Liverpool Mercury
Friday, 30th June, 1843

New Lock-Up

At the Cheshire Quarter Sessions, held at Nether Knutsford, on Monday lost, on the motion of I.W. Harden, Esq., J.P., seconded by Henry Winch, Esq., J.P., the handsome sum of four hundred pounds was voted by the county towards the erection of a suitable lock-up and constable's residence for the populous and flourishing townships of Poulton-cum-Seacombe, Liscard, and Wallasey. We congratulate our neighbours in Cheshire on their prospect of now speedily obtaining what has been so long sought for.

Liverpool Mercury
Friday, 15th October, 1847

St. Paul's Church, Seacombe

This place of worship was consecrated on Tuesday last by the Bishop of Chester. The church was crowded, and many could not obtain admittance. Amongst those present were the Revds. Messrs Tobin of Egremont; Philip, of St. Nicholas; Jones, of St. Andrew's; Stewart, of St. Bride's; Hampston, of St. James's; Pollock, of St. Mark's; Davies, of St. Paul's; Fenton of Wavertree; Dr. Byrth, of Wallasey; and several clergymen of Cheshire locality, &c.; also. G. Grant, H. Wynch, George Crump, H. Ripley, and others, Esquires. The usual ceremonies were solemnly gone through, the Bishop taking a large and zealous part. Dr. Byrth read prayers. For the text, his Lordship selected the latter clause pf the 2nd verse, 9th chapter 1st Corinthians :- "The seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord." The choir was conducted on the occasion by Mr. Lewis.

Liverpool Mercury
Tuesday, 30th May, 1848

Splendid Laburnum Tree

There is now to be seen at Mr. Meadows's, Poulton-cum-Seacombe, (the Manor House), a beautiful Laburnum tree, so rich in size of flower and leaf, that it is admitted, by all who have seen it, to surpass any tree of the kind hitherto grown in this part of England. It is about twenty feet in height, and the branches overspread a circle of about that diameter. The leaves are larger than those usually produced in this species of decorative shrub, and it is scarcely possible adequately to describe the abundance, size, and brilliancy of the bloom. It hangs in gently-tapering pendants, so thick on every branch, as almost to hide the leaves, or at least to outshine them, forming, as it were, a chandelier of nature's fashioning, which the most skilful lapidary, had be precious stones of the same hue, would fail to accomplish. The pendants are from fifteen to eighteen inches in length, and in such clusters as to weigh down the branches. It is remarkable that this tree, planted originally about seven years ago, on another site, was blown out of the ground by a gale of wind four years since, and was transplanted, at hazard, to its present position, near the mansion. From the manner in which it has unexpectedly flourished, the arboriculturist may perhaps derive a hint for experiments in transplanting. The bloom is not yet full, and it is not improbable that it will yet average several inches more in length, with corresponding volume.

Liverpool Mercury
Friday, 26th September, 1851

Conflagration At New Brighton

On Tuesday evening last, a fire, attended with considerable loss of property, broke out in the livery stables of Mr. Wilkinson, near the Albion Hotel, New Brighton. It is not known how the fire originated, but at about eight o’ clock it was discovered that the stables were in flames. Every exertion was immediately made to suppress the spread of the fire. Intelligence having been conveyed to the police station at Birkenhead, the engine and fire brigade were dispatched to the scene of the conflagration, and though they used every effort, the fire was not subdued until one o’clock the following morning. Four or five of the stables were totally destroyed. One horse was severely scorched, and a great number of fowls and a quantity of straw were burnt. The flames were distinctly seen from Woodside. The stables are insured, but not the stock, and the damage to the latter is estimated at £50.

Liverpool Mercury
Friday, 20th July, 1855

Notice -- Purse Found

Found, a few weeks ago, in Seacombe, a PURSE, containing money; and on the sandhills at New Brighton, a Brown SABLE VICTORINE. The owners may have the same on giving a proper description and paying the expense of advertising, &c., on application to Chief Constable Thomas Scambler, Liscard; or at the offices of the Wallasey Local Board of Health, Church Street, Egremont.
July 19th, 1855.

