Merseyside and Liverpool City Region History 1930AD 1959AD.

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THIS page lists events and other information related to the time line from 1930AD to 1959AD. Some areas contain extra pages you can read with additional reference material on them. To access these pages, please see the extra information column of the table below.


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1930
The R101 disaster, the 777' long airship is destroyed by mechanical failure and fire.  
1930
Liverpool Cenotaph unveiled before a crowd of 80,000 by Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby.  
1932
Speke joins Liverpool and is the last major boundary change to the Liverpool area.
1933
The Conservatory, supposedly the largest in England was demolished in this year.
1934
The Mersey Tunnel, Queensway Entrance, finished, and opened by King George the V. The total cost of the tunnel was £7.75 million, and was 2.13 miles long the longest in the world at the time. The earth and debris from the excavation was sent to Otterspool to build a riverside Promenade and park.
1934
The New Brighton Bathing Pool was built.
1934
The estimated number of people on Ainsdale beach during a July heat wave this year was 100,000.
1935
High explosives used to destroy the wreak of the barque Nereus, which has lain on the Ainsdale beaches since it's wreaking. It was deemed to be a hazard to the ever increasing numbers of bathers to the beach.  
1935
The Blundell club Golf course Club House was built.
1936
Ascension of King Edward the VIII and subsequent abdication.
1937
The last Street Railway, tram, runs in Birkenhead. 
1938
Formby By-Pass is opened this year.
1939
War declared on Germany, September of this year.

 

1939
The D'Arcy Exploration Company drills a test bore and finds oil in Formby, they then set up a field with 18 pumps working around the clock to pump up the oil. This site soon becomes the 2nd biggest oil field in Britain.  
1939
Work on Liverpool Cathedral continued slowly
1940
Retreat from Dunkirk.
1941
HMS Queen Charlotte opens in this year, to train naval gunners.   
1941
Freshfield Golf Course requisitioned by the RAF for an Airfield later called RAF Woodvale.  
1941
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Combined Operations Headquarters moves from Plymouth to a purpose built centre, that was specially adapted centre designed specifically for this purpose. The massive bomb and gas proof command centre was located behind Liverpool's Town Hall. The HQ, under Derby House, was better known This is a link to an external website. It is not a  PCBT Photography or PBT Media Relations Ltd. Website.as Western Approaches Command, it became the 4th most important building of the World War 2.  It was so Top Secret that it was only in the mid 1990's that the complex was made public and a museum was opened. On 17 February 1941 Admiral Sir Percy Noble was appointed as the new Commander In Chief, Western Approaches Command.

1941
The Bismarck sank in revenge for the Hood.  
1941
Finished 2nd phase of Liverpool Cathedral under the tower used for the 1st time  
1942
This is a link to an external website. It is not a  PCBT Photography or PBT Media Relations Ltd. Website.On 19 November 1942 Admiral Max Horton replaced Admiral Noble as Commander-in-Chief of Western Approaches Command, in Liverpool. where he remained until it closed on 15 August 1945.  
1942
Rommel's forces routed in the desert of this year.  
1943
The dam-busters do their work and destroy the Eder and Mohne dams on Ruhr river valley in Germany.
1944
The Nature reserves Investigation Committee places Ainsdale in the top 22 wildlife sites in Britain.
1944
Normandy landing take place, in June, with initial success off the beaches.  
1944
The start of the end for the Third Reich.  Paris is liberated by Allied forces in the August. German forces retreat from Holland, September, pursued by allied forces.
1945
Victory over Europe celebrated in May. Victory over Japan in September.  
1945
Western Approaches Command, in Liverpool closed on 15 August 1945.
1945
Labour Victory as Prime Minister Clement Atlee had a 2 to 1 majority over the Conservatives and Winston Churchill was no longer PM.
1945
Liverpool Cathedral survived World War 2 almost unscathed
1946
Nationalization coal industry. 
1946
National Health Service formed.
1946
HMS Queen Charlotte closes in Southport.  
1946
The Amateur Championships are held at Birkdale Golf Club. (Royal Birkdale)
1947
British Coal industry nationalized.    
1947
School leaving age raised to 15. 
1948
Royal Birkdale Golf Club hosts the first of its major golfing events, the Curtis Cup.  
1948
Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip.  
1949
British Railways and electrical industries nationalized. 
1949
British Gas industry nationalized.
1950
Soap and petrol rationing end, and the Stone of Scone stolen from Westminster Abbey.
1951
Another test drilling at Ainsdale was to take place, but after going down 5,000 ft was decided that it was a dry hole. They tried in several other places around the area but found no other oil reserves.  
1951
The Royal Birkdale Golf Club gets "A Royal Command."   On 11 November 1951 an important notice was posted by the then Captain H F Simpson. It read:- "I have the honour to announce that His Majesty The King has been graciously pleased to Command that the Club shall henceforth be known as The Royal Birkdale Golf Club." This then was to enabled it to become 1 of the finest clubs not only in the British Isles, but also in the world.
1951
Coronation Stone returned to Westminster Abbey.  
1951
Guns in the Fort Perch Rock fired for the last time for the Festival of Britain celebrations.  
1951
The Walker Cup is held at Royal Birkdale Golf Club.
1952
Albert Dock complex listed as the largest collection of Grade I Listed Buildings in Britain.
1953
Queen Elizabeth the II crowned in Westminster Abbey, the entire ceremony is televised.  

 

1953
BSAC (British Sub Aqua-Club) founded in London.
1954
Royal Birkdale Golf Club hosts the Open Golf Championships for the 1st time having prevented them from doing so in 1940, due to the War.  
1954
Food Rationing ends in England.  
1954
Southport Aero Club starts flying from Hesketh Park, flights costing just £3.  
1955 
Plans announced that Britain will build 12 atomic power stations around England over the next 10 years.
1956
The last train runs on the Overhead Railway.
1957
The Last Liverpool Tram runs through Liverpool.    
1957
The Fort Crosby buildings are now disused and stand empty.   
1957
The worlds largest radio telescope went into operation at Jodrell bank for the Manchester University. 
1957
Queens Christmas speech televised for the first time.
1958
Anglican Cathedral architect, Giles Gilbert Scott, died, aged 80  
1958
Newly arrived immigrants, invited to the country from the ex-colonies in the West Indies, had an unhappy time on arrival leading to black British immigrants race riots in Nottingham and Notting Hill which dominated press coverage.  
1958
The UK's first section of the motorway was built by Tarmac Construction and opened by the Prime Minister Harold Macmillan on 5 December 1958. The section of the now M6 was known as the Preston By-Pass.
1959
Demolition completed on the Overhead Railway, efforts to raise money for repairs were unsuccessful, leading to demolition.  
1959
The US Notable Consul - John S. Service - takes up office in Paradise Street, Liverpool.
1959
The M1 opened to the public for the 1st time.  

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