Liverpool, Sefton Park Bridge 1887

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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.

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I attended a presentation at St George's Hall as a youngster, where I received a beautiful certificate in recognition of an essay I had written. I have no idea what I wrote about but since the RSPCA awarded the certificate, then I assume it must have been about animals. As a very shy, not-at-all-confident (...Read full memory)

1956, I was brought up in Doon Street, Kirkdale, along with my 3 brothers and 5 sisters. We all went to St John's School, where we had Father Hopkins and Sister Mary Francis, we used to call them the dragons. If anyone is still around from that era I would love to hear from you. I read some (...Read full memory)

I grew up in Bodley Street (L4) from 1960-1970. There was a Welsh church at the top of the street and on the walls of said church we played '2 balls'! I would love to have the name of the church, should anyone remember it. My nan and grandad, Albert and Elizabeth Coy, shared the wall and every Sunday were blessed with (...Read full memory)

My parents got married here in 1922 and we, as a family, attended up to about 1946. It was an English speaking, Welsh, Presbyterian church then and I think finally ceased about 1950 due to lack of numbers. I have copies of the monthly journals for all 1921 which contain lists of members and (...Read full memory)

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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.

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