Do you think that there are any listed buildings in Hoylake? Care to have a guess at what they might be?
Here are the Grade II Listed buildings in Hoylake:
Drinking Water Fountain
It’s great to see the drinking fountain as an entry! The water fountain had looked more than a little tired, neglected and somewhat rusty before a complete restoration programme was undertaken in 2008. You can’t drink from the fountain anymore but I do know that there’s a blue water pipe with a stop-end underneath the fountain – I’ve got a photo of it somewhere. Prior to being restored, the fountain was painted black and yellow and has previously been polar blue. I’m willing to be corrected, but I’m sure that there’s still a commemorative plaque to be fitted on the canopy? Full listing details here.
Hoylake Railway Station
Hoylake’s 1930s Art Deco station is a worthy inclusion and an obvious choice. The station buildings were refurbished in advance of the 2006 Open Golf Championships. If only the sign on the platform looked like this. Full listing details here.
Church of St Hildeburgh
Not a building that I’d have thought of as being listed. The large church at the top of Stanley Road received some repair works just over a year ago. Inside the church are two commemorative plaques for those who lost their lives in WW1. Full listing details here.
Hoylake Chapel, a Hoylake church that was bombed during The Blitz is Grade II Listed.
Former Barclay’s Bank
The former bank next to Weatherspoon’s and now the Smooth Coffee shop is a lovely building …just look up to the roof to appreciate the detail of the workmanship.
Valentia Road Lighthouse
Completing the list is arguably the most obvious Hoylake landmark. The former upper lighthouse in Valentia Road is a popular Hoylake landmark for photographers (and point-and-clickers like me!). The building is now a private residence and the owners have for the last few years wrapped lights around the old lighthouse at Christmas. Full listing details here.
For more information about old and significant buildings in Hoylake take a look at the Hoylake Conservation Area website.
My own limited knowledge of what might constitute listed building consent has predominately come from watching old episodes of Homes Under The Hammer, but I wonder if the original section of the old Hoylake Lifeboat Station could / should be listed? Something for the busy volunteer team at the forthcoming Hoylake Lifeboat Museum to pursue perhaps?