On the end of the wall containing the stone tablets about Dukes Folly, Mr Monkey found a red plaque put up by the Southport Civic Society. Imprisoned in 1840 for failing to overthrow the French monarchy, Louis Napoleon (nephew of Napoleon I) escaped in 1844 and made his way in disguise to Southport. The red plaque claims that Napoleon was so impressed by the wide streets of Southport that when he became Emperor Napoleon III in 1848 he redesigned some Parisian streets to resemble Lord Street.
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