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Greasby, like many other rural areas of Wirral suffered from lack of work and in many cases poverty due
to the inability of people to be able to get there.  The roads around Wirral in the early days were some
of the worst in the country and were, in one case, described as a washed out farm track leading from
village to village.  

The development and implementation of the motor car has a huge affect of Greasby and soon road
surfacing and widening help transport, work and agriculture in the area.  The increase in the
transportation systems with railway lines and bus links all helped Greasby and the local economy.  Still
life in rural Greasby was hard, and days were long.  
The Manor C1900
The Cross
The large iron cross situated in
Greasby Village replaced an
original stone cross which
stood on the village green.  The
old stone cross was cleared
and the Lord of the Manor put
in the new cross with his initials
I.R.S and the date of 1862
inscribed.  The cross was
moved from the green to its
present day site last century.  
In the 19th century whilst it
was on the green it was used
as a hiring cross.  

Labourers requesting work
would gather at the cross on a
specified date in April in order
to be taken on for the following
year by the farmers.  The cross
has a plaque below it which
reads:
"This plaque was affixed on
27th June 1970 by the people
of Greasby in memory of
Councilor Victor Watson
Pickerill who died 1st January
1969.  A zealous friend of
Greasby and councillor for
over 27 years.  At whose
instance this 19th century
replica of Greasby's ancient
hiring cross was re-erected"
The plaque
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