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    Default Burbo Bank - the Brick Beach

    We spent a lovely Saturday afternoon wandering north from Crosby Coastguard station, an area I've coined the 'Brick Beach'. The coastline here consists entirely of rubble: bricks, plinths, granite pillars, doorsteps etc.
    I can only imagine that this area served as a dumping ground after the Blitz, with the secondary purpose of slowing coastal erosion. Can anyone confirm this? I've been unable to find anything concrete (ha!) on the web, and would love to read any first-hand accounts or anecdotes. I'm moved by the sight of so much human endeavour, laid waste by warfare and now pounded by the sea back into sand.


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    I'm a bit rusty on the geography of that area so i don't know if it's relevant but certainly at Hightown some buildings were just abandoned to coastal erosion and this page mentions builders' rubble being chucked in to try and control the Alt at its mouth.

    http://www.seftoncoast.org.uk/articl...r_erosion.html

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    Thanks geoffrey - that page seems to be talking about the dumping of rubble to backfill the sea wall. Here's a Google Maps linkto the area I'm talking about. On the satellite view you can see the red tinge of the bricks. I haven't walked that far yet, but it does appear to stretch as far as the mouth of the Alt. There's clear evidence of erosion, since the rubble forms a cliff in places. But where did it all come from? I'd love to know if anyone can confirm that this is from the Blitz

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    It was used to dump materials from buildings being demolished.You can see
    large pieces of sandstone which look as if they might be parts of some old churches. I think the idea was to try to stop the erosion by the tide.
    The actual Burbo Bank is the large sandbank which appears off shore at low
    water where Liverpool`s old fishermen would clean the keels of their boats.
    I used to there with my brother and his boat.you would be surprised at the amount of coal and broken crockery you could find. We always brought the coal home for the fire.
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    I like walking and when i have been around there i always think it looks very untidy to it,s surroundings

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    The wife and I paid a visit to the Crosby Coastguard Station a few years back and noticed the brick ?infill? on the beach.
    All I could think of was the Slum Clearance of the 60s and 70s.

    I was born in Celt Street, West Derby Rd. All the streets in that area, as I knew them, have long gone:-
    Grey Rock Street.
    Red Rock Street.
    White Rock Street.
    Norwood Grove,
    and most of the others from there down to Belmont Road.

    Take that and all of the demolition of Scotland Road and you have a good idea of where the bricks on the beach came from.

    Norwood Grove also had a Church and Church Hall on the corner with West Derby Road. That may explain the Sandstone bits found on the beach.

    At the age of 70 next week the brain cells are going fast so some of the above may be wrong.

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