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Featuring: Gerard Gardens -St Andrews Gardens (The Bullring) - Vauxhall and Highfield Gardens - Fontenoy Gardens - Bulington Portland Gardens and Eldon Street - Myrtle Gardens - Old Swan Tennies - Other tenement pic's and Resident Listings Plus 1950s style Flats and Maisonetts.  Scroll through or use the search facility in the sidebar to find what you are looking for, 

Jonny Littlewood's Dad took these colour slide shots in 1953, from the balcony of the Friends Meeting House, his parents where the live in caretakers there at the time. The fire engine with the large extended ladder is now a museum piece here in Liverpool today, and it used to be housed in the basement of the world museum as its called today. 

Thanks to Jonny for sharing these photographs which I know will be appreciated by the viewers of this page......

Gerard Gardens- Gerard Crecent Tenement Photographs


The last row of pictures above show the site of the old friends meeting house after demolition to allow the building of Gerard Close to finish off the development. War had stopped work which was not resumed until 1945. Notice how the landings of the mid section of Gerard Crescent were capped. The last pic taken in 1950 records the new lift.

This is an extract from the 1938 film Homes For Workers. It details Liverpool City Councils plans for the buidling of tenement blocks within the city. I used extracts in my film Gardens of Stone which focuses upon City Centre living in the 20th Century.

These first eight pics are courtesy of Paul Birchall and Paul Sudbury.

       Gerard Close - 1952 L.R.O.                                  Fagan family collection.

     Photo by Mike Chitty.             Photo by Mike Murphy            Photo by Joe Neary.

Pic by Ken (Springy), 1971.

LRO Photo taken in 1986.

These last 16 were some more Gerard Gardens and Crescent views by Joe Devine.

The following 8 photographs were taken by and supplied to the site with thanks by Gerard Fleming. Gerard's mam, Peggy Gaskill was born in Gerard Street and worked as a barmaid in the nearby 'Morning Star' pub which stood on Scotland Place forming the backdrop to the little island of land that housed the 'Dandy' Pat Byrne drinking fountain. Later, she took over the running of the Brown Cow public house on Gt. Howard Street where Gerard was born, before becoming long term licencee to the Pontack pub on Christian Street which was a local to the residents of Gerard Gardens. Gerard was later to move into Gerard Gardens and here we can see some 'now' shots, some 20 years after the tenements bit the dust.

Taken from the roof of the polytechnic, our term for the technical college which has evolved into the John Moores University, this shot is looking East. The cars are parked now where Lionel House would have stood. The high wall where the white transit van is situated, is the original wall where once a brew, a sloping road took cars from the narrow Hunter Street up into the square. Cartwright House would have stood to the right of this picture, the wall would have continued to the right in front of it but Hunter Street has been widened that much, that it has reclaimed this land. The new houses sitting atop the wall was once the square where many a footy match took place until dusk. The 2nd pic, still looking East, is immediately to the left of the first photo. The Street in the foreground is Christian Street, St. Joseph's Crescent, running off it and away from us on the photo, was newly created to accommodate the ex tenement residents. The back gardens of the houses on the left are built on the abolished Holly Street which ran up to St. Anne Street before becoming Mansfield Street across the junction.

Panning around to the right, or South East, if you're holding a compass, we can now also see Tom Mann Close, named after the trade unionist who was active during the Liverpool transport strike of old. The Close starts almost facing Gerard's old abode, the Pontack pub, which is the white building, left/centre, and extends to Gerard Street which meets up again with Christian Street some 50 years after it was first abolished for the building of Gerard Gardens. Further South again, the 2nd pic shows the Byrom Street, Gt Crosshall Street, Hunter Street intersection with the Eastbound flyover and pedestrian walkway underneath. The Westbound flyover is in the distance heading towards Dale Street where the Art Deco, Blackburn Assurance building can be seen on its junction with Fontenoy Street, the Municipal Buildings tower protruding from behind.

The Comus Street and Peover Street area up to the early 1980s was very different than this indeed. 1950s unit flats, the likes of which are just being demolished on Grosvenor and Chaucer Street were once prevalent here. The next pic, panning right shows the Police Station (centre/right) built in 1970 on the Holly Street, Christian Street, Birkett Street, St. Anne Street block of 1912 'Eldon Grove' style flats to replace the Rose Hill bridewell which once stood facing.

