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#312746 - 25th Apr 2009 9:36am Woodchurch Rd. Old Street Lamps.
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A real shot in the dark here... Has anyone out there any old photo's of Woodchurch Road pre-early 1950's ?? The section I'm interested in is between the Storeton Road lights and the railway bridge, just before the M.53.

I'm trying to get a reasonable image of the old gas street lamps/columns that were in place prior to the mercury vapour lamps. These too have now long gone.

These were the full height columns, not the more usual side road variety that lasted until the '60's/'70's. They had much decorative scrollwork supporting the side arm and had "Sugg" top entry lanterns with 6 or 8 mantles inside.

I know this is a longshot, but maybe someone has a shot of a house/shop/car etc. with a lamp lurking in the background ?

There is a Francis Frith postcard showing the Woodchurch Rd shops in Prenton. This shows a tiny part of one of the lamps, but that's all. Grrrrrrr..

As an aside, the mercury lamps were the ones that when you stood under them at night, you looked as if you had some hideous skin disease ! Your skin colour was varying shades of purple.

Any help would be appreciated. I won't be holding my breath on this one though !!

Ta muchly.

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#312753 - 25th Apr 2009 10:36am Re: Woodchurch Rd. Old Street Lamps. [Re: ]
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Look in Old wirral garages thread, (Hughes and Watts) woodchurch rd, photo.
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#312755 - 25th Apr 2009 10:53am Re: Woodchurch Rd. Old Street Lamps. [Re: bert1]
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Not very good I'm afraid, these are both from 1931


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#312757 - 25th Apr 2009 11:00am Re: Woodchurch Rd. Old Street Lamps. [Re: uptoncx]
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wow they look great. We should install them instead of todays horrible concrete monstrosities
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#312784 - 25th Apr 2009 1:30pm Re: Woodchurch Rd. Old Street Lamps. [Re: Doctor_Frick]
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Many thanks indeed upton cx. Spot on ! You can just make out the scroll work in the last pic. Swan Hill ?

I remember they piled all the old lamps on the (then) vacant ground opposite. Should have grabbed a couple !

The circular casting just above the lantern is the housing for a Horstmann 7-day clockwork timeswitch. A guy came round once a week to wind it, alter the on/off arms and renew any duff mantles.

Great pics. Can you say where they are from uptoncx ?

Many thanks.

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#312785 - 25th Apr 2009 1:34pm Re: Woodchurch Rd. Old Street Lamps. [Re: ]
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bert1. Found the Hughes & Watts pics in the Old Garages postings, but couldn't see any lamps - other than the garage's ones on the canopy. Maybe a different pic. ?

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#312790 - 25th Apr 2009 2:03pm Re: Woodchurch Rd. Old Street Lamps. [Re: ]
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Originally Posted By: Pinzgauer
bert1. Found the Hughes & Watts pics in the Old Garages postings, but couldn't see any lamps - other than the garage's ones on the canopy. Maybe a different pic. ?


sorry, wrong pic and title.
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#312836 - 25th Apr 2009 4:35pm Re: Woodchurch Rd. Old Street Lamps. [Re: bert1]
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Those houses are still there on Woodchurch road. They are the ones on the end right next to the Swan Pub. The empty ground your talking about Pinzgauer, must have been the flats opposute (swan court). Must have looked much nice in them days without all those dodgy 70s houses.

Intesrestingly "The Swan" takes its name from Hugh Swan. From 1864 to 1868 a man named Hugh Swan was running a beerhouse in Holm Lane. After his death his widow Betsy, took charge in 1871 and into the 1880s.
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#312870 - 25th Apr 2009 6:36pm Re: Woodchurch Rd. Old Street Lamps. [Re: Doctor_Frick]
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Yes, Dr.F. It was just open rough grassland until late'60's/'70's (??) when they built the flats. Recall my parents going round them when first built with a view to buying. Decided against it thankfully.

Was puzzling over what the " EEN" was on the fence. Penny just dropped whilst talking to Cris Kay - "BOWLING GREEN" of the Swan Hotel !

Interesting bit of History on why the Swan was named. Thanks.

The end house on the RH side, in the far distance, was were I went to Sunday School. It was run by an elderly Mrs Brown. Walking home down the hill with others, the chant was "Mrs Brown went to town with her knickers upside down" !!! Pretty dodgy stuff those days AND on the Sabbath too - disgusting !

I digress.


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