New Brighton War Defences, Bombed Locations & Entertainment Tour

Date, Time and Location

Date: Thursday 20th June 2019 Time: 19:00hrs Start

Venue: James Atherton Pub

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Event Summary

New Brighton

This tour is provided by Hidden Wirral Myths & Legends.

Make the most of your summer evening and step back in time and learn about New Brighton and Wallasey during the Second World War.

You will be undertaking a circular coastal walk through time. Our Historian will be introducing you to the history of New Brighton during the war years ranging from the Napoleonic Wars to the Second World War. We will also be Introducing you to all the Myths & Legends of the old town on a jam packed history tour  You will discover authentic truths,  Hidden Tunnels, Local Myths, Ghost Stories, Hidden Treasure and all the Legendary Tales about the old towns dark past.  Join our Historian & Author for an afternoon of Historical Facts, Light Comedy and many Dark Tales. This is a Historic Tour like no other.

Points of interest:

The Home Guards, Life on the Home-front, Treasure Finds in the Caves, The American Army Base, The Chinese Laundry Legend, Unexploded Bombs, War Time Entertainment, The Sandrock Hotel, The Tower Grounds Air Raid Shelters, Hidden Tunnels around New Brighton, Bombings in New Brighton, Rationing, Evacuation, Bombing Raids, D-Day preparations,  The Army Training in the Wormhole Caves, The Bidston Observatory, Fire Watching, ARP Wardens, Why the war began, The End of the War celebrations, The Nazi hiding in Wallasey, Propaganda, Dig For Victory, Military Defence units in New Brighton, The River Mersey Maunsell Forts, Fort Perch Rock, AA Gun Placements, Bombings in Birkenhead and Liverpool, The deep air raid shelters of Bidston Hill and Tranmere, Cammell Lairds Production and so much more.

Tickets £5 per person - Book Now and Join us 

Tickets are purchased on night of event.

Tour Capacity - 15 People
Tour Duration: Approx 1 Hour 
Wheelchair & Pram Friendly – Yes
Suitable for Children – Yes 
Usual Ticket Price £7.00
Transport - Local Bus and Train available to venue.

Where to meet?

The meeting point is Starting & Finishing outside The James Atherton pub, 117-119 Victoria Rd, Victorian Quarter, New Brighton, CH45 2JD. The pub is is a short walk from the promenade, where Free parking is available. Please arrive 15 mins before the stated time. And why not get yourself a pint after the tour has finished, in this 19th Century Hotel formerly known as the Railway. The pub is now named after the founder of New Brighton and is part of the major redevelopment that is taking place in the Victorian Quarter of this historic resort. Your Historian will also be available to answer further questions as you sit back and relax at this amazing venue. The pub is also dog friendly so your well behaved dog on a lead can join in the fun too.

During World War II the US Army was stationed at New Brighton and a large motor pool known as Depot 0616 was kept at the Tower Athletic Grounds. The 347th Ordnance Depot Company was stationed at New Brighton from December 1943 until March 1944 before they set sail for the French Coastline. Find out what they got up to as they entertained the locals in more ways than one. 

What To Expect on our Tours

Before New Brighton was even born, the area was known as Ye Black Rock and was plagued by Pirates & Smugglers, we were the 3rd worse place in Britain for it. In the eighteenth century, Wallasey was a haunt of smugglers. The centre of smuggling was Mother Redcap’s, a tavern that stood on the Mersey shore. Its proprietor was an elderly lady named Poll Jones, who always wore a red cap or bonnet. She was a great friend to smugglers and privateers, acting as a banker, minding their earnings while they were at sea.  The area has many mysterious maritime Tales to tell. We will be walking around the coastline on a circular walk. You will learn and hear stories about  Victorian Times all the way up to the 21st Century. Join us as we undertake an an Afternoon or Evening walk retelling the tales of Ghosts, Myths and Legends of the area. We will be starting and finishing at the James Atherton Pub which is located in the heart of the Victorian Quarter of New Brighton. We offer a Day or Evening of History and Mystery to capture the imagination and inspire the mind.

Your guide:

Your Tour Guide is Local Historian & Author Tony Franks-Buckley who is the leading expert on The History of New Brighton as he takes you on a journey through time around the historic seaside resort on a circular walk suitable for everybody.

For Over 6 Years Hidden Wirral have been creating memories for visitors and locals alike in the Historic Wirral Peninsula. Best known for our range of interesting History Tours that run day and night, all year round. Our commitment is for a fun, insightful and memorable walking tour experience, facilitated by our exceptional team of storyteller guides, led by New Brighton's pre-eminent historian, Tony Franks-Buckley Join us on one of our tours today!

Please note there are only 15 places available for the tour, to guarantee your place please use the event contact provided below.

Venue Details for James Atherton Pub

117-119 Victoria Road
Victorian Quarter
New Brighton
CH45 2JD

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£5.00 Per Person

Event Contact Information

Christine Leigh