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    Found this in a Clarence Dock rest room yesterday.
    Had one of these in our house "when I were lad".Cast iron kettle on the hob always on the boil,topped up every now and when it ran low with evaporation,Sunday dinner cooked in the oven,with the teatime scones,and in the winter evenings draw plates taken out,covered with a cloth and used
    as bedwarmers all with one fire


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    Joe, Clarence Dock is filled in.
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    Looks like the rest room isn't though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    Joe, Clarence Dock is filled in.
    Alright I`ll give it it`s full title Clarence Graving Docks which are only filled in with water. See Dock gates thread.

    These are old railway lines which were used to feed the Clarence power station.The Clarence dock was eventually used to store coal in as it was discharged from trains and when the power station was demolished they filled the dock in with the rubble.
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    This is the same room as the grate in the Clarence Graving Docks
    The mirrors in good nick, the shelf in the corner could be for a TV or the gas meter
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    How long before someone goes along to claim them for themselves ?

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    Can I rename this thread to Clarence Dock?
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    It`s a small world Smurf I showed these to my elder brother,and he remembers on old fellow who used to rent it off the M D H B and police would
    call in for a cup of tea and a warm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev View Post
    Can I rename this thread to Clarence Dock?
    OK Kev
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    Cheers, I've moved it too <<Excellent pics Joe.
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    That pic of the grate brought some memories back, Joe,most of all your
    mention of covering the hot oven shelves with old pieces of blanket to heat the beds in the winter. It was another world!
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    the Clarence graving docks ,the gangway in the foreground won`t be getting used anymore,

    An old crane in the Stanley Dock

    The old corn silo roof in the Stanley dock

    Reflection of the old lift bridge on Regent Road

    The footbridge part of the lift bridge on Regent Road, there are rumours work might start there next week.
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    Fab photos again Joe

    I would love a walk around this area, especially around the clock. Is it easy to get in?
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    It isn`t now Kev since Peel Holdings took it over. The main entrace to the Waterloo Dock was always left open. I fished the Mersey there for many years up to last year, even while they were doing the canal link.They lock the gates now but some days they are left open so I just meander in and take some pics. I have only been approached once in the Clarence by security who asked me if I had finished taking my pics as they were locking up for the day and kindly offered me a lift to the entrance.
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    Great pictures Joe. Nice one. Love looking at the old docks. I used to queue up there in the sixties in me dads wagon. The queues were long and slow.

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    The old Clarence Graving docks

    View from Sandhills Station of the Huskisson dock

    The remains of the old wooden pier at the Liverpool Pier head
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    Clarence dock area is playing host to a fairground for the next few weeks they arrived today.
    This would make a nice park with some landscaping and canal walks instead of some of those ugly towers
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    It would make a nice dock if they dug it out. Clarence Dock is still there complete with granite quays - have a look. It is historic as 1.4 million starving Irish went through it.

    Then buildings fitting in with the Tobacco warehouse/Albert Dock could be built around it. What works at Albert will work there. It is probably too obvious for them.
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    Its a shame they cant leave them gates open all the time, im sure people use to fish there at night as well. I've been down there late on getting shots looking across the mersey toward Wallasey Town Hall..etc was a decent place to go

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    Clarence Dock `s old gatehouse

    Old gangway in the Clarence dock,on the wall behind can be seen where the stairs leading to the overhead railway station were.

    Old shed in the Clarence dock

    Old buidings incuding the Victoria Tower seen across the Clarence graving dock

    The tobacco ware house seen aross the Clarence graving dock with a thin layer of ice forming on the water
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    Nice one Joe.

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    The old Clarence dock office with the desk left behind

    Across the graving dock with the old lift bridge over the Stanley dock in view



    The graving dock gates
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    Smashing photos Joe. Feel embarrassed putting mine up now.

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    Must have painted the capstain

    old building on the Clarence dock

    Across the Trafalgar dock to Victoria Tower

    Looking into the Salisbury dock from Trafalgar

    Old workshop by Victoria tower,I used to fish in the Mersey from in front of this,inside was a magnificent wooden work bench with legs about 9 inches thick. Might still be there, as there was no way of getting it through the door.
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    My Grandad worked in the Clarence Dock power station !, I still have his pass....wonder if I can use it to get access ??......I was around the area today at the Market.

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    Hi Joe , Magnificent pics as usual , That is not an old workshop by the Victoria Tower , it is the Salisbury Dock-masters Office ,The Dock Master had his quarters upstairs & the bench you refer to was the office desk ! they were built to last in those days . Ron P.S someone mentioned access for fishing , I found as an office boy working for the Harbour Masters Dept. , there was a clause written into the original construction of the Docks ,which were built onto the river that the public who previously had access to the river would not be restricted ,for fishing etc. & you could always obtain a pass (for the bobby on the Gate) to fish from the wall ,which I had, I wonder if the present owners of docklands are aware of this ?. . The Cockle-Hole recess ,South of Albert Dk was built for fishing boats & was tidal . I had a registered fishing boat & was never refused free entry to the docks . Ron

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    Hi Ron
    the bench that I used to see in there while I was fishing from there had a very large vice attached to it.
    I am only going back about 5 years ago.
    My brother kept his boat,a nobby called the Comrade, in the "cockle hole". I had a pass for fishing, but since the terrorist threat it was withdrawn. You can apply now but it must be a party of a bonafide angling club.I think the old law was where you could walk on the river front you could fish.
    I had a pass many years ago to take photos in the docks when I was a member of the Litherland camera club.
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    I remember making my way along the dock front,about 20 yrs ago,from Seaforth radar station,to the Pier head,and didn't see a soul,but for a couple of guy's fishing,who told me how much cleaner the river was becoming!That seems to have been stopped now,and the access to make the same trip,just isn't there,with all the redevelopment,etc!

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    Hi Joe , I had a great mate , Alex Martinnsen (an Estonian) a well known character on the waterfront as mate on the 'Skirmisher & LHC Deltic' ? (took rubbish out to sea) , he had a nobby the'Lavinia' which he kept alongside mine in Salisbury Dk & we both went down to the Cockle-Hole to spend the night there so Alex could do a repair on his propellor when the tide went out , I recall 2 other nobbys moored there but cant recall their names & there was another professional fisher who I was told had a fish shop . wonderful days ! Ron

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregs dad View Post
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    The tobacco ware house seen aross the Clarence graving dock with a thin layer of ice forming on the water
    Is that the Ogdens or the BAT building?

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