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Duke street

The doorways and steps of 171-173 captured here by the LRO in August 1993 can be seen as a full block on the pre war 2 page. Also here is a 2010 view of part of the site of those steps.

Another LRO Aug 93 comparison with my own 2010 effort. Sadly, the block seemed in a better condition back then that what it does today apart from the more recent offering on the corner of Colquitt Street.

The block from Colquitt Street up towards Berry Street (North side) is seen here when derelict in August 1993 (LRO). Gladly it has been restored, rebuilt and extended to almost its original state and at least in keeping with the conservation ropeworks area requirements as set out by English Heritage.

The former Custom House pub on the corner of Campbell Street (as seen on the pubs page). Here it is showing a former 'Mellors' sign (August 1993 - LRO) and can also be seen in its present guise on the streets ahead page 1.
Humyak House in Aug 93, although now a different paint job adorns the frontage, it is gladly still in situ as is the fine Georgian townhouse pictured next.

Dukes Terrace was Liverpool's last back to back housing. Painstakenly dismantled and rebuilt, it now forms part of a three way block with courtyard frontage and is fully occupied within a stones throw of the bustling city centre.

Ayrton Saunders & Co. Ltd captured in August 1993. This is on the South side of Duke Street towards Hanover Street.

Foggy Liverpool - William Brown Street to be exact on saturday 6th Feb 2010.

Beech Street, Liverpool 7 runs as the continuation of Sheil Road to Edge Lane. Some fine looking properties exist on this Street including these at practically either end of it, Elm Terrace now being a derelict shell.

Beech Mount is on the opposite side of the street, the East side and back on the West side is another fine terrace with an equally impressive sweeping drive.

Derwent Road West in Liverpool 13 has a certain mix of housing including this balconied property. The top of this Road leads to some private land known as Derwent Square.

Derwent Square forks off to the left and to the right with a patch of common grassland in between. Here, we see the properties bounding this land.

The Pier Head in 1979 and St. Nicholas Place on the same day as captured by Keith Rose.

Another 2 by Keith. Croxteth Hall Lane in 1979 with the now demolished Dog and Gun on the right. Lastly, Roderick's chippy on Hebden Parade, next to the pub - back in 1974.

If your name's Mary and you live here, then you're Mary from the Dairy. First one is Attwood Street off Sleepers Hill and the second one is Elm Road off Walton Village, both Liverpool 4.

Renfrew Street off Hall Lane, uniformly painted in blue and white on glazed yellow brickwork making it very pleasing on the eye. These cobbled streets are part of the Kensington Fields Conservation Area. First are the uneven numbers on the North side of the street, then the opposite side is viewed.

What we called the 39 steps, leading from Nethy to Prince Rupert's Castle. Directly at the top of Everton Brow, the lock up became the emblem for Everton Football Club, Ma Noblett's toffee shop stood on Browside which runs up behind the smaller sandstone steps. Everton F.C. are of course nicknamed 'The Toffees'.

Wavertree High Street displaying some of it's bygone era architecture.

Buildings about to survive radical changes all around them. Left: Durning Road, Right: Edge Lane.

Queens Drive at the Rocket Flyover, West side.

The Georgian Terracing on Shaw Street was lying dilapidated during my youth in the 1970s as we'd often pass it. Since the 1990s, more and more of it has been renovated, the blocks that were beyond repair, bulldozed forever. The facade of this property is all that remains, I wonder what lies in store for it. On the other side of William Henry Street, rubble is all that remains here, pictured from Haigh Street.

Saint Bride Street in L8. Falkner Street garages and Burnham & Gilroy Joiners and Bar fitters still trade. Only the cars tell you it's 2010.

Haven Road Fazakerley during a bout of snow in 1976, amazingly, the year of that great summer. Also seen here in 1981 during the celebrations that marked Prince Charles' marriage to Lady Di.

The Wellington pub on the corner of Islington and Christian Street. Known locally as Cassons, it was on a Georgian row that was demolished around 1971. Next we see Bunneys shop in the late 1950s on the city centre's holy corner. It was somehow allowed to be demolished and a rather bland 60s flat roof block stands there now housing Greenwoods. Both pics with thanks to Colin Wilkinson.

Another fine area lost, captured here in 1964 is the corner of Roe Street with St. Johns Lane. Next is Rice Lane on the block from Breeze Hill/Queens Drive before the roundabout. Walton Village veers off to the left and the tudor style pub near the traffic light is the Brown Cow. The tower of Walton on the hill church on County Road can be seen in the distance. Pics with thanks to Colin Wilkinson.

