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Report - Cressington Beach,Back Lane,WW2 Pillbox - Liverpool - June 2013 -

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by georgie, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. georgie

    georgie He Never Even Got There
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    a bit of history....(although it may not be correct)

    from os maps dating 1848 back lane was originally called pritts lane then later renamed back lane it could actually be older than 1848

    "1848 was the first edition of the Ordnance Survey map (for Liverpool).
    It also seems to be the oldest map showing details like this in this part of Liverpool.
    There were a number of these access points to the river, but it's difficult to date them"...........philipgmayer

    i cant seem to find out exactly what back lane was used for,although im told by a few local residents that it used to be road access/slipway to cressington beach......its now very overgrown

    what stirred my attention to this place was someone mentioned on a blog it was the end of a 19th century drainage channel,and with that i set off to find out exactly for myself....id seen this before but only from cressington esplanade but never really gave it much thought until id done some googling after me and kevsy21 was down this way one day.

    google never really threw anything up but what i seen on google maps looked interesting,it seemed to go up between houses then dissapear into trees? could it be a drainage channel ?......no

    explored over a few times solo and once with tcci

    decided on my last visit to walk all the way to the pillbox when the tide was out and get some recent pics of it to add to this pretty boring report.....i understand this may not be the usual 28dl type report ,tbh im only posting it because some local people i know around the area wanted to see pictures of "what lay ahead"....and also if anyone whos reading this now knows or has any old photos of this place to get in touch as id like to hear and see more of this place from back in the day.....

    big thanks to my flickr contact .....and i think 28dl member philipgmayer for supplying me some brill os maps and helping me with this


    firstly heres an ariel view of my route......the steps being the access point into the mersey then past wall bend then onto the ww2 pillbox being the end point.
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    some os maps from 1848 onwards...the red X being backlane/pritts lane

    1846-48......pritts lane can be clearly seen
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    1905
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    1960's
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    start point with what im told was pedestrian access to the beach.......some people argue " This short stretch of beach could be used to continue the riverside walk"
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    heres a look at it when the tide is coming in.................the green grass you see is a continuation of peoples gardens
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    gazing up back lane.....tide out
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    there is really not a lot to see,its very overgrown and featureless....this pic was the only part which didnt have thick undergrowth
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    looking back from the end....or the start,towards the mersey
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    the end or the start actually being on grassendale road....behind the wooden fence
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    an old postcard,i think from 1905....this may not be the exact location but gives you an idea of what it looked like
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    tcci
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    this pic was taken when the tide came in on me and tcci on a previous visit.......he only had boots on too ha ha

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    following on from that i ventured up to the garston dock end on a solo visit on a very hot day....and with the tide out too..

    pic for illustration purposes...i dont think this is the exact place....you can see some people sitting below wall in the old pic
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    todays mooch
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    garston dock pillbox

    "Garston Dock Type 24 Pillbox, Built around 1940/41, Still standing with its original barbed wire fence"

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    the only bit of sand that was visible
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    another old pic
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    some finds along the way.............
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    not much but i do know the 2 green items at either end are the remains of an old gordons london dry gin bottle................i only know that because i have one intact
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    out of here...............
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