down Borough Road than I thought (my memory is playing tricks in my old age). And that's a great picture of Grange Road - you can see the steeple of St John's Church in the centre and traffic is using the road. I can't remember when Grange Road was pedestrianised, but it must have been around the mid-70s.

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One by YMCA or woodlands rd old school on left my brother had first house on YMCA side paid £2000 for it he will have pics always took pics


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Re: The Pyramids, Birkenhead [Re: chriskay] #293592
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Originally Posted by chriskay
Originally Posted by RUDEBOX
I was a bit of a kid wen the pyramids being constructed and really believed that the area fenced off was a architection site. Doh!
Timpsons the shoe shop was in the whereabouts of superdrug now-in hindsìht the last of the 'real' shoe shop!


Here's a pic. of Timpson's for you. It was on the corner of Horatio St. If you can't recognise the location, the van in the middle of the road is about opposite Woolworth's. (Yoller; the Pyramids started at Coburg St. I think).


That building on the right of the van is Iceland so Woolworths is further down on the left.
And im sure Timpsons was on Vincent Street, and the steeple in the bacground was the church were the Pyramids is now and it was called St Johns.

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Originally Posted by Mr_Ice_Man
That building on the right of the van is Iceland so Woolworths is further down on the left.
And im sure Timpsons was on Vincent Street, and the steeple in the bacground was the church were the Pyramids is now and it was called St Johns.


Is this photo looking downhill (towards Liverpool)?

Awesome photos, looking forward to some more. Looks good with the road running down the middle. smile My brother took a load of photos of the Wirral in the late 80's, early 90's, will have to dig them out.


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No, Mr_Ice_Man, Timpson's was on the corner of Horatio St. In the picture(1956) you can see the wall of the Methodist church which was on the opposite corner. On the opposite side of the road you can just see a lamp post & half way down that you can just see a sign sticking out; that is Maison Olive, ladies hairdressers, which was on the corner of Catherine St., so Woolworths is the next shop down on the other corner of Catherine St. The shop on the corner of Vincent St. was(& still is), Pyke's the jeweller. You're quite right about St.John's church.
Here's a map from about the same period as the pic.

Cheers, Chris.

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Re: The Pyramids, Birkenhead [Re: chriskay] #293644
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suggest the Pyramids start from what used to be
Collingwood Street which had a petshop on the corner next to Fabris? ice cream shop
Could you tell me where to get or buy a copy of that map
I have 1909 one but would like to have a 1950/1960 map of
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I think Grange Road was pedestrianised in '78/'79. Myself and my ex. had just moved into a new house and I was after some granite setts for the driveway. Whilst shopping in Grange Road at that time they were ripping the old setts up that had been buried under the asphalt.

Got talking to one of the workers who, after a furtive glance around, offered his lorry full delivered to Saughall for £15 cash !
A bargain. Just about to clinch the deal when his boss came along. Byeeeee !

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Thanks for pic. Its great!


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