Fading Fable Facade – Ashcroft Building, Liverpool

No one ever notices the mysterious sequence of panels on the Ashcroft Building.

Ashcroft Building The building, in Victoria Street/ Cumberland Street, Liverpool used to be the headquarters of J Ashcroft & Co, a billiard and snooker table manufacturer.

If you look just above the third floor window you will see 10 carvings illustrating a number of fables. (Methinks this is the Victorian equivalent of the modern day take of  “The Top Ten Aesop’s Fables for the morally weak.” in size 2 font.)

I have made good use of  the “Fables of Aesop” website in trying to identify the fables correctly but, if you don’t think I’ve got the right one, please let me know in the comments. I have included a link to the sites main index at the end of the post. For the story behind the individual fables, click on the caption under the picture to open up the relevant page.


The Wolf and the Lamb - Tyrants need no excuse
The Wolf and the Lamb
Tyrants need no excuse

The Eagle and the Arrow - We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
The Eagle and the Arrow
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.

The Fighting Cocks and the Eagle - Pride goes before a fall
The Fighting Cocks and the Eagle
Pride goes before a fall

The Tortoise and the Hare - Slow and steady wins the race
The Tortoise and the Hare
Slow and steady wins the race

The Partridges and the Cocks - Some people quarrel just for the sake of quarreling
The Partridges and the Cocks
Some people quarrel just for the sake of quarreling

The Crow and the Pitcher - Necessity is the mother of invention
The Crow and the Pitcher
Necessity is the mother of invention

The Wolf and the Crane - When working for a tyrant feel lucky to escape alive
The Wolf and the Crane
When working for a tyrant feel lucky to escape alive

The Fox and the Goat - Look before you leap
The Fox and the Goat
Look before you leap

The Lark and her Young - Self help is the best help
The Lark and her Young
Self help is the best help

The Cat and the Cock - similar to The Wolf and the Lamb - Tyrants need no excuse
The Cat and the Cock
similar to The Wolf and the Lamb – Tyrants need no excuse


Related Info

Aesop’s Fables – Ben Edwin Perry Index

Billiard & Snooker Heritage Collection


Please feel free to comment, make suggestions and leave any questions you may have.

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