Liverpool Mercury
Wednesday, 22nd October, 1856

Wallasey Police Court

John Evans, landlord of the Jenny Lind Hotel, New Brighton, was charged with having four men and one woman in his house drinking between three and five o'clock on Sunday, the 12th instant. Police Officer Mason proved that one of the parties was a near resident, and he had a glass of ale before him. The bench considered the case proved, but the house being a well-conducted one inflicted the mitigated penalty of 5s. and 8s. 6d. costs. -- Robert Dawson, Trafalgar Hotel, North Egremont was charged with having three men in house drinking on Sunday, the 12th inst, at a quarter-past eleven o'clock in the morning. Fined 5s. and 8s. 6d. costs. -- Margaret Edwards, beerhouse keeper, New Brighton, was brought up by Police Officer Mason, for having three gentlemen sitting in the parlour. Mrs. Edwards said that they were travellers from Lancashire, and had had refreshments. Dismissed. -- Benjamin Davies, of the Swansea Arms, Seacombe, charged by Police Officer Mason with having his door open on the morning of Sunday, the 12th instant, and two men drinking, was ordered to pay the costs of the court, it being the first offence. -- William Davies, of Liscard, beerhouse keeper, was charged by Police Officer Mason with refusing to admit the police, and having two men in the back premises, they being neighbours. Admonished, and ordered to pay the costs of the court. -- William Ball, of the Sebastopol beerhouse, Wallasey, was charged by Police Officer Mason with having five persons in his house drinking, at 20 minutes past four o'clock on Sunday, the 12th instant, knowing they were not travellers. Cautioned, and to pay the costs, being newly in the business.

Glasgow Herald
Friday, 25th May, 1860

Egremont & New Brighton Ferries

The Wallasey Local Board of Health hereby offer the following PREMIUMS for the TWO most approved PLANS, accompanied by ESTIMATES for improving the existing Landing Places or constructing new Landing Places at the above Ferries, so as to render them in all respects convenient for Passenger Traffic, and, as regards Egremont Ferry, for Goods Traffic also, namely --
For the First best Plan for each Ferry...£50
For the second ditto...£25
The Plans selected are to remain the property of the Board.
Plans to be sent to the Offices of the Local Board, 1 Church Street, Egremont, near Birkenhead, on or before the 1st day of July next; and further information may be had, if required, on application to the Chairman of the Ferry Committee of such Board; or to the Undersigned, at his office, 3 Courtyard, Liverpool.
By Order.
Clerk to the Board.
May 17, 1860.

Liverpool Mercury
Thursday, 26th June, 1862

Wallasey Ferries Notice

The recently constructed PIER at New Brighton, in Cheshire, forming a splendid Esplanade of 1,000 feet, at the entrance of the river Mersey, is now Open to the Public, Free of Charge, by order of the Wallasey Local Board.
Braithwaite Poole, General Manager
Head Offices, Egremont, Cheshire, June, 1862.

Liverpool Mercury
Thursday, 26th February, 1863

Marriage Of His Royal Highness
Prince of Wales

Liverpool, February 21, 1863

We, the undersigned, respectively request you to call a Public Meeting of the inhabitants of Wallasey for the purpose of considering whether any and what steps should be taken to commemorate the Marriage of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, on the 10th of March next.

In compliance with the foregoing Requisition, I hereby convene a PUBLIC MEETING of the INHABITANTS of the parish of Wallasey, to be held on FRIDAY NEXT, the 27th inst. at half past Four o'clock in the afternoon, at Volunteer Drill Shed, North Egremont.
(Signed) T.B. HUGHES
Chairman of the Wallasey Local Board.

Liverpool Mercury
Saturday, 12th March, 1864

Caution To Swearers

At the Wallasey Police Court, on Thursday, before Mr. T.Holland, Thomas Evans, Little Brighton, was brought up on a warrant (having failed to appear on summons), charged with having used obscene and blasphemous language on board one of the Wallasey ferry boats on the 22nd ult. The case was proved, he was fined £1 and costs, or 14 days’ imprisonment.

Liverpool Mercury
Saturday, 14th May, 1864

The New Brighton Pier Bill

Yesterday this bill came before Lord Redesdale’s committee in the House of Lords, and, being wholly unopposed, was passed. It will now be sent without delay to the House of Commons, where it will be read a third time after the Whitsuntide recess, and then returned to the House of Lords to receive the royal assent.

This bill, of which a synopsis was given in the Mercury when it was originally introduced, contains 58 clauses and a schedule. Its object is to construct a pier and works at New Brighton for public recreation and other useful purposes. The bill proposes that the Wallasey Local Board should be authorised to join in the making of the pier and works, and that the company, which it is now proposed to incorporate, should be authorised to sell or lease, and that the Wallasey Local Board should be authorised to purchase, or take on lease, the proposed pier and works. The 4th section incorporates Mr. Harold Littledale and others whose names are not given into a company, to be called “The New Brighton Pier Company,” with a capital of £30,000, in 3000 shares of £10 each, and with power to borrow on mortgage £10,000. Clause 17 describes the works to be made as follows :-  “A pier or quay, to be wholly situate in the parish of Wallasey, commencing at or near the eastern end of Victorian Road, in New Brighton, in the said parish, at a point about 100 feet north-east of the north-eastern corner of the Ferry Hotel, and projecting into the foreshore or bed of the river of the Mersey, in an eastwardly direction, for a distance of 900 feet or thereabouts, with a head to the said pier 500 feet in length, or thereabouts, with an angle therewith.”  By the subsequent clauses, the working plans are to be submitted for the approval of the Board of Trade, the pier and works are to be completed within three years from the passing of the act, shipowners are to be answerable for any damage done by their servants, powers are given to lease the rates and tolls, and the company are authorised to erect so much of the pier and works herby authorised to be constructed as may be required by the Wallasey Local Board for the purpose of their ferry at New Brighton. The schedule to which this act refers authorises the company to charge the following rates and tolls : - For every person who shall use the pier for the purpose walking for exercise, pleasure, or any other purpose, except for embarking or disembarking, for each and every time a sum not exceeding 2d.; for every Bath or sedan chair taken on the pier, for each and every time not exceeding 6d.; and for every perambulator 2d.; and by the 28th section the company reserve to themselves the right to grant to persons using the pier pass on such terms, and for a period not exceeding twelve months, as may be agreed upon, provided that in granting such tickets no preference shall be given to any particular person.

