Birkenhead, Docks c.1965

Birkenhead, Docks c.1965

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Birkenhead Docks were started on 23 October 1844 when the foundation stone was laid. Before that, ships sheltered or tied up in Bidston Pool, which lay between Birkenhead and Seacombe. John Laird started his ship-building in Bidston Pool; he moved to the Mersey when the dock building began here. The Docks were once an independent company, but money troubles forced them to join the Mersey Docks & Harbour Board and to be controlled from Liverpool. The arrival of the railway in the 1840s made the need for deep water docks even more essential. It was the Great Western Railway which ran into Birkenhead and the docks; it was the London Midland, Scottish which ran into Liverpool.

Memories of Birkenhead

Midland Bank Charing Cross

I was born above the Bank on Jan 4th 1944. My grandmother (Elsie Hitchell), was caretaker/ cleaner of the bank and all of the upstairs accomodation came with the job. We lived there with the extended Hitchell family until about 1948, when I moved to a prefab in Rock Ferry with my parents. My grandmother lived ...Read full memory

A memory of Birkenhead by David Smith

77 Bus.

Memories! Memories!  I just logged on to the site and how interesting to see the old 77 bus at Woodside Ferry.  My husband to be at the time worked on the Birkenhead Transport .  I met him on the 77 Bus route going through from Woodside to Upton.  We married in 1963.  Fond Memories.  Still together 49 years down the road.

The Co Op In Conway Street Corner Of Cathcart Street

My first job when I left school (St Hughes, Park Road South) at 15 was in this shop. I was there for 3 years, until I left for bigger money at Levers. The manager was Jack Francis, a decent man who once slapped me over the back of the head for accidentally dropping bottles of pop on the ...Read full memory

A memory of Birkenhead by Tony Duffy

Any One Remember Him

My husband was Tony Nelson.One of the 9 Nelson children born in Vernon Place Birkenhead.He was born in 1939 and lived his entire life in Birkenhead.He spent his youth going out in New Brighton and Liverpool.He was well known in the pubs around Birkenhead from playing darts and quizzs.He worked at the old Lawries club as ...Read full memory

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