Category Archive: Then and Now

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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Oct 12

Lathom Avenue Then and Now

Damaged done to the houses in Wallasey's Lathom Avenue

A team of Air Raid Precaution men complete with Brodie helmets pose outside a blitzed house in Lathom Avenue, Wallasey. There were over a million such A.R.P workers across the country with most dedicating their spare time without pay in an effort to keep the streets as safe as possible. In this instance their job …

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Oct 12

James Street Then and Now

James Street displaying damage

  The remains of James Street Station lie in ruins to the left of this image taken in the early 1940’s. The station had first opened in 1886 after many testing hours of construction which included the mammoth task of removing a mass of solid rock occupying what was to be platform level. Due to …

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Oct 12

Woodchurch Road Then and Now

The school suffered some terrible hardship

The empty shell of Woodchurch Road School stands barren for all to see. Gone are the wooden tables, the text books and even the pupils whose lives had been thrown into lethal turmoil through actions out of their innocent hands. The school had stood on this site since 1904 and before the war had taught …

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Oct 12

Seel Street Then and Now

Seel Street sustained some serious damage during WW2

Seel Street has clearly suffered a sizable hardship as one of its buildings lies flattened at the roadside with a medley of bricks and beams spilling out on to the pavement. This was the North West business premises of Goodlass Wall and Co. colour and varnish manufacturers since 1840. The firm also had a factory …

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Oct 12

Ranelagh Street Then and Now

A 19th century look as Ranelagh

This view shows Ranelagh Street from the corner of Church Street and features in the distance the second Adelphi Hotel. The street derives its name from the gardens that once occupied the site since taken up by the Adelphi. It was a quiet place for the well-to-do to take tea, stroll around the greenery and …

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Oct 12

North John Street Then and Now

North John Street with Mathew Street

This photograph depicts the Central Buildings in the city centre’s North John Street. The late Victorian four-floored construction housed a number of businesses and was once a prime trading location. With its wonderful pillars running the length of the building it is arguably the most aesthetically pleasing property in the whole street. The street is …

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Oct 12

The Bridge Inn Then and Now

The Bridge Inn

This photograph shows Port Sunlight’s Bridge Inn as it was in its opening year of 1900. This view is taken from the west side of the property as seen from Church Drive. It was built to the picturesque design of architects Edward Ould and George Grayson, the former being an expert in black and white …

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Oct 12

New Brighton Then and Now

Victorian beach-goers at New Brighton

New Brighton and its beach have been popular places to visit for generations. The town was the creation of Liverpool merchant James Atherton who brought nearly two hundred acres of land to develop a rival to the much-respected royal playground of Brighton in the early nineteenth century. He envisioned grand houses, large gardens and reputable …

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