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Aerial views of the Walled Garden and surrounding area taken in 1973, 83 and 93, as part of aerial surveys of Cheshire. All images from the survey are subject to copyright. Copyright was transferred in April 2009 from the former Cheshire County Council to Cheshire West & Chester Council & Cheshire East Council. Specific details are shown alongside each image. I have also embedded a modern version courtesy of Google Maps for comparison.
This was in the final days of the remains of the former Risley Royal Ordnance Factory. Demolition of the site had already begun in preparation for developing the area into Birchwood. On the photo, the main road is Warrington Road, the buildings to the north are the former almshouses and Roberts Fold, the lay-by at the Oakwood Gate entrance can still be seen, but all of the entrance buildings have been demolished. The dark area immediately north west of the reservoir is an area of mature trees that had existed since the days of the pre-war farms. It still exists today, although less distinct as more recently planted trees have now matured to enlarge the woodland.
By 1983, people were living in Birchwood. Much of Oakwood and Locking Stumps had been completed although building in Gorse Covert was only just beginning. This picture shows that the Walled Garden had been laid out, but the plants were only just becoming established. The "dog-bone" roundabout, now named after Warrington cricketer George Duckworth, was only partly complete, the northern part still being used as a normal roundabout. One section of the westbound carriageway of Birchwood Way was under construction, and the strip of mature woodland mentioned above can clearly be seen.
By 1993, the area was beginning to look more like the Birchwood of today. The petrol filling station and garage had been built, this part of Birchwood Way was complete and the trees had become much more established, to the extent that it is becoming more difficult to pick out the Walled Garden.
The Area Today