St Georges Place c1964 and c1965 respectively showing the Guinness Clock curve in all its daytime glory, (for night time neons see above and the home page)and also showing it during demolition to make way for St. Johns precinct. With thanks to Colin Wilkinson.

Roe Street in 1969 with thanks to Lindsay Bridge and another of Colin Wilkinson's showing the old St. Johns food market at Parker St and Gt Charlotte Street in 1963.

County Road looking from town and then towards town as captured by Keith Rose in 1973.

Barry Street off Walton Road for the Queen's Coronation in 1953. Colour photographs from the early 1950s are particularly rare. The next one is the curve of Ranelagh Street into Lime Street captured in 1965. Both of these are shared with us thanks again to Colin Wilkinson.


Keys Court is the new arcade created by the knocking through of the old Woolworths building on Church Street. Built on the site of St. Peters Church, it takes its name from the crossed keys of St. Peter which stand high up on the building. An about turn takes you to a child friendly grassed area on School Lane.

The bottom of London Road complete with a Crawford's biscuits delivery wagon, they were based on Binns Road. This shot was taken in 1960. Also seen is the Pier Head Landing Stage, or Lanney as we called it. This is from 1966.

Fire Engines en route back to the fire station on Durning Road here in 1959 as taken by Ken para49.

Aladdin's Cave on West Derby Road.

Bowland Avenue, Childwall which runs into Bentham Drive on its way to Childwall Valley Road.

1960s Byrom Street towards the Queensway tunnel entrance and around the same corner into the top end of Dale Street showing Unity House, HQ of the Co-operative Insurance. Pictures by Colin Wilkinson.

Georgian Shaw Street with Cherry blossom trees and its park, official name - Whitley Gardens. A place where I would go in the 1970s when the Radcliffe Estate was new to its rear.

Croxteth Hall Lane has properties from different decades but these are the oldest on the street.

A series of photos taken from the top of Marwood Tower on Great Homer Street in May 2010.


Dale Street in early May 2010 as one of Liverpool's oldest Georgian shop blocks is rendered dangerous and has to be made safe.

By the middle of the month, the corner with Cheapside has to come down revealing wooden beams that were last on show nearly 200 years ago as this building dates back as far as c1819.

This warehouse with fancy balconies aside the hoisting alcoves is on Atlantic Road in Bootle. The 'shaking hands' sculpture is reminiscent of a tattoo my dad had on his forearm called 'Hands across the Sea' to commemorates his Navy days and his comradeship with the Americans during WWII. This appears to have been added to the building at a later date, possibly from a Co-Operative building that was being demolished.

Houses on Carisbrook Road, Walton that have been given names ending with 'Bank'. They are Moss bank, Fern bank, Finch bank, Willow bank, Jasmine bank, Rose bank, Ivy bank, Oak bank, Holly bank and Beech bank.

The front, side and rear of the world's first prefabricated residential housing implemented by John Alexander Brodie in 1904. They were situated on Eldon Street, Vauxhall and are seen here in 1964 shortly before their demolition. Thanks to Colin Wilkinson.

Another couple of gems from Colin. If you look at the blandness of this side of Houghton Street today, you will see just what was lost for the building of the much maligned St.Johns Shopping precinct. If you're finding it hard to fathom out where this 1963 shot was taken or what's there now - see the 'Then and Now page.

Next we see the former carriage works on St.Anne Street in 1975 with its fine wrought ironwork and glass frontage. As can be seen, it later acted as a warehouse for Owen Owen but was sadly burnt to the ground in the 1980s. The land stood derelict for quite some time before ironically, the City fire station was built there to replace the one on Canning Place which was demolished to make way for the Liverpool 1 Shopping centre.
Bottom right and the early morning (6am) sun rise in May 2010 as we approach North East along Dunnings Bridge Road, Netherton.

So I take a little walk to the Albert Dock area on Wednesday 2nd June in lovely warm sunshine then decide on the spur of the moment to take the 'yellow boat cruise'.
En route to the ticket office, I pass this vessel in Canning Dock and take a snap of the Atlantic Pavillion at the Albert Dock

My mode of transport for the next 40 minutes would be aboard the Skylark boat as we'd tour the South docks system, or at least what's left of it. The witty tour guide gave a live commentary. Live as in it wasn't a pre-recorded tape like the Mersey Ferries, not live as in he wasn't dead.

It was strange seeing everything from such a low level. I was used to looking down on these crafts from above. Now I was looking up and across. An adventure in itself. I'm easily pleased you can  see.

