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#508586 - 26th Apr 2011 7:01pm Children's home on the Overchurch
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Does anyone know if there are any pictures of the Children's home which was on the Overchurch? I think it was demolished in the late 50s. Also, did it have a name?

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#508587 - 26th Apr 2011 7:08pm Re: Children's home on the Overchurch [Re: xleahx]
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Unless its a different home, but would have been the 80`s it was demolished!
My aunty worked there and my best mate lived opposite.
Used to sit on his front door step drinking beers and watching the lads climb drainpipes into the girls rooms!!!
This was on overchurch road, top end of Borrowdale rd


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#508594 - 26th Apr 2011 7:14pm Re: Children's home on the Overchurch [Re: xleahx]
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It would appear to have been called "Overchurch Children's Home"

There is mention of the History of the building HERE no doubt that site's owner will pop up on WikiWirral with more details.

I think hoseman is thinking of Parkside Children's home which is still in use as various other functions as far as I am aware.


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#508610 - 26th Apr 2011 7:31pm Re: Children's home on the Overchurch [Re: xleahx]
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Park side was demolished in the 90's. New houses built now where it stood smile
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#508623 - 26th Apr 2011 7:52pm Re: Children's home on the Overchurch [Re: xleahx]
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Thank's Angel, Park Side still exists in name which what cast my doubt.
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#508725 - 26th Apr 2011 10:38pm Re: Children's home on the Overchurch [Re: xleahx]
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I have done some research and the old children's home was built in 1859 by Thomas Webster and it was called Overchurch Hill House. It was demolished in the late 50s. Does anybody have any photographs or know where I can find any? My mum used to give the children of the home biscuits before being chased by the matron and she used to feed the donkey which my mother remembers being called Primrose.

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#508726 - 26th Apr 2011 10:42pm Re: Children's home on the Overchurch [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Originally Posted By: diggingdeeper
There is mention of the History of the building HERE no doubt that site's owner will pop up on WikiWirral with more details.


That is uptoncx's site I believe...

Photo from site:


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#508729 - 26th Apr 2011 10:47pm Re: Children's home on the Overchurch [Re: xleahx]
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There is a picture on UptonCx's site on THIS page
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#508741 - 26th Apr 2011 11:00pm Re: Children's home on the Overchurch [Re: xleahx]
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Thanks for the picture. I think it may be the lodge on Moreton Road, my mother remembers a path through the gate which lead to the children's home.

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#508752 - 26th Apr 2011 11:13pm Re: Children's home on the Overchurch [Re: xleahx]
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1st pic 1874. The road running bottom right to centre top is Moreton Rd. Think Overchurch Hill House may be plot marked 25.

2nd pic from 1971-1978.


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#508787 - 26th Apr 2011 11:45pm Re: Children's home on the Overchurch [Re: xleahx]
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My mum remembers the swimming baths and the tennis court near the children's home - she remembers the matron of the home hanging out the washing there! Thanks for the pictures!

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#508876 - 27th Apr 2011 7:47am Re: Children's home on the Overchurch [Re: xleahx]
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Most of what I know about it has already been said:

Overchurch Hill became Overchurch Children's Home in 1947 when Frank Paul (of Paul's Mill in Seacombe) sold it.

The house was built by Thomas Webster in 1859, it was built next to the site of the old church and graveyard, with a lodge on Moreton Road. The lodge was just about where the Motorway bridge is now.

George Webster inherited the house in 1876, and it was sold to Mr F O Paul in 1917.

In 1929 when the World Scout Jamboree was held in Arrowe Park, Mr Paul allowed one of his fields to be used as an overspill camp site. At the end of the Jamboree, he donated the land to the scout movement and it became a permanent camp site. The swimming pool was built as part of the camp site.

The Children's Home moved to a new building called Parkside, and the house was demolished in the late 1950s. The lodge survived the house, only being demolished when the motorway was built.

If you walk up the football field behind the Overton Community Centre, you come to a flat plateau, this was the terrace in front of Overchurch Hill.

I have no pictures of the house, although I'm told at least one does (did) exist. If anyone finds any, please let me know.

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#538894 - 26th Jun 2011 9:22pm Re: Children's home on the Overchurch [Re: xleahx]
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A Photo of Overchurch Hill house did exist and was hung on the wall in the bar of the Overchurch Pub. This was many years ago I doubt if its there now, I would also like to see a picture as it was, my only recollection is the ruins of what we called the home. Also the tennis court with the yew tree wind breaks and cobbled court yard area where i guess the stables were. Also the remains of the walled garden with various fruit trees and wallnut tree,this was adjacent to the grave yard. Does anyone else remember any of these.

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#646764 - 5th Jan 2012 12:08am Re: Children's home on the Overchurch [Re: RobertFlanagan]
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Originally Posted By: RobertFlanagan
A Photo of Overchurch Hill house did exist and was hung on the wall in the bar of the Overchurch Pub. This was many years ago I doubt if its there now, I would also like to see a picture as it was, my only recollection is the ruins of what we called the home. Also the tennis court with the yew tree wind breaks and cobbled court yard area where i guess the stables were. Also the remains of the walled garden with various fruit trees and wallnut tree,this was adjacent to the grave yard. Does anyone else remember any of these.


I remember all those, but think it was in use as a home possibly into the early 60s (I would have been 5 in 1960) because I can recall the Children and the donkey and the Matron....i also remember it being pulled down and actually being allowed in there to explore.
Behind the tennis courts there was a cemetry, but i never knew there was a church on the site. my father was a scout leader and used to tell us what the place was like when Paul lived there and how there was a tree specimin from all over the world planted around the grounds. We lived in inman Road then and backed onto the field in front of the home. I remember the oak tree (next to the stone on the map) being cut up for a bonfire one year.
Near the swimming pool (which used to get used by kids off the estate) there used to be a log cabin which I think was linked to the jambouree, i did see inside once, but don't remember too much as I was just a kid back then

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#850570 - 15th Jan 2014 2:15pm Re: Children's home on the Overchurch [Re: xleahx]
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I worked at the children's home in the early sixties. The children were all transferred to "Family Group Homes".

Matron and Auntie Winifred ran the place, Auntie Winifred being the dominant one. There was also Auntie Ivy, who was very sweet but intimidated by the other two.There was a support staff in the kitchens. I remember the donkey and the stables. The house would have been beautiful when occupied by a Victorian family, it had an immense south facing drawing room/ballroom, but it was bleak as a council home, a loveless place. I wanted to take all the children home with me.

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