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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
  2. Went on a solo adventure last month and visited a good few places before heading off to do a meet some underground explorers. My last solo explore of the day was this, Crawford Priory. Crawford Priory is a large country mansion origanlly built in 1758 for the 21st Earl of Crawford and substantially enlarged and extended in the 19th century by a sister of the 22nd Earl, Lady Mary Lindsay Crawford, It was redisgned by architects David Hamilton of Glasgow, then James Gillespie Graham to redesign the building in the gothic style, adding buttresses, turrets and pinnacles effecting the look of a priory, although it had no religious history. Lady Mary's heirs, the Earls of Glasgow, further developed the house. In 1871 the 6th Earl of Glasgow built a chapel in the east front. However huge debts forced the 7th Earl to sell off all his estates in order to retain the family seat at Kelburn, near Largs. The house then passed to the politician Thomas Cochrane, son-in-law of the 6th Earl of Glasgow. Cochrane was created Baron Cochrane of Cults in 1919. Further remodelling was undertaken in the 1920s, including the removal of the porte cochere to the west front. After the death of the 2nd Baron in 1968 the house was closed, and gradually fell into disrepair and ruin. Today there is very little remains of the main house and is suffering from many collapses, a very sad but impressive site hidden in the trees. On with the pics Thanks for Looking