Liverpool Mercury
Thursday, 14th May, 1868

Wallasey Petty Sessions

These sessions were held yesterday at the Courthouse, Liscard, before Mr. J.C. Ewart and Major Chambres. William Singelhurst, of Moreton, who has an office at No. 12 Union Street, Liverpool, was summoned to show cause why he had not paid £7 7s., with 2s. 9d, interest to the Wallasey Local Board, being his portion of the expense of erecting privies to three iron houses in the parish of Wallasey. Me. Ewer, law clerk to the local board, supported the summons; the defendant was not in attendance. Mr. J.T. Lea, surveyor to the board, proved that the work had been done, and the magistrates made an order for the payment of the amount claimed, with costs. -- James Minnis, a shoemaker, living at Liscard, was summoned for having assaulted Eliza Neville, a respectable-looking middle aged woman. The complainant, who resides next door to the defendant, saw on the 6th instant a bucket at his (defendant's) door. Finding that it was a bucket she had missed some time previously, she took it into the house, but she was also followed by Mrs. Minnis, who demanded it back. Some words were exchanged between the parties, and ultimately the defendant seized the bucket and struck the complainant on the head with it. For the defence, Mrs. Minnis and her sister were called, and they deposed that the bucket belonged to the defendant, and that the attack was fist made by the complainant. The defendant was cautioned, and ordered to pay costs. -- Two young men, named Thomas Cainan and Thomas Upton, were summoned for galloping on horseback on Sunday evening, the 26th ultimo. The magistrates considered it a very dangerous practice, and fined the defendants 20s. and costs, or in default of payment to be imprisoned one month.

Cheshire Observer
Saturday, 6th July, 1872

Cheshire Quarter Sessions

Pleaded Guilty. Mary Farley, Seacombe, charged with stealing 1s. 10½d. the property of Mary Fletcher, at Liscard on the 18th June. Seven months in prison, and five years in a Reformatory.

Liverpool Mercury
Friday, 17th December, 1875

New Grosvenor Brewery, Seacombe

Mr. Paul Evans, the proprietor, has just reconstructed the Grosvenor Brewery, Victoria Street, Seacombe, which is one if the oldest establishments of the sort in Cheshire. This alteration was necessary. owing to the rapidly-increasing business of the concern. The "Grosvenor" is now one of the most compact breweries in the country, having been fitted up with all the modern appliances for the manufacture of the best article at the least possible cost. The new brewery, which is capable of brewing twice a day, has been erected by Mr. John Ellis, builder, Seacombe, from the plans and specifications of Messrs. Gregory and Haynes, brewery architects and machinists, Manchester. In celebration of the re-opening of the "Grosvenor," Mr. Evans entertained, on Wednesday evening about 60 gentlemen at dinner, at Mrs. Stokes's Seacombe Hotel. The company included Messrs, Wigan, W. Harbridge, J. Miles, W. Allen Thomas Ambler, W. Simms, W. Evans, H. Banks, John Fox, Ellis Davies, Thomas Smith, Mr. Grundy (Haddon Hall), A. H. Lease, Joughin Iveson, Dowdsworth, J. Wright, Whitehall Graham, &c. An excellent dinner was provided by Mrs. Stokes. Mr. Paul Evans, the proprietor of the Grosvenor Brewery, occupied the chair, and Mr. W. Allen, of Retford, the vice chair. The tables having been cleared, the chairman proposed the usual loyal and patriotic toasts, which were enthusiastically received. The Vice-Chairman proposed "success to the new Grosvenor Brewery," and in doing do remarked that Mr. Evans had spared neither expense nor trouble in making his establishment a model one, having fitted it up with all the most approved appliances for doing an extensive trade. He (the vice-chairman) knew something about brewing and, after looking over the "Grosvenor," he was bound to say that he never saw such a complete brewery in his life (Applause). The new brewery was capable of turning out treble the number of barrels of ale per week that could be manufactured at the old establishment; and, notwithstanding the increased facility for production, so compact was the new building and plant that it only covered the exact site of its predecessor. With regard to quality, it had been his pleasure that day to taste more than one sample of the ale produced at the "Grosvenor," and, speaking as a brewer, he had no hesitation in saying that he never tasted better ale in his life, and if Mr. Evans continued to brew ab article of the same superior quality success was sure to attend his efforts. (The toast received with great applause). The Chairman, in acknowledging the compliment, thanked the company for their good wishes, and said he had no doubt that in time, with the assistance of those who had hitherto so kindly patronised him, he would be amply compensated for the expense and anxiety to which he had been put in the rebuilding of his premises. With increased facilities at his disposal for manufacturing, he hoped the number of his patrons would increase in the same ratio. In conclusion, he sincerely thanked his friends for their attendance that evening (Applause). - The toast of "The Patrons of the Grosvenor Brewery," proposed by Mr. W. Evans, was responded to by Mr. J. Wright and Mr. W. Harbridge of the Woodside Hotel. "The Trade, and its varied interests," and several other toasts, followed. The proceedings were enlivened at intervals by the excellent playing of Mr. Martin's efficient band.

