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Caption for Liverpool, Sefton Park Bridge 1887: Prize money of 300 guineas was announced for a competition in 1866 to design and lay out an area for 'the delight and pleasure of the public'. A Frenchman, M Andre, a gardener, and Liverpool's Mr Lewis Hornblower, architect, won that competition, and set about transforming the 233 acres bought from the Earl of Sefton. The cost of the land was £251,177 for 375 acres, but some of that was set aside for housing. The park was named after the Earl of Sefton, and is Liverpool's largest park, and larger than any of London's parks. It is also the most natural, with streams, small waterfalls and a rustic cast iron bridge over a ravine, shown here. An enclosed deer park, a boating lake, a cricket ground, and a review ground were among its original features when it was opened by HRH Prince Arthur (the third son of Queen Victoria) on Monday, 20 May 1872. The Prince stayed in Liverpool at the Grange, Wavertree, the home of Liverpool MP Mr S R Graves. After declaring the park open, the Prince visited a bazaar held to raise money for the new Royal Southern Hospital; he later watched 'horse-leaping' on the Parade Ground.

An extract from Liverpool and Merseyside Photographic Memories.

Memories of Liverpool

My dad was born in Kensington and went to butler street school from late 40s to late 50s. His name is Kenneth jackson or just ken. He always talks of the happy days and all his friends. His mums name was Louise and his dad name was Tony. He had sisters, Margaret, Reeni and another sister though I can’t remember (...Read full memory)

Hello Audrey, I grew up in Starfield Street which was next to Berwick. We lived there from 1951 till ‘66 when I left home for university. I had 2 sisters, Diane and Christine. We all went to Butler Street school and went swimming in Boaler Street baths. Our family name was Houlton though my mum’s family had lived (...Read full memory)

I used to live in Rolfe Street off back Molyneux Road. The houses there now have the Beatles names.Such good memories Pebbles..Capaldi..Kenny Cinema many more. my Mum used to work in a fruit shop called Hurst's. I have tried to find old pics of Rolfe Street but no sad. my ex Husband used to live in Thornes road OPP Kenny library. so many memories xx My name used to be Valerie MC Dowall

Happy memories! I was born in Liverpool, 1947, but my father moved us down to Plymouth in 1952, where I'm still living. Because of all my maternal relatives still living in Liverpool we'd make frequent visits and I have fond memories of the trams, the last one of which ran in September 1957, two years after this photo. If I (...Read full memory)

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