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Merseyside has changed radically in the five or six decades since the photographs in this book were taken, both physically and more dramatically, in its character, atmosphere and social scene – nobody visiting the area today could imagine it only half a century ago. In the second volume of his illustrated record of Merseyside in its post-war heyday, Cedric Greenwood invites us to sample the keen, salty air on the wide, open foredeck of a ferry steamer as it ploughs its passage across the choppy Mersey towards its home borough. Seacombe Ferry is our transit to both Wallasey and Liverpool in this volume. After a grand tour of Wallasey we return by ferry to Liverpool Pier Head, and our ‘Trambulation' around that city brings us back to Pier Head. But Liverpool is not quite the finale. Even Liverpolitans tired of life in the city and looked longingly at the wooded ranges of hills west ‘over the water', so finally we return to the Cheshire bank to head over the hills behind Birkenhead for a short look at the rural hinterland of the Wirral peninsula between the Mersey and Dee estuaries. Volume 2 contains more than 190 photographs evoking the port of Liverpool and the seaside resort of New Brighton in the Indian summer of the Industrial Age and the order of Civilisation.
- The Hinterland