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April 19, 2011

Sefton Park Palm House 10th Anniversary Celebrations

  Congratulations to the beautiful Palm House set in the heart of Liverpool's Sefton Park, it's steaped in history, hosts a wealth of stunning tropical flowers and is a truly amazing wedding venue! (...

 

Congratulations to the beautiful Palm House set in the heart of Liverpool’s Sefton Park, it’s steaped in history, hosts a wealth of stunning tropical flowers and is a truly amazing wedding venue! (we got hitched there!)

Kenny & I were invited to take a few pics and help celebrate this magnificent hot house with a glass of champers or 2!

A bit of Palm House history for ya – Completed in 1896, Sefton Park Palm House was a gift to the  City by Henry Yates Thompson. It was designed by an Edinburgh  firm, MacKenzie & Moncur who had branches in Glasgow  and London and  an extensive portfolio of glasshouse across the country.

In the blitz of May 1941 a bomb fell nearby and shattered  the glass. It was reglazed in 1950 and continued to be enjoyed  by the people of Liverpool. However, a period  of decline and deterioration culminated in its closure in the 1980’s on grounds  of safety.

In June 1992, a public meeting was held highlighting the  dereliction and calling for restoration. A petition of 5,000 names was  presented to the City Council by what had become the “Save the Palm  House” campaign. For the first time ever this cause generated cross-party  support from the Council for the refurbishment proposal.

A fund raising campaign was established, with a  “sponsor a pane” programme generating over £35,000. This led directly  to the conversion of Save the Palm House into a registered charity (Friends of  Sefton Park Palm House), later Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust.

Here’s to the next 10 years!!

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