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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.






Text and photos submitted by Geoffrey Markley, 3rd October 2009

"The Vauxhall Diving Club used the pool in the winter when it was closed to the public.  I was a member and we used to go on Saturday mornings.  The pool was always in a right mess towards the end of winter with all the dead leaves from the surrounding trees (a big slimy mess!). 

"We used to dive under the ice when the pool froze over.  The 'caretaker' always had the kettle on for cups of hot Oxo, which was very welcome on those chilly mornings.

"As far as I can remember, they used to drain and clean each pool in turn. There where 3 pools then: a paddling pool about 1 foot deep, the medium pool about four to six foot deep, and the large pool which I am standing in. 

"On the day the top photo was taken, we had come to do our training as usual, but as you can see, the pool had been drained and was waiting for repairs and painting.  I think it was probably about March when this was taken.  At that time, the high diving board had been reduced to about half its original height - probably for safety reasons. However, one amusing memory I have from before it was lowered was when my brother decided to jump off it with his wet suit on; when he hit the water, it pushed his wet suit so far up that it trapped his arms and it took two men to get the suit off and free him!

"In the second photo - taken on another occasion, and  blurred due to the water quality - you can see myself in the left foreground trying out my brother's aqua lung.  My dad is in the background watching me.

"After each training session in winter it was the custom to dive in the freezing cold water without your wetsuit.    Anyone who didn't was usually chased by the rest of the club, and thrown in anyway. And I mean, it was FREEZING!! In the third photo, my dad was first in -  jumping through a very very thin layer of ice which was on the water surface.  As you can see in the last photo, I cheated and kept my wetsuit on.  On that occasion I managed to out-run everyone and avoided the obligatory dunking.  I was about 14 at the time.

"The Birkenhead Swimming Club's water polo team (the best on the country at that time!!) played the occasional match in the pool.  They ALWAYS won!  Maybe they were just so well adapted to the cold conditions - as sometimes the water was freezing!  The swimming club held galas there too.

"I think it was a great loss to the community when the pool closed."









NAPIER ROAD,  circa 1971 

Photo submitted by Martin Morrow, 12th March 2011

There was a time, long long ago, when our streets were fairly empty.  Very few people around here owned their own car, and the street was where children played, happily and relatively safely, outside their own front door.  Today, our streets are filled with parked cars, and children have to go elsewhere.


SHOREFIELDS,  circa 1971 

Photo submitted by Martin Morrow, 12th March 2011

This was where many New Ferry residents played as children in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  An old boat was sited in the grass at Shorefields, near the junction with Shore Drive.  Many of today's 40 and 50somethings must have "rowed" over to Liverpool or somewhere else on their adventures in this very cheap and simple piece of "play equipment".  It was taken away in the early/mid 1970s.



This was the Corporation's secondary garage at New Ferry, built in the 1930s after the buses had seen off the trams.  It replaced the tram shed seen in the previous decades.  Even this bus depot has now gone, replaced by the current post office building in the early 1980s.  The Farmers Arms pub, to the right of the photo, is still standing today but is now the "Risa Spice" Indian restaurant.

This photo belongs to Alan-Murray Rust and appears on the Geograph website.  Click this link to find out more about the actual buses in the picture.



Photo sourced from Bernard Rose's photostream on Flickr, 20th October 2009

The flatiron site at the junction of New Ferry Chester Road and Beaconsfield Road has had an interesting past.  At the start of the 1900s it appears to have been New Ferry's post office.  The building must have proven too small for this purpose, as we know the post office relocated to 60 New Chester Road (currently the 1 Shop on the corner of New Chester Road and Grove Street - opposite Iceland) before it moved again to its current building in the 1980s.

In recent years, the shop has housed various printing businesses, but today is the office of our MP, Alison McGovern.

In 2005, some new 3 storey houses were built to the right of the building, copying the materials and style of the existing building.



The picture was taken on Mayfields, looking towards the river. Today, the same view has completely changed and you can no longer see the river as in this photograph. The hill on the right is the PLUTO hill under which oil storage tanks were built to unload and store fuel during WWII. The tanks were connected to the pipeline that ran down the country to The Channel and over to France. It was sited here because of frequent Luftwaffe attacks on the Liverpool and Birkenhead Dock systems. The Pluto hill is still there, as are the tanks underneath it but sealed off from access.

Beyond the "cliff" was/is the United Utilities water treatment plant (substantially rebuilt in the early 2000s) and which is now surrounded by a high steel fence. Beyond this (out of shot, below the horizon of the football pitch) was the former silting ponds (where materials dredged from Bromborough Dock were deposited). In 1991 this became the site of the waste tip, which, by 2006 when it closed, had grown to be a high mountain which now obscures the view of the river seen here. 


See New Ferry in the 1980s...    

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