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This green space alongside the bypass, between Graylands Road and Alvega Close was originally a clay pit.  Clay was extracted from here for decades for making bricks, and a brick kiln was located in the bottom of the pit. A brickworks once stood on the shoreline where boats could collect bricks to take downriver to Birkenhead and across to Liverpool for building purposes, but the works disappeared in the 1930s when the silting ponds were constructed on the river shore (now the former tip site) and when brick-making here ceased.

In the early years of the 20th century, the owner of the brick-making business fancied himself as a developer.  Realising that more people were able to buy their own houses, he decided to build a small “village” of terraced houses next to Port Sunlight village.  Although small, these homes were just affordable to those people whose salaries were rising as people began to to become better off.  This “Brickfields Village” consists of the houses in Beaconsfield Road, Elmbank Road, Willowbank Road.

By the 1950s, the brick making process had long since ceased, and the “hole” was being used by the Council as a tip for household rubbish. In the hotter summers of the 1960s, local residents remember seeing rats from the tip running around their streets and gardens, looking for food in bins and in garden sheds.

When tipping had finished, part of the site was levelled and now has two large football pitches on it which are well used during the summer months.  An underpass beneath the bypass (built in 1960) links Mayfields to Beaconsfield Road.

The part of the former clay pit not filled in with rubbish became the site of the water treatment works.

 

New Ferry Brickworks circa 1914.  The work must have been hard and the pay poor.  In this picture, the boy on the right and the young man in the centre both have bare feet.  The large chimney stack - behind the boy on the right - was demolished in 1924. This very spot is now occupied by the United Utilities water treatment works (see picture below) which is next to the football pitches.