Gateacre

A recent monkey hunting expedition where I got more than I bargained for resulted in the five monkeys in south Liverpool featured recently here, and also a trip to Gateacre for two known monkeys which resulted in four.

Gateacre is a district of Liverpool about six miles from the centre. It still retains a rural ‘village’ feel and has many old and interesting buildings, reflecting its long history – it can be dated back to the 12th century.

During the 18th and 19th centuries Gateacre became a rural retreat for wealthy classes who ran businesses in the surrounding areas of Liverpool, Widnes or Warrington. So, no surprise to find this then:

The Black Bull in Gateacre village. And L63.

The Black Bull in Gateacre village. And L63.

Monkey L63 is actually in the garden of the house next door to the Black Bull. Gateacre has – apparently – over 100 listed buildings within a quarter of a mile radius of the village centre.

Across the road in Gateacre Brow can be found this ancient Unitarian chapel, built in 1700.

Unitarian chapel, Gateacre.

Unitarian chapel, Gateacre.

And this lovely brick building, which was a telephone exchange.

And this lovely brick building, formerly a brewery and then Clegg’s felt factory. Now residential.

At the village crossroads there is this monument on the village green – built in recognition of the water supplies for Liverpool, and in particular the construction of Lake Vrnwry in North Wales.

The Wilson Memorial Fountain, Gateacre.

The Wilson Memorial Fountain, Gateacre.

At the top of Gateacre Brow, just coming into Gateacre village, I’d spotted this monkey:

Yes, that's L61.

Yes, that’s L61.

This monkey is in the gardens of a housing development called ‘Seafarers Drive’. Seems to be a mixed development of old and new properties in the old Gateacre Grange and its grounds. I thought I was in luck, as you can see in the photograph above the gate was actually open. But as I got to it, it was actually just closing….

And Seafarers Drive was closed to me.

And Seafarers Drive was closed to me.

Yes, another one of Liverpool’s gated communites. Ronnie’s already had a rant about them here, so I won’t digress from the monkeys, but I don’t like them.

So this is the best photo of L61. From the pavement.

So this is the best photo of L61. From the pavement.

I go back to the car, only to find I’ve completely missed this one, right behind me!

L62, on Woolton Hill Road.

L62, on Woolton Hill Road.

A lovely specimen.

Back in the village, here’s some more photos of L63.

L63.

L63.

L63.

L63.

L63.

L63. Looks like its just started to make cones and is male.

On the way home we drive through Gateacre village and along Grange Lane to go back through Childwall. And on the way spot this one.

L64 in Grange Weint. Yes, nearly missed it.

L64 in Grange Weint. Yes, nearly missed it.

L64.

L64.

Just outside the village and possibly inspired by both the Black Bull and the Seafarers Drive trees?

Lovely.

 

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