Frank Hornby – A Meccano Sea Plane at the Atkinson

A visit to Southport a few days ago found me in the rather excellent Atkinson Centre on Lord Street as the rain hammered down.

The museum part of the Atkinson is one that covers all of Sefton Borough and there is a large section of it all about the products of Frank Hornby, Maghull’s most famous resident who lived in the town most of his adult life. Indeed, as I stood there looking at the Meccano exhibits I heard a chap nearby say exactly that ‘he’s Maghull’s most famous resident’.

I was particularly taken with the Meccano built model of a sea plane and took some photos of it. Trouble is the exhibits are behind glass so getting a decent photo without reflections from the glass was a bit of a challenge. Here are my efforts:-

Maccano Sea Plane 1

Meccano SEa Plane 2

Meccano Sea Plane 3

The first and third photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Southport – Looking up on Lord Street

A stroll along Southport’s famous for shopping Lord Street is always worthwhile especially if you look up as some of the buildings are really out of the ordinary, indeed a number are Listed Buildings like this one:-

Looking up in Southport r

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This building dates from 1877 on Southport’s Lord Street (No.479-481). It is presently a Jaeger a shop.

Designed by MacGibbon and Ross in red brick with dressings of glazed blue brick and sandstone and with a slate roof. It has three storeys with a shop front and a glass veranda on the ground floor. The floors above are elaborately decorated with a large round arch in the centre with a carved keystone. At the top is a cornice on brackets, and a parapet with a central pedimented upstand containing a sculpted female head.

The photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Southport – Look Up, Look Up!

Above Cafe Nero - Lord St.

Southport’s Lord Street is internationally known but how often do we look up from modern shop frontages to admire the old buildings that make Southport what it is. You can of course say this about any town or city with a rich architectural heritage in its main shopping area – Liverpool without doubt is another example.

The photo is of just one Lord Street frontage, which happens to be above a branch of Cafe Nero, that caught my eye in recent times. Just think if these shops were built now how bland and functional they would be!

The photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-