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Birkenhead Cattle Trade #301725
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Just finished my webpage on the Birkenhead Cattle Trade:

"Many people do not know about Birkenhead once thriving cattle trade. Developing countries like North and South America had large areas of land ideal for rearing sheep and cattle. They had more animals than they could use, and so sent huge quantities to the growing industrial towns of Britain on fast steamships many of which came to Birkenhead where they were sold to farmers or slaughterhouses.

In 1878 sickness destroys Britain's sheep and cattle trade as a disease had been imported with foreign animals. At that time it became illegal to import animals unless they were slaughtered or quarantined in licensed quays. Lairages, slaughterhouses, chill rooms and meat-stores are built at Morpeth and Wallasey Docks.

In 1886 the Birkenhead abattoir which was extensive in size was opened, followed shortly by the Birkenhead Lairage buildings three years after. 'Lairage' was a type of modern day Animal Welfare Officer who would monitor the unloading of cattle into the Lairage to ensure none of the cattle were injured or showed signs of sickness. The inspections began to work and the trade took off once again. By 1897 the imported animal trade is booming and it is estimated that 40-50% of Britain's trade in American sheep and cattle, passes through Birkenhead.

Every building below the transit sheds alongside Morpeth branch dock was involved in the Irish Sea livestock trade for which Birkenhead became the leading UK port, having been helped by a decision to concentrate all of the Mersey's Irish livestock traffic in Birkenhead for ease of control reasons following a foot & mouth outbreak in Ireland in 1913. The green line in the picture below highlights the old wooden livestock walkway which allowed transfer of animals between the dedicated 'Wallasey' livestock stage (actually sited where Twelve Quays is now rather than in Wallasey) and Woodside. It had to be elevated to enable sufficient clearance over the Morpeth river entrance which would have made it an overhead walkway. The photo also shows the livestock-dedicated north end of the Woodside stage and its high-sided linkspan which prevented animals from seeing the river whilst coming ashore and becoming distressed as a consequence.

There are plenty of local people who will tell you that in the 1960's you always know when a Irish boat had docked, as you could smell it from a good distance away. Also the tannery on New Chester Rd, was part of the site which again added a terrible stench to the area. Much of the area and buildings associated with the cattle trade was demolished in the 1970's and in the 1990's to make way for the Woodside Small Business Park

The abattoir building, now used by Birkenhead Timber; caught fire on the 7th December 2007. There is not much left of the once thriving cattle industry buildings in the area and those that still stand are falling into dilapidation. The old fountain at the front of the Abattoir still exists although now badly damaged having been exposed to the elements for over a century. The inscription on the fountain reads as follows "These Abattoirs were opened by W.Laird Esq J.P Mayor of Birkenhead".

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Re: Birkenhead Cattle Trade [Re: Doctor_Frick] #301729
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Excellent stuff.



It all makes perfect sense expressed in dollars and cents ,pound shillings and pence
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Said the URL is not valid. Is this just my 'pooter ? Couldn't view the pics/info.

I well remember seeing the cattle off-loading at the N.end of the Woodside stage for their last stroll. If you were waiting downwind of the cattle boat, it had a deeply rural odour !!

Recall the two dedicated cattle boats involved, the "Leinster" and "Ulster" ?

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Originally Posted by Pinzgauer
Said the URL is not valid. Is this just my 'pooter ? Couldn't view the pics/info.
I well remember seeing the cattle off-loading at the N.end of the Woodside stage for their last stroll. If you were waiting downwind of the cattle boat, it had a deeply rural odour !!

Recall the two dedicated cattle boats involved, the "Leinster" and "Ulster" ?

The same happened when i tried too.

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Hmmm dont know whats happening here !

try clicking HERE


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Originally Posted by Doctor_Frick
Hmmm dont know whats happening here !

try clicking HERE


That works. Cheers.

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Originally Posted by Doctor_Frick
Hmmm dont know whats happening here !

try clicking HERE


works for me


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Think there have been server problems today. Damn you Geocities !


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Works OK now. Many thanks.

Re: Birkenhead Cattle Trade [Re: ] #301828
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My grandfather started work at the age of 11 at the woodside lairage in 1886 and by the time he was in his 20s he had become a butcher. He then in the 1920s moved the the lairage on new chester road by lairds at the bottom of Green Lane.


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You got any pics of him in his work clothes or anything Jimbob ?


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As a kid my dad used to take us walking around the docks-boring at the time-i remember running through the wooden cattle run, i recall the 'bridge' -a raised bit!


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no photo's or anything else regarding my grandfather {my dads dad} he died in 1944 when i was 4 year old.


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I can remember my Grandad taking me to the lairage to see the cattle being slaughtered. He was probably after some cheap meat, but what a day out!


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My grandad (antrobus) lived in rest hill road storeton he was a cow hand for leverhulme farm in storeton village. It was his job to drive the cattle down leavers causeway and the wiend. Through bhead and onto the floating landing stage.

Eventually they went by truck not that my grandad was bothered as he could cadge a lift back home as in those days there was not much traffic that went that way home.

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