Carvings at Bidston Hill

Evidence of early activities at Bidston Hill are not obvious, you could walk through the hill without
noticing the strange carvings in the rock face.   No one has been able to date the carvings but some
information is available on the more prominent ones.  Probably the oldest feature on the Hill is a four
and a half foot long carving of a 'Sun Goddess', carved into the flat rock north-east of the
Observatory - it is supposed to face the direction of the rising sun on midsummer's day and was
thought to have been carved by the Norse-Irish around 1000 A.D.   Another ancient carving of a
horse can be found on the bare rock north of the Observatory, just before the path turns down to
Bidston Village.  Other, more recent rock carvings can be seen on the vertical rock face just south of
the Observatory.  There is also a recently discovered carving of a cat carved into the rock near the
observatory.  Mark Olly a local historian believes this may have a strong connection to the Cheshire
Cat.  Not a lot of people know this but the Phoenicians were early visitors to these shores in 650 BC
in search of bronze and tin. Mark believes that subsequent cultures adopted the cat as a positive
icon.  More information and photographs are to follow on this.
Please note that the majority of the following pictures were taken by Mike Kemble, a visit to his website is well worth a
look for all history enthusiasts.
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The second Carving is also of a man and torso,
arm raised pointing West towards the sea.
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This carving is of a horses head and very clear.
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The next carving is of the Sun Goddess.  This is
likely to be one of the oldest carvings on the hill.
Possibly etched by Phoenicians travellers
thousands of years ago.  Ray Bellisima is there
name given to the River Mersey.  It is named after
the Phoenician Cat God.  This female marking on
Bidston hill faces the river Mersey and looks to
have a cats head.  Coincidence ???
Next is the carving of the moon god.  The elements
have taken its toll on this and it wont be long until it
is impossible to make out.
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Another picture of the sun goddess in a different
light showing it more clearly..
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At the highest point of the road is another carving of
a horses head.  This is again becoming very warn.
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Another view of the horses head and road..
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Another view of the man pointing, taken at a
different angle..
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Bidston Hill Fountain

There is an old fountain on Bidstton hill that fell into disrepair and hasnt been used since the 1970s.  
The manufacturer of the fountain is lenfield and Kennedy Ltd.  Little is known to us regarding the
history of Glenfield and Kennedy Ltd. From the title of a book, we believe the company was founded in
1865. All manner of waterworks fittings were produced, including below ground fire hydrants, and
above ground "standpost" hydrants, one of which is shown here. Their products were sold
internationally, and the company maintained offices in London, as well as Calcutta and Bombay, India.

"Our Works are the largest in the Empire specialisisng in the production of equipment for the control
with the most modern machine tools, moulding machines, and other equipment for rapid, economical,
and accurate production." -- from the 1936 Glenfield & Kennedy catalogue.and accurate production." --
from the 1936 Glenfield & Kennedy catalogue.
Our next stop is to look at the point known as "The Cock Pit", click page 5 to continue...                                                             

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The old fountain manufactured by Glenfield &
Kennedy Kilmarnock, sadly no longer working.
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