Heading out under 5 bridges from the Albert Dock into Salthouse, then Wapping, then Queens then Brunswick, we were informed that by law, every vessel has to blow its horn when passing under bridges so we'd hear it 10 times in all on our trip. When this biggest cluster of Grade I listed fireproof warehouses in the country were being renovated, it was decided to include the 7 pillars seen here that are holding nothing up. That's because the building above was bombed during WWII as these pillars act as a memorial to all those dockers who lost their lives during the war as the docks being an integral part in the war did not close for one single day during the war. The renovation got underway as Tory, Michael Hesiltine pumped money into the venture after the Toxteth riots in the summer of 1981. Before that, these mud laden docks and dilapidated buildings had been earmarked for demolition for an industrial estate. Now, it's one of the countries biggest attractions. The last picture show the hydraulic pump which was disguised in an elaborate tower, one of a few along the length of the docks.

The Baltic Fleet pub with it's funnel painted chimneys seen from a position not often viewed. One of Liverpool's oldest pubs, it has its own 'Wapping brewery' in the cellar. It was from here in another century that poor victims would be press ganged into sailing the oceans. They would regain consciousness while out at sea and with no possibility of returning home, would be made to sign up to the ship they were on for 10 years. At this point we're sailing South and passing lots of swanky new plush apartments and on the last picture, the HQ of the H.M. Customs and Excise, built on what was Kings Dock. Previously they had been situated in Cunard Buildings.

As we passed the rear of the Leo Casino, our guide mentioned that we may want to take a photo of ourselves in the bevelled glass wall that faced us. He wittily remarked that for those of us without camera, we may just want to take the time to sit back and reflect for a minute. We were now entering what on a day like today could easily pass for the French Riviera. The apartments in view here sold for upwards of 650K and pleasure craft are moored all along here.

It is reputed that Steven Gerrard has a boat moored here and Tom Jones has one named after himself. The white one on the first pic, the 'Emmy B' registered in Liverpool is owned by Ex baby Spice, Emma Bunton.

Two other places of significant interest we passed were the Liverpool Watersport Centre, kitted out with the finest equipment. I remember when our only incarnation of such an activity centre for this was a little old building on Athol Street that used canoes on the Liverpool/Leeds canal. The other sight was of the rear of Liverpool's own Naval reserve base, HMS Eaglet.

Brunswick Dock's water levels are now constant but that wasn't always the case when the River Mersey's tides dictated those levels. This was a timber berth and when the tide was in, it was easy to unload the cargo directly onto the quayside. However, when the tide was out, the water level would drop some twenty feet so dock builder Jesse Hartley cut tunnels into the dock wall to allow the heavy timbers to be unloaded to below street level where horses and carts would back down a slight gradient to take their cargoes. You can see where the tunnels have now been bricked up. We are now at the River wall and in the last picture   shows a more recent man made sloping wall covering the gap where once the dock met the Mersey. There is another gate to the right of this but as the dock authorities charge £160 for exiting and entering it, this craft can't afford to add that to its £5 ticket prices - thank God.

So with nowhere further South to go with the demise of Toxteth, Harrington and Herculaneum Dock, we do an about turn and head back to the Pier Head marvelling at our 21st Century surroundings that seemed a long way away when as kids in the 1970s we would throw cobbles into the deep sludge and watch them slowly sink. These pictures show the vertically laid and now disused stone steps cut into the thick dock walls. As we head under another bridge, we overtake the Duck Marine WWII landing craft which has taken tourists on land to see Liverpool's civic buildings and Cathedrals before plunging nose first into the dock.

More low level shots showing the arena, big wheel and Hilton Hotel on the Strand from another perspective.

And so we re-enter the Albert Dock, sailing past the tugboat 'Brocklebank' at close quarters and getting splendid views of the new museum nearing its completion and the three graces now partially hidden by the still under construction black granite apartment blocks on Mann Island, since completed.


William Brown Street with a bus stop slap bang outside the museum when it was a major through road from the Queensway tunnel as seen on the second still. The third shot shows the park and gardens keeper in St. Johns gardens attracting the birds - of the feathered kind. A ribble bus can be seen at the Old Haymarket terminus as well as Hesseys music store on Manchester Street.

Hello, Hello, Hello. Is this you getting some directions from a helpful police bobby at the rear of the Queensway tunnel. Henry Diaper advertise their King Edward Street warehouses at New Quay next to the Queensway Tunnel dock exit. Passengers disembark from the upper level of one of the Mersey Ferries when they operated the two tier gangways.

Housing stills showing the Rokerby st/Field St area of Everton off the Brow. Rooftops towards the Everton water tower and lastly a rare colour photograph of one of the last courts.

Otterspool promenade, created from the Queensway Tunnel excavations and a train hurtles along the line at the rear of the Ford Car plant in Halewood.

