Stonehill Park is another area that fell into disrepair and was demolished to make way for new roads
which is now covered by Stonehill Avenue and Barlow Avenue. Stonehill Park was connected to
Townfield Lane in the early days.
Another old building in the village is Bebingtons thatched cottage, known locally as the thatch. The
cottage was built in 1656 and was one of Wirrals oldest private dwellings until it was sold some years
ago. The picture below shows the cottage in its hey day.
Another old house was Laurel Bank, which fell into disrepair and was pulled down in the 1960s to make
room for Mayer Park. The house was used as a college until Carlett Park was built. The small gate
house to this grand old house still stands today and can be seen from a nice stroll to the Grove in lower
Bebington. The Grove is the name of the old house that still stands today next to where the thatched
cottage stood which can be seen in the above picture on the left hand side. The Acres was also a
large house that stood a short distance down the road from Higher Bebington Road on Acres Road. The
house has long since been pulled down and the houses on Acreville Road and Tudorville Road now
cover the site of the old house. When the house was in its prime the house sat in field that’s spanned
as far out as Old Chester Road and were only obstructed by the now demolished Oakldands and
Richmond Hill. At the top of Town Lane today stand a number of shops including the co op. Long before
these shops and Sunnybank were build stood a row of terraced cottages known as Kings yard. The
yard consisted of 12 small cottages with out houses at the rear. The houses were owned by the Kings
family – hence the name. The cottages can be seen below.
Smailes farm or Pear tree farm was an old cottage that stood on the corner of Teehey Lane and Village
Road. It was the second house to be built on this site and is said that Oliver Cromwell once stayed at
the original house for 3 nights. The 2nd house was built by Charles Inglefield in 1734.
The house had a large pear tree that grow up the side of the gable wall which it is said, where its
name derives from. The house fell into disrepair and was pulled down in the 1980s for road widening
Smailes Farm once were.
The picture below shows the second house:
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