Old Wirral Pictures #2

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Today we are continuing a series of posts featuring old pictures of the Wirral. As most of you know, Razzi and I travel around the Wirral all week and it is amazing how quickly something can change. Suddenly the demolition crews move in and within a couple of months an old building disappears and a new building or houses replace it – another Wirral landmark becomes a memory. This series of posts is here to remind us of what old Wirral used to look like or, if you have never visited the Wirral, show you an old photograph and its modern equivalent – where we can

The Top Secret World Under Victoria Street

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Yesterday, I mentioned our shopping trips over to Liverpool with my Grandfather (who I always called, Da) as a child. Well, at the risk of Chimpton accusing me of being obsessed with toilets, it reminded me of another story, I thought I would share with you all. Da and I used to travel over to Liverpool, occasionally in the car or more often we undertook the puff-puff and chuff-chuff run as we used to call it. That meant we got the train down to Woodside and the ferryboat over the Mersey. I cannot recall which of the train or the boat chuffed and which one puffed but that was what we called them back in the day. Ostensibly we travelled over to pick my grandmother up from work but in reality it was so my grandfather could look around the tailor’s shops – as described yesterday.

Old Wirral Pictures #1

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Today we are starting a new series of posts featuring old pictures of the Wirral. As most of you know, Razzi and I travel around the Wirral all week and it is amazing how quickly something can change. Suddenly the demolition crews move in and within a couple of months an old building disappears and a new building or houses replace it – another Wirral landmark becomes a memory. So starting today we are going to remind you of what old Wirral used to look like or, if you have never visited the Wirral, show you an old photograph and its modern equivalent – where we can

Local History #4

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Many people know of Birkenhead’s history. How it started out with some Monks, grew into a large metropolitan borough and had one of the largest shipbuilders in the world. It is also famous for being the other side of the ferry journey across the Mersey. What many people are not aware of is that it once had a thriving cattle trade. Developing countries like North America had large areas of land ideal for rearing sheep and cattle back in the days of the cowboys. In reality, they had more animals than they could ever use, and so sent huge quantities to the growing industrial towns of Britain on fast steamships and many of these animals came to Birkenhead where they were sold to farmers or sent to the local slaughterhouses.

Flaybrick Cemetery

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Over on my personal blog, way back in 2012, I wrote the story of Frank and Alice. Frank and Alice are both dead people who Razzi and I used to spend time with at Flaybrick Cemetery during lunch breaks from work. During the summer months, I would park along the path in the Victorian Cemetery where it was quiet and relaxing. It was very pleasant to sit back after I had eaten lunch and have a little “me” time. I did have some fears that maybe, because nobody has been buried there for so long, the cemetery would be flattened to make way for new housing as has happened further down the road. However, upon reading the notice board; I discovered that it is a grade II registered public cemetery which had been opened in 1864. Furthermore some very famous people are buried there including many of the Laird family so it was going nowhere for the foreseeable future.

The Wirral Hundred

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The Wirral Hundred Pub in Noctorum, typically someone has stolen the “W”

For many years, Razzi and I have driven around the Wirral and quite often pass the Wirral Hundred Pub in Noctorum. It has often struck me as being a funny name for a pub as most pubs are called something from the history of the area in which they are situated. Quite often if you see a pub called The King George II it is because that member of the Royal Family stayed there or had ties with the building – no matter how tenuous. The other day I discovered there is also a pub in Ellesmere Port called The Old Wirral Hundred. This had Razzi and I bemused as to what all these hundreds were. Time for the pair of us to investigate.

Local History #3

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The photograph above of The Old Lifeboat Station, Hilbre Island is by Arthur John Picton.

Each Day, Razzi and I drive around Birkenhead and Liverpool as part of our job and pass some of the most spectacular buildings, sights, ships in the world – you name it, we see it. Indeed, both Liverpool and Birkenhead have a long and colourful history stretching back many centuries. So from time to time, when the mood takes us or if we have seen something worth a mention, we highlight some of the things we see around Liverpool and Birkenhead…