episode #84 lost in sand

Magazine Village in Wallasey gets its name from the time when it was used to store gunpowder from the sailing ships entering the Mersey for their stay in the Port of Liverpool.

Dawpool has been a thriving harbour lying between Caldy and Thurstaston in the 18th century. Its prominence dates from the time when it was still possible to navigate the Dee estuary before it silted up.

Hoose the small fishing village had its own parish until it was abolished in the late 19th century, becoming incorporated into a new parish known until 1974 as Hoylake cum West Kirby.

Hadlow is remembered for the Grade II listed former Hadlow Road railway station, in Willaston.

Ford is perhaps the most recent ‘lost village’ in Wirral, and still remembered by many. Originally a collection of cottages beside the ford over the Fender river, the hamlet was swallowed up by the giant Ford estate in the 1960s.

Overchurch the site of a demolished church is the only reminder of the old village of Overchurch. When the original parish church at Overchurch was pulled down in 1813, a 9th century runestone was discovered in the ruins with its inscription still visible – translated as “The people erected a memorial…Pray for Æthelmund.”.

In 1830, James Atherton purchased much of the land at Rock Point,in the north-east corner of Wallasey opposite the city and docks of Liverpool. He renamed it New Brighton and organised its development as a tourist destination. New Brighton Tower was a steel lattice observation tower, taller than the Blackpool Tower and visible for miles around, and it was actually the tallest building in Great Britain when it opened some time between 1898 and 1900. 

Grand Ritz Cinema a cinema with a touch of glamour, one of the largest and most extravagant cinema/theatres in the North West was designed with a “modern simplicity coupled with quiet dignity” by architect Robert Cromie. At one time there were seven cinemas just in that area alone – Ritz, Empire, Queens, Super, Savoy (ABC), Plaza, The Gaumont which by the way is virtually unchanged as it was in its heyday and is now a furniture store.


The Cinematic Orchestra: Ode To The Big Sea

Florence + The Machine: Ship To Wreck

SBTRKT feat. Raury: Higher

Gorillaz: O Green World

Say Yes Dog: Before I Go

Oscar Peterson: Just One of Those Things

Melanie De Biasio: I’m Gonna Leave You

Silent Poets: Farewell 

Bonobo: Black Sand

Jónsi & Alex: Daniell In The Sea

Bernard Herrmann: The Past – The Girl

Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch: South Sea Dreams

Community radio midnight show Through the Bohemian Looking Glass is aired every night at midnight (GMT). A new episode is aired every Friday midnight on Wirral Wave radio or AirTime. Later on SoundCloud for some time.