A public park for the north-end


October 20, 1858
To the editors of the Liverpool Mercury.
Gentleman, – The social science meetings having given an impulse to this subject, I am induced to offer a few remarks to my fellow townsmen on the propriety of doing justice to all districts of the town as far as it can be done under the present crowded state of the suburbs.

What I wish to draw attention to is the necessity of giving some consideration to the north end of the town, where we have nothing provided for public recreation, although the population is, if possible, denser and more in want of such provision than the south end. Let us see how we stand on this question.

They have already at the south end the Prince’s Park, the Wavertree Park, and Mr. Melly’s Gymnasium – at the north end we have nothing; not a single field that any one can enter for a breath of fresh air or a little healthful exercise. The whole district is altogether ignored, and its 200,000 inhabitants left as much out of the question as though they were not in existence. Are not the dense districts of Vauxall-road, Scotland-road, Great Homer-street, &c., as much in want of fresh air as our southern brethren?

Let me advise my townsmen at the north end to be up and doing something, or they may have to walk three miles and back for a park stroll when the pure breath of heavenmight be had, and a prospect into the bargain, close to – at St. Domingo or Breckfield-road. Whilst using the word “prospect,” let me impress on those moving in this matter the desirability of considering this important adjunct of a public park. Nothing enlivens the mind relives the tired senses and contributes so much to health as a beautiful prospect.

Now, in the selection of parks for Liverpool the authorities seem either to have had no taste or one singularly unfortunate. What is there to be seen at Wavertree Park? Nothing but two tall chimneys, the gasworks and the railway, whilst the land is low and flat, and too far from the town, as is evident by its utter desertion, except by a few nursemaids from the neighbourhood of Edge-hill.

We want a park of real utility. I have no objections to the south-enders obtaining the Parliament Fields. It is desirable they should do so. But let us at the north-end have some consideration We have at this end land, unoccupied, embracing magnificent views and swept by the pure sea air. Secure some of it before it is too late. Already the heights of Everton, from which such splendid view was obtained, are all now crowded with closely packed streets. The only remaining elevation where this view is still attainable is the field where the militia barracks are located (St. Domingo). What a boon this field alone would be; but when we find a fine district lying between Breckfield-road and Anfield-road still vacant, I earnestly implore those in authority to look after this desirable district.
Yours, &c., A NORTH ENDER.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: October 20, 1858)

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