New toposcope for Adelaide Gardens
Local community group Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens unveiled a brand new ‘toposcope’ at the historic Adelaide Garden site this week.
Councillor Veronica Webster and Rosemary Gordon, Chair of the Friends group, marked the occasion on Tuesday 25th April by thanking an anonymous local benefactor who made a generous donation to help a produce the toposcope, as well as local residents and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the seafront gardens.
The original toposcope, which is a mounted directional plate and similar in appearance to a sundial – was removed from the seafront gardens in the early 1970s.
Volunteers were unable to locate any photographs of the original directional plate design, but with the help of Sefton Libraries service they were able to replicate the original size and shape for the garden’s centre-piece from historic photographs of the seafront gardens.
The directional plate shows the geographical distance between Adelaide Garden and a number of worldwide landmarks – including New York and Australia, as well as places of interest closer to home including the Liver Bird buildings and the nearby Burbo Bank windfarm.