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The Kings Gap

The Kings Gap
1 February 2011 Administrator
The characteristics of this part of Hoylake are drawn from a narrow range of:
  • Roofing Materials – Plain Red Tiles; Welsh Slate (occasionally Westmorland)
  • Walls – Red Brick, Pebbledash Render, White paint on rough render
  • Windows – Variety of timber framed windows; some with small glazing panes

The properties use these characteristic features in a variety of ways to create a mixed range of designs whist preserving continuity of style. Modern materials tend to be alien to the area and alter its character. Profiled concrete roofs, in particular, are discordant when viewed against those of plain tiles and slate.

 

There are specific details evident on particular buildings:

  • Decorative blind boxes at first floor at 26 King’s Gap are characteristic of seaside locations from the Regency period onwards
  • Distinctive Arts & Crafts style chimneys at 5 Stanley Road
  • A distinctive 3 storey tower on the south west corner of 40 Stanley Road to give fine vistas over the Royal Liverpool golf course

 

Boundaries are important and are usually of sandstone. Both the local red as well as yellow sandstone are used in coursed, snecked or random patterns. Triangular copings of short stones or crenellations are found on some higher walls. High rear walls on Barton and Marine Roads are notable. Red brick is also used on low front and high rear boundary walls sometimes rendered. Occasionally, these red brick walls have a recessed panel with decorative corbels which add interest.

There is a wide variety of sandstone gateposts, some of imposing design, at the entrances to properties. The sandstone kerbs lining the streets, the setts at the end of Beach Road and the cast iron railings of the North Parade are other worthwhile features but the lighthouse tower is the major feature and provides gratifying surprise glimpses between buildings and trees.