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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Wirral

#1

Leasowe Lighthouse was built back in 1763, making it the oldest surviving lighthouse in Britain.

#2

Wirral has the longest Promenade in Britain. New Brighton Promenade is just over 2 miles (3.5km) long.

#3

The Mersey Ferries were the first boats in the world to be installed with fog radar navigation systems. That was back in 1947.

#4

Outside of London, Wirral has the largest amount of Grade II Listed buildings.

#5

The first shot of World War One was fired from Fort Perch Rock in Wirral. It was a warning shot – just 30 minutes after war was declared.

#6

Central Park in New York was based on the design of Birkenhead Park.

#7

Wirral is said to be the ‘Birthplace of England’ and was the site of the bloodiest battle ever fought in Britain.

#8

Hilbre Island is the United Kingdom’s smallest, inhabited island at just 11.6 acres.

#9

Despite being just 60 square miles in size, Wirral is home to five nature reserves.

#10

King Richard II gave the entire Wirral peninsula Royal Park status in 1376.

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