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#606948 - 23rd Oct 2011 8:45pm Greenhouse in Birkenhead Park
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Does anyone remember the large greenhouse in Birkenhead Park ?
Why did it shut down, and when ?
I tend to think it was vandals breaking the glass, but maybe there was another reason ?

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#607005 - 23rd Oct 2011 10:04pm Re: Greenhouse in Birkenhead Park [Re: Andy_U]
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I remember it well. I took a lot of pictures in there, must have been 1950's. No idea when or why it was removed.
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#607027 - 23rd Oct 2011 10:33pm Re: Greenhouse in Birkenhead Park [Re: Andy_U]
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There's some pictures in the archive's shut in the 50's i think birkenhead park

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#607043 - 23rd Oct 2011 10:47pm Re: Greenhouse in Birkenhead Park [Re: karlb]
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The Palm House was erected in 1921, not sure if its the same one but i remember a large greenhouse in the sixties with a huge palm tree in the middle, i think that one was removed because age got the better of it.


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#607051 - 23rd Oct 2011 10:54pm Re: Greenhouse in Birkenhead Park [Re: Andy_U]
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Around 1950, the Palm House was replaced by a conservatory which was still there in the early sixties at least.
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#607160 - 24th Oct 2011 7:23am Re: Greenhouse in Birkenhead Park [Re: diggingdeeper]
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I knew we had touched on this before, here is what we found then.

http://www.wikiwirral.co.uk/forums/ubbth...html#Post422971
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#607201 - 24th Oct 2011 10:22am Re: Greenhouse in Birkenhead Park [Re: Andy_U]
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I thought it came down for the usual "political reasons" one side of the lunie tunes wanted it repaired and the other side decided to pull it down because the other side wanted it repaired.

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#607216 - 24th Oct 2011 10:50am Re: Greenhouse in Birkenhead Park [Re: Andy_U]
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I sadly imagine that if it still existed it would be smashed to bits every weekend frown

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#608163 - 25th Oct 2011 8:14am Re: Greenhouse in Birkenhead Park [Re: DanLongman]
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I remember when I was a kid, we were coming home from somewhere with our Dad in the car. We drove down the road between the 2 parts of the park and there where quite a few fire engines and the water hoses across the road. I remember later on that day some said the greenhouse had caught fire.
This was probably about 1974, give or take a couple of years.

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#608604 - 25th Oct 2011 6:37pm Re: Greenhouse in Birkenhead Park [Re: Maisie]
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Originally Posted By: Maisie
I remember when I was a kid, we were coming home from somewhere with our Dad in the car. We drove down the road between the 2 parts of the park and there where quite a few fire engines and the water hoses across the road. I remember later on that day some said the greenhouse had caught fire.
This was probably about 1974, give or take a couple of years.


How does a greenhouse catch fire ??

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#608619 - 25th Oct 2011 7:05pm Re: Greenhouse in Birkenhead Park [Re: Andy_U]
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I had in my mind that it was a fire - given the era it was built it may have been wooden framed.
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#608714 - 25th Oct 2011 9:08pm Re: Greenhouse in Birkenhead Park [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Originally Posted By: diggingdeeper
I had in my mind that it was a fire - given the era it was built it may have been wooden framed.


Yes DD you're right it was wooden framed. I rang my mum earlier and she said it was wooden framed, she too is of the opinion that is was a fire that eventually destroyed it. I did try to ask her for more information, but she's 81 years old and can't always remember things. She remember's it was extremely hot in there and she couldn't stay in there for more than a few minutes at a time.

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#614184 - 2nd Nov 2011 7:18pm Re: Greenhouse in Birkenhead Park [Re: Andy_U]
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Just found this in a book that I have. Sorry it's not very good quality.


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#614332 - 2nd Nov 2011 9:47pm Re: Greenhouse in Birkenhead Park [Re: Andy_U]
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That is the same picture as the colour one above, I'd like to see the picture in the book that's below that Maisie :thumbsip:
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