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The Palm House

Identification

The Palm House
297724

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Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]

Usages

greenhouse

Facts

  • The palm house is located in the middle of Sefton Park and forms its centrepiece.
  • Similar in style to The Crystal Palace and the Palm House in Kew Gardens in London.
  • Stands on a base of red granite from the Scottish island of Mull.
  • During WWII, the Palm House was camouflaged to prevent its glass becoming a landmark usable by enemy bombers.
  • In May 1941, a bomb that fell nearby shattered all of the glass, though the iron frame survived.
  • It cost more than £6,000 to replace the glass after the war.
  • The 'Friends of the Palm House’ raised over £35,000 for a partial restoration by allowing people to sponsor panes for £10 each.
  • Houses one of the largest botanical collections in Britain.
  • The building is now Grade II listed.
  • The building is open 365 days a year.
  • The palm house was given to the people of Liverpool as a gift by Henry Yates Thompson.
  • The 1990s saw a series of fundraising campaigns that led to its eventual restoration.
  • A £2.4 million grant from the British national lottery enabled a complete restoration to take place.

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Location

Croxteth Drive
Sefton Park
L17
Greenbank
Liverpool
England
United Kingdom

Technical Data

81.69 ft
98.43 ft
1896
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