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    Default Birkenhead & The River Streets

    One of the most deprived areas in the country, the River Streets in the Birkenhead Docklands...



    Tees Street and the surrounding area was once the subject of a Granada documentary highlighting the mass unemployment that had become synonymous with Birkenhead.

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    When the programme was made in the eighties, Tees Street had only one resident with a job. The rest were - and in many cases continue to be - unemployed...



    Below, one house remains in Ilchester Road. The occupant has been fighting to save his home from demolition.



    Vast numbers of houses in the area have already been knocked down.





    In the past many local residents were employed by factories and ship-building companies, such as Cammell Laird. Today, the work simply isn't there. The River Streets are still 'not working'.


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    Here we see one of the local pubs - the New Dock - which, along with the adjoining tenement block, now awaits demolition.



    A number of other Birkenhead pubs have also closed in recent times...





    More photos soon...
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    Fantastic views Ross, many thanks for sharing them . A part of over the water I certainly have never seen before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross08 View Post

    Here we see one of the local pubs - the New Dock - which, along with the adjoining tenement block, now awaits demolition.
    "This pub in the 60's had the nick name of the blood tub, as at the weekend the blood used to flow out of the door due to the dockers fighting."

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    A number of other Birkenhead pubs have also closed in recent times...


    When i was a kid my dad was the Manager of a pub called the Raven Hotel which was on Exmouth St and i used to go swimming in livingstone st Bath's which was across the road from this pub.
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    Do You Have any fotos of westmorland road please.

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    Where abouts do you mean? Is this Wallasey?

    If you do want any photos from the Wirral, then I can take them whenever.

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    Great pictures Ross. I think all that area has been demolished now. Even the Kwik Save has gone. The Blood Tub was certainly well named. It was a mad house in the seventies. Also there was one on the corner of Tees Street, I think it was called The Graving Dock? If I remember correctly, at one time it was owned by a guy off the telly who had a talking dog. Dog never said owt to me, so it was probably smart too. All around the River Streets used to erupt in a frenzy on Bonfire Night. The firemen used to get bombarded with all sorts. Even the older guys used to come out of the pubs to enjoy the frenzy. I think most of the pubs have gone now from this area.

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