Category Archive: Miscellaneous

Aug 15

A Stylish Approach To City Tours – See Liverpool Tours

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Visitors to Liverpool are in for a treat this summer as the distinctly debonair guides of See Liverpool Tours take to the city streets. See Liverpool Tours will offer guided walking tours to locals and tourists alike with a dedicated selection of qualified blue badge guides. Guests will be wowed by the sights and sounds …

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Aug 15

Liverpool Mapping

A map of the city from 1852

A good old historic map is fascinating. Much like a sepia-toned photograph they ooze nostalgia and reveal places that no longer exist. This map dates from 1852 depicts Liverpool as it was at the heart of the Victorian era. We can still see many recognisable places we know and love today, such as the Albert …

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Jun 19

The Future of the Daniel Adamson

The 'Danny' in Sandon Dock. Its fate is still very much uncertain

I recently paid a visit to the Daniel Adamson, a ship with so much potential currently lying in a state of dereliction in Sandon Dock.  The ‘Danny’ as it is affectionately known, is the only surviving steam-powered tug tender we have left. At one time her saloons were furnished in the latest Art Deco styles, …

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Apr 30

The Eternal Drink Problem

Bar Staff seen here at the Parrot Hotel, Scotland Road in 1908

Visiting town on the weekend can sometimes seem a somewhat perilous journey. Our city is famous, maybe even slightly infamous, for its multitude of bars and clubs making Liverpool a popular destination for coach parties of revellers from all across the country. Our council representatives are very much aware of the importance of finding a …

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Apr 23

The Not So Healthy Scouser

Court housing such as this contributed to the poor health of the region

At the last census 2.1% of local residents described their health as ‘very bad’. Worryingly this is somewhat higher than the national average which stands at 1.3%. The health of our region has been of interest to statisticians for many years with mortality rates a key influence on local government policy. A report by Dr …

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Mar 26

Letters of Complaint

Letters of complaint  - an historic pastime

As any readers of the Echo’s letters page will know, we Merseysiders are not afraid to speak our mind. Through the years countless numbers of disgruntled locals have written to the press to air their niggling irritations. Here is a selection of Liverpool’s civic upsets across the ages: One anonymous writer known only as C.R …

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Mar 18

A New Wave of Liverpool Then and Now

Oxton Street, Walton, in the 1960s and as seen today

I’ve recently discovered a fellow history fanatic in the form of shipping clerk Keith Jones. Born in Childwall in 1971, Keith has recently gathered quite a substantial online following all thanks to the nostalgic use of his camera. The ‘Then and Now’ approach to taking pictures has proven a popular hit for many years now, …

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Mar 10

Medicinal Excess

Kirkdale Road

The April of 1876 saw an inquest take place examining the circumstances of Alice Dickman’s death. The nine year old had been the daughter of a fishmonger’s widow who lived in a house on Kirkdale Road. On the Sunday morning of April 12 the youngster complained of a headache and asked her mother for some …

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Mar 05

Hip Hangout Signals Clues to City’s Past

Seel Street as seen in the 1940s

In 2011 our very own Seel Street was named as the fourth most ‘Hippest Street’ in the whole of the UK. It beat a plethora of completion to reach the hailed top five with stiff competition coming from Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and the ultimate winner, Gateshead. Our award-winning thoroughfare can be found in the fashionable …

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Feb 04

The Apple Auction

Victoria Street in the early 20th century

On an otherwise ordinary morning almost a century ago, pandemonium broke out in one Stanley Street saleroom all thanks the arrival of a humble piece of fruit. There were strident cries and veracious jeering, peppy jumping and passionate stick-waving as a crowd of over three hundred merchants vied for the attention of the deafened auctioneer. …

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