Bootle – It’s North Park

In conversation with my old chum Charles (Uncle Albert) Walker (95 years young) the other day he told me of his playing putting and bowls in North Park during his lunch hour when he worked for an electroplating company in Bootle.

This made me think about a park I have worked almost next to myself for over 20 years so I took this shot as it is now from a high vantage point. The road in the foreground is Marsh Lane, with Stanley Road forming the road along the right hand side of the park.

Bootle's North Park

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There’s no bowling green now and no putting green either. The park has a skateboard facility in the right background (partly behind the trees) and a significant part of it was given over to the building of Bootle Leisure Centre (and its car park) which was funded by City Challenge Money from the 1980’s I think.

Merseyrail’s Liverpool – Southport railway line (left hand top corner) is of course a constant over many generations but other things on this photo are relatively modern such as the Aldi store which replaced a Vauxhall car dealership in recent times if memory serves.

The photo is also amongst my Flickr photos at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Bootle – canal mural

Bootle canal mural

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Seen on the tow path of the Leeds Liverpool Canal in Bootle where Stanley Road crosses the canal next to Bootle Strand Shopping Centre.

A concrete retaining wall, built when the shopping centre is erected in the 1960’s, has provided a blank canvass for this interesting cartoon-type mural.

The photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/