Reminiscing - Rock Ferry

I like Duffy. I like her song Mercy (which can be found on You Tube or Yahoo Music) and she also has a track out called ‘Rock Ferry’, which is the same as the name of her album out – so I have to get that one! She is sort of sixties style. Here are some photos I put on my Blog of Rock Ferry. Does anyone out there remember Glasgow Street before it was pulled down to make way for a new building? There used to be a tyre factory at the front and a coal yard out the back.

On Saturday, December 8th, 2007, this old abattoir near to Rock Retail Park caught fire. It needed 12 engines of varying uses in use to combat the flames which left part of the building structurally unsound prompting the need for demolition. It will be a shame to see this go as it reminds us of Birkenhead’s older industries which have long since been and gone. The Tannery used to be opposite and I can still smell that too!

The painted house with the blue plaque is the former home of the great poet, Wilfred Owen. He lived here from 1897 as a result of his Grandfather’s death in Oswestry. This isn’t the only residence in Tranmere where they lived as Willmer Road in Tranmere was also home for the Owen family when they first moved to the Birkenhead area. Wilfred Owen was killed in the Battle of the Sambre on November 4, 1918, one week before World War I ended. Most of his poems, including Dulce et Decorum Est were published posthumously (thanks for the info).
I just like this photo of the walkway between quiet Raffles Road and the hustling Whetstone Lane. Like the cobbles.

This is a picture of the Esplanade along Rock Ferry, where I used to play as a child with the crabs on the shoreline. I can almost smell the sea now just thinking about it. Probably mixed with the smell of oil as the Oil Refinery was just down wind and I used to go home with tar on my shoes (plimsolls I think) some days where it had washed up on the beach.

This is the back of Canterbury Road in Rock Ferry which will be pulled down in the near future. As at Medway Road, there doesn’t appear to be any physical signs of fault. There are no cracks, the roofline looks stable and there are no signs of subsidence which begs the question as to why these houses are being pulled down. Rock Ferry was once a very attractive suburb which developed through the ferry services to Liverpool, the Mersey Railway (Liverpool to Chester) and the docks. There is a great mixture of housing with the grand villas of Rock Park sitting comfortably next to the terraces off Bedford Road.As in Tranmere, Rock Ferry is also about to change. Streets are in the process of being demolished to make way for regeneration projects which will in theory make Rock Ferry a better place to live.

We are back on one of the streets near to Railway Road which will soon be demolished to make way for new housing. Once again, it is evident that someone has spent money on these properties to bring them up to scratch. Originally, the row would have had Gothic detailing around the windows and doors and there would have been some yellow brick detailing on the facade. (Liverpool Suburbia on Flickr – All Rights Reserved)

Grand Victorian housing lines Bedford Road in Rock Ferry as it makes its way up the hill toward Tranmere. The properties are of Gothic design and have been built out of yellow and brown brick. These are likely to have been built by the ferry operator or the train company as both Rock Ferry Rail Station and the old ferry landing stage are a short walk away. (Liverpool Suburbia on Flickr – All Rights Reserved)


Anonymous said…
Hey I like Duffy too!!
Mac McLernon said…
Hi Joanna... your quiz in the sidebar needs another couple of options:

I became Catholic from no religious background.


I came home to the Faith after a long absence!

JoannaB said…
Sorry Mac, I can't edit this now because somone has started voting - but maybe you could start a new poll?
DerJimbo said…
One small correction...Wilfred Owen was killed in the Battle of the Sambre on November 4, 1918, one week before World War I ended. Most of his poems, including Dulce et Decorum Est were published posthumously.

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