Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Birkenhead Boathouse and Bridge

It was daffodils time when I took this picture of the Boathouse in Birkenhead Park.  The park itself was designed by Joseph Paxton on reclaimed marshland and opened in 1847 for the then rapidly growing town of Birkenhead, the first publicity funded civic park in Britain,  The boathouse was originally designed by a young architect called Lewis Hornblower, its full name is the Roman Boathouse and with sponsorship by the Mobil Oil Company was renovated and  restored in 1990. In keeping with the theme a
new pebble mosaics inside by Maggy Howath featuring fish, birds and sun was created and installed
Paxton created serpentine lakes to give the impression of natural rivers and Lewis Hornblower designed their bridges (along with park railings and gates).
On this my first visit to the park, my own favourite was the Swiss Bridge which must be one of the few, if not only, covered bridge in Britain.

Meanwhile here are a couple of geese wondering if they or the fishermen are going to find anything interesting.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet this week sojourning at B here

11 comments:

ellen b. said...

Lovely photos and what a great park to visit.

Vidhya V Rao said...

Nice captures

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

That's a beautiful building, and I'm especially in awe of the amazing pebble mosaics by Ms. Howarth. Happy ABC Wednesday and Blessings!

Roger Owen Green said...

I'm a Pisces and I see my sign!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

lotusleaf said...

A beautiful place. I like the pebble mosaic.

SamuraiFrog said...

The mosaic is really blowing me away. Beautiful!

Tanya Breese said...

wow, that mosaic floor is gorgeous!

jeannettestgermain said...

Wow, a beautiful boathouse, and a stunning mosaic!
By the way, am half way done with my pastel of the scene from your blog:)

Kate said...

The architecture of the boathouse is very solid and very appealing.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Elegant...adding to an already fine summer outing♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/bumblebee-5/

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

So glad you stumbled on my bee photo as I love your boathouse photos. You seem to know a lot about bees. Interesting name for a blog!

Janis