Taken from the 1938 documentary 'Homes for the workers' - these stills show the completed Gerard Gardens, but only the mid section of Gerard Crescent in situ. The old friends meeting house can be seen on Hunter Street as well as old property on Christian Street, yet to be demolished. You'll also notice that Thurlow House is yet to be commenced to complete the quadruple of blocks to the rear of the development. Behind these blocks, the remainder of Circus Street and Gerard Street can clearly be made out with Byrom Hall at the mid top of the picture, fronting onto Byrom Street.

The second picture is a view through the main arch of Gerard Gardens showing the landings facing and the arch through to Gerard Crescent via the backie.

The last two stills show workmen completing Downe House. Little did they know that a year later, work would stop altogether due to the start of WWII and not recommence until some 6 years later.

Top Left Lionel House steeped in bunting to celebrate the opening of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on the feast of pentecost in 1967. Elsewhere on this page shows the party in the backie of Gerard Close on the same day. Oh what great foresight of those who had a camera to record such events. Bottom Right Right: The Kings Regiment on parade in Christian St - 1962.

In 1957, Rank made a film that was in and around Gerard Gardens. Starring Stanley Baker, Anne Heywood, David McCallum, John Slater and Peter Cushing it also featured a young Fred Fowell (later Freddie Starr) and Melvyn Hayes (Gloria from 'It ain't half hot mum')

It was released in 1958 and also featured a lot of the kids from the tenement block as extras playing in the square. Here is a website called Reelstreets which asks for UK film locations and John Owens has done a very good job of supplying some.


St Andrews Gardens (The Bullring)


The above photographs are a mixture from the Liverpool city engineers department records office, Harry Ainscough, Quentin Hughes, Freddy O'Connor, Liverpool Echo, Paul Sudbury and Ged Fagan. The following were all taken by Mike Murphy.

                Pics by Joe Neary 1967. Celebrating the new Cathedral opening.
LRO Ariel Photograph

The Lord Mayor and Councillors peruse a model of the Bullring at the public Health exhibition held in George Henry Lee in 1935.

As if caught in a time capsule but look like they could have been taken yesterday, these photos are of St. Andrew's Gardens dressed in bunting for the opening ceromony of the nearby Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on the feast of Pentecost in 1967. 

Sent to me by an ex resident of Lionel House in the Gerard Crescent complex who had relatives there, these were taken off the top landing of the Gill Street block. Check out the makeshift altar in the middle picture too, a throwback to when processions with live statues would parade around each of the parishes, ending up with a mass in the squares.

Snow scene in the Bullring.

Vauxhall and Highfield Gardens 


The above photographs were taken by Ron Formby and Ged Fagan. The following ones are by Mike Murphy.
These last 15 were captured by Joe Devine.

Top right. A view from Pownall Square by Ron Formby of the Scottie Press. Left. Upper Milk Street looking towards Cockspur Street from Worfield Street in 1967.

Fontenoy Gardens


The first Picure is by Ron Formby, the second by Peter Leeson taken during the making of his film "Us and Them" and the final two photographs are by Harry Ainscough courtesy of the LRO with thanks to Mike Murphy. 

                                               Photo Joe devine                                                 One by Joe Fagan

Pic Mike Murphy

LFC Homecoming with the spoils 1974 
by Joe Neary

  Foney Oy and the Dart Pub by Joe Devine

                                                   Fonney Oy New Byrom St         The Tenements and the Australian
                                                   Rd Layout                                        Pub by Joe Devine

Pics courtesy of the LRO.

The next gallery of photographs all belong to Joe Devine.

Fontenoy Gardens as seen in 1952 when the housing lettings office was situated in the space below. In the 1970s, this became the Central careers office which my friends and I came to know all too well. The second photograph is taken in 1958 from the newly constructed Polytechnical College which offers a view up Great Crosshall Street that wasn't possible beforehand.

Burlington - Portland Gardens & Eldon Street


The tenements that lined Burlington Street were from two different eras. Those on the South side, or on the right as you looked up from Vauxhall Road were built in the 1920s, the wrought iron landing railings being one of the giveaways. Those on the North side, or the left as you looked up, were from the 1930s, having brick wall landings and some of these have been preserved into sheltered accommodation for the elderly

Top left is the landing side of Burlington Street tenement just prior to demolition. The back view is from happier times. (Right)The row of shops under Burly tennies in the mid 1980s by Ron Formby.

