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    The start of Parkgate Rd ,Neston

    The Cross with old drinking fountain

    The Cross why do solicitors always have the best offices?

    Neston town hall and post office

    Nestons main Street.


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    Excellent photos, Joe, once again!

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    St Mary and St Helens church at Neston

    Neston free library built 1907

    Parkgate Rd dwellings Neston

    Neston cricket club`s ground

    Dwellings on Station Road,Neston
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    Very nice GD. Neston is a nice place.

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    Where's the chippy pic in Parkgate !

    Great pics Joe, that chippy is the best for the Fish & Chips tho
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    Brilliant Joe, nice and clear. One of our drivers used to live in Neston and I made every excuse possible to go over and deliver his consignment notes to him. A lovely place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Brilliant Joe, nice and clear. One of our drivers used to live in Neston and I made every excuse possible to go over and deliver his consignment notes to him. A lovely place.
    I had a house there once.
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    ooh you lucky thing ! Do you prefer where you are now though ?

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    ooh you lucky thing ! Do you prefer where you are now though ?
    Erm, erm...yes.
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    The Parade at Parkgate

    The Balcony House at Parkgate

    Properties for sale on Parkgate Parade

    Mostyn House School,parkgate

    And again

    And again

    Some food shops

    Chinese eating house

    A small channel of water.On a high spring tide there is a bit more

    Nearly everybody eating ice cream, the chippie was closed in spite of the crowds

    A panel depicting Parkgate`s history designed by a pupil in Parkgates primary school
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    These photos are the best I've seen of Parkgate.

    really good images GD

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    Parkgate circa 1938-40

    Parkgate was still just active as a fishing village. 30 fishermen worked from Parkgate for shrimps, mussels and cockles.

    The last boat to berth at the quay there was in 1948. The water doesn't even reach the quays any longer.

    Re: The Press Gangs & Parkgate:

    Within Chester gates the sailor for many years slept as securely as upon the high seas. No householder would admit the gangsmen beneath his roof; and when at length they succeeded in gaining a foothold within the city, all who were liable to the press immediately deserted it--"as they do every town where there is a gang"--and went "to reside at Parkgate." Parkgate in this way became a resort of sea-faring men without parallel in the kingdom--a "nest" whose hornet bands were long, and with good reason, notorious for their ferocity and aggressiveness. [Footnote: _Admiralty Records_ 1. 1446--Capt. Ayscough, 17 Nov. 1780.] An attempt to establish a rendezvous here in 1804 proved a failure. The seamen fled, no "business" could be done, and officer and gang were soon withdrawn.
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    i worked there in the 80s chippy was there then , hope the germans havent bombed it again i worked at express dairies, a guy told me that neston or parkgate was the original port of liverpool , bit it silted up , ive walked on it like being on a floor made of reeds , didnt feel safe it was lovely then , imagine its the same now

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    Quote Originally Posted by south2323 View Post
    i worked there in the 80s chippy was there then , hope the germans havent bombed it again i worked at express dairies, a guy told me that neston or parkgate was the original port of liverpool , bit it silted up , ive walked on it like being on a floor made of reeds , didnt feel safe it was lovely then , imagine its the same now
    Well yes and no about Parkgate being the port for Liverpool. Parkgate was a major port when Liverpool was just beginning to be established toward the end of the seventeenth century. William III's army departed from Parkgate to fight deposed James II army in Ireland before the Battle of the Boyne in 1689.

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    According to the plaque on the front(see pic)it was used for trips to Ireland with boats anchoring 50 yards off the sea wall in 1686to 1815.
    The port died when the tide was artificially made to flow along the Welsh coast
    A lot of the buildings date back to 1720
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    cheers chris

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    Bibby Line operated from Parkgate - they are still going today.

    Chester was the main port for Ireland. Watling Street ran from Dover, via London to Chester, so easy to get to. The Dee started to silt up in the late 1600s/early 1700s with the trade moving to Parkgate not far away. The Welsh Irish Sea coast was nearer to Ireland but hills and mountains were between, so Parkgate had an advantage, despite a sea voyage twice the length. Ships being attacked by pirates was a problem.

    Liverpool's Old Dock was already built by this time, but Liverpool was dealing with inner Lancashire and trade with America and beyond. Liverpool catered for larger ships and used an enclosed dock for loading and unloading. Parkgate was mainly Irish trade. Parkgate was not competing with Liverpool, more dealing with different trade routes and hinterland areas. Loading and unloading at Parkgate was inefficient either quickly at high tide or via barges.

    To get Chester back in action a canal was built in the Dee river into the Dee Estuary in the early to mid 1700s. The results were mixed. This diverted water along the Welsh side of the river, reducing the tidal scour to remove silt, rendering Parkgate less unusable and eventually unusable. Parkgate as a major port was only short lived. Chester followed suit.

    The coming of the steam train sealed Parkgates fate. Trains could get to and from deep water Liverpool to anywhere. The Mersey ferries were steam and reliable. The enclosed docks were a great bonus to give fast turn-arounds and ease of loading and unloading cargos.

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    Memorial to Parkgate railway

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    Cracking pics and info on here, thanks all
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    Really nice Pics Joe, cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregs dad View Post
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    Auction coming up shortly of all the contents of this school which closed this summer, see Look North tonight
    Nice pic' Joe! Saw this,and thought it was sad that all those individual trophies,etc,would now be sold off! Reminded me of the salvaged lists, of student awards,in Dr.Duncans pub,which must have meant so much,to those mentioned,in their day!

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    Hi Dawane, I think you have this in the wrong thread
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregs dad View Post
    Hi Dawane, I think you have this in the wrong thread
    Mmmm.......think someone's acting the goat!

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    Good pics again Joe. Nice one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    Mmmm.......think someone's acting the goat!
    I wonder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregs dad View Post
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    Just noticed these cracker pics Joe. I love the place. Nice and tidy place it is too.

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    Where's Dawane gone?

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