Tag Archive: history

Jan 14

Ghost Signs

This ghost sign for Co-Op can be found on Beatrice St, Bootle

Towns and cities all over the country are being haunted and we don’t even realise. These silent ghosts are often only a few steps away, watching us from largely unseen vantage points, echoing the lives of those long since dead. But fear not! These historic manifestations are nothing to be afraid of, but rather physical …

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Nov 06

McGuffies

Liverpool coffee shop

These days high street coffee shops are ten a penny, but few have the historical interest that can be found at one of Castle Street’s rather more unique establishments – Mcguffies. On April 24, 1795 John McGuffie founded a firm of chemists and druggists in our growing mercantile city, with the business later expanding to …

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Nov 02

The Oldest House in Liverpool?

Tue Brook House

The ancient property Tue Brook House stands on the rather traffic-heavy West Derby Road. With semi-detached houses either side and a brand new school now opposite, this building offers quite an extraordinary sight. It was built in 1615 as a farmhouse but is now owned by the local authority to house council tenants and must …

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Nov 01

Ghosts at the Playhouse

This clip relates to the tale of Mary Edmondson, whose story has featured previously. 

Oct 12

Missing, Presumed Dead

  In the year 1819 a woman known only as Mrs Z, the wife of a well-to-do tailor based near Pownall Square, found herself locked up behind the bars of the Borough Gaol. Hers was a terrible case of mistaken identity resulting in her presumed fatality and unimaginable heartbreak. One Saturday night the sister of …

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Oct 12

Musical Indecency

Richard Oliver was a twenty-six-year-old teacher who had taught many young aspiring musicians across the Wirral. In the month of March 1884, Richard was approached by the Simpson family who wished him to tutor their daughter. Fanny Simpson was only seven years of age but was a keen little girl whose only ambition was to …

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