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Editor: Mark Tasker Newsletter Date: 16/05/2018


Volume 1, Issue 1


The History of Bootle Inside this issue:

The History of Bootle


The Lakeside, Waterloo


The Coastline Near You


The North West Road Trip 2 Down At The Zoo


Rimrose Valley


The City Watch


Queens of Cunard


The Old Canal


Special points of interest: • The wall memorials in Marsh Lane, just below the Bootle New Strand train station

• The Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Waterloo • Antony Gormley‘s statutes at Crosby Beach

Bootle was originally a village that was completely separate from Liverpool. And like so many other villages in the area this hamlet can still trace its Anglo Saxon heritage. Even the name itself was pronounced as “Bold or Botle” by the Anglo Saxons but in the Doomeday Book it was listed as Boltelai, and later called Botull in 1212 and then Bothull 1306 . All these similar names mean a dwelling place. The original location of the lace of the village was located on the junction of Merton Road and Litherland Road. Towards the end of the 18th Century Bootle became

known as a seaside resort as Liverpool expanded. By 1851 in the first edition of the Ordinance Survey Bootle was still completely separate from Liverpool. But at the start of the industrial revolution the local businessman community of Liverpool and Bootle had vision. With the development of the Bootle chemical works, the Leeds to Liverpool Canal, the Liverpool, Crosby and Southport railway links. The wealth and improved communications these brought was focused on Liverpool. The real significant wealth creation for Bootle wasn’t the railways or the canal network

it was the development of its docks. The benefits came when Liverpool could no-longer expand and investment focused on Bootle. By the Marsh Lane train station is a tunnel that has wall memorials that recalls the historic events that have happened

The Lakeside, Waterloo The history of Waterloo dates back to the famous battle between two great nations, Britain and France. As the victors the local inhabitants rename their area to celebrate this. Also with the proposed new opening of the Grand Georgian Hotel, this coincid-

ed so it was rename as the Royal Waterloo Hotel At this point in time Waterloo was a seaside destination. And yet even today with new investment the new Lakeside is known as the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

This revitalization into the area has injected much needed funds, which now attracts numerous visitors to the area from all over Britain.

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The Coastline Near You In recent years the local coastline has really benefited from the clear up of the Mersey Basin in the 90’s. So much so that when the Antony Gormley’s iron men took up residence, they attracted more interest and visitor to the beach.

and local groups or individuals, cleaning the beaches of the dreaded plastic menace. A real sense of community is coming back. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution this natural resource is offering so much more.

Also, for those who are local the management of the coastline has changed along with the environment.

Our modern lives are changing and the need for wellbeing, work life balance is becoming more important to us.

With the RNLI so highly visible with mobile life guards

Yet if you visit Formby beach

you will find prehistoric foots prints. With surprising local stories that only go to show that we are tied to this coastline . In fact human habitation goes as far back to 2000 years. Form the docks in Liverpool, Bootle and Seaforth to Birkenhead seafaring is within the genetic make up and life blood of the people, and it defined the identity of an entire a city. So when you out on your next family walk or just by yourself head to the coast.

The North West Coast Road Trip As all roads from the Cheshire plain, North Wales and Lancashire lead to Liverpool. Your Road Trip

In 24 hours with four humans, one car and no dogs or cats we venture on a road trip but the question was where should we go. Our dilemma was that if we headed into Liverpool there was so much to see and do

from the Albert Dock to the Museums, or Sefton Park, The Palm House or just chilling out on Otterspool promenade. Eventually the general consensus was that we should head to the beach, but which one? If we headed to Crosby beach it would have been fairly busy

and full, so we decided on to go to Formby beach instead. What surprised us was the RNLI station. It looked like one of those Baywatch stations from that classic TV show. With flags fluttering in the wind the bright blue sky and the soft sand beneath our feet. It was truly atmospheric .