Nottinghamshire Guardian
Friday, 1st December, 1876

Tragedy At New Brighton

On Sunday morning the inhabitants of the village of Upper Brighton were alarmed by the report that one of their residents, a young man named William Fullarton, had attempted to murder his wife, and then had disappeared, and was supposed to have committed suicide by drowning himself in the sea, near the Red Noses, at New Brighton. Fullarton had for some time been a clerk, but had lost his situation through dissipated habits, and has been out of employment for some weeks. He is twenty-two years of age, and has resided in Upper Brighton village with his wife for several months. About six o’clock on Sunday morning he got out of bed, and his wife heard him walking about the room in an excited state. It was quite dark at the time, and she could not see what he was doing, but in a few minutes she was suddenly aroused by feeling something sharp drawn across her throat. She did not feel any wound at the moment, but immediately got up and struck a light. As soon as she did so she saw her husband standing near the bed with an open razor in his hand, and then discovered that he was bleeding at the throat from a wound which, from the fact that the razor he had in his hand was covered with blood, he had evidently inflicted himself. In her alarm she shouted for assistance, upon which her husband threw down the razor, and saying to her “Good-bye, Annie, you won’t be seeing me again,” rushed out of the house, and made his way to the sea shore. The police station is not far from the house, and Sergeant Shore being informed of the circumstances, went at once to the place and found Mrs. Fullarton in the greatest distress, and the neighbourhood in a state of alarm and excitement. The wound in the man’s throat must have bled considerably, for the officer was able to trace the marks of blood from the room, downstairs to the front door, out of the house, and thence down to the shore. On proceeding thither the officer discovered a pair of boots lying near the high-water mark, where they had apparently been thrown by the tide. The boots were identified as belonging to Fullarton, and this fact, together with his parting exclamation, gave grounds for the surmise that he had drowned himself. Every search was made, but for a considerable time without avail. Fortunately, the efforts of the police proved successful about noon, when the unhappy man was found lying in Molyneux’s Woods, about a hundred yards from the beach, nearly starved to death. If his searches had not discovered him when they did, in a very short time the tragedy which his two attempts on his life by the razor and drowning had failed to effect, would have been completed by his exhaustion and exposure to the weather. Restoratives were applied, and the unfortunate young man was conveyed to the bridewell at Liscard, where he will be brought up before the magistrates. 

Liverpool Mercury
Friday, 30th September, 1881

Wirral Licensing Sessions

The adjourned licensing session for the hundred of Wirral was held yesterday, at the County Hall, Birkenhead, the magistrates on the bench being Lieutenant-Colonel King and Messrs. G.B. Kerferd. T.R. Lee, W. Hope, L. Mann, and Captain Molyneux.

The "black list" was first dealt with. Thomas Monk, of the Seacombe Ferry Hotel, was fined 20s. and costs, on the 20th of August, for having his premises open in prohibited hours. Mr. Moore supported the application for the renewal of the license, stating that the hotel was conducted by a limited company, of whom Mr. Philip Eoerle and other gentlemen were the directors, and Mr. Monk;s name was merely continued as the holder of the license until next transfer day. The license was renewed, as were the license of the Thomas Baker, Egremont Ferry Hotel, Liscard, fined 20s. and costs on the 20th of August for having premises open during prohibited hours. The following beer license was also renewed -- James Smith, Oddfellows' Arms, Seacombe.