Bond Street and Eldon Street respectively in 1990. Photographed and kindly supplied by NZ expat Tony Moran.

Inside a derelict Portland Gardens just prior to their demolition.

The top of Bond street from the 50s flats on Limekiln Lane.

Various pics supplied by Ron Formby of the Scottie Press showing the tenements from different viewpoints in Vauxhall.

Porty from Limekiln Lane looking past the Rising Sun pub known locally as Mrs. Macs. Another view into Porty from the Arch in Burly looking towards the Castle pub and Tatlock and Blenheim Towers.

3 pics here that I took showing the revamped Portland Gardens sheltered accommodation.

Four pictures of Burly, Bond st and Eldon street by Mike Murphy.

1980s Burlington Street. The phone box was outside Jubilee Hall which housed Our lady's Social club on which our band played in 1981. The inside view of Portland Gardens is seen next. The flats with the port hole windows had the top storey lopped and they've become houses.

Looking up past the landings of the blocks that backed onto Eldon Street. Eldon Grove pre WWI flats can be seen at the top of the street.

4 pics of Portland Gardens by Joe Devine.

Myrtle Gardens


Myrtle Gardens fronted onto Crown Street and had an annex block called Myrtle House across Myrtle Street. Ancillary blocks such as Harrington and Almond House were in close proximity too.

Myrtle Gardens and Myrtle House as captured by Brian Saville from nearby Entwistle Heights.

Three b&w pics of Myrtle Gardens from the L.R.O.archives and a colour one of Almond House, part of the Myrtle Street development with thanks to Philip Mayer.

Myrtle Gardens as viewed from Entwistle Heights with thanks to Rob Ainsworth.

Myrtle Gardens and House from Crown Street railway sidings. Pictures by Jim Peden, courtesy of Mike Delamar.

Part of Myrtle Gardens was renovated by Barretts and renamed Minster Court before being let off to private buyers some of whom now let out for student accommodation.

Myrtle in its heyday including one of the local shops beneath (top right). Seen here too on the right in a state of decay prior to the flats been topped and refurbished into Minster Court. Pics with thanks to Tony Power. The pic bottom left was supplied by ex resident Chris Finnegan and passed to me by Tony and was taken in the summer of 1951 during the festival of Britain celebrations

No shotage of spectators for this
open air concert given from a lorry in 
Myrtle Gardens, "what a place, even
the entertainment is off the back of
a lorry".

Myrtle Gardens on Bommie night, 5th November 1979 - were you there?

This was a typical scene portrayed in any of the 50 or so tenement developments throughout the city on this night to celebrate the burning of Guy Fawkes who had tried to blow up the houses of parliament. Those who lived in street houses would find the nearest bomb site from WWII or any old 'oller' would do.

The build up to Bonfire night would see kids getting into nearby bombdies, our name for derelict buildings and warehouses. There were plenty around Islington and Norton Street during the 1970s which furnished the bommies in Gerard Gardens and Crescent where I lived. Remember, we had three we had to service. There would be a steady stream of doors, pallets, cabinets, anything that would burn really. Praying the rain would stay off, by about 7pm the flames would be reaching the sky with sparks drifting off into the autumn night.

Much fun would be had during the next few hours with the last remaining kids poking the fire to keep it going as the dying embers signalled time to go in. The next day on the way to school, you'd realise your football pitch was reduced to a circle of burnt tar, full of stones, gravel and debris.

The opening of Myrtle Gardens by the Rt Honourable Kingsley Wood, minister of health who also opened Gerard Gardens and the Bullring.

Another shot of Myrtle Gardens by Colin Wilkinson. These were built on the site of the boys and girls orphanages and the Church of the Holy Innocents which in turn were built on the site of Liverpool's original botanic gardens.

Street names in this area reflected their past with botanical names and or course Orphan Street.

Old Swan Tenements


Old properties on St. Oswalds Street, Old Swan were demolished in the 1930s and in conjunction with a road widening scheme, new Corporation flats were built, some incorporating retail shops below. These served the local community well for almost 6 decades until their eventual demise and demolition. Whilst local high street shops on nearby East Prescot Road thankfully thrive, the shops lost down the road were replaced by a giant, bland Tesco supermarket which now dominates what was once a beautiful curved art deco feature for the area.

