There is masonry from Hall road onwards with large chunks of sandstone from old churches used as sea defences.
On the sand bank pottery from Liverpool`s old pottery works can still be found
Thanks for the kind comments about the exhibition (which is still up in the Watson building windows, Lewis's because I can't get access at the moment)
The rubble is a mixture of different things including, nearer Hall road, the workings on the last second Mersey Tunnel.
I went back to the Borough Engineer's reports from Sefton council for my sources and bomb damage rubble was dumped along that stretch, Because it's all together I can't guarantee that everything photographed was from Bootle but it's in there somewhere.
I think it is buildings, the stretch nearest the car park contains a lot more concrete which suggests more modern buildings than the rest of the beach. You can sort of tell that the first 50 yards or so comes from a more modern period (this is backed up by Sefton Council Engineering Dept. Papers) but I couldn't say exactly what is used. I'm not sure there is any tunnelling material though, this would probably be useless for such a task.
Nice one Ian, I wonder if we know each other ? I lived at the very end of Warrenhouse Rd which almost adjoined Mariners Rd prior to the construction of the new baths in 1963 and played all along that strech of coast from 1960 on wards. Do you remember the old coast guards cottages and the adjloining boat house where the guy who cleared the sandhills from thew backs of houses with a WW11 bulldozer lived ?
I spent a wonderful childhood here and also partook of refeshment from the fountain but hadn't heard about the "cockle molies." Our next door neighbour was a woman in her 90's who had lived there for many years and she told me about an old man who had lived in a driftwood shack along the shore for most of his life by beachcombing. I remember having a conversation some years ago with a guy who was writing a book drawn from his own childhood memories from this area of beach during the 1940's which incorporated an old beachcomber like the Fulton Mackay charecter from Local Hero. He was quite ill at the time and so was I, so I lost contact, must see if I can find his details and follow upto find out the basis for the story.
Cheers Ian for an most informative post.
We moved to one of the new semi-detacheds that were built where the coastguard cottages used to be at the bottom of Mariners Road. I remember Mr Scott's grey digger, too. My mum was friends with his wife.
Like you say, it was a great place to grow up.