Down At The Zoo Red Panda Day

The main entrance at Chester Zoo hasn’t changed much, but every time we visit something new has arrived. The zoo have grown from strength to strength and it was George Mottershead tenancy to keep going that laid the foundations of its success. In fact outside London for

the third year running it is the most popular destination. And in 2016 in a press release they announced that a staggering 1.9 million visitors, breaking all of their previous records. With the increase in visitors they are planning to invest 7million pounds.

Such new facilities will attract more interest, but this has not distracted them from their mission of conservation of wild life. With 500 species and 15,000 animals, on 250 acres its no wonder people across Britain keep returning.



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The Rimrose Valley Country Park The Rimrose Valley Country Park is a story of ecological success for all those involved. Sefton council invested much needed resources into the valley and created safe habitats for wildlife , diversification of plant and trees. All of which reduces pollution from the Seaforth Docks and the heavily congested roads in Bootle, Crosby, Litherland, Seaforth and Waterloo. Today the valley is extensively used by the local communi-

ties , families, individuals and groups events. This greenbelt provides a safe haven for many protective species such as Bats, Birds of Prey and even species on the on the borderline of extinction. Yet on 31/08/2017 it was reported that Highways England has decided to build a ÂŁ250 million road through Rimrose Valley . This was to ease the current traffic at Peels Ports, Liverpool and

improve the current situation. However, with the purchase of new super cranes that the port has made, this will only increase volume of containers. And with this new increased capacity it will no doubt impact the volume of heavy lorries on the nearby road links, increasing the pollution levels. The question is at what point do we accept the lost our environment and health for profit.

The City Watch According to history it was King John who gave Liverpool it’s charter. He needed a town that could trade with the Irish, the Welsh and Scots in the far north. From that small kernel grew a great oak that became the second city within an empire where the sun never set. But what many people who

live Liverpool may not know is that in terms of grade II listed building, we have a lot. Liverpool is second to London and the relationship between the two cities are intertwined. With mass migrations and immigrations both cities experienced similar situations with health, housing and post war

expansions and suffered and enjoyed mixed fortunes. Yet for Liverpool it has the greatest number of public sculptures outside Westminster in London. This fact alone illustrates the pride and belief of past generations. The passion and love for their city is still vibrate today as ever.

The Three Queens Of Cunard The Cunard shipping line was established in 1839 by Samuel Cunard. And on the 175th celebrations the three Queens of Cunard were in one place at one moment in time. One of the most specular events was when the three ships danced in the Mersey.

Just before the three ships completely turned around a sudden roar overhead could head heard. It was the famous Red Arrows flew overhead. Filling the sky with the famous red, blue and white smoke. On both sides of the Mersey the promenades were packed

like sardines with onlookers enjoying the moment. The day was full with excitement and eager anticipation, which was quite evident at the Pier Head. The finale came with a firework display that was second to none and a fitting tribute to all those involved.

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The Old Canal The Leeds to Liverpool canal was built in 1816 and took 46 years to build. And the Leeds and Liverpool Canal is the longest canal in Northern England at 127 miles long. It passes through 91 locks with a summit level of 487 feet. The canal connects Liverpool to Leeds and more importantly to the Hull via the riverOuse in Yorkshire. So this idea of connecting the West coast to the East coast is nothing new. Unfortunately, the canals were surpassed by the advent of the motorcar and the rail net-

work., which took most of the trade from the canal network. Yet on this canal the most important cargo was coal, followed by cotton merchandise. With a combination of local heavy industry and the decision to build the canal with broad locks. The Leeds & Liverpool was able to compete successfully with the railways during the 19th Century. Also, it even remained open for much of the 20th Century, especially during World War II .

The last cargo of coal was carried along the Leigh Branch to Wigan Power Station in 1972. Currently, with so much land and empty factories new life is returning back to the canal banks The new modern canal housing that has sprung up has brought regeneration and renewed interest. And like us the canal has seen so many things and has endured the passing of time. With beautiful walks, clean waters nature is providing a safe haven for wildlife and us

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