ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Sefton (public)Park Liverpool

Updated on January 30, 2015
Madame Curie  Fields Of  Hope, Sefton Park
Madame Curie Fields Of Hope, Sefton Park | Source
Palm House, Sefton Park
Palm House, Sefton Park | Source

History

This 269 acre beautiful park set in my birth place, Liverpool, where I used to often play as a child was (and maybe still is),classed as one of the most beautiful public parks in Europe.

The history of the land dating back to the days of King John,where he used it for hunting.( In fact remnants of King John's hunting lodge still remains).The whole area was a 2000acre Royal Deer Park.After the park formaly ceased being used as such in 1592,king John sold it to Lord Derby,where he decided to let local people use the land for farming and growing produce.

After twelve years Lord Derby sold the land to Sir Richard Molyneux Not long after he decided to let the Puritan disidents to settle on his estate.

Much later in 1867,Liverpool Corporation bought 375 acres of land fom the Molyneaux family (who were the Earls of Sefton),where the new park was named after Lord Sefton .

During this period Liverpool Corporation,had a programme to create public parks around the City, so they held a competition for a design for Sefton Park.Two gentlemen ,-Edouard Andre' (gardener in chief to the city of Paris ,and gardener to Napoleon 3rd) ,and his partner Lewis Hornblower ( a Liverpool architect)won 300 guineas for their design of Sefton Park ,their innovative design included a rIvulet enhanced with rugged granite rocks,grottoes,stepping stones all meandering to a beautiful 7 acre lake. In fact its very possibe George Harrison of the Beatles used his memories of some of the design features of Sefton Park,(ie -the grottoes) ,for some of his wonderful features he incorporated into his estate at Friar Park in Henley-On -Thames, Oxfordshire..

The winning design also featured small areas of woodland. The cleverly designed park incorporated interesting pathways which had a geometric aspect to them ,cleverly enhancing the grand open space. Amongst many interesting features in the park where ,folleys,boat houses,includes a bandstand-(reputedly this bandstand was the inspiration for the Beatles famous Sergent Pepper's lonely heartclub's band,-on their great and famous Sergent Pepper's album).

The grand opening of the park in 1872, was full of celebration,horse parades,music and colour,with crowds of people attending from all over the country These are the days when the local authorities realised the importance of public parks for public recreation and good healthy, lungs of the city (ies) ,,where many full-time park-keepers were employed as indeed a full-teams of 'hands on '-gardeners.

Another Important main feature of Sefton Park is the 'Palm House'-a large geometric glass conservatory,which house many varieties /species of plants from around the world.

This classic beautiful structure was designed and built by a firm based in Edinboro'-Mackenzie+Moncur ,with money(£10,000),donated by a local gentelman- Henry Yates Thompson. It was built based on the traditional classical style of the famous designer Joseph Paxman,who was specifically famous for his glass house designs around the UK.This beautiful eight -sided glass-house was opened in 1896,creating yet another beautiful aspect to this most important and beautiful park. Inside the Palm house originally were 9 sculptures- and a marble bench. Another historical sculpture (grade 2,listed) inside was a replica of the sculpture of Peter Pan,which was one of the last works of sculptor, Sir George Frampton. The original of which was given as a gift to Kensington gardens in London

The unvailing of the Peter Pan statue.at the Palm House was attended by the author of Peter Pan Novel-J M Barrie . Externally the Palm House was surrounded by 9 sculptures of famous naturalists and explorers ,by the sculptor-Chavaillaud (1858-1921). These sculptures /statues were made of bronze and marble and gave to the Palm House an amazing added classical aspect..

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • greencha profile imageAUTHOR

      greencha 

      5 years ago from UK

      Thankyou. blondey, I think ALL OUR GOOD memories ( from childhood )of nice places/parks etc. are important, so the future generations coming into our world get at least a little impression of what they were like, to encourage them the importance importance of conserving them... regards..

    • blondey profile image

      Blondey Hubpages 

      5 years ago

      Nice hub! It's interesting to hear where one grows up and such a beautiful place too!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)