There were many old dwellings scattered around Wallasey, some of which still exist, but many of
which have been long since demolished. Some of the oldest residential buildings recorded in the
village were that of:
Willow Cottage which was built in 1737 from local stone and had been whitewashed several times
giving it a distinct look. The old building stood on a crooked angle with its side almost to the road.
The date stone as always bore the date, and the also the initials of "R.I.O.M." I am not sure as to
whether this was the owner of the building, or the architect; but little else is recorded of the
property except for the overwhelming size of a large tree in the front garden not shown in the
|Willow Cottage built 1737
Laburnum Cottage was another local cottage which was named after the Laburnum tree in the
garden. Again this small edifice was also built from local stone. It is believed to have been
constructed around 1815 and owned by Thomas Sparks but has long since been demolished.
The First Post Office
The post office was a small stone building built circa 1600 with small windows and a thatched roof. It
was first ran by a lady called Ann Gelling, who's son William; was the first post man for the village.
Records show that there was a large farm situated on the corner of Leasowe Road heading into the
village. The farm consisted of an old sandstone farmhouse with a thatched roof and several out
buildings, which included a stone barn with a date stone of 1698. The date stone also bore the
initials "J.H", which is very likely to have been the first owners. Contemporary sources also state
that in the gardens of the farm grew many lilac tress. It is also believed that the barn, was the Tithe
Barn of Wallasey. A tithe barn was a type of barn used in England for storing the tithes - a tenth of
the farm's produce which had to be given to the church. Tithe barns were usually relatively small and
often associated with the village church or rectory, to which independent farmers took their tithes.
The picture below shows Lawtons Farm in 1902 before being demolished shortly after.
Pear Tree Farm
This was another large farm with extensive grounds on the outskirts of the village. The name
derived from the set of large pairs trees which grew in the front gardens under the watchful eye of
farmer Samuel Strong.
Harrison Park and Harrison Drive
The park was presented to the public in 1896 by the Harrison family which was received with much
gratitude amongst the local populace. Harrison drive opened shortly after in 1901 and stretched
right down to the shore line, where their was a bathing station complete with a cafeteria and
changing rooms. The drive suffered from many teething problems in the early days mainly arising
from sand blowing across it, sometimes leaving it barely recognisable.
Old Flynns Patch
There is a piece of land in the village which was given by Captain F.W. Flynn to the people of
Wallasey. He lived in a house called Green Heys at Grove Road. Captain Flynn gave his house up
so that it may be used as a Marl pit for the locals to help grow their food. When the second World
War broke out it was used as allotments to grow food, today it is a grassy area used by kids to
This grand old house was owned by Major James Walter, a Liverpool Shipping Merchant who made
his money from trade. I have read that the house was first called
is where the name Mosslands Road relatively important figure within the community.
relatively important figure within the community.
The Working Mens Club
The first Wallasey Working Mens Club was created by local man George Peers in 1877. The club
provided games such as chess, billiards and snooker but no gambling or drinking was allowed. The
club also had extensive grounds including a pavilion and a well maintained bowling green for the
men. At its peak the club had nearly 150 members and is Wallasey's oldest recorded club.
Wallasey Old Hall
Since the earliest times in Wallasey the village has had an old hall. The building was built in 1604
by William Meoles and stood on Church Hill between the St Hillary's Church and the rectory
building. The gateposts to the old hall are still standing and have been bricked up and
encompassed into the current wall. The old hall was demolished in 1857 with some of the
materials being used in the rectory next door No photographs exist to my knowledge of the hall
although there are numerous original sketches of it floating around. The date stone of the old hall
has been kept at the local library which i am trying to get hold of a photograph of.