Liverpool wants Liver bird gates back from Midlands

A pair of historic gates featuring one of the earliest architectural depictions of the Liver bird have been requested to be returned to Liverpool.

The city council has submitted a planning application to Sandwell Council to have the the iron gates removed from a Smethwick foundry.

It wants the gates, which stood outside the Canning Place sailors' home until the 1940s, to go to a Liverpool park.

They ended up in Smethwick after their Dingle manufacturer was bought out.

Created by the Henry Pooley foundry in 1840, the gates feature a Liver bird, nautical symbols, dolphins and mermaids and remained outside the sailors' home until they were taken for repair by Avery Berkel, based in Smethwick.

Liverpool campaigner Gabriel Muies, who is also a former seaman, said: "These gates were made by the sweat and toil of foundry workers in the Dingle in Liverpool and they were meant to be outside the sailors' home in perpetuity.

"It's totally wrong that they should be in the Midlands, when they were created to honour the men and women of a great sea-faring port.

"I'm glad the council's involved in trying to get them back because we need as much support as we can get."

Liverpool City Council leader Joe Anderson said that he wants one of Liverpool's officers to visit Sandwell to try to resolve the issue with Sandwell Council "face to face".

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