Three views of St. Johns beacon under construction, the last one including St. Johns Shopping precinct.

Three views of the Paradise Street area pre Liverpool 1. The Eagle pub, Moat House Hotel and BBC Radio Merseyside taking centre stage. Supplied by regular contributor Dave Duff.

The Liver buildings from a different perspective as seen from the dock exit of the Queensway Tunnel.

Another great fire engine scene by Andy Daley. Derwent House, London Road is the   place, the Eros cinema is in shot too.

Tue Brook House, dating from 1615 according to its engraved wooden door frame makes it one of Liverpool's oldest inhabited residences. It is claimed to have a priest hiding hole from the time of the persecutions. Opposite on West Derby Road is this fine row of cottages, one of which is reputed to be haunted.

Two Stanleys - opposite each other on Prescot Road in the olde district of Stanley between Fairfield and Old Swan. Here, we can see they are just about complete with their original arches leading under the building into rear courtyards.

On Smithdown Road at Crawford Avenue near the railway bridge is this fine building which currently houses a school uniform centre. A little further along is Holyoakes Co-operative Unity building dating from 1914.

The ornate entrance gates to Wavertree Playground aka The Mystery and just around the corner from them is Grant Avenue, L15. One side is taken up with these impressive houses, the other side is the park itself.

Fallowfield Road and Earlsfield Road run from Smithdown Road up to Prince Alfred Road, curving uphill near the end.

Some views from around the Albert Dock area on Sat 3/7/2010. The 7 columns are a tribute to the bombed warehouse that would have stood there and those killed on the docks. The gable end of that warehouse is therefore all new brick which is obvious when you look at it. A team of dancers were rehearsing outside the Echo arena for an event happening inside later.

The demise of Kingston House and Coopers Emporium - a one time hive of activity for weekend drinkers.

Another little piece of Georgian Liverpool. This time, away from the city centre at Croxteth Hall Lane.

Four well known Liverpool landmarks.

Rumford House, Rumford Place which also has an alley leading to a rear courtyard   which is called Rumford Court. This building flying the British and American flags has an history dating back to the confederate issues in the states.

Prussia Street with one of its oldest buildings which are gradually making way for new builds in the area.

The dock wall at Wapping still has still contains lopped and capped Overhead railway stanchions along its length.

Bold Street in 1969 (Colin Wilkinson) All Pedestrians - please use the subway that once connected William Brown Street to Gerard Gardens residents without having to cross the busy Churchill Way flyovers.

The flyover motorways in the sky and the accompanying elevated walkways became a way of life for us local residents in the 1970s and 80s.

Waterloo Dock warehouses are enjoying a new 21st century lease of life as apartments. East Waterloo Dock itself is now surrounded by new builds, designed sympathetically to fit in with their old surroundings. Here we see views to the South towards the new riverside towers.

Hatton Garden - July 2010. A John Sutch Crane doing some work as the C3 to Canada Boulevard and the C1 to Queens Square head up.

The Liverpool to Leeds canal at Bridge Road, Litherland.

The ship at the cruise terminal and the Liver, just a few hours before she set sail.
Queen Victoria, the second largest Cunarder ever built joined the Cunard fleet in December 2007. She is a true Cunarder, proudly upholding our famous heritage and traditions. With sumptuous marbles, woods, plush carpets, rich fabrics and soft furnishings, this ship simply exudes elegance. Queen Victoria’s many diversions and distractions ensure you are as thoroughly entertained and entirely relaxed as you could wish to be. This is the official Cunard blurb on this fantastic liner which came to Liverpool on Monday July 26th.
Entered Service December 2007
Country of Registry Great Britain
Speed 23.7 knots
Gross Tonnage 90,000 GRT
Guest Capacity 2,000
No. of Crew 1,003
Length 964.5 feet
Width 106 feet
Draft 26.2 feet

Regent Road aka The Dock Road, here at Brunswick Place showing an impressive warehouse. The street was once lined with these and the city centre end saw mass clearances of these in the 1960s and 70s. The next two shots were taken on Pacific Road, Bootle. Notice the holes in the walls which once housed huge beams that held the first floor.

Old property on Whitechapel nearing its end as firemen damp down a blaze. Which boy didn't look in Frank Hessy's on Stanley Street or Curly Music next door but one in the 1970s and 80s dreaming of owning that Les Paul guitar.

The rear of Colliers, London Road as it's demolished during August 2010. This was the place I was dragged to each August in the 1960s and 70s to be kitted out for my new school uniform. Then across the road to TJ's for some other stuff, then up to London's shoe shop. Colliers had polished wood drawers where the socks and underwear were kept, very Grace Brothers. They also had that antiquated payment system where your money was put into tubes and sent via a network of pipes to the upper floor offices where the transaction was recorded and your change sent back down with your receipt. Another little piece of London Road history bites the bullet.

