Tranmere Ferry Birkenhead

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Queen Elizabeth granted John Poole the lease of ferry rights at Tranmere in 1586. The Etna, the first steam-powered ferry on the River Mersey operated from Tranmere Pool to Liverpool on 17 April 1817. The early part of the 19th Century were prosperous times for Tranmere's ferry service, but this was to change with the completion of Thomas Brassey's New Chester Road in 1833 and the opening of the Chester and Birkenhead Railway in 1840. Further blows to trade came with the commencement of a horse-drawn tramway in 1877 between New Ferry and Woodside Ferry and the opening of the Mersey Railway between Liverpool and nearby Green Lane railway station in 1886. By 1904, the ferry service had ceased and Tranmere Pool was enclosed as Cammell Laird Dock as part of an extension of the shipyard.

CONTACT Virtual Wirral - Birkenhead, Cheshire & The Doomsday Book Birkenhead Heritage Tramway   A source of one or two images.  Reflections - old images of Merseyside - Bidston Walk  Chris Ryall's excellent site on Birkenhead - Friends of Flaybrick

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