Hoults corner, a triangular myriad of shops once stood just in front of these then new flats which swung majestically from St Oswald's Street into Prescot Road. Next, we see the childrens playground inside one of the squares.

Four colour pics by Mike Murphy.                                                        A learner bus driver on St.  
                                                                                                Oswald St,Pic courtesy of Rob
                                                                                                from the MTT collection
                                                                                                G.S Obrian

St Oswald Street tennies during demolition in 1995

(Top)Black Horse Lane flats Old Swan. Taken on 24/3/07, this little corner block somehow miraculously survive despite the wholesale demolition of the rest of the Swan's flats from this era. These are just East of the Black Horse pub. Bottom right ,the square of Hurst Gardens as recorded by the Liverpool Records office.

Four pics of Hurst Gardens courtesy of Brian Martin. These were on the busy Edge Lane tram route.

These photographs were taken over a period of a decade from May 1948 until 1958. The last photo showing Hurst Gardens on the left and the prefabs across Edge Lane was taken on 1.7.1950. The photograph showing Jones pet foods was taken on 24.4.1957 and marked as 'City engineers surveyors department Improvements'.

These two shots taken by Peter Gustafson, now residing on the rock of Gibraltar were taken not long before their demolition. Peter lived in the flat with the whitewashed veranda, with the door ajar on the 2nd landing between the two new bin chutes. The 2nd of photo was taken in 1989 showing the curve with the shops below.

St. Oswald House, St. Oswald Street seems to look better in plain old black and white in this hive of activity scene with the chemist and off licence in operation. The colour pics from June 2001 show a busy thoroughfare but the shops are boarded up and the roof of the curve into Prescot Road is bare as demolition begins.

No summer of love afforded these tenements as three months later in September 2001, only the skeletal remains of part of a square that once housed dozens of families can be seen. A huge Tesco store stands in their place. From Art Deco to large tin shed.

The last 6 photos are with thanks to Paul Oulton and his aunt Maria took them.

Other Tenement Pic's


If you're viewing this page, you may well be interested in this thread on www.yoliverpool.com that concerns the tenements.

Also take a look at this 35 minute video called 'Socialism on trial' concerning the 47 expelled militant councillors of the 1980s. It features some tenements in decline and under demolition.

Bottom left Caryl Gardens L.R.O. The colour pic is by Roger O'Hara.Bottom  middle, Hill Street, Toxteth in July 1959 to record the new street lighting. Right,Caryl Gardens forms the backdrop to a May Blitz scene. LRO.

Top left is Prince Albert Gardens and the others are of St. James Gardens. These were separated by St. Vincent De Paul's church. The colour pic taken by Mike Murphy is of Kent Gardens which stood on Kent Street and Lydia Ann Street.

Warwick Gardens, Warwick Street as shot by Harry Ainscough in 1967/8 and now property of the LRO.

Speke Road Gardens: Courtesy of the Liverpool Records Office.

Two of King Gardens in the Mill Street area. L.R.O. and one by Freddy O'Connor. (Right) Speke Rd Gdns by Mud.

Other Tenement Pic's


Queen Anne Street and Soho Street tenements known locally as the four squares. L.R.O.

The pictures showing the old property being demolished as the new tenements are built on their site were taken in 1934. Below left is back Mansfield St.

These truly are 'gardens' now as the weeds penetrate the concrete and tarmac as the blocks see out their last few weeks of a once thriving existence comes to an end.


Birkett Street Tennies by Harry Ainscough 
courtesy of L.R.O. and one by Joe Devine.

Brunswick Gardens from Caryl Street. L.R.O.

Pearsons of Edge Hill, Liverpool have a new book and website dedicated to their efforts during wartime Liverpool and their part played in armoured vehicles and later coaches. Here is some of their fine array stacked outside Windsor Gardens near Myrtle Gardens. With thanks to Martin Jones.

U.S. 10 wheelers outside Sidney Gardens in war-time Liverpool

Walton Hall Park flats as seen from Queens Drive in 1951.

Kent Gardens courtesy of the L.R.O.

Kent Gardens by Philip Mayer (colour) and two black and white courtesy of NancyO.

Kent Gardens by Mike Murphy.

Kent Gardens nearing its end. Like so many of its counterparts that were left to wrack and ruin in the mid 1980s, demolition was forced upon them, thrashing communities and community spirit in the process. Forlorn and looking in a sorry state, one by one the flats were boarded up, the once vibrant square becoming fair play for vandals to wreck.

