Local History #4

Posted by Dr Davidd OBE DASc on
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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.