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This is such a good old photo, posted this week on twitter by @oldpicposter as it captures various aspects of Hoylake’s domestic energy history.
It’s Hoylake station, if you hadn’t guessed, and it’s dated about 1908. Summer I reckon, judging by the lack of winter coats. It was either raining or the ladies were using umbrellas to hide from the sun. It’s prior to rail electrification of course with a steam train approaching.
By the way, what a shame the railway clock on the platform has long gone. We do still have a working town clock in Hoylake though, on the corner of the old town hall (currently the Jobcentre). There’s two clock faces on the clubhouse of Royal Liverpool, though you’ll only see those if you walk across the footpath I mentioned here. Personally, I think it’d be nice to have a clock on the prom somewhere, maybe outside the lifeboat station or within the Parade Gardens. Time and tide go together don’t they?
The station clock at West Kirby isn’t working and I think I’m right in saying it hasn’t done so for a long, long time. A pity, that.
To the right in the photo, on what is now the Carr Lane Estate, is an old gasometer that I’ve featured before. At one point there were in fact three gasometers storing “town gas” for Hoylake and West Kirby residents (see photo, right). They were in operation until the mid 1950s I understand. At least one was still standing in the bitter winter of 1965.
That tall chimney behind the gasometer in the main photo is presumably part of the old electric works where coke was burnt to produce electricity (see this photo)? I don’t think it’s that brutal building that you see in this photo of Hoylake station.
A few decades on and we’ve solar panels on the roofs of local houses and huge wind turbines out in the Irish Sea.
Has Hoylake ever had it’s own water pumping station or water tower?