Interesting Merseyside facts
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Did you know that the first true municipal park in the world was created in Birkenhead? In 1843 Joseph Paxton , already famous for his work at Chatsworth House , and who would go on to design the Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition , was the man given the task of laying out the new space. Of course plenty of parks existed prior to this, but Birkenhead Park was financed by the town itself. Its design inspired and informed New York’s Central Park.
Did you know that John Lennon was born during an air raid on Liverpool on October 9 1940? He came into the world at Oxford Street Maternity Hospital in the city.
Did you know that the bells in Liverpool Cathedral are the heaviest in the world? There are 13 bells which can be rung conventionally, which weigh in at a total of 17 tonnes (the lightest 0.51 tonnes, heaviest 4.06 tonnes) plus Great George, a monster at 15 tonnes and 2.9m diameter, larger than Big Ben. Great George has to be rung with a hammer.
Did you know that Napoleon III’s stay in Southport between 1846 and 1848 is supposed to have influenced his later rebuilding of Paris assisted by Haussmann? He lived on the elegant and very wide Lord Street in the Lancashire seaside town, a huge contrast with the cramped medieval streets of Paris in the mid-19th century; those narrow streets rather easier for potential opponents of the Emperor to barricade than the boulevards that replaced them.
Did you know that in 1859 Beecham’s opened their first medicine factory in St Helens? The founder of the Beecham empire, Thomas, was born in Oxfordshire and started his working life as a shepherd, but dabbled in rustic medicines and eventually became a chemist: his first success was with laxatives, proving where there’s muck there’s brass.
Famous Merseyside people
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