St John's Gardens


Liverpool St John's Gardens is a true treasure of Liverpool.


With wonderful open space, filled with colourful flower beds and big ancient trees. 


The gardens contain seven memorial statues, each of which has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building. The Rathbone Monument commemorates William Rathbone who died in 1902, created by George Frampton, and consists of a bronze robed figure standing on a stone pedestal. Its inscription records that Rathbone founded the district nursing movement, and the forerunners of the Universities of Liverpool and North Wales.


The Gladstone Monument is to the memory of W. E. Gladstone, a former Prime Minister, who was born in Liverpool It was made in 1904 and by Thomas Brock. It consists of a bronze figure of Gladstone holding books and a roll of parchment, standing on a stone pedestal containing carvings of female figures representing Truth and Justice.


The Balfour Monument commemorates Alexander Balfour, businessman and philanthropist. It was sculpted by Albert Bruce-Joy, and consists of a bronze figure on a stone pedestal. 


The Lester Monument is to the memory of Canon T. Major Lester, who founded charities for children in Liverpool.


The Nugent Memorial commemorates James Nugent, a Roman Catholic priest who worked with child welfare. It consists of a bronze figure in the attitude of blessing, and a ragged boy, both standing on a stone pedestal decorated with a bronze wreath.


The Forwood Monument is to the memory of Sir Arthur Forwood, a local businessman and politician, who died in 1898. 


Also in the gardens is a monument commemorating the service of the King's Regiment in the South African War. It is dated 1905 and was sculpted by Sir W. Goscombe John. It is in white stone with a bronze wreath, and includes the figure of Britannia, military objects, standing soldiers, and a drummer boy.