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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Victoria Bridge Stones

Summary

Type Marker , Marker

     Two inscribed stones set one on top of the other.
     The area now occupied by Port Sunlight village was original crossed by numerous tidal creeks. In order to give direct access to the New Chester Road, a bridge was constructed in 1897. With a span of 100 feet, it was constructed of re-inforced concrete by Lever Brothers' own workmen and then clad with Anglesey limestone. Formally opened on 21st July 1897 by the Hon.George H.Reid, Premier of New South Wales, it was named Victoria Bridge to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. With subsequent filling-in of the tidal creeks, the bridge was buried beneath the road. Some of the parapets were re-used on a nearby bridge on the New Chester Road. The name and date stone lay unused and undiscovered until the 1984 Liverpool Garden Festival where they were re-used to form a feature in Unilever's Victorian Garden. After the festival they disappeared again, eventually being re-discovered in Vale Park in Wallasey by Gavin Hunter. Their return to Port Sunlight was agreed with the local authority, and they now stand opposite the Bridge Inn whose name commemorates the original structure.
     Part of the original Victoria Bridge which was so named to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

Inscriptions

Inscribed on stone: VICTORIA BRIDGE/1897

Contributor details

Contributor Role
known, Not Not Known

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work Anglesey limestone 203cm wide x 66cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
MSWR0092 LL
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road Bolton Road
Precise location Opposite the Bridge Inn
A-Z ref 106 4D
OS ref None

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Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1897
Unveiling details 21 July 1897
Commissioned by None
Duty of care Port Sunlight Village Trust
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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