Thursday, 2 July 2009

The Queens Buildings Birkenhead

Please can you help me?

I am trying to trace the whereabouts of The Queens Buildings Birkenhead which I believe was demolished to make way for the first Mersey Tunnel, although I may be completely wrong about that? Are there any publications I can check? My mother was born there and I plan to visit the area for a Family History Search later this month.

Many Thanks

Barbara Webber
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  1. Hello Barbera,
    The location of Queen`s Building was near Laird Street, North Birkenhead by Lees Tapestry Factory.

    By 1844 the population had grown to 12,000, and Birkenhead planned and developed a Port which opened in 1847. As this project required massive amounts of labour, the first community housing project came into being. This was the Dock Cottages, 350 dwellings built into blocks of flats, each block having four flats, the blocks laid out in parallel lines. If you wanted to be up-market about where you lived, they were also properly called Queens Buildings.

    Rob Ainsworth
    Liverpool History Society

  2. Hi again

    Many, many thanks for your help in tracing the Queens buildings for me. I and my cousins were thrilled as the bulding shown on the photo was the exact one (Block D) that our mothers were born in. How WOW was that!! Next, can you help also with the Lees Tapestry Works in Laird street? I have an arial photo of it but I understand there is a photo of staff taken in about the thirties I think and possible my aunt is pictured. Any chance? "Daddy Lee" gave a chirstmas party each year for the local children and each girl was given a doll and each boy a scooter. All that could be heard in the roads for months after was the rattle of the wheels? I didnt know the magnitude of the work done in the works. The Cunards and the Whitehouse to name a few.

    Looking forward to hearing from you



  3. Hello Barbera,

    contact the Birkenhead History society (see link below) about Queens Buildings as they may have another photograph. Direct your enquiry to Roy Dennett, the Chairman, and mention that I reffered you to the BHS.


    Liverpool History Society