28: Perch Rock Battery, New Brighton (1906)

Perch Rock Battery, New BrightonPerch Rock Battery, New Brighton

The foundation stone for the Perch Rock Battery (sometimes know as Fort Perch Rock or just The Fort) was laid on 31st March 1826. The building opened on 30th April 1829. The fort was built at Rock Point to protect the port of Liverpool in times of war. It was designed by Second Captain John Sykes Kitson of the Royal Engineers. Kitson was superintendent of the project and ensured the final cost, 26,965.0s.8d, was below the projected cost of 27,583.0s.8d. The area in front of the fort was know as Black Rock and had a freshwater spring at low tide. The area is now almost completely covered by a car park and boating lake.

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Just to wish you many happy returns of the day. We have had a nice time here today saw a lot of cannons fired from this battery. Love to all
From all [of us] E.

Sent on 30 Jun 1906 to

Master E. J. Roocroft
Sharples House
Astley Bridge
Bolton