Around 1150 Hamo De Massie, who owned a considerable amount of land on Wirral, founded a Benedictine priory, dedicated to St. Mary and St. James, the remains of the Birkenhead Priory still stand today.
The monks farmed land known as 'The
Grange', situated where Alfred Road is
today. To get there they would walk
along Grange Lane, later renamed
They took their produce to Liverpool to
be sold in the market and kept goods that
were not sold in a house in Water Street.
They also ferried passengers across the
In 1357 they fares were:
1/4 d. - for a foot passenger on a market day
1/2d. - on other days
1d. - for a foot-man with a pack
2d. - for a man and laden horse
1d. - for a man and unladen horse
1d. - for a quarter of any sort of corn
The establishment of the ferry service later played a significant part in the development of Birkenhead. Other ferry services were later set up for example at Eastham, and at Egremont & Seacombe in Wallasey
Now, ferry terminals still exist in Woodside (Birkenhead) and Seacombe taking a triangular trip between the two and Liverpool
Take a trip to Seacombe to visit the Seacombe Submarine aquarium
- Family Travel
You can board a tram at Woodside Visitor Centre and take a ride around the Heritage Trail, stopping off at Shore Road Pumping Station, Pacific Road and Egerton Bridge - not a great distance, but OK for the novelty factor. Extending the tramway as far as Conway Street, is a possibility - then trams will be able to pick up passengers from Conway Park railway station, the main bus station and shopping centre car parks, and take them to the heart of the Birkenhead Heritage Trail.
Trams run on the hour and every half hour 12 - 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
This station on the Merseyrail network, just 5 mins journey from Liverpool Lime street mainline staion is ideal for exploring the Hamilton Square area, Birkenhead Priory, the Pumphouse and the Docks are within walkiing distance too. The historic warships are a bit further out.