£11.95 (UK)
  • ISBN: 978-0-95596625-3-0
  • Size: 210 x 135mm
  • Extent: 128 pages
  • Format: Paperback

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Liverpool to Loggerheads

A book celebrating the close ties between Merseyside and North East Wales

For generations the people of Merseyside have come to North East Wales. Merseyside children took refuge here during the war years and later families and youngsters came to escape the city and to enjoy the open air. Generations of school children came to Colomendy, 'the lung of Liverpool', others came by bike or with the Scouts and Guides, on the Crosville buses, or with their tents and caravans. Some Merseysiders have returned to North Wales to work or in retirement and many Welsh people have moved to Liverpool to work or to study.

This book celebrates the strong link between Merseyside and the Loggerheads area and is based on the memories of countless Merseysiders and Welsh folk who have shared their fascinating, and often moving, stories. It is lavishly illustrated with a wonderful collection of old photographs.

The book was produced in partnership with the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in recognition of the cultural links between the Clwydian Range and Merseyside.

Liverpool Photos and Memories (Click images to enlarge)

Liverpool to Loggerheads - St Tudno Steamer

St. Tudno steamer

"The Williams were a shipping family from Holyhead with all 5 brothers employed in ship-related work. My father, a merchant seaman, and one of his younger brothers, a boiler maker, eventually moved to Liverpool as there were better job prospects in the bigger port. First one brother married a Liverpool girl and later his brother married her younger sister!"

May D’Arcy (neé Williams)

Liverpool to Loggerheads - Tandem and sidecar

Tandem and sidecar

"I first came to the Loggerheads area after the war as a passenger, along with my brother, in the side car of our parents’ tandem! I remember that they found it hard work pedalling up the Rainbow Hill, Gwernymynydd and sometimes had to get off and push! As a teenager I became a keen cyclist myself, joining the Cresta Wheelers, aged 13, and later the Liverpool Unity Cycling club. I cycled over from Liverpool many times."

Derek Parsons

Liverpool to Loggerheads - Crosville bus and holiday caravan near Tafarn-y-Gelyn

Crosville bus and holiday caravan near Tafarn-y-Gelyn

"Early in the morning my Mum, my big sister Olwyn, our two elder brothers, Owen and Frank, and I set off from our house on Bedford Road, Liverpool. Sometimes one of our cousins came with us too so my Mum really had her hands full! First we got the tramcar to Pier Head then took the underground train to Birkenhead. Here we waited patiently to board the green Crosville Bus for the long journey to Loggerheads. Mum used to tell me to curl up tiny on her knee so that she wouldn't have to pay for me! I loved that journey as we left the city behind and the green fields and hills unfolded before us. We always got excited when we could see Moel Famau."

Betty Earps (neé Williams)

Liverpool to Loggerheads - Angus Earps playing in the snow at Llanelidan

Angus Earps playing in the snow at Llanelidan

"On the day the whole school was evacuated, we went to school with our packed bags, gas masks and identity labels, and all the children took the bus from Green Lane to the station and then the train to Ruthin. A bus took us to Ruthin Town Hall where we were sorted into groups to go to the outlying villages. Each child was given 2 tins of corned beef and a tin of Libby’s milk to give to their hosts!"

Angus Earps

Liverpool to Loggerheads - Camping at Nant Alyn Rhydymwyn

Camping at Nant Alyn Rhydymwyn

"I first came to camp at Nant Alyn when I was 15, having got the bus to Rhydymwyn and walked from there. When I rounded the corner and first saw the valley my mouth dropped open. I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was! I’ve been coming back ever since!"

Jack Burns

Liverpool to Loggerheads - Video Montage

Liverpool to Loggerheads - Photo Gallery

Liverpool to Loggerheads - Birkenhead scouts on Jubilee Tower 1959 Liverpool to Loggerheads - bomb damage Durning Road Liverpool Liverpool to Loggerheads - Colomendy pupils watch milking at Cae'r Odyn Farm Liverpool to Loggerheads - Colomendy Skiffle Group
Liverpool to Loggerheads - Friends swimming Blundell Sands Liverpool to Loggerheads - Lads camping at Nant Alyn Rhydymwyn Liverpool to Loggerheads - Lads on tandems at Nant Alyn Rhydymwyn Liverpool to Loggerheads - Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral under construction
Liverpool to Loggerheads - Mersey Ferry Daffodil 1918 Liverpool to Loggerheads - Merseyside evacuees boarding train to North Wales Liverpool to Loggerheads - Merseyside land girls at Welsh tea shop Liverpool to Loggerheads - Moel Famau from the Leete Path postcard
Liverpool to Loggerheads - Nant Alyn Camp Rhydymwyn Liverpool to Loggerheads - On Loggerheads Bridge 1929 Liverpool to Loggerheads - On the Leete Path at Loggerheads Liverpool to Loggerheads - We Three Loggerheads Inn near Mold