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    Default Liverpool's Ancient "Wishing Gate"

    I've just acquired for twenty round ones in a Carnforth bookshop an engraving showing a Mersey river scene with the following inscription at the bottom of the picture:
    "The Ancient Wishing Gate, Liverpool, painted 1797 by S.F. Serres, Esq, Marine Painter to His Majesty George 111."
    It depicts the Mersey shoreline with sailing boats anchored and what appears to be a thoroughfare leading down to the edge of the River.
    I wondered if it was so-called because it was traditionally the place where Liverpool seamen made a wish for a safe trip before setting sail. But what do I know? Does anyone else know better?


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    Hmm, never heard of it. Could you possibly post the picture?

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    I've seen this before. It's quite a famous picture. It was in a book I've read. I shall try and dig it out and post the story. If I can find it.

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    Is it this one ?

    It's on the lombard maps website. Found it doing a google search


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    Quote Originally Posted by scouse smurf View Post
    Is it this one ?

    It's on the lombard maps website. Found it doing a google search

    Yes that's the one Scouse. Thanks for that. Been looking high and low for that book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo42 View Post
    Yes that's the one Scouse. Thanks for that. Been looking high and low for that book.
    Who needs books, when we got the net

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