Statues looking good.
We know Dave well.
Gididi Gididi Goo.
Statues in and around the Palm House, Sefton Park:
The father of Atlantic Exploration:
The discoverer of America was the maker of Liverpool:
The father of Modern cartography:
Constantly at sea:
Andre Le Notre:
Other Sefton Park pics here.
You went the park and didn't tell us.
So the Peter Pan one is back there then?
Gididi Gididi Goo.
I needed something to climb on.
Gididi Gididi Goo.
These are by South Park in Bootle.
Here's another one from Sefton Park.
DRINKING fountains were built in the 1850s to stop dockers from spending too much time in the pub.
And now more than 250 schoolchildren are helping to give the Victorian Melly fountains a new lease of life.
Primary schools in south Liverpool have got involved in the plans to restore the first fountain, in Woolton Road.
Terry Chapman, of United Utilities, said: "We wanted to leave a lasting legacy to the city after 2008, and this seemed like an ideal opportunity.
When these fountains were first introduced in the 1850s, it was a tremendous breakthrough in public health, and these are beautiful civic monuments in their own right which deserve to be restored."
Plans started 18 months ago, when Liverpool City Council and the Friends of Liverpool Monuments decided which fountains to restore.
Many had been lying uncared for and vandalised for decades, and organisers decided the local community would be the key to any restoration plans.
Dilys Horwich, Liverpool Culture Company learning and outreach officer, said: "We knew this would be more than just a restoration project, and that it would be important for local people to feel a sense of ownership of the fountains."
Drinking fountains were first introduced in Liverpool in 1854 by Tuebrook man Charles Pierre Melly, an ancestor of famed jazz musician George Melly.
He had seen public drinking fountains in Geneva and seen their health benefits.
He described the problems in Liverpool where dockers could only get a drink in the local pubs "where they were expected to pay for a stronger and less refreshing drink than they required".
Melly noted some were in such distress, they were glad enough to drink at the horse trough.
He initially invested £500 of his own money and installed 43 drinking fountains around the area between 1854 and 1858.
Mr Chapman has designed prototypes for some new drinking fountains, which were used in pupils' science lessons.
Meanwhile, music teacher Gerry Harrison helped children create their own music using water.
Once again, fab pics Kev.
Glad to see these
photographs. Well done. Sorry to see the statues so bashed up though, arms missing and other damage. I remember them from when I attended nearby Quarry
Bank High School 1965-1967.
Wouldn't it be a good idea if Liverpool had a statue of Eros in Sefton Park?
Just like the one in Piccadilly Circus, or even like the one in the Conservation Centre, here in Liverpool.
Peter Pan was put inside the Palm House grounds a few months ago.
The Eros in the Conservation Centre IS the one from Sefton Park and it's a disgrace that it's never going back. It does look nice and clean in the 'Eros Cafe', but I'd hardly say it is on public display...another case of Town pinching other areas artworks.
It really is a great..."thing." A wonderful object. Always utterly fascinated me as a kid. It always seemed to have it's own personality, almost alive spooky and wierd and great.
I was always transfixed by the door to the 'office' in the right hand pillar. My ambition in life was to live in it.
Went to visit it about a year ago. Have they messed around with the pressures? Wasn't making the clanging racket I remember it making.
..actually the one aspect of it that isn't so great is the paltry amount of muddy looking water which sometimes gets allowed into the basin part. That bit only looks great when it's got a good quantity foamin down there.
That 'bucket fountain' has a small 'hidden' piece of artwork done by Cammell Lairds. I transcribed the writing on it about 2 years ago...took me ages as it was covered in stickers at the time. I'll dig out a pic/transcription (mentions Goree and some American author I just can't remember at the moment, who had offices nearby)
I might be wrong but weren't the walls of this fountain covered in tiny square tiles when it was first installed. The walls seem too smooth nowadays.
I can remember it used to make a clunking sound, but that was years ago when it was probably new.
Aye it was tiled in 'futuristic' light grey. Which was appropriate as it's a retro-futurustic homage of the Thunderbirds era. Doesn't really look true painted in what is it.. 'homely' burnt ochre or something?
The sound was unmistakable. This ever rising frequency of HISSS!! and BUBBLE from the pipes as each particular bucket filled up, then this CRASH! as 60 gallons of water cascades into the tarmac (?yeah, I know)clad pool below.
Remember the thrill of arching over to peer into the filling vessels from either of the towers?
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There are still some original tiles between the spears, and possibly on the inside of the large 'basin'. The newer colours just don't seem right to me.
Here's a transcript of what is written on the shield...I doubt many people have seen it before:
"GOREE-PIAZZA," ORIGINALLY TWO ARCADED
WAREHOUSES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE OLD
DOCK ROAD, WAS NAMED AFTER THE ISLAND
"GOREE," OFF THE WEST COAST OF AFRICA
ON THE 14TH OF SEPTEMBER 1802 THE
PIAZZA WAS GUTTED BY A SPECTACULAR
FIRE, DESCRIBED BY THOMAS DE QUINCEY
IN 1817, WASHINGTON IRVING WORKED AT
NO.1 AND 1853-7, NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE
AMERICAN CONSUL IN LIVERPOOL HAD HIS
OFFICE AT "WASHINGTON-HOUSE, GOREE"
THE OLD PIAZZA WAS SEVERELY BOMBED
IN THE AIR RAIDS OF 1941 AND FINALLY
DEMOLISHED BETWEEN 1948 AND 1950
IN 1967, TO MARK THE COMPLETION OF THE
NEW PIAZZA, THIS PLAQUE WAS KINDLY
PRESENTED BY CAMMELL LAIRD & COMPANY
(S & E) LIMITED, BUILDERS OF THE FOUNTAIN
Washington Irving, the author mentioned on the shield wrote:
'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' (Headless Horseman story) and 'Rip Van Winkle'
I remember sitting by this fountain in the 70s having me dinner in the summer..we young office girls used to put our tootsies in the water. One day somebody had thrown a whole packet of soap powder in and the bubbles were all over the place - wild times the 70s!
Great to see so much interest in statues at The Palm House.
It's a great afternoon's entertainment, just walking around them and reading the history of each one and how they connect with Liverpool.
Ben Murphy, son of sculptor Tom Murphy and a fine artist in his own right has recently restored these statues to their former glory.
He studied conservation at the prestigious West Dean College, Chichester where he was a Queen Elizabeth Scholar.