Mersey woman about town


A funny little town

Birkenhead is a funny little place. Not posh and swanky like Chester, or sharp and keen like Liverpool, the town exists well apart from both.

It’s known for the band Half Man Half Biscuit and little else, not bothering to brag very often it was home to war poet Wilfred Owen during his tragically short life, although really it should.

That’s not to say Birkenhead doesn’t have some very charming quirks indeed, but you have to root about for them.

That’s where I come in! Here we go…

I’ve put this pub sign on here before, but it’s well worth another run. Surely a classic:

birkenhead pub sign

And this one’s lovely too, in its own way:

Birkenhead pub sign

Did you know that Birkenhead is one of the fashion capitals of the world?

Birkenhead fashion

This freaks me out every time I pass on the bus, then I burst into giggles at how hilariously camp it is:


(PS I can confirm this is NOT a real man. I hope not, anyway. He hasn’t moved for months.)

As I say, Birkenhead is a very different type of town.


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8 comments on “A funny little town

  1. Karen Littler
    February 8, 2013

    Very droll! BTW, what is Paul O’Grady doing at that window?

    • cath
      February 8, 2013

      It’s either that or John Inman!

  2. Brian Gorman
    February 8, 2013

    I lived there for 6 months recently. Got to know all the watering holes. There are some very ‘entertaining’ places and characters in Birkenhead!!

    • cath
      February 8, 2013

      You went drinking in Birkenhead? Oh, my. You’re a brave man

      • Brian Gorman
        February 8, 2013

        Very! But I do like an adventure. Dodged the odd glass thrown, and seen some rather intriguing sights.

  3. Jill Weatherholt
    February 8, 2013

    These are great ~ thanks for sharing!

    • cath
      February 8, 2013

      No worries, I’m glad you enjoyed!

  4. Andy Johnson
    February 9, 2013

    My favourite restaurant is in Birkenhead. A cosy, friendly Thai restaurant called the Sawasdee. Food is always delicious, service friendly and the decor makes you think you could be in Thailand. Knocks the Thai restaurant in Liverpool One into a tin hat.
    Over the road from it is a Thai message business (didn’t want to say parlour as it would make it sound seedy, which it isn’t). Who would of thought Birkenhead would have a mini Thai quarter.
    Plus of course Birkenhead and the Wirral have the best side of the river as they look over to us and our glorious buildings.

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