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

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

Flaybrick Cemetery

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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.

Wirral Flooded

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Razzi and I were nearly caught under water today as half of the Wirral was caught in a downpour when month’s rain fell in less than 48 hours. People living near Dibbinsdale Brook said their properties were “under eight inches of water” after a stream burst its banks. Roads have also flooded in Bebington, Heswall, Neston and Bromborough. Housing association Magenta Living said 28 “families, couples and individuals” have had to leave their homes. Brian Simpson, chief executive of Magenta Living, said Maryland Lane Community Centre had been opened as a crisis centre, and local shops were providing supplies, including meals.

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.