Andrew Barr, like me, is fascinated by any
old images of North Wirral. He runs a few Facebook Groups and produced
photographs that are magnificent and rarely, if ever, seen online.
Opposite are links. You will need to ask to join the groups but it does not take long and are well worth visiting and staying in. Thoroughly recommended.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/148748861937742/ Wirral Military
https://www.facebook.com/groups/199495886824527/ Hoylake, Meols & West Kirby
Hoylake: Hyle Lake (1687). The
name of a roadstead now silted up, off the north-west coast of Wirral,
east of Hillbre, inside Hoyle Bank.
In 1690, William III set sail from Hoylake with a 10,000-strong army to Ireland, where his army was to take part in the Battle of the Boyne. The location of departure remains known as Kings Gap.
The present day township grew up in the nineteenth century around the small fishing village of Hoose. The name Hoylake was derived from Hoyle Lake, a channel of water between Hilbre Island and Dove Point. Protected by a wide sandbank known as Hoyle Bank and with a water depth of about 20 feet, it provided a safe anchorage for ships too large to sail up the Dee to Chester.
To facilitate safe access into the Hoylake anchorage, two lighthouses were constructed in the 1760s. The lower light was a wooden structure that could be moved according to differing tides and shifting sands to remain aligned to the upper light, which was a permanent brick building. Both of these structures were rebuilt a century later. The upper lighthouse, consisting of an octagonal brick tower, last shone on 14 May 1886 and is now part of a private residence in Valentia Road. The lower lighthouse, closer to the shore in Alderley Road, was deactivated in 1908 and demolished in 1922.
The Royal Hotel was built by Sir John Stanley in 1792, with the intention of developing the area as a holiday resort. The numerous steam packet vessels sailing between Liverpool and North Wales which called at the hotel provided valuable patronage. By the mid-nineteenth century a racecourse was laid out in the grounds of the hotel. The hotel building was demolished in the 1950s.
Hoylake's lido, located on the promenade, was opened in June 1913 and rebuilt in the late 1920s. In 1976, the Hoylake Pool and Community Trust took over the running of the facility from Wirral Borough Council. The baths finally closed in 1981. It seems everything councils touch turns to dust!
Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, is built on the old racecourse site. It has hosted a recent Open and was a major success. not only the British Open has been held here but so has the Walker Cup. The sands are ideal for sand yacht racing, indeed, the European Championships were held here in 2007.
Daniel Craig, Glenda Jackson, Mike Rutherford (Genesis), Stephen Hough, Chris Boardman all grew up in Hoylake.
Market St early 60s with some friends (from John)
Hoylake Church 1906
Fire Brigade 1920s with Aster Merryweather Pump
Hoylake Lifeboat and Hoylake signal box
The former lifeboat station
closed down conveniences, required as cafe last I heard
New Lifeboat station and below, some images of the inside
The inscription says "For the Children of Hoylake & Meols"
Brosters, a well known Hoylake Baker, had one of these, but the van version
The following are a few images of Hoylake Station
Formerly well known 60s cafe, The Lantern - this has got to be 70s!!!
Two images of the famous Spitfire on Market Street
Most of these images are my own property but some came from these and some are just links:
http://www.wirral360.com/ Virtual Wirral
thanks to George Girven for a correction