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New Application

William Proffitt senior, builder, applied for a spirit license to a house at the corner of Ashville Road and Oakdale Road, Seacombe.. Mr. Wilkinson supported the application, and said that no other public house could be built on the estate. The nearest public house to the applicant's premises was 800 yards distant, and there were only two cottage beerhouses, which were quite inadequate for the wants of the neighbourhood. Mr. Proffitt also applied for a beer and wine license, to be consumed on and off the premises. Inspector Dutton was called to give evidence as to the character of the applicant. The witness said he had not seen Mr. Proffitt for 25 years. He was then a shoemaker, and he might have been transported since for what witness knew (Laughter.) Superintendent Egerton said he did not consider the applicant a fit and proper person to have a license. On the previous day he was fined 5s. by the Wallasey magistrates for being on licensed premises in prohibited hours, but the information was withdrawn. Witness had also seen Mr. Proffitt figure before the Wallasey bench at the instance of the local board of the district, for substituting bad for good material in the building of houses, and son on (Laughter.) Lieut-Colonel King intimated that the magistrates were unanimous in refusing all Mr. Proffitt's applications, and said that Mr. Wilkinson had done his best to whitewash the character of his client. (Laughter.)

Thomas Philip Nevin applied for a wine license to the Plough Inn beerhouse, Poulton. Mr. Thompson supported the application, which was granted.

Liverpool Mercury
Friday, 9th June, 1882

Fatal Accident To A Master Carter

An inquest was held yesterday, at the Abbottsford Hotel, Seacombe, before Mr. Churton. coroner, on the body of William Bridgewater, master carter, who resided in Wheatland Lane. On Wednesday afternoon the deceased was seated in front of the buffer of a railway waggon in Birkenhead Road, at the docks, and was in the act of getting down, when his foot slipped and he fell upon his back on the line. One of the wheels of the waggon passed over him, and his left shoulder and arm were crushed in a shocking manner. He was immediately conveyed to the Seacombe Cottage Hospital, where he was attended by Dr. Byerley, Dr. Craigmile, and Dr. Clarke, but he never recovered from the shock, and died at twelve o'clock at night. During the inquiry, the coroner and some of the jurymen animadverted on the reckless and foolish custom of men riding on the buffers of wagons. A verdict of "Accidental death" was returned. The deceased was 59 years of age.

Liverpool Mercury
Thursday, 22nd June, 1882

Wallasey Petty Sessions
Before Messrs. G.B. Kerferd, R. Lowndes, And L. Mann

Brutal Assault On A Sister-In-Law - James Dennis, a labourer, was brought up on remand, charged with unlawfully wounding Margaret Walker, his sister-in-law. It appeared that the parties lived at Seacombe, and that on Saturday night week the prisoner's wife and the prosecutrix, and in a passion seized a jug and struck her a violent blow on the head. The prosecutrix was rendered insensible, and she was taken to Seacombe Cottage Hospital, where she remained a week suffering from her injuries. The magistrates considered it a brutal assault, and committed the prisoner to jail for four months, with hard labour.
Wounded With A Teacup - William Reynolds, a joiner, was charged with unlawfully wounding Hannah Ireland, the wife of a flatman belonging to Seacombe. On Saturday, the prosecutrix and the prisoner's wife quarrelled. The prisoner interfered, and struck the prosecutrix twice with a teacup, inflicting a wound four inches long. The prosecutrix was taken to the Seacombe Cottage Hospital, where the wound was stitched by Dr. Craigmile. In his defence, the prisoner stated that the prosecutrix first struck him, and that he merely pushed the teacup against her to prevent her striking him a second time. Witnesses were also called to prove that the prosecutrix had been drinking during the day and had been quarrelling with his neighbours. The magistrates ordered the prisoner to be imprisoned for two months with hard labour.
A Turbulent Widow - Mary Allison, a widow, was summoned for wilfully damaging a door in the house occupied by Mr. Craig, at Upper Brighton, the manager of the Wallasey tramways, and also for assaulting Mrs. Craig. Mr. Danger appeared for the defence. It seemed that on the 12th inst. the defendant was a passenger in one of the tramway cars from Seacombe to New Brighton, and had with her her little girl. She refused to pay a fare for the girl, who, she said, was under age. The guard, however, insisted upon being paid for the girl, and took her to the manager's house. The defendant then became very violent, and struck Mrs. Craig a blow in the face. She also damaged a door. The magistrates inflicted a fine of 5s. and costs in each case, besides ordering the defendant 15s. for the damage to the door, making £2 2s. altogether.

Liverpool Mercury
Tuesday, 8th August, 1882

Wallasey Cemetery
To Asphalters

The Wallasey Local Board require TENDERS for ASPHALTING FOOTWALKS (about 3470 yards superficial) at the New Cemetery, Rake Lane, Liscard.
Specifications can be seen at the office of the architect, G.E. Grayson, Esq., 31 James Street, Liverpool.
Sealed tenders, addressed to 'The Chairman of the Cemetery Committee' and endorsed 'Tender for Asphalting Footwalks', to be left at my office, Church Street, Egremont, Cheshire, before Five o' clock in the afternoon of FRIDAY the 25th inst.
The Board do not bind themselves to accept the lowest to any tender. By order --
Clerk to the Board
Public Offices, Egremont, Aug. 5, 1882

