This is a
rare photo showing Bebington Station. In this view, we are
standing on what is today the Liverpool bound platform looking towards
Rock Ferry. In the 1960s there were 4 tracks passing through the
station, and the platform in the middle had the ramp with the railings
around it leading down to the tunnel underneath the tracks. There
were also TWO bridges over Bebington Road: the first to be built was the
one that is now gone, the one nearest to the river.
In the lower
photo we are on the same platform looking in the opposite direction,
back towards Chester. Note that until 1974, the station was known
as "Bebington & New Ferry".
stage in the late 19th century, with the high volume of trains passing
through, the station had been extended towards Old Chester Road with 2
new tracks. It is this "extension" part which survives today.
Not only has the oldest bridge gone, so has the most eastward platform,
now replaced mostly with the station car park.
Note the passenger
waiting buildings with their white wooden fascias. The chimneys
show that each of the three platforms had an enclosed waiting room where
a warm fire would be crackling in cold winter months. How
different to the windswept, cold glass structures with us today (with
one enclosed, heated, glass building on the Liverpool bound side that
was added in the early 2000s). You can see the canopies again in
the photo of the station in the
NEW FERRY BYPASS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
grainy photograph stills of some home movie footage filmed as the bypass
was being built. The houses seen in the lower photo are in Easton
Road, whilst in the third photo, the bridge carrying New Ferry Road over
the dual carriageway can be seen whilst still under construction.
was built to relieve congestion in New Ferry. It went from the
Bolton Road roundabout as far as Thorburn Road where there was another
roundabout which let the traffic back onto New Chester Road. This
second roundabout disappeared when the bypass was extended through Rock
Park to the Cammell Laird roundabout in 1976.
NEW FERRY SWIMMING BATHS
And here we
finally present some colour pictures of the much-loved New Ferry
Swimming Baths, taken some time during the early late 1950s or early 1960s.
in the lower photo, we can see one of the metal water slides that was
obviously very popular. To the right are the changing rooms.
At the far
end of the pool is a shelter, which had seating for people to sit in out
of the sun. If they were full, bathers had to go to the "park"
area behind them where tall trees overhung the grass. This is
where many residents remember having picnics, sitting on towels.
The parkland area was surrounded by a fence, over which many claim to
have climbed in order to get in without paying - or else hastily climbed
out to avoid the swimming pool staff.
fooled by the sunny blue sky. Even on a summer's day, the water
could still feel icy cold when you first jumped into it. But after
two minutes you no longer noticed!
were taken from some old cine footage, which has now been uploaded onto
YouTube along with footage of other Wirral outdoor pools. (See
NEW FERRY SWIMMING BATHS
submitted by Phil Summers, 8th November 2010
photos were taken in New Ferry swimming pool around 1964. In the
left photo is my uncle, Roy Quinney, kneeling in what became the 'small' / 'baby' pool with his son,
Colin on his shoulders. Colin was born in 1962. You can tell its the small pool as you can just
see the ramp leading into the water in the background. (What was
originally one large pool seen in the photos of earlier decades was
later divided up into 2 or 3 smaller pools). You can also see
the changing rooms and the main entrance. The main entrance was
next to what is today the roundabout at the junction of Shorefields and
"The other photo shows the wooden slide at the shallow end of the pool. Unfortunately I do not know who the boy is."
Text submitted by Christine Glover, 21st October 2009
going past the prefabs on Shorefields to get to the beach.....the shore
was nice then with lovely sand! There was a path that ran down the
side of the prefabs to get there. When I think back now it
reminded me of a shanty town!
all became empty we used to play in them and rip the paper off the
walls. That was our vandalism of the day.....just harmless!!
I don't remember them being pulled down.
"When I was
younger, Mum always told me not to go down to the shore on my own
because there were bad men down there. But we still went, and I
never saw any bad men!!!!
remember New Ferry Baths....we used to bunk in through the side gate
that revolved round and round. When we got in we would run
like hell to the park area incase someone saw us!!
hospital was behind the baths. It was closed then, but you could
see into the part that backed onto the baths - which must have been the
kitchens, because you could see dishes piled up in the windows of the