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Wirral Archaeology is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer Community Interest Company helping to reveal the hidden history of this forgotten peninsula. We are amateur historians dedicated to archaeological analysis, research, and the interpretation of Wirral's forgotten past.
The Wirral Peninsula is located on the northern boundary of what was Mercia, separated from the Danelaw lands to the North by the River Mersey. The peninsula is confined by the River Dee to the east, the River Mersey to the west and battered by the Irish Sea to the north. Squeezed between the historic cities of Chester and Liverpool it is a relatively unexplored area often overlooked by historians, yet its very proximity to these history-rich cities makes it a clear target in which to explore our past.
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Rob is a professional accountant with expertise in strategic financial planning. His interests include history and hillwalking. He is married and lives in Wirral.
Peter is a retired engineer and is now the Company’s Health and Safety officer. He is a member of the Bloomery Project Team and the Fund-Raising Team.
Philomena is a retired nurse with an interest in Wirral and Viking history enhanced by Danish and Norwegian daughters-in-law and three Viking children….
Christine is a biomedical and veterinary scientist interested in ancient history and, more recently, Wirral Anglo-Saxon and pre-Anglo-Saxon history.
Carl is a Business and Admin Manager at a large local high school on the Wirral, UK. He moved into the education sector 8 years ago after a career in…
Educated Birkenhead School and Royal Agricultural College. Ran a Garden Centre – now retired. Rugby player – teams include:- Old Birkonian, United Services…
Works as a financial consultant and an accountant.
Dived on the Graf Spey after the War – first British diver to do so.
Educated at Overchurch School, Wirral & Pembroke College Oxford: BA, MA, DSc Royal Society of Chemistry Junior Medallist & Knight of the Royal Norwegian…
Director and Chair
A Public Relation, Media Liaison and Communication professional In 1974 she moved to Birmingham and spent the the majority of her career in
Yes, we take them for granted, barely giving them a second glance as we whizz along in our motor cars. Grazing cows, bleating sheep and a few areas of ploughed earth constrained by overgrown hedges. They’re just fields. We may catch a glimpse of a footpath sign even a farmhouse or too and that’s it. Forgotten. Ignored. Neglected. But as good historians should we not be asking ourselves, why? Why are those fields there?
Miles of golden sand fringe the Wirral Peninsula where it meets the Irish Sea. For the unwary, there are treacherous mud banks and unexpectedly deep channels. The Dee estuary embraces three small islands – Hilbre, Middle Eye and Little Eye all with their own place in history.
Where is the Egremont Bloomery? In Egremont – on the Wirral bank of the River Mersey, sandwiched between New Brighton and Leasowe. Not the one in Cumbria!
What is a bloomery?
A bloomery is the earliest form of iron smelter. It produces a porous mass of iron and slag called a bloom which is consolidated and further forged into wrought iron.
This forgotten battle is regarded by most historians as the event that created the English nation; but where is took place has been lost for centuries. There have been many attempts to locate the battlefield, but these have been based on trying to interpret a few clues and information taken from manuscripts written sometimes hundreds of years later. None of them have been able to firmly place the symbol of crossed swords on a map to show where the battle was.
n 1938 the remains of a clinker-built boat were unearthed by workmen digging the foundations of the new Railway pub in Meols. It was described as “an ancient ship built in the Nordic clinker (overlapping planks) style buried twelve feet down and covered in a layer of blue clay”. As they were on a tight schedule to get the new pub open, the workmen were told to keep quiet and cover it up.
Over a period of many years, we have researched the suspected Roman road network of the Wirral peninsula, as time and other projects have allowed. There is clear evidence of at least two roads, one running directly from Chester to Meols, and the other aligned on a point close to Bidston village. Modern development has obliterated some of the alignment of these roads, but enough remains to plot their courses.
Wirral Archaeology has changed. The informal group that successfully laid the foundation of a thriving organisation has evolved into a more formal Community Interest Company. It is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organisation, registered with Companies House and committed to the promotion and sharing of Wirral’s complex history. Its membership is open to anyone who shares our values, our aims and our objectives. The company is run, on behalf of its members, by a board of directors who are elected annually (or longer by agreement).
We are Wirral’s Premier History and Archaeological Society; an enthusiastic team of amateur archaeologists determined to unearth the hidden history of this forgotten peninsula.
Members of Wirral Archaeology CIC have a wide range of professional skills and experience. The company works closely with professional archaeologists, scientists and other experts in associated areas of research. We are an inclusive organisation welcoming people of all ages and abilities, and from all cultures, creeds and backgrounds.
“Our aim is to investigate, explore and unearth Wirral’s hidden history and to make it publicly available by means of newsletters, talks, leaflets, our website and all other avenues of communication”.