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    after getting chased off site at Cabot Carbon by a baseball bat weilding security guard (after only taking about 7 pics) we headed off to the st margarets convent

    this place from the outside doesnt look much but a new part was built around it in like an L shape and once inside its bloody massive long corridors nice big basement wierd tunnels its got em all and not to mention the electric is still on after 5 or 6 yrs of closure which was kind of wierd on the 3rd floor a dark room with the light on

    explored in april this yr

    a bit of sister history

    The way we strive to live our lives as Religious Sisters of Charity can be defined through our motto and our 4th vow. Our Motto 'The charity of Christ urges us onwards' and our 4th vow of 'Service of the Poor' enable us to discern where we should be and what we should be doing. Our purpose in doing this is to bring about the reign of God in the places where we minister and to the people we are living and working with.
    Since the first sisters came to England in 1840 and to Scotland in 1948, our sisters have been involved in an extraordinary range and variety of ministries. The following gives a brief history of our Province and our ministries':

    In 1890, the sisters felt capable once again of responding to needs further afield, and established St Margaret's Home, Rockferry in 1890. Here, the sisters were involved in residential care of the elderly, parish visiting, State agency work, an Irish Welfare Centre and work with the Union of Catholic Mothers. The sisters moved from St. Margaret's in 2004 and the residential home closed. One sister still remains living in the area.

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    Good pictures again Georgie. Do you know who the original owner of the house was, prior to the Sisters Of Charity taking residence?

    Usually these large detached houses were the homes of ship owners, sea captains, merchants etc and bequeathed them to religious orders when their day was done.

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    ANOTHER Great thread Georgie
    Started the Old Swan Website:

    http://oldswan.piczo.com/?cr=5

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    Here is a part of the story...


    http://www.religioussistersofcharity.org/locations.html

    ---------- Post added at 07:55 AM ---------- Previous post was at 07:40 AM ----------

    This site I have come across before as a source of much info, this time Birkenhead...

    http://www.british-history.ac.uk/rep...x?compid=50801

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    Excellent stuff, Georgie. What a waste of a building that is

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    My thanks to Oudeis for the links. Despite searching for information regarding the early years of the house, I couldn't find anything of historic value, so I decided to ask the Birkenhead Historic Society for info on the house.
    They responded quickly and frankly and for that I am grateful. Here is their reply:

    This Building has been the subject of much research recently as it continues to deteriorate to a point when it will probably be lost. It's present state was highlighted earlier this year when it was thought to be the subject of a painting which is in an American Art Gallery. Research has indicated that a Lancashire born cotton merchant who married an American girl from Charleston in the U.S.A. was resident there in 1861. His name was Stephen Watson and he was buried in St.Peter's Churchyard in Rock Ferry. It was referred to at that time as the Manor House. It is not known whether he was the builder of the house. The property stayed in the hands of his family for several generations. It is not known when St. Margaret's took possession of the site.

    Maybe there is someone who can fill in the blank spaces.

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    Well, Oddsocks, who would have guessed it?

    The good people of Charleston South Carolina like history almost as much of the people of Merseyside. Some of the photographs could be of the Liverpool docks of the same era.
    Try the PDF from the 'click here' link on this page...

    http://www.historiccharleston.org/ex...harleston.html

    What's more October is their history month. So if somebody from the Rock Ferry area were to contact them before then...?

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    Great pic's Georgie,a fantastic looking house,but sad to think it will probably go to apartments,etc!!

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    Better than that be torn down and replaced with non-descript houses

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    Hi I had a look through the cenus's in 1861 Stephen Watson born Manchester and a Cotton Merchant was residing in Manor House with his wife and children all born in South Carolina along with various servants. 1871 Stephen Watson retired cotton merchant and living off dividends living with his wife and servants at Rock Lane. 1881 William Watson born South Carolina (son of Stephen) cotton merchants his wife children and servants at #2 Rock Park. 1891 William Watson family and servants at a house called Lancelyn Spital Road. Hope it helps.

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    I descend from this family tree and thought that the Manor House was no more, so it is great to see a photograph of it. Shame it is so deteriorated.

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    Jessamy

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