Byrne Avenue Flasher Revealed

Posted by The Bearkeeper on
Category: Local Stuff42 Comments

Tags: ,
The Grade II-listed building, which dates back to the 1930s, is currently undergoing restoration.

Usually here at Jammy Toast, if we reminisce about bygone days we let Great Uncle Bimbo tell you the story. He has a great memory. However, for this tale I think it best if Bimbo doesn’t know anything about it. When I was a schoolboy aged around fourteen, I used to spend most days of the school summer holidays at the baths. If the weather was glorious then we would head out to New Ferry open air baths where you paid your entrance fee and that was it – you were in for the day swimming to your hearts content. If the weather was not so wonderful then it would be Byrne Avenue baths which were under cover. The only problem with these baths was that you paid your money and you got to swim for an hour and then were given the order of the boot.

William MacKenzie Update

Posted by The Bearkeeper on
Category: Local Stuff44 Comments

Tags: ,
Old, grainy photograph purported to be of William MacKenzie standing outside St Andrew’s Church.

Last year I told everyone the story of William MacKenzie – you can read the full story here but here is the short version. William Mackenzie was an Anglo-Scottish Civil Engineer and Civil Engineering Contractor who was one of the leading European contractors in the 1840s. He was born near Nelson, Lancashire, England, the eldest of the 11 children of Alexander Mackenzie, a Scottish contractor, and Mary née Roberts. He started his career as an apprentice weaver but changed to civil engineering, becoming a very successful civil engineer undertaking work on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway between Edge Hill and Lime Street. During his lifetime he amassed a large amount of money.

Dad Put Off His Fish And Chips By Dogging

Posted by The Bearkeeper on
Category: Local Stuff41 Comments

Tags:

Here at Jammy Toast we were shocked to learn this week that an angry Wirral resident is boycotting two local beauty spots because Doggers are putting him off his fish and chips. The Wallasey man has witnessed public masturbation and people “bent over car bonnets” at two Wirral locations. Explaining that dozens of people could be seen regularly taking part in dogging activities, the resident, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s going on 24 hours a day. We used to take the dogs there but we’ve had to stop. People on car bonnets, bent over, going off with each other, using their apps and what not. Flashing their lights at each other. We’ve been down there eating our fish and chips and there are people performing sex acts at their windows. You get threats and all sorts.”

Latest Pictures Of The Royal Iris

Posted by The Bearkeeper on
Category: Local Stuff32 Comments

Tags:
MV Royal Iris pictured in her prime.

We have mentioned before about the sad fate of the Royal Iris. For those of you who are new to Jammy Toast or who have a short memory she is a former Mersey Ferry. She was built by William Denny & Brothers of Dumbarton and launched in December 1950, costing £256,000. She ran trials on the River Clyde and arrived in the River Mersey on 28th April 1951. Upon entering service on 5th May 1951, it was licensed to carry 2,296 passengers on normal ferry duties, or 1,000 for river cruises. Onboard amenities included a dancefloor and stage, tea room, buffet, cocktail bar, even a fish and chip saloon. The latter gave the Royal Iris the nickname “the fish and chip boat”.

Final Goodbye From The Giants

Posted by The Bearkeeper on
Category: Local Stuff28 Comments

Tags:

It has been a weekend and a half on Merseyside as an estimated 1.5million people made their way to the banks of the Mersey to catch a glimpse of the Giant, Little Boy Giant and Xolo ahead of their journey home. The Giants took over Liverpool and Wirral for their spectacular adventure. Then yesterday, crowds in Liverpool were even treated to a special appearance from the Little Girl Giant, who holds a place in the heart of Scousers.

Old Wirral Pictures #8

Posted by The Bearkeeper on
Category: Local Stuff18 Comments

Tags:

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. 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

Birkenhead Workhouse

Posted by The Bearkeeper on
Category: Local Stuff21 Comments

Tags: ,

Iwas sitting in our doctor’s surgery waiting room last week when I remembered the old building which was knocked down a few years ago. The new building is a very swanky, modern building on the site of the old one – a vast difference from the old-fashioned Victorian building it replaced. Doctor’s don’t hurry, so as I was sitting waiting I was reminiscing about the old building and wondered why it was so large. Similar old hospital buildings on the Wirral are much smaller – along the lines of cottage hospitals – whereas St Catherine’s old building was huge. I decided to have a little internet search when I got home to see what the story was.