Liverpool Mercury
Monday, 26th February, 1883

The Proposed Infectious Diseases Hospital In Wallasey

At the usual monthly meeting of the Wallasey Local Board, on Thursday, the following resolution will be submitted by the Works and Health Committee:- That the recommendation of this committee, passed on the 16th ult. and confirmed by the board on the last inst., to purchase 2½ acres of land in Mill Lane belonging to the governors of the Wallasey Free Grammar School, on certain conditions, be rescinded, and, in lieu thereof, that three acres, or thereabouts, of such land be purchased on the conditions named in a proposal made to the board by Mr. James Smith, of Dalmorton House, Upper Brighton, and, also, on condition that the Local Government Board approve the same as a site for a hospital for infectious disease. Mr. Smith proposal referred to as follows:- "That the Wallasey Local Board purchase three acres, or thereabouts. of the land belonging to the governors fronting Mill Lane, and make an approach to the back land. Mr. Smith to purchase the remainder of the land belonging to the governors, say 10 acres or thereabouts, for £2500, and present it to the parish (through the local board), on condition that the board lay out the land as a suitable recreation ground, draining, levelling, and, in future, maintaining it in efficiency according to the usual regulations of public parks." It will be proposed that the best thanks to the board be accorded to Mr. Smith for his generous offer, as embodied in the above-named proposal.

Liverpool Mercury
Monday, 1st October, 1883

A Polluted Well At Wallasey

At the Wallasey Petty Sessions on Saturday last before Mr. W.T. Jacob and Captain Molyneux, the adjourned application made on the previous Wednesday by Mr. Somerville Jones, clerk to the Wallasey Local Board, for an order to close a well belonging to Mrs. Alice Meadows, from which the tenants of the Boot Inn and adjoining two cottages, Wallasey Road, Liscard, were supplied with water for drinking and domestic purposes, was again heard. Mr. Jones stated that the well was polluted as to the prejudicial to health, and that the families living in those houses had been attacked by typhoid fever. He stated that, in the meantime, the water had been analysed by Dr. Campbell Brown, and submitted his certificate, which stated that the use of this water for drinking or domestic purposes might tend to spread the disease. Drs. Watson and Cannell, who attended the patients, as well as Dr. Craigmile (the medical officer of health), proved that the water from this well was used by the persons who had been attacked by the fever. The magistrates made an order that the pump be forthwith discontinued and removed, and the well made into a "draw well," to be in future used only for livery purposes.

Liverpool Mercury
Wednesday, 2nd July, 1884

Shocking Fatality To A Boy At Liscard

An inquest was held at yesterday at the Wellington Hotel, Liscard, before Mr. Churton, coroner, on the body of George Arthur Welsh, six years of age, whose parents reside in Seaview Road. It appeared that on Friday evening last the deceased was playing close to a newly made limepit at Liscard, when he fell into the pit, and was burnt all over the body in a very severe manner. He was taken home and attended to by Dr. Cannell, but death ensued on Sunday morning. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”

Cheshire Observer
Saturday, 13th August, 1887

Sad Bathing Fatality

A sad bathing accident occurred at New Brighton on Sunday morning, resulting in the drowning of a young man named Alfred Heap. It appears that the deceased and two other youths were seen bathing in the Mersey at the Magazines, New Brighton, about eight o'clock on Sunday morning, by PC Wainwright, who was on duty near the place. The officer saw the deceased go underwater as if he were drowning, and he shouted to the other lads to go to his assistance, but they apparently did not hear him, as they took no notice. The body did not rise to the surface. The deceased, who was about 18 years of age, was a son of Sergeant Heap, of the Cheshire Constabulary. formerly stationed at Wallasey, but now at Hyde. The unfortunate youth had been in the office of Mr. A.C. Kent, clerk to the county magistrates. at Abbey Street, Birkenhead, for five or six years, and was a young man of much promise and greatly respected by all who knew him. It was low water at the time of the accident, and the deceased was a good swimmer, but the place where he was drowned has the reputation of being dangerous, and has been the scene of several similar fatalities. Deceased resided in Liscard.

Liverpool Mercury
Thursday, 20th August, 1891

Wallasey Petty Sessions

The Obstructions of New Brighton Shore --- William Wilkinson, Tollemache Street, New Brighton, was fined 10s. and costs for obstructing the foreshore at New Brighton by placing there an ice cream and ginger beer stall on Saturday 1st August. There was a small number of similar information’s, but the summonses were withdrawn on a technical objection, and test summonses will come before the court at a later date. The point at issue was whether the obstruction occurred above or below high water mark.

Prosecution For Cruelty --- Joseph Jones, of Albion Street, Upper Brighton, was summoned for causing a mare to be worked whilst in an unfit state for work, owing to lameness; and Robert Jones was summoned for working the animal. The cases were proved by Inspector Osborn, of the RSPCA. – Joseph Jones was fined 5s. and costs, and Robert Jones was ordered to pay the costs – 4s. 6d.

