This mid 1970's aerial photo (shown above) of New Ferry is fascinating. Some of its features will come as a surprise to younger people.
A - The former New Ferry Pier is long gone, with just the apron with the car park on it as it is today;
B - The Great Eastern Pub had its own bowling green behind it. All demolished in 2010;
C - New Ferry Swimming Baths and the area with trees next to where visitors sat on their towels under the trees under the hot summer sun in the days before sun-cream that worked (all demolished and built over with housing in the 1980's);
D - Site of the former Isolation Hospital which had been demolished 10 years earlier (all built over with new housing in the early 1990's);
E - Silting ponds where silt dredged out of the Bromborough Dock was deposited. The last deposits came from the Albert Dock in Liverpool when it was being restored in the early 1980's (now all buried underneath Port Sunlight River Park);
F - PLUTO Hill, underneath which were the super secret fuel storage tanks that played a part in the D-Day Landings of World War 2 (still there but no accessible!);
G - When the first part of the New Ferry bypass was built in 1960, it only came as far as Thorburn Road where there was a large roundabout. When the bypass was extended through Rock Park in the mid 1970's, the roundabout went and was replaced with the pedestrian underpass;
H - New Ferry Park is mostly unchanged, except that in the late 1970's it lost its bowling green. The tarmac kickabout pitch sits on the site today.