Wallasey: The Postcard Collection takes the reader on a journey through this fascinating and varied part of Britain. Situated on the northern tip of the Wirral Peninsula, Wallasey has primarily evolved from a collection of isolated villages into the sizeable town of 60,000 people we see today. The exception to this organic growth is New Brighton, a purpose-built town within a town, created by James Atherton from 1830 onwards. This far-sighted project became one of the most elegant seaside resorts of the Regency period, even taking its name from its pre-eminent rival on the south coast. The book is separated into six parts. We start with Liscard, the centre of town, with its shops and historic park, the former grounds of Sir John Tobin's stately pile. We progress to New Brighton and Wallasey Village, with its tales of smugglers and customs men, the fairground and bracing sea air, the lighthouse and the forts. Finally, we take in Poulton and Seacombe with its docklands, distantly remembered railway stations and its famous ferry, before completing our tour in Egremont with its cinemas and many fine churches.
Les Jones was born and bred in Wallasey and educated at Oldershaw School and John Moores University. He has a keen interest in local history, particularly the Wallasey area, and has amassed a large collection of postcards, books and ephemera of the town. He has written articles for special interest magazines nationally for many years. He is married with three grown-up sons.