The last residential housing on Cazneau Street finally is no more. This once proud street housed a thriving school, paddy's market, a numbers of pubs, a bank, tenements, flats and commercial premises as it made its way up to Scotland Road from St. Anne Street. The Kingsway tunnel reducing it to just a hundred yards long in 1971 was the beginning of the end but perhaps we will see a rebirth of the area with new housing planned.

Hampstead Road leads East from Shiel Road down towards Newsham Park. Some fine exterior colour schemes here set the houses apart. On the journey along this road there are some pleasing terraces to be seen, not least on Elm Vale and Balmoral Road with its unique angled corner properties.

Walton Lane properties between the railway bridge and Queens Drive. These are three storey houses including a basement. Church Road with its former 1930s council office. Walton Village at its corner with Heathcote Road showing the gable end date stone of AD 1905.

Sand stone in Walton: Anfield cemetery gates in Cherry Lane. Last used for the interment of one William Herbert Wallace. He was tried for the murder of his wife Julia in 1931. Found guilty and to hang, he was the first person to win an appeal on the grounds of the jury delivering the wrong verdict and so was reprieved. He lived only a further two years as an ailment caused by having only one kidney caught up with him. He was buried here in the same grave as his wife in 1933.

Walton Village is seen next at the rear of St.Mary's - Walton on the hill church near the Queens Drive roundabout.

A collection of  1980s photos courtesy of local photographer Colin Tittle

The Airport control tower and two photographs of Garston Docks 1980s.

Two early 80s photographs of the Albert dock (above) and below some shots of the Pier Head

Anyone remember Beatle City on Seel Street ?

Back down to the Pier Head where in the first photothis old gentleman sits and watches the world go by, and then those angled bus bays followed by a shot of the gangway down to the pier that the kids all loved to cycle down

The Pier Head was always a great place for people to meet up for a gab and provided an inexpensive opportunity to see friends and put the world to rights. There was also the added bonus of being able to catch a convenient bus home to almost anywhere.

The old dock sheds adjacent to the former Riverside station

Another area that has undergone major changes, here Colin has captured the old Belfast Car Ferry terminal with Riverside station to the left of the photograph.

Two shots of the old Royal Iris one taken at the landing stage and another as she heads out across the Mersey. Sadly this old girl is now lying berthed and rotting away on the Thames.

Someones having fun ! a speedboat, photographed by Colin being put through its paces on the River Mersey.

a photograph of the Merseyside Police Headquarters taken in the 1980s, another landscape that has changed dramatically over the years.

In this final photograph in this set we see a new building nearing completion in Temple Street in the 1980s.

Inacity Living is grateful for Colins contribution to the site.


St. Johns Precinct booming on a Saturday afternoon. Chruch Street and The Big House, Lime Street likewise.
St. Johns Precinct booming on a Saturday afternoon. Chruch Street and The Big House, Lime Street likewise.
A: Attwood Street, Atlantic Road, Albert Dock,

B: Beech Street, Barry Street, Brownlow Hill, Bowland Avenue, Byrom Street, Brunswick Dock, Bold Street, Brunswick Place, Balmoral Road,  

C: Croxteth Hall Lane, Christian Street, County Road, Carisbrook Road, Clayton Street, Cazneau Street, Church Road, Cherry Lane, Church Street,  

D: Duke Street, Dukes Terrace, Derwent Road West, Derwent Square, Durning Road, Dale Street, Dunnings Bridge Road,  

E: Elm Road, Edge Lane, Eldon Street, Earlsfield Road, Elm Vale,

F: Fallowfield Road,

G: Grant Avenue, Garston Docks

H: High Street L15, Haven Road, Houghton Street, Hatton Garden, Hampstead Road, Heathcote Road,  

I: Islington,

K: Keys Court,

L: Lime Street, London Road,

N: Netherfield Road, New Quay,

P: Pier Head, Paradise Street, Parker Street, Prescot Road, Prussia Street, Pacific Road,

Q: Queens Drive, Queens Dock,

R: Renfrew Street, Rice Lane, Roe Street, Ranelagh Street, Rumford Place, Regent Road,  

S: Shaw Street, St Bride Street, St Johns Lane, St Georges Place, St Anne Street, Salthouse Dock, Strand Street, Stanley Street, St Johns Precinct,  

T: Temple Street

W: William Brown Street, Whitechapel, West Derby Road, Wapping Dock, Waterloo Dock, Walton Village, Walton Lane,