Liverpool Mercury
Monday, 28th August, 1893

Death of Major Chambres

The announcement made on Saturday morning of the death of, at the age of 74, of Major William Chambres, which occurred on Friday night at his residence, Wallasey Grange, Grove Road, Wallasey, was received with deep regret by his large number of acquaintances in Liverpool and the Cheshire suburbs. The deceased gentleman was a member of the firm Messrs. William Chambres and Co., stock brokers, North Western Bank Buildings, 6 Dale Street, Liverpool. Of late years he had not entered prominently into the public life of the city; but for six years he was a member of the City Council, having in 1874 been elected an alderman in the stead of Mr. J.G. Morris, who resigned. Major Chambres had not previously been a member of the Council. On several occasions he was asked to accept the mayoralty, but declined the preferred honour. He was a magistrate of the city, his name having been placed on the commission of the peace in 1877. He was also a justice of the peace for Wirral, his appointment dating back to 1867. In that capacity his services were frequently given at the Wallasey Police Court, as he was always ready to take duty if occasion required it. Up to two years ago, when his health began to fail, he was chairman of the licensing bench. As a volunteer officer, Major Chambres was widely known, and held in great esteem, both by his brother officers and by the rank and file of the corps with which he was connected. He held his commission in the New Brighton corps of the Cheshire and Carnarvonshire Artillery Volunteers, from which he retired some years ago with the honorary rank of major. Among other positions of a public nature that the deceased had worthily filled was that if Deputy-Lieutenant for Cheshire. He was also one time a member of the Wallasey Local Board, was a member of the Committee of the New Brighton Convalescent Home and a Governor of the Wallasey Grammar School. In religion he was a consistent supporter of the Established Church, and in politics he was a staunch Conservative. Charities in the district where he lived received generous help at his hands, and in Wallasey, in the parochial affairs of which place he took a warm interest, his genial disposition and kindly manner rendered him popular amongst all parties. When the news of his death was made known, flags were hung at half-mast on the Wallasey ferry boats and at the Seacombe Stage. At the Liverpool Town Hall the flag was also half-mast, out of respect to his memory, and also to the memory of ex-Alderman Nicol, who pre deceased him only a few hours. In addition to his more immediate business connections, Mr. Chambres was a director of various insurance companies.

Liverpool Mercury
Thursday, 24th September, 1894

Wallasey Police Court

Robbing A Child - A woman named Eliza Nolan was charged with stealing 2s. 8d. from the person of Sarah Anne Andrews, a child living at Liscard, on 22nd inst. The girl was returning from an errand on the day in question, and when in the Warren Drive the prisoner stopped her, spoke to her, and stole the money out of her pocket. The accused had previously been convicted of thieving, and she was now sent to jail for two months with hard labour.
Theft From A Well-Known Volunteer Shot - A stylish-dressed young woman named Kate Ellis, aged 21, living in Folly Lane, Wallasey, was charged with stealing a gold watch and two medals, value £8, the property of John Jackson Marr, electrical engineer, 35 Church Street, Egremont. Mrs Marr stated that the prisoner had visited her house several times, and was there on Tuesday, 11th inst. The watch was at the time on the mantelpiece in one of the bedrooms, but the following day it was missed. The prosecutor stated that on the 16th inst. he saw the medals safe in their cases. The medals were those of the Scottish Twenty Club, and had been won by him. Further evidence showed that, on the 17th inst., the prisoner pledged the medals for two guineas at the shop of R. H. Reid, pawnbroker, 10 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, and had stated that her husband had won them in connection with the Scottish Twenty Club. She afterwards pledged the watch at Messrs. Parley and Sergeant's, London Road, Liverpool, giving the name of Mary Lee, Gladstone Road, Liverpool. Prisoner pleaded guilty and the father of the accused stated that he was greatly surprised at what had come to his knowledge. His daughter had always borne a good character, and he did not what had prompted her to commit such an act. The Chairman, after consideration, said the bench had been unable to find extenuating circumstances in the case, and they felt compelled, very reluctantly, to deprive the prisoner of the advantages of the First Offenders Act. She must go to jail for one month. The accused was removed below crying bitterly.

Liverpool Mercury
Friday, 10th May, 1895

The Late Mr. T. Somerville Jones

The funeral of Mr. Thomas Somerville Jones, former clerk to the Wallasey Local Board, who died at Llandudno in his 65th year, took place yesterday at Wallasey Cemetery. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. John Grassick, minister of Seacombe Presbyterian Church. The chief mourners were Mr. and Mrs. Brown (son-in-law and daughter), the Misses Maud, and Sydney Jones (daughters), Mr. W.G. Kidwell, and Mr. A. Williams. There were also present Messrs. W. Heap, G.H. Ward, Ellis Davies, W. Danger (clerk to the Wallasey District Council), J. J. Burnley (accountant), R. Williams, W. E. Horsfall, J. H. Beynon, P. Bate, W. J. Whittier, A. McCallister, R. F. Hughes, H.A. Bascombe. Isaac Williams, and John Hall. Mr. A. Davidson, of Seacombe, carried out the funeral arrangements.

