Tag Archive: liverpool

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 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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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 28

A Royal Visit


  Crowds gather outside the Northwestern Hotel, Lime Street to see King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra visit Liverpool to lay the foundation stone of the Anglican Cathedral in 1904.

Nov 06


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 30

Daydream Believer

Nesfield Street

In February 1906 the city coroner held an inquiry into the strange circumstances surrounding the death of Thomas Woof. The twenty-nine year old had been, like many Liverpudlians, a dock labourer and lived in a simple house in Anfield’s Nesfield Street. On January 27 Thomas felt tired and went upstairs for a lie down. About …

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Oct 25

Sentence Unheard

(c) Walker Art Gallery; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

In January 1879, the elderly Jane Lane was brought before the court on a charge of being an idle and disorderly person. The prisoner had been taken into custody no less than fifty-four times during her lifetime, with her latest arrest taking place on Kirkdale Road. Magistrate Clarke Aspinall remarked that she was quite past …

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Oct 16

Rats in the Square

On Tuesday June 1, 1858 an inquest was held into the passing of forty-nine year old Mary Hammond. She had been the wife of Robert, a grocer’s assistant and the pair had lived in a modest property in Pownall Square, a now relatively quiet area of land near to city centre Tithebarn Street. The details …

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