The above photo (thanks to Syd Bird) is a view of the shore with Hilbre Island in the background taken 1897. As you can see there were plenty of sandhills around so presumably the sea wall hadn’t been built? I reckon this photo was taken from where the slipway is now at the bottom of Beach Road. I can never remember what the small sandstone island is called to the right of Hilbre?
Thanks also to Peter Wilson for alerting me to another image (watercolour) of the same shoreline over at the National Maritime Museum site. Not convinced about those rabbits sitting on the rocks admiring the view! Artistic licence?
Syd has also kindly sent the photo below of the old Ellen Gonner Home – Hilbre Court as it is today.
Note that the toilet block on the promenade hadn’t been built and there’s a “turret” window in the corner of the roof of the building that isn’t there any more.
Thanks to Kevin Radford for sending in a couple of photos and a mention about Waters Fish and Chips shop that used to be at the top of Lee Road. Apparently a chap called Alex Waters converted his fish shop into a chippy. Pictured is said man with Kevin’s mum Maureen, Mrs Waters and Daisy Langley (left to right). Was the chip shop in Lee Road or on Market Street? I half wondered if it was were the Sunflower is today – I also remember it as Nicks.