Liverpool Mercury
Saturday, 28th November, 1896

A Monstre Wheel For New Brighton

New Brighton, rapidly developing as a holiday resort, is to have a gigantic wheel which is to exceed in magnitude and attractions anything of the kind yet erected. The great wheels at the Chicago Exhibition, Earl’s Court, and Blackpool, which have proved such money-making concerns, are to be utterly eclipsed. The top of the wheel will be about 350 feet high above the shore, and at various stages will have magnificent saloons and exhibition rooms. The site is admirably chosen, being the sea front now occupied by the New Brighton Palace, which has been purchased for this purchase. An enormous number of people visit New Brighton every year. The Wallasey Ferry steamers carried to and fro 11,000,000 passengers, not counting season tickets. It is intended to provide for these vast numbers a sumptuous place of entertainment, and with this view the Palace will be entirely reconstructed and redecorated. The cost of the splendid freehold property, with foreshore rights, reconstruction of theatre and pavilions, and building the great wheel, will be about £130,000. One of the engineers employed in the erection of the Forth Bridge will superintend the putting up of the wheel. The splendid view of the Mersey, with its wonderful traffic of great Atlantic lines and other shipping, renders the site a singularly attractive one, and there can be little doubt that New Brighton as an up-to-date and healthy holiday district is about to rapidly progress.  A company entitled the New Brighton Graydon Castle Great Wheel and Tower Company Limited has been formed to take over the whole of the property, and full details of the scheme are given in our advertising columns. The capital is £140,000 in £1 shares, and it is pointed out that if only 1,500,000 of the eleven million visitors pay for admission there will be a net profit of at least 50 per cent. The local authorities, it is stated, will carry out promenade improvements on the front, and a marine park, it is added, is to take the place of the contiguous waste grounds, and sand drives. As indicating the value of the great wheel as an attraction, and consequently as a source of revenue, attention is drawn to the earnings of the Earl’s Court wheel, viz., £36,314 in six months and 29 days, and the recently erected wheel at Blackpool, viz., £15 3s. 10d. per hour during the first few days. In addition to the earnings of the wheel at New Brighton there will be receipts from entertainments and other attractions provided, and from the shops and restaurants along the front, estimated together at £16,000. The Palace is to be reconstructed and opened next season so that a considerable revenue will be secured during the building if the wheel. The whole of the shares are offered for subscription, the list closing on or before Tuesday next.

Liverpool Mercury
Wednesday, 1st December, 1897

To Be Let - Unfurnished

Dodd & Symons, Estates Agents, 85 Brighton Street, Seacombe, have the following DWELLING HOUSES to LET :-

Liscard 50, Hertford Drive Rent
Liscard Coningsby Drive, off Wallasey Road
Liscard Britannia Road
Liscard 13, Bridgecroft Road
Egremont 63, Rice Lane
Egremont 55, Charlotte Road
Seacombe 2, Beaufort Terrace, Brighton St.
Seacombe 2, River View (facing Promenade)
Seacombe 3, Church Crescent (opposite ferry)
Seacombe 35, Wheatland Lane
Seacombe 5, Grosvenor Square

Telephone No. 1603

Liverpool Mercury
Thursday, 24th August, 1899

Fire In A Seacombe Dwelling House

At 10.10 p.m on Tuesday, the Seacombe fire brigade, in charge of Maguire, and the Liscard brigade, in charge Superintendent Haworth, were summoned to an outbreak of fire in the dwelling house 132, Wheatland Lane, Seacombe, occupied by John Dunn. It appeared that in the front bedroom the body of a three-year-old child was laid out, surrounded by lighted candles, which are supposed to have ignited the window curtains and set fire to the room. The firemen found the compartment well ablaze, and they managed to carry away the corpse before it was burnt. The police took the body to the mortuary. The furniture in the room was destroyed, the damage amounting to £20.

Liverpool Mercury
Friday, 8th December, 1899

Licensing Sessions

The following transfer of licenses were consented to :- Boot Inn, Wallasey Road, Liscard, from Thomas Joseph Phillips to Henry Wright, 22 Central Park Avenue, Liscard; Nags Head, Rake Lane, Upper Brighton, from the late Thomas Biggs Roberts to Mary Ann Roberts, widow; Prince Alfred Hotel, Church Road, Seacombe, from Thomas Jones to Eliza Mary Jones, spinster. The magistrates consented to alterations being made at the Farmers’ Arms, Moreton, and the Plough Inn, Moreton, and refused to allow alterations to the Boot Inn, Liscard; No. 7 Union Street, Egremont and the Stanley Arms, Seacombe.

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