OK, so perhaps the Norse are as far from the ‘Liverpool Radicals’ we have in mind in 2011 as it’s possible to get.
They’re distant in time, left little visible trace in our city, and went about changing society through the delicate application of pointy-horned helmets.
But of course none of that is strictly true. There are traces of the Norse presence on our doorstep, and may have paved the way for Liverpool itself to be settled half a millennium after they first arrived. Read more
Police were called in and performed controlled explosions on the grenades after workmen discovered them during excavations at Roughwood Drive, Kirkby. The AW Bombs (manufactured by Albright and Wilson) were judged to unstable to move, and were originally designed to explode on impact.
The nature of Liverpool’s landscape influenced even this bit of history. The grenades were probably made at the Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF) located in Kirkby, on the site which later became the Kirkby Industrial Estate. A similar factory was sited in Speke, as well as other loations around the country. In the 1930s and 40s the outskirts of Liverpool were popular for this kind of development, as the flat landscape provided room for expansion, and the rapidly increasing population, of unemployed men and women relocated from the city centre slum clearances, provided the workforce needed by the factories. Also, the areas were judged to be relatively ‘safe’, a definition applied to an area across the north and west of the country from Bristol to Linlithgow in Scotland. The areas were also relatively far from centres of population, while maintaining good transport links (roads and trains).
UPDATE: This morning the Liverpool Echo reported that another two A.W. grenades have been found in the grounds of the same school.