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    Has anyone noticed that as you walk around the perimeter of sefton park the sandstone blocks that enclose the park from the Aighburth road entrance
    to ullett road have square holes on the top of the blocks. Does anyone know if at one time these held railings.Rumour has that they were taken down for the metal for the war effort at the start of the war. Anyone any ideas

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    Has anyone noticed that as you walk around the perimeter of sefton park the sandstone blocks that enclose the park from the Aighburth road entrance
    to ullett road have square holes on the top of the blocks. Does anyone know if at one time these held railings.Rumour has that they were taken down for the metal for the war effort at the start of the war. Anyone any ideas

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    Yes, they were taken for the war effort.
    In fact, most of the railings from private houses were taken as well, with very few exceptions.
    Try walking round any old street and try to spot original railings.
    You won't see many!

    And, as it turned out, most of the metal collected that way was pretty useless for building planes.

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    re' the long gone railings! this was lord beaverbrooks idea,during ww2,and most railings(but strangely, not all?!)were cut down.somebody then realised that cast iron couldn't be re-used,and after the war ended,it was dumped in the north sea!!! so,you could say it was one of the worst cases of official vandalism, from which many places never recovered! oddly though,i've noticed they've recently replaced the railings around west derby cemetery,so what an idea, to do the same with sefton park!:

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    There going to try and revamp Sefton park back to it's original design so maybe the raiings might reappear.

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    yes a lot of railings where used for scrap in the war.

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    Thanks for the interesting info, I didn't know the reason for the railings being taken down...
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