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A quick guide to the Wirral by Wirral360.com photographer.....Dave Hughes

The Wirral is a peninsula in North West of England bounded by the River Dee to the west and the River Mersey to the east. It is administered by Wirral Borough Council. If you have ever heard the famous song by Gerry Marsden "Ferry cross the Mersey" then i guess you could say we are cross the Mersey.

At the end of the twelfth century, Birchen Head Priory stood on a lonely headland of birch trees, facing open countryside and surrounded by the Mersey. It was from here, Merseyside's oldest building, that Benedictine monks operated the first Mersey ferry in 1330, having been granted a passage to Liverpool by a charter from Edward III.

The original ferry service, now famous throughout the world, put Wirral on the map as part of the King's highway, yet for centuries the peninsula remained a cluster of small holdings and hamlets. It wasn't until the 1820s that steam-powered boats improved communication and opened up Wirral's Mersey coast for industrialisation.

www.Wirral360.com aims to create many 360º virtual tours of the Wirral to show you the viewer how we live here on the Wirral.