This blog is dedicated to uncover some of the history of the area in South Liverpool known as the Cast Iron Shore.
Known to locals as The Cazzy, this area runs from the Dingle to Otterspool and over the last 200 years has undergone huge change. From the 19th century as a beauty spot depicted in poetry, industrialisation, rescued for recreation in the 1980s, a period of neglect and its most recent incarnation as a place once again to breath fresh air and view the magnificent Mersey.
My love affair with the area began as a child visiting the site now known as Priory Woods. Like every child that played amongst the ruins carved with crosses, I’d ask my parents what used to be there and they assumed like most that it was the ruins of monastery but no one seemed to know anything more. So began my fascination with the place.
Through very sporadic postings I hope to convey the story of this relatively small strip of land by the river that has been, amongst other things, the scene of a 19th century duel, a Rock and Roll movie location and a line in a Beatles song.
If you have any recollections or photographs of the area, I would love to hear from you.
Priory Woods from Southwood Road