It was for it’s ‘Meteorological Station’ and environmental measuring that Hesketh Park was first renowned. This had not only local but national and global significance, as recorded data was used for shipping forecasts and research for many years to come.

It was taken forward by Joseph Baxendell Jnr as can be seen in this extract from the timeline

Joseph Baxendell died, to be succeeded as superintendent of the meteorological station in Hesketh Park by his 18-year old son, Joseph Baxendell Jnr, whose main interest was meteorology rather than astronomy. He later became a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and Vice President of the Society in 1922.

Joseph Baxendell Jnr wrote a book entitled “The Climate of Southport”








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