Our next stop was Southport. The seaside town was founded in 1792 and grew extensively in the Victorian era – the main shopping street is Lord Street which is where the Waterstones is located. The gorgeous building, which was originally a branch of the National and Provincial Bank is set over two floors and has a really cosy feel, especially downstairs.
Clockwise from top-left – The Atkinson Theatre and Arts Centre, Cambridge Arcade, Wayfarer’s Arcade
As we were heading to Southport we saw a sign for an Antony Gormley art installation called ‘Another Place’ at Crosby Beach just north of Liverpool, and being fans of his ‘Angel of the North’ sculpture that overlooks the A1 in Gateshead in the North East of England, we decided to stop. The artwork features 100 life-size cast-iron naked figures, based on Gormley himself, that face towards the water at varying intervals. Originally considered too risqué to be made permanent, the artwork has actually increased tourism in the area.