In 1911 the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital opened providing a much needed and appreciated
health service to Merseyside.  The original idea to was to bring patients over from Liverpool who
had suffered air pollution and industrial related lung problems and allow them to use the hospital as
a retreat whilst they regained their health.  However after a short period of time Wirral residents
were also admitted, especially those from the slum areas and dockland housing.  
The hospital was well known for having
no glass in the windows on the wards to
the rear of the building.  This was
because it was widely believed at the
time that this would help cure the ill
children of disease, in particular opposite
side of Telegraph Road from the
Puddydale spanning over 9 acres in size.

The hospital had a tall square clock
tower and extensive grounds with views
over the Dee estuary.Due to an ever
increasing budget and widespread
national health service the Hospital shut
its doors for the last time in 1985.  The
former hospital site is now occupied by a
Tesco supermarket.
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Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital
Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital
Heswall still has its fair share of scenery and greenland which helps maintain its rural charm in an
ever increasing village.  The largest area is the Heswall Dales which is an area of dry, sandy
heathland overlooking the River Dee.  It has been given the status of  “Site of Special Scientific
Interest” or (SSSI) and “Local Nature Reserve” (LNR) by Wirral Borough Council.  Within this area
you can find what is known locally as  “The Dungeon”.  This is a small river valley cut into the
hillside.  There are hidden dells and waterfalls to discover along the way in the Dungeon.  A walk
here will also take you through areas of low heathland, where you might see a short-eared owl, as
well as lizards and small mammals such as stoats
The Heswall Dales 1905
The Heswall Cliffs
A small path connects the Dales to
the Wirral Way and to the coast
overlooking the Dee are the
Beacons, and Poll Hill, which is the
highest point on the Wirral

The large grass area near the
centre of town are known as the
"Puddydale".  In former years there
was an infant and junior school
(Heswall County Primary) on the
northern edge of the field which is
now demolished.  
Today is Heswall has a trendy
cosmopolitan feel to it, modern and
simple in design but still retaining
much of its 'old world country charm'
and listed buildings.  

The open spaces around Heswall and
the Dee estuary continue to provide
great places for walkers and
sightseers giving a welcomed boom
in Wirrals tourist industry during the
summer months
The Heswall Cliffs
Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital
Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital
The Heswall Dales 1901
There is a lot of variety, with the
shore at Heswall, the peaceful
Heswall Fields, the pretty ravine of
the Dungeon and the heathland of
Heswall Dales are all enjoyed by
hikers and ramblers. Most would
recommend that you do try and site
see at high tide as the views over
enhanced by the presence of the
There is a small bar / restaurant,
Sheldrakes, around the hikers route,
which can be packed with thirsty
tourists during the summer months.  
A walk around the Dales involves
some not too taxing gradients and
includes soft sand, good paths,
fields and idyllic country  lanes.
Walking boots are desirable.
The Entrance to the Dales
The Heswall Dales 1905