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WHAT'S NEW IN MEMORIES AND PHOTOS:

 

The New Ferry Summer Community Event was held in July 2014.  See the 2010s page.

 

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You can also see Miss Johnson's class of 1937-18 at Port Sunlight Church Drive School. See the 1930s page.

 

You can read the e-book about the Bromborough Ju88 incident in 1940.

 

 

 

MEMORIES AND PHOTOS - 1920s


NEW FERRY HOTEL  c.1920

Here we can see the second New Ferry Hotel in much closer detail as it appeared in the 1920s.  It had its own bowling green and garden to the rear.  By this time, it had lost the top of its tower seen in earlier photos; it was damaged by a severe storm and was too costly to repair.  The Derwent Lodge Retirement Home stands on the site today.

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THE FERRY OFFICE  c.1920

A closer look at the approach to the Ferry Office, just a few years before the catastrophic damage that would occur to the pier, ending the ferry service.  Once the ferry stopped in 1922, the day trippers from Liverpool no longer came, and New Ferry's time as a holiday resort came to an end.  Today, the site of the office is a cobbled car park which gives excellent views of the river, the Tranmere oil jetty, and the city of Liverpool.

 

NEW FERRY PIER DAMAGED c.1922

The pier was built in 1865 by a local entrepreneur, a sugar refiner from Liverpool named MacFie, at his own expense (10,000). A ferry service operated from here, bringing day-trippers from Liverpool's South Harrington dock to the green and pleasant shoreline of New Ferry where there were fields and picnic grounds, a hotel and a few shops. New Ferry developed as a tourist destination. But in 1922, a drunken Dutch steamer captain accidentally drove his ship right through the middle of the pier, damaging it severely. The pier was never repaired due to lack of money, whilst the tourists moved elsewhere (to Eastham, Woodside and New Brighton). The remains of the wrecked pier were left, a tangled wreck slowly being eroded further by the tides, and the structure was finally demolished in 1929. It was never rebuilt and New Ferry's tourism industry was effectively killed off.  

 
     
You can also see silent film footage of the damaged pier of the British Pathe website.

NEW FERRY PIER WRECKED

   

MRS SMITH'S SHOP, 100 NEW CHESTER ROAD   1926

Mrs Smith is shown outside her tobacconist/ newsagent shop which has adverts for Cadbury's and Fry's chocolate in the window.  Just look in the window at all those jars of tempting sweets - peanut toffee, bonbons, butter creams, nougat, Bassett's Allsorts.  Most interesting is the Liverpool Post placard "Rock Ferry Girl Murdered".  A policeman was accused but the case was not proven.

The shop was demolished in 1990 along with those on either side of it, to make way for the Kwik Save Store (now Somerfields).

 

LOWE & Co, BEBINGTON ROAD   1920s 

Remember "The Vaults" public house seen at the junction of Bebington Road and Woodhead Street in the 1900s collection?  The pub clearly could not attract sufficient customers to ensure its sustainability (there were, after all, so many other pubs in New Ferry!), and at some stage it was closed - allowing the building to be reused as a shop.  For many years the shop was Rightway DIY, but this closed in 2012 and today remains empty.

 

BUNN'S PLACE  c.1920

Text and photo submitted by Christine Glover, 21st October 2009

"Bunns Place was situated off Woodhead Street, where the car park now stands.  In this photo, at the end of the road you can see the back of the shops on New Chester Road which are still standing today.

"Another little street nearby was Seaview, also accessed from Woodhead Street and also long since demolished to make way for the car park.  My dad was born in Seaview. 

 

"Many years ago I remember my Nan taking me down Woodhead Street when the houses were being demolished - I can only remember it vaguely as I was only about 4 or 5.  She told me that where the back entrance of Somerfields stands today there were once stables where the horses which pulled the trams were kept. 

"Another little story she told me was, when she was living in Seaview (don't know what year it was) one of the patients from the isolation hospital escaped.  He had smallpox and he ended up in Woodhead Street.  She said everyone had to barricade themselves in their houses for fear of catching it until he was caught and taken back."


1-11 VICTORIA PLACE  c.1926

Photo submitted by Christine Glover, 21st October 2009

These houses were off Grove Street, opposite to where Iceland is now.  They were demolished in 1956.  Now you know why the rear yard wall of the tattoo parlour on the junction of Grove Street and New Chester Road features the remains of a fireplace which is visible when you look at it from the park side, along with a bricked up window.

 

THE TOLL BAR  c.1920

Whilst trams continued to have the monopoly on public transport between New Ferry and Birkenhead, Crosville steered clear and kept running its buses in the opposite direction to Chester.  This system continued until 1930, when Crosville would dare to send its buses down the hill to Birkenhead in competition with the trams.  It would be the trams who would ultimately lose the battle......

 

THE TOLL BAR  c.1920

How about a peak round the corner into New Ferry Road where the bus is seen opposite the bus depot, which it may have just emerged from, hence it being on the wrong side of the road.