Four views of Gt. Richmond street flats from St.Anne Street by Joe Devine.

Great Ricmond St Flats LRO, - Photographs by Joe Devine - Courtesy of Gerard Fleming.

Great Richmond Street flats photographed by me on 24/3/07

Blackstock Gardens on Vauxhall Road. L.R.O.
Tragedy struck Blackstock Gardens when on 20th December 1940, the square's air raid shelter took a direct hit from the luftwaffe who were bombing the city. Over 200 were killed including those taking shelter from two trams that stopped on Vauxhall Road. A memorial to those people, many unidentified, now stands near Gascoyne Street. The blocks were demolished in 1968 for building of the Kingsway tunnel though it doesn't seem to go that near it.

(Left) Scotland Road area featuring Woodstock, Ashfield and Hopwood Gardens and Wilbraham House. LRO. Ashfield Gardens. Pics by Ron Formby. Top. Woodstock Gdns. Lpool Echo.

Woodstock Gardens LRO, and right by Bernard Fallon.

Scottie Road in the 1960s with traffic control in force. Woodstock Gardens can be seen fronting the houses on Benledi Street which were back to back with similar residences on Hopwood Street. Built in the 1930s, these are still here, the tenements long gone though.

The Newsham pub & Woodstock Gdns by Joe Devine.

Wavertree Gardens

Wavertree Gardens now known as Abbeygate apartments.taken 24/3/07 by me.

Sussex Gardens. L.R.O. and Freddy O'Connor.

Colour Pic's by Mike Murphy.

Stanhope House by Philip Mayer and two courtesy of the LRO. The following 7 are by Mike Murphy.

The Mason Street and Corlett Street housing area by H. Ainscough c/o L.R.O also showing Grinfield Street and Back Sidney Place.

Windsor Gardens tenements off Crown Street showing Entwistle and Milner House (built on Milner safe works) rising from behind. Taken in August 1975.

Left,Lawrence Gardens off Scotland Road. By Ron Formby.

Part of Lawrence Gardens and Victoria Square taken from McKee Street. L.R.O.

The Kingway tunnel approach road construction showing Lawrence Gardens. Photo by Joe Neary.

Lawrence Gardens was isolated on an island created by the Kingsway tunnel approach roads when this picture was taken in the early 1970s and their days are numbered here. It is the land they stood on that is now occupied by Bestway and is mooted by the LCC as a possible home for Everton F.C. Perhaps appropriately, the blue and white No.32 bus is making its way into the city centre having come from Wirral. Pic by J.M. Ryan.

Lawrence Gardens taken in 1971 just as Cazneau St was being broken up from its original line from St. Anne Street to Scotland Road. This was to accommodate the new Kingsway Tunnel approach roads as a circular swathe was cut through the land leaving Lawrence Gardens isolated on an island now known as the loop. Pics By Eric James.

Chaucer House, Scotland Rd. LRO, and also photohraphed by Berard Fallon (Right).

The Buildings: Owen Road off Melrose Road, Courtesy of Ron Formby (colour ones) and the L.R.O.

Fonthill House was one of 4 blocks together with Melrose, Stanley and Owen which formed tenements known locally as 'the buildings' or 'Billogs'. Situated off Melrose Road in Kirkdale, they were built during the mid 1920s when the old Owen's sawmill and timberyard on Owen Road was cleared. The wash-house chimney is evident in the 2nd picture as is the Fonthill house nameplate. It was a decade later when brick wall landings became the fashion instead of wrought iron railings. These blocks were subsequently cleared themselves in the 1980s, low density housing now standing on newly created closes. These pictures were captured by Ron Formby and featured in the April 08 issue of the Scottie Press local community newspaper which can be accessed on their website.

Scottie Press Online

Wilbraham House on Scotland Road. Pic by Ron Formby and Wilbraham House, Scotland Rd. Brian Martin.

Wilbraham House 1976 by Joe Devine.

Holly Street tenements. L.R.O.

Holly Street tennies during demolition in 1969.

Holly Street in the mid 60s with mock tudor style housing from before WWI on the left and the 1920s tenements on the right where a brewery once stood.

Three photos supplied by Rob Ainsworth showing South Hill House from Dingle Mount and Dingle Lane,and South Hill House. Unique in that it had a 6th floor.

