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

Ceramic Mural


Type Mural , Panel

     Three ceramic murals in wood frames on wall beyond waiting room. Frieze of shells on each, with tide motif and leaves. Mural one; Windmill, cranes on docks, grass and dunes with map of coast, River Mersey and named places. Mural two; Church windows on east side with church names. Quote then birds. Houses along bottom, map of Crosby. Mural three; Representation forest on east below church windows then centre spires, tops of church tower and clock. Local landmarks, light marker for ships, Crosby cross. Moon in phases. The mural attempts to cover geography, natural history, religious and domestic architecture and especially nautical links and primitive settlements.
     Railside Revival was set up in April 1991, a partnership of British Rail (now Rail Electrics), Mersey Travel, local councils and North West Arts. An arts programme was evolved aiming at involving local schools, a focus for the Open Golf Tournament, aiding safety, aesthetic and practical improvement of stations, as a means of stimulating interest and discouraging vandalism. Artists were selected through national advertisements (early 1992) although some temporary work was given to North West artists. The scheme gave artists experience of working on public art and related problems including insurance, safety (especially fire), installation and bureaucracy. Blundellsands involved four 6th formers, three of whom, when the unveiling took place in November 1993, were doing art degrees at Southport Art College. One, Jake Smith, said, 'Tessa asked us to create a mural of scenes of the area. We made sketches and took photos of the area and its landmarks and then combined them.' In September / October 1992, there was a ten day residency at the school by Bleecker to design the mural, then a further ten days research and design by the artist. Two panels have been damaged and negotiations between Mersey Travel and Mersey Rail Electrics about restoration are taking place.
     As part of Railside Revival, Blundellsands, Crosby and area maritime and natural history, religious and domestic architecture are celebrated.


There are various statements and place names covering all three murals.

Related works : murals at Moorfields station, Liverpool, James Street station, Liverpool, Limestreet station, Liverpool, Rock Ferry station, Wirral, sculptures at Bank Hall station.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Bleecker, Tessa Artist
Chesterfield High School, Crosby, None Designer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
murals ceramics None
frames wood None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Poor
Surface condition
  • Bird guano
  • Abrasions, cracks, splits
  • Surface spalling, crumbling
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
  • Loose elements
  • Cracks, splits, breaks, holes
  • Structural damage
Road station is between Agnes Road/Blundellsands Road West and Blundellsands Road East
Precise location Opposite Blundellsands Hotel, mural is on the wall opposite the Liverpool bound platform
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design Sept./Oct. 1992
Year of unveiling 1993
Unveiling details intended construction took place 10/92 - 5/93, but was finished 10/93
Commissioned by Railside Revival, funded by British Rail, Mersey Travel and Sefton Council
Duty of care Merseyrail Electrics Ltd and Mersey Travel
Listing status Don't know
At risk? Immediate Risk

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