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#387290 - 10th Feb 2010 5:20pm New ferry baths
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Anyone know the height of the big diving board?

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#387298 - 10th Feb 2010 6:11pm Re: New ferry baths [Re: kimpri]
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┼ccording to an archived wirral globe report, an old lady remembers there were 9 levels, the highest wa▀ possibly 25 foot??
http://archive.wirralglobe.co.uk/1997/4/16/22381.htm


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#387385 - 10th Feb 2010 10:33pm Re: New ferry baths [Re: RUDEBOX]
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The spring board was about 15 foot high, smile

The big diving board has got to be more than 25 foot? think smile
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#387402 - 10th Feb 2010 11:58pm Re: New ferry baths [Re: kimpri]
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I cant dive frown meself. Never been able too. Plus can tho-he taught the 'kids'. Knocks me sick the thought of it....and im scared of empty pools but my concious self dunno why?!
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#387638 - 11th Feb 2010 2:32pm Re: New ferry baths [Re: RUDEBOX]
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New Brighton was 10 meters high, (about 33 foot)

New Ferry 7.5 meters (25 foot) might go down to archives on this one. smile
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#388378 - 14th Feb 2010 8:23pm Re: New ferry baths [Re: kimpri]
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All the statistics are here, in a page from the Bebington Official Guide, dated 1966.
Note the entrance prices, equivalent to 2.1/2p and 5p now!
All gone, alas!

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#388411 - 14th Feb 2010 10:07pm Re: New ferry baths [Re: bri445]
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Great find, I used to know Fred Newton who was a plant man there for years. He passed away about 15 years ago. He used to swim at Byrne Ave with his wife after he retired. What a character. I only visited New Ferry baths once (I was a Derby Pool boy). It was my wife's regular haunt with her sisters when she was a kid.
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#388415 - 14th Feb 2010 10:17pm Re: New ferry baths [Re: Capt_America]
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#390532 - 22nd Feb 2010 10:54pm Re: New ferry baths [Re: kimpri]
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I have a memory of New Ferry Baths. Getting to the top of the high board then looking down and nearly fainting. Luckily we only went to pick up girls, not dive off the high board.

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#390655 - 23rd Feb 2010 12:35pm Re: New ferry baths [Re: mindplayer]
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I remember ,as a kid, climbing up to the top of the high board being scared and climbing down again ...oh the shame of it.

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#395966 - 19th Mar 2010 10:11am Re: New ferry baths [Re: inflatablebone]
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Hello everybody,remember the baths in New Ferry and my memory seems to be the highest diving board was about 60 ft,will stand to be corrected,if anybody has definite info.

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#395974 - 19th Mar 2010 10:17am Re: New ferry baths [Re: yantodavid]
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Originally Posted By: yantodavid
highest diving board was about 60 ft,will stand to be corrected,if anybody has definite info.


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#396089 - 19th Mar 2010 9:11pm Re: New ferry baths [Re: yantodavid]
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I suspect 60 feet is a bit wide (or high!) of the mark. I've found 2 photos of the platforms showing 5 levels, not 9 as mentioned somewhere else.
The first clearly shows 12 steps and, at say 9 inches each, makes the distance from board 4 to board 5 about 3 metres. Scaling the heights of other boards from an estimated water level agrees with the above text figures of 10 and 3 metres. The heights of the person sitting at the bottom of the tower and the children to the right just about confirm my calculations.
Photo 2 is less clear but, using the 12 steps again, there is a person on board 5 who scales about right.

'Seven' metres sounds unusual and it's surprising that metres are used at all, bearing in mind that the pool, 100 metres long, was built in 1934, when we had an Empire and used yards, feet and inches, etc., elsewhere! Presumably the metric measurements, also in athletics, came from the Olympic Games.

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#408883 - 18th May 2010 7:08pm Re: New ferry baths [Re: bri445]
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I used to dive off the top board at New Ferry, up until I was about 14yrs old. I always thought the top board was 66' high! Mind you, I was about 4' high, so maybe things were relative to my height!

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#417983 - 3rd Jul 2010 3:18pm Re: New ferry baths [Re: kimpri]
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I loved New Ferry Baths but couldn't dive and I swam like a brick laugh. The water was freezing cold even on the sunniest days. The best thing about going to the baths was eating the food our Mothers had for us.

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