About the Project

The Seaglam Project was started to raise the profile of Seaforth Village, five miles north of Liverpool,by installing a memorial to W. E. Gladstone, four times Prime Minister of Great Britain, who had lived there for 17 years from 1813 to 1830.

The memorial would be a tourist attraction only half a mile away from Anthony Gormley's famous installation on Crosby Beach called Another Place or more familarly by locals as The Iron Men which is visited by thousands.

Funds for the memorial were raised by voluntary effort and additional funding has been provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Seaglam Model Making Project 
23rd April - 25th June 2013

Seaglam have decided to commemorate eight buildings that are of importance to Seaforth.  These buildings have been demolished so we set up a modelling class where eight volunteers have been taught to build architectural copies to a smaller scale. 

These models will be displayed permanently at the Bowersdale Centre in Seaforth.

The models that have been built are as follows;

  • St Thomas's Church
  • Seaforth House
  • The Army Barracks
  • Seaforth Overhead Railway Station
  • Stella Cinema
  • Seafield House
  • The Sandy Road Lamp 
  • The Seaforth to Crosby Tram-car    

Course Members

We were fortunate in that all course members were very keen and highly motivated. They all, at some point, willingly took work home to ensure completion of the three main models. 

David Norton is an architectural technologist currently looking for employment. His technical knowledge and access to the photographs of the police station were extremely useful for the Model Building Project. David has incorporated his Seaglam model building experience into his CV and since completing the course he has already had one job interview and has been called for a second interview with the same company.

Thomas Little is very practically minded and as a result of the model making course has started building models at home. At the start of the course he constructed bespoke tools to make it easier for members of the class to transfer component drawings to the building material. So keen was Thomas that towards the end of the course he emailed the tutor to ask for extra homework.

Michael Murray had plenty of experience in building matchstick models before starting the course. On the course he learned different techniques and adopted the use of new tools. Michael kept his course tutor occupied constantly asking for homework. As a result of the course Michael is now constructing his own matchstick model of St Thomas Church.

Jim Finn is a man with many interests and talents and was obviously keen to add model building to his list of experiences. Jim was always the first to arrive for class. He is very easy to get on with and worked well with Malcolm Terry, when a two-man team was required to assemble the main components of each building.

Malcolm Terry has really taken to model building and has a good eye for detail. He is able to work out tricky assemblies from limited instructions. Malcolm is a modest man, when praised for a particular piece of work he was slightly taken back – he had completely forgotten that he built it.   

Andrew Savage Joined the model making course primarily because he wanted to learn how to construct model buildings so that he could use the skill to create his own model railway. Andrew said: "I picked up some good working ideas".

Margaret Brown completed the 'apprentice piece' successfully, but her real contribution was in researching St Thomas Church. Over the years the Church was extended twice, bombed, modified and repainted. Margaret unearthed useful information that allowed us to create an accurate representation of the church as it would have looked in Gladstone's day.


Traditional model building tools and materials were used during the course.  To provide, however, as wide an experience as possible students were given the opportunity to see 21st century construction techniques on a visit to the university of Liverpool. Steven Bode had used their impressive 3D printing machines to create a model of Sandy Road Lamp; an important gathering place in Seaforth history.

Brenda Murray

Friday, 28 June 2013

A Gilbert and Sullivan Tradition Revived in Seaforth


85 years after the first Gilbert and Sullivan performance in Our Lady Star of the Sea parish hall, Seaforth, the Crosby Gilbert and Sullivan Society will perform a jolly evening of

Songs from the Shows

Bowersdale Centre, Crescent Road, Seaforth, Liverpool 21

Tickets £3.50 at the door or earlier from Bowersdale (open every day) 
or from Brenda Murray  924 2541

Monday, 8 April 2013

Sing a Song of Seaforth

Tony Murphy, who composed the script of the concert which the Seaforth children performed at the Linacre Mission in November and which was so well received has taken up his pen again in a lively ballad about Seaforth:

Sing a song of Seaforth,where the Mersey meets the sea;
Ships and docks and sailormen have made its history.
But so have many others as our verse shall surely tell
To help us all to know it and to love it really well.
It starts with rich John Gladstone: one hundred acres, 1813;
Who built his fine new house there; a new and splendid scene.
His famous family raised there, great P.M. William, too
Formed on those sandy acres,with all the world their view.
Society came after them, to share sun, breeze and sands:
James Muspratt built the Hall here; the army came with bands,
The soldiers and their horses, their guns to guard the port.
So by the 1850s, Seaforth was a grand resort.
A fine hotel was built there: it was Mr Fernie's boast
That his "Seafield" was the centre of 'The' healthy holiday coast!
But visitors, they stayed away; it seemed he was a fool,
Until the house achieved great fame as a bright young ladies' school!
The massive growth continued, the pressure was so strong,
then came a local 'hero', whose reign was very long:
Keeping order, feeding people, guiding traffic,always boss,
That 'People's Friend' and policeman, the remarkable John Cross.
Others made a wider mark, although they did not stay.
Charles Dickens loved to visit, as he would often say;
Lord Baden-Powell was here as well, a soldier on the shore
And conceived his great idea - the Scouts, from all he saw
So Seaforth stands for gallantry; those barracks served us well.
In time, they held a training school, for wirelessmen to tell
The world of storms at sea, of trouble and of panic;
It taught the men who signalled 'Danger' on R.M.S. Titanic.
For a new world was arriving,all the latest from the west;
An Americam Overhead Railway, which was always Britain's best.
It took the lads along so fast, on the line of all the docks,
But fine ladies weren't so happy, when escalators ripped their frocks!
And in time a great new vision transformed the local scene:
Many pictures, 'talkies', stories,Seaforth had the 'Silver Screen'
Yet 'Palladium' and 'Stella' could not hide hard days and change:
Poor Seaforth bombed and battered, found it difficult and strange...
The 'Seventies'. A great new dock emerged from out the sand.
Mighty new roads to service it left their mark upon the land.
The costs of all kinds, they were great; this change was dearly bought
But it brought fresh life to Liverpool: the new Seaforth Free Port.
Quite soon it will be fifty years since Seaforth Dock was new.
Huge ships will line the river bank. New trades are coming too.
'Liverpool Waters' will fill the sky. A 'New World' will be HERE,
And Seaforth will be ready; of that there's never fear.
For ever since John Gladstone came it's been a world of change.
It's time for generations new to search and find their range.
Then raise your glass and join us, for the toast both near and far is
To Seaforth, Royal Seaforth - the world's best, 'Stella Maris' !

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

The Final Cut

Click HERE for a video of the hugely successful event on 23rd February in Seaforth.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Countdown to the Gladstone Unveiling

With less than a week to go now until the unveiling of the Gladstone Memorial in Seaforth on Saturday 23rd February last minute preparations are being made for this historic event.  The statue of Gladstone, seen here, by Liverpool sculptor Tom Murphy, will be unveiled in a ceremony by Frank Field MP.

Tom Murphy (seen below with Brenda Murray and stone mason Thomas Smith) said this week: "Gladstone and Brenda Murray have a lot in common; determination, fortitude and tireless energy dedicated to the task in hand. Mrs Murray has the gift of bringing local history to life. Like her hero, Gladstone, she is one of Seaforth's greatest doers and advocates for the town.  I have enjoyed working with Brenda to create the most  accurate likeness we could so that this great man can be seen at his zenith."

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Gladstone Memorial To Be Unveiled 23rd February

Star of the Sea Church, Seaforth
The Gladstone Memorial, which is the culmination of the work of the Seaglam Project, will be unveiled on Saturday 23rd February at noon by Rt. Hon. Frank Field MP in the grounds of the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Crescent Road, Seaforth, Liverpool L21.

All are invited and a buffet lunch will be served.  Further information will appear in the local press.

Click on this link to read an excellent article on the project in The Guardian written by Martin Wainwright.