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Many thanks to Paul Doleman for a rare photograph of Hoylake taken from the air.
Paul suggests the photo must have been taken prior to 1937 because that’s when the roundabout at Kings Gap was constructed.
The old Stanley Hotel is clearly visible in the centre of the shot with the bowling green behind. That bowling green (or part of it) was still there when the Stanley had become Flat Foot Sams. I seem to remember that there was a car park there at some point too.
Other landmarks include the original Kings Gap Hotel (bottom left), Hoylake Outdoor Pool, Grove Park and the now-demolished Hoylake Parish Church in Trinity Road. You can see what I think is a jetty at the end of Meols Parade Gardens (centre top), presumably that was from Sandhey slipway? The eagle-eyed among will I’m sure spot many changes that have gone on over the decades.