Note the detail on the former Wynnstay Arms pub on the corner which sold "Peerless Ales", and the policeman standing on point duty in the middle of the road to direct traffic.  It would be some years before he would be replaced by traffic lights.

 

THE RED DAHLIAS  c.1920s  

The 1920s was a time when working class people first began to take to the road for day trips out, perhaps from the factory or office, or if they belonged to a club.  They would hire an open-topped "charabanc" vehicle and travel somewhere for a picnic, or maybe to a pub or other venue for enjoyment.  If the typical British weather lived up to its reputation, at least the Red Dahlias (whoever they were) could haul the folded roof over their heads to keep the rain at bay - but I expect those with a window(less) seat still got rather wet!

 

CROSVILLE DEPOT, NEW FERRY ROAD  c.1928

And here is the seat of Crosville's power (or war cabinet!), at a time when the company must have been plotting going into direct competition with the trams' exclusive dominance of the New Ferry to Birkenhead route. The building served as both a depot and garage for the company until 1932 when it was converted to a market that ran, intermittently, until the early 2000s. Today, the building is occupied by Rocket Training Ltd.

 

THE LODGE, NEW FERRY PARK  c.1922

Back to tranquility, and the grade II listed former Park Lodge which still stands at the entrance to New Ferry Park (albeit with an unfortunately placed modern bus shelter obscuring this view of it!).  The entrance gates to the park on either side of it were locked at night and the park controlled by the park keeper.  Until recently the building was in use as a restaurant, but it is currently for sale.

 

THE PARK LODGE  c.1926

The Park Lodge as seen from inside the park itself.  Note the well tended bushes and plants in the foreground, now sadly long gone and replaced with just grass and towering trees. To the right of the Lodge and on the other side of New Chester Road is St Marks Church. To the left, the building with the tall chimneys was the old vicarage, now sadly demolished and replaced with a more modern house for the vicar in the 1970s.

 

NEW CHESTER ROAD c.1926

A good view of the former Lyceum Picture House which once stood where Iceland is today.

In this photo from the mid 1920s, the film advertised as being shown is The Light of Western Stars starring Jack Holt and Noah Berry, a silent movie made in 1925.

The row of shops to the left of the Lyceum are still standing today, although the upper floors could do with a little renovation. 

 

NEW CHESTER ROAD c.1926

Another view, just further down the road.  The Little House pub to the far right was demolished in 2006.  The cottages next to it had long since gone (1960s?) to act as the pub's car park.  The site has recently been developed as new apartments.

The cobbles and tram tracks seen in these photographs are still buried underneath the surface of the road, and made a rare appearance when the road was resurfaced in 2006.

 

189 NEW CHESTER ROAD? c.1920s 

Although this photo postcard suggests it is in New Ferry, no. 189 New Chester Road is a corner property - admittedly previously a shop (now empty).  We are not entirely convinced this is the same location.  If you know better, please let us know.

 

DEMOLISHING THE BRICK WORKS CHIMNEY c.1924 

Back to the brickworks seen in the previous decade - but at the very end of the brick-making era. 

The brickworks closed in the early 1920s, and the building was demolished in 1924 when this picture was snapped as the chimney was brought down. 

The wall seen on the horizon was the southern wall around the isolation hospital.  The river can be seen to the right.

 

The shoreline where the works stood no longer exists - the silting ponds were subsequently built out into the river, along with the Bromborough Dock in the early 1930s.  Today, the silting ponds are buried under the Bromborough Dock tip, the water treatment works partly cover the site of the brickworks, and the large clay pit was used as a landfill site through the 1960s and early 1970s.  Today, the two football pitches at Mayfields stand on top of it.


MAY DAY, BROMBOROUGH POOL VILLAGE c.1920s 

A quick look at Bromborough Pool Village probably in the 1920s.  You can see the school with its distinctive tower to the left, and the church to the right.  How pretty the girls look in their dresses, but why are there so many nurses in the photo?  If anyone knows why, please let us know.

 

See New Ferry in the 1930s...    

Picture Sources:

Some of the photos on this page are sourced from two excellent books we thoroughly recommend:

  • For more excellent photographs of the local area, try to find "Around Bebington" compiled by Pat O'Brien, first published in 1995 by the Chalford Publishing Company.  ISBN 0752401211     I think this may have been republished in 2005 by Nonsuch Publishing Company with a new ISBN 1845881303.  You can buy copies of this book on eBay or on Amazon.co.uk.

  • More difficult to find as it has long been out of print is "Old Bebington - A Portrait in Old Picture Postcards" by the late Dave Mitchelson.    It was published by S.B. Publications in 1991.  ISBN 1870708733

If the current copyright owners of these books object to their photos being used on this website, please contact us and we will remove them.  However, if they have websites where current versions of the books can be ordered online, please let us have those details as there are many people here who would love to buy these books.

 

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