News and events from the 19th and 20th centuries
April 5, 1847
Birkenheads Morpeth and Egerton Docks & Warehouses were
officially opened by Sir Philip de Malpas Grey Egerton, MP.Later
in the day he also opened the 130-acre Birkenhead Park, the first
public park to be provided by a local authority in England. It has
been laid out by Joseph Paxton (who later designed the Crystal Palace,
January 1, 1863
The latest link in the Cheshire Midland Railway, between Manchester
and Chester, has come into service. The six-mile stretch between
Knutsford and Northwich opened to passengers following clearance
by the Governments Inspector of Railways, Captain Rich. The
journey from Northwich to Manchester will take from 60-80 minutes.
January 9, 1863
Todays market prices: Beef (per lb) 6s-8d; Pork 7s-7d; Cod
fish 4s-6d; Turkey 6s-10d each; Brace of pheasants 7s/7s-6d; Butter
(per lb) 1s-4d/1s-8d; Salt (per lb) 1s/1s-2d; Chicken 3s/3s-6d each.
November 11, 1887
Using an ordinary navvys spade, Lord Egerton of Tatton has
cut the first sod to commence building the Manchester Ship Canal.
The ceremony has taken place in the centre of the site of the entrance
locks at Eastham.The contractor was Mr T.A.Walker and the twelve
directors of the Ship Canal Company included the Mayor of Stockport,
Joseph Leigh, and the Mayor of Oldham, S.R.Platt.
July 2, 1971
A school trip to the seaside ended in tragedy today when a train
derailed near to Waverton, on the outskirts of Chester. Only two
hours before the accident Chesters temperature was registered
at 87 degrees, the highest for many years. The seaside special was
carrying teachers and pupils back to Birmingham after a day trip
to Rhyl. Two children were killed and scores of others injured when
the last coach left the rails and overturned at Tattenhall Junction,
shortly before 6.15pm.
June 12, 1976
The official opening took place of the Boat Museum, at Ellesmere
Port. The unveiling was carried out by Mrs Sonia Rolt, widow of
the author of many canal and engineering books, LTC Rolt. The original
idea of establishing a Boat Museum was mooted by Peter Froud, Edward
Paget-Tomlinson, Harry Arnold, Tony Lewery and Dr David Owen.
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