Sunday 6 November 2011

The View from Paton's Memorial West Kirby

At the top of the (tiny) hill near to my home, which I regularly walk to, there is a memorial to a now virtually unknown local dignitary; Alfred Vaughan Paton KBE (1861-1939). I have no idea what he did, but he was evidently reasonable enough to donate a big piece of his land to the Urban District Council and this land is now free for anyone to walk on. 

The memorial was set up in 1933 and in accordance with Paton's wish, a viewfinder was set up on the spot. The viewfinder has compass directions indicated and pointers and mile markings to a number of things of interest, some of which can be seen from there;

Birkenhead - 7 Miles,
Liverpool  - 8 1/2 Miles
Bidston Mill  - 4 1/2 Miles
Black Coombe - 62 Miles

The corners have ornate markers for NE, NW, SE, SW.

The view from Paton's memorial changes every time I go. The tide, weather, lighting and season interact to mean that the view is never the same twice.