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  1. .Merseysides Oldest building. I had watched the scaffold going up at this place and was itching to get up there if only to look into cammel lairds ship builders next door The History The history of Birkenhead priory goes back beyond Victorian years. The oldest standing building on Merseyside, Founded in 1150, the monks of this Benedictine monastery looked after travellers for nearly 400 years and supervised the first regulated 'Ferry 'cross the Mersey'. The tower of St Mary's, the first parish church of the town, shares the site which is now dedicated as a memorial to those lost in the 1939 disaster aboard the Laird's built submarine Thetis. I made two visits here as the scaffold got higher, the first visit was made alone and the second visit was made with SAt (simon) and it was so windy that the whole thing was moving...I was cacking it. Ok, so the real appeal was the fact that this priory is situated in an elevated position overlooking a ship yard and the idea was to get some pictures of the ships in dry dock but the anticipation was decidedly laclustre, anyway on with the pictures firstly a shot from google showing the dry docks that got me so enthused, you can see the Priory right next to the shipyard The priory and St marys tower Merseysides OLDEST building all scaffed out on my first visit and on my second visit topped off to the spire. it dont look high but shitty death when you get up there it is brown troos time especially in the wind. One of the St Marys clocks minus its hands On my first visit here there was a Manx ferry in dry dock getting some sonar dome work done. On my second visit there was a naval ship in the same dry dock and also looks like a sonar dome job it was so large that I couldnt even fit it in using my 10mm But it looked like a sonar dome job too The smaller dry dock was empty on my first visit but in the background you can see Liverpool and the Anglican Cathedral On my second visit I was pleased to see a tall ship and a tug in the smaller dry dock One of the monster cranes in the shipyard Close up of the Bridge of the manx ferry Birkenhead tunnel entrance from the priory and the end of the large dry dock and a crop of the small dry dock Grupo shot. It is so good to see Cammell Lairds Busy again thanks for looking