Monday, 10th February, 1896
Eiffel Tower For New Brighton
Commencement Of Operations
There can be no doubt that the efforts being put forward by public bodies and private individuals to make New Brighton one of the most attractive seaside resorts in the north will meet with the approval, not only for visitors, but of the majority residents in the district. We announced in our columns a few weeks ago that a scheme had been decided upon for the establishment of a pleasure resort in New Brighton on lines somewhat similar to those at Olympia in London. That project has now assumed definite shape,
and the site - the estate of the late Captain Molyneux on Rock Point - has been secured by a company (at the head of which is Mr. R.P. Houston, M.P.), who have paid a deposit of over £2000 to the trustees of the property. The grounds, as already indicated, are about 500 yards to the south of the pier, and are bounded on the east side by the river. The promenade, which is to be extended from the Magazines, trustees of the property. The grounds, as already indicated, are about 500 yards to the south of the pier, and are bounded on the east side by the river. The promenade, which is to be extended from the Magazines, Egremont, to New Brighton, will give convenient access to the grounds, whilst an upper entrance will be provided in Rowson Street. One of the principal features of the scheme will be the Eiffel Tower, such as was erected in Blackpool, and it will be interesting to the public to know that at the present times excavating operations are in progress in order to prepare the foundations of the tower. That the scheme is one of immense proportions will be readily realised when it is stated that it is the intention of the company to spend something like a quarter of a million of money in providing grounds, in which will be found attractions of every conceivable character. We understand that the company have also acquired the lease and interest of the Royal Ferry Hotel, close by the pier, with which establishment, we believe, Captain Walters has for some been connected. With a gentleman of enterprise like Mr. Houston at the head of affairs, it is expected that the scheme will be a great a success. There seems to be no reason to fear that the pleasure grounds will injure the Palace, for there will doubtless be generous support given to both places by the increased number of visitors who are sure to find their way to New Brighton. It should be added that the new company have spared no pains to secure every possible advantage in order to make the scheme as popular as possible. Indeed, it is stated that they recently approached the Wallasey District Council with a request that the present landing pier might be removed to a position directly opposite the grounds. This request they backed up with an offer to build the new pier if the council approved of the idea. That matter, however, we find, fall through, as the council could not see their way to interfere with the present position of the landing pier, which they pointed out was directly in a line with Victoria Road, the principal thoroughfare of the district.