Three photographs Dingle House by Roger O'Hara,Rankin st. flats courtesy of the LRO and Rankin St flats by Freddy O'Connor.

Dingle Mount showing the tennies as Dingle Rd sweeps into Dingle Lane and the passage leading into the square.

South Hill Road tenements. L.R.O.and Dingle House which was also known as the Orange block.

Sir Thomas White Gardens were situated off St. Domingo Road in Everton, Liverpool 5. Part of the original sandstone wall belonging to St. Domingo House, a palatial residence named after San Domingo was incorporated into the surrounding wall in Penrose Street seen on the first pic. The pic on the right shows Wye Street with the flats in the distance.

Sir Thomas White Gardens in the early 70s showing the rows of terraces from St. Domingo Road. Two of the three Sheil Road heights can be seen in the distance. The pic is with thanks to Keith Rose.

Some more LRO pics and info of Sir Thomas White Gardens, these ones by the kind courtesy of Gary Chedgzoy, great grandson of Everton Football club's own Sam from the 1920s.

TL: Looking West towards St. George's Heights in 1971 with the waste ground which was once Severn Street (left) and Wye Street (right). 
TR: Part of the development looknig into the square.
Bottom: Rosenblatt's furniture wagons outside the woody in the mid 1960s with the tenements next door. The Woody was originally the orphanage building.

The small block of tennies on the right were situated on Kew Street off Scotland Road, this view is looking East towards Gt Homer St with the iron of St. George high on Everton ridge through the mist. (Right) Sussex Gardens, Park Place in 1969.

An aerial view of Dingle in 1937 showing the tenements and the oil jetty.

Nelson Street flats, China Town, taken 24/3/07 by me.

Muirhead Avenue flats at Tuebrook roundabout in 1960 and when newly renovated nearly five decades later. Also Adshead Road flats, Clubmoor. Both taken 24/3/07 by me.

Resident Listings

9 x A4 Resident listings in full colour. They make fantastic gifts or keepsakes and look great when framed. To order or to check first that your family name is on them, contact me on ged.fagan@rosewoodtrucking.co.uk who can arrange delivery to your door. I only have these 9.

What a time to be Lord Mayor. Probably the most exciting year in our recent history, what with the 08 Capital of Culture celebrations, the return of the cruise Liners at the Pier Head, Paul McCartney's Liverpool sound concert at Anfield, the Ark Royal berthed on the Mersey for its first time, the opening of the L1 Grosvenor shopping development and the Echo arena, The Royal Variety performance at the Empire and the MTV awards yet to come. The day after the largest ever attended Lord Mayor's parade on Sat 7th June - Councillor Steve Rotherham opened the Scottie Road reunion 08, five years on from its last. Led in by a lone piper one of the first exhibitions he was shown and took great interest in were the resident listings.

Part of the days musical entertainment was supplied by 'The Gardens' group consisting of Paul Sudbury and Ged (shown here with the Lord Mayor) and Ron Bennion and Paul's son John - who being just 16, brings our average age down considerably. Both pictures kindly taken and supplied by Ron Formby of the Scottie Press

Please note: I can only supply copies of the above resident listings which are already made. Should you have a request for another street, please email me the year you require and the family name you are looking for and i'll see what I can do.

1950s & 60s style Flats & Maisonettes

The junction of Burrough's Gardens and Limekiln Lane in 1990 and 1993 respectively. Kingsway Court apartments built by Wimpey in 1993 stand on the site once occupied by 1950s built corporation flats.

Dingle images captured by Mr Dean and supplied to Dingle Renaissance by Margaret Henry. Black and White pic shows The No.85 en route to Walton passes Mill St flats. Picture courtesy of Rob from the MTT collection, G.S. O'Brien.

Netherfield Road South in 1962 and Jason Walk looking North towards Crete Tower, by Ron Formby.

Leeds Street flats and their rear on Worfield Street. Pics by Mike Murphy.

Boundary Street. Pics by Mike Murphy.

Cazneau Street by Joe Neary and a 2007 view.

Maynard Street, Toxteth and Almond Street behind Myrtle Gardens as captured by Philip Mayer. Visit his site Philip G Mayer

Looking down Devonshire Place towards Clare Terrace from Torr Street off Netherfield Road North. Pics by Mike Murphy.

Russell Street flats front and back from Seymour Street to Clarence Street. Pictured by Mike Murphy.

