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Buildings at the Hoylake Gateway

Buildings at the Hoylake Gateway
December 2, 2010 Christopher Moore

The Hoylake gateway zone forms the entrance to Hoylake town centre and the roundabout marks the northern entrance to Meols Drive. It contains the fine former Town Hall, a civic building dating from c 1900 when Hoylake became the administrative centre for the urban district.

Built of rich red brick with elaborate terracotta detailing around openings in particular to the balcony over the entrance on Market Street. This adjoins the former HSBC Bank housed in a grand, curved, brick building with sandstone details and a slate roof which forms the dominant Quadrant.

Other buildings here which form the centre of a large block of buildings are the former Fire Station, slightly art deco in style and probably built in the 1930s, the adjacent Old Fire House, a picturesque small scale brick building with slate roof and timber doors from the same period and the less distinguished post-WW2 buildings which house the Postal Sorting Office and shops.

More interesting but of completely different character is the Grade II Listed Hoylake Railway Station built in 1938 to coincide with the electrification of the line. Built in the then contemporary style of many of the London Underground stations.

Opposite, to the south side of The Quadrant on Station Road are two notable church buildings which comprise Hoylake Chapel. The Church Hall c1900 of red brick and a slate roof pre-dates the adjacent Chapel. These are also Grade II Listed.