Job's Ferry & Eastham Ferry

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I have nothing at all on Jobs Ferry, which is not to be confused with Eastham Ferry, as Jobs Ferry was a little further north. Jobs ferry dates from the 1300's whilst Eastham Ferry dates from 1509.

Since the Middle Ages, a ferry service operated across the River Mersey between Eastham and Liverpool, the early ferries being run by monks from the Abbey of St. Werburgh. By the late 1700s, up to 40 coaches each day arrived at a newly built pier, carrying passengers and goods for the ferry. Paddle steamers were introduced in 1816 to replace the sailing boats, but the demand for a service declined in the 1840s with the opening of a railway link between Chester and Birkenhead Woodside Ferry.
The site of what was Jobs Ferry, looking south towards Eastham Ferry
In its heyday Eastham Ferry was known as the 'Richmond of the Mersey', but its popularity declined during the 1920s and the last paddle steamer crossing took place in 1929. The Pleasure Gardens fell into disrepair during the 1930s and the iron pier and Jubilee Arch were later dismantled.

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