Petton st, off St. Domingo Road, Everton and Swindon Street from Commercial Road L5.

Grosvenor Street, Rose Hill, Chaucer Street and Juvenal Street, off Scotland Road L3.

Elm Grove and Albert Street off Crown Street, Liverpool 7.

Smithdown Lane, Grinfield Street (South Side) and Grinfield Street at its junction with Mason Street L7.

Kingslake Street and Woodside Street flats off the West end of Wavertree Road.

Great Crosshall Street South side and North side. Also a 60s view of it when the South side had 3 blocks before the Western end blocks were demolished to make way for the flyover.

Green Street flats were converted to houses by removing their top floor and rearranging entrances, staircases and rooms. Marybone flats with Adlington and Bispham House behind.

The same flats as in the pictures above. This time adorned for a May Procession. Picture courtesy of Margaret Donnelly. Others of hers can be found by visiting This site.

Soho Street, leading into Springfield which in turn leads into Trinity Walk.

Everton Brow showing the Prince Alfred pub and the flats to its West which carried on into Watmough Street and the flats set back on Brunswick Rd.

Richmond Row flats after a facelift and the Kensington flats, around the corner from what was the Coach & Horses on Low Hill. Also the flats just off Westminster Road.

Silvester Street at its junction with St. Augustine Street. The top floors of these were 'lopped' to create bungalows. Also a shot of Bevington Hill and the Round counter cafe with the flats in the background.

John Bagot Close and Netherfield Road North.

York and Northumberland Terrace between St. Domingo Road and Netherfield Road North.

Trinity Walk and Springfield Street flats and maisonettes which backed onto Islington, the reason for the photograph taken by the council was to show the new road improvement scheme.

Gerard Close,at the bottom end of Gerard Crescent and 15-16b Grosvenor st block before the gardens were put in.

Skirving Street off Great Homer Street looking West. Also Skirving place flats front and rear onto Scotland Road.

Boundary Street East looking West and then East.

Hardy Street and Gt George Street 1962. LRO and Gt. George Street in 1976 by Springy.

Another view prior to the new housing at the foot of the Anglican Cathedral. Pic by NancyO and Gt. George Street in 2007.

Gt. George Street door walls. Hardy Street and Grenville Street South looking North.

Grenville Street South looking South and Upper Pitt Street East side looking North and then the West side, looking South

Hardy Street South side and two views of Ashwell Street flats off Parliament St, courtesy of Marky.

In the shadows of the cathedral. The back of Gt George St flats from Nelson St, taken by Steve Howe.

Northumberland Street. LRO and Kingsley Road, Toxteth. LRO.

Stanley Road, Kirkdale and the continuation of the flats into Lemon Street.

Gerard Close, Hunter Street when newly completed in 1952. These formed the South end of Gerard Crescent.

Maisonettes and flats in the Allerton and Garston area as photographed by Mike Delamar. (Right) Windsor St looking north.

Netherley Flats off Brittage Brow and the Great Homer Street market area which had many flats on Lower Arkwright and Anderson Street.

Essex Street from Jan 05 and Lamport Street from Sept 04. These were situated between Mill Street and Park Road and were taken by Marky.

Langsdale Street from William Henry Street & Rose Hill with the low level flats on the right.

These maisonettes are situated between Pleasant Street and Mount Pleasant, rather hidden away somewhat.

Wellington Road flats including those on Upchurch road and similar ones on High Park Street.

Virgil Street off Great Homer Street - 1990. Parliament Street and Stanhope St pictured by Marky.

Virgil St/Cazneau st Junction. LRO, Park Road near Steble Street and Silvester Street off Scotland Road.

Westminster Close/Rumney Road and Rumney Place, Kirkdale.

St. Domingo Road, Wye st area from Mere Lane and Albion Street, Everton.

Mark St off St. Domingo Road and Netherfield Road North flats and Kirk Street off Netherfield Road North.

Vescock Street, Vauxhall with a 2nd view from Green Street, Blenheim Street flats which just like their neighbours in Tatlock Street were lopped to create new housing.

New Red Rock View, Shallcross Street and Boundary Lane L6

Ember Crescent off Breck Road and Kilshaw Street L6, Abingdon Grove, Walton.

Greenheys Gardens and Fern Lodge on Lodge Lane and (right) These type of flats line both sides of Falkner St.

These flats are off Stonebridge Lane in the Dog & Gