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    Otterspool Promenade

    It is thought that the Romans were the first people to live next to the River Mersey at Otterspool. Roman coins and pieces of a Roman road were found under Otterspool Park over a century ago.

    The City Engineer, John Brodie, was keen to see the Otterspool shoreline developed into a leisure attraction. In 1919 Brodie put together a scheme for reclaiming 43 acres of land on the Otterspool shoreline. He was the first person to put forward the idea of a two and a half mile promenade from Dingle Point to Garston Docks. Brodie believed that this development was needed as the Pier Head was the only place in Liverpool where people could go to sit or walk next to the river.

    It was not until 1925, however, that work at Otterspool started. The group in charge of constructing the Mersey Tunnel was looking for an area of land to tip large amounts of excavated material from the new tunnel.

    Liverpool Corporation gave them permission to tip these materials along the Otterspool foreshore.

    Brodie had retired before seeing his ideas become reality and it was left to his successor, Mr. Peirson Frank, to take his scheme forward. Work began on constructing the river wall at Otterspool in July 1930. The wall had to be strong enough to put up with a constant battering from the strong water currents in the River Mersey. Concrete was chosen as the most robust material for the river wall. The wall was finished in 1932.

    The land between the new river wall and the original shoreline was filled in with domestic refuse. A total of two million tons of refuse material was tipped at Otterspool!

    The reclaimed land was then landscaped. Not only was there a riverside promenade for people to stroll along, but there were bowling greens and a caf?. There was an official opening ceremony for the new promenade on 7th July 1950.

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    The Cassie (Cast iron shore) was its nickname.
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    I was hoping to read what or when they plan on redoing the promenade now?
    Read they took up the star stones in another thread..??? Any more news on the developement of the Brittania and promenade NOW..?

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    The star stones have gone, the ones I saw were smashed to pieces. The pub is being totally refurbished over the next month or so I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    The Cassie (Cast iron shore) was its nickname.
    That was the part of the shore just near the Dingle Oil Jetty. My mother told me many people would use the beach at weekends - few went into the water. It had good quality sand.

    Mersey sand is excellent for building. During WW2, and during the 1930s, many convoy ships would load Mersey sand for ballast returning to the USA. Much of this sand was used to build many of the New York skyscrapers. So Liverpool has a real tangible connection with New York, as parts of it are actually Liverpool.
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    A couple of weeks ago all the benches along the promenade were marked with the word 'out' (plus the last large funnel and mast from the IGF). I expect they've been removed by now.
    In the 70's the area of the promenade North of Jericho Lane was still fenced off (the rubbish tip was still in use), but it was possible to get to St. Michaels if you climbed the fence. You cut inland just before the oil jetty and then came out at the old cast iron shore entrance (today, Priory Woods area). The rest of the promenade/Dingle Esplanade was completed for the IGF.
    Last edited by marky; 12-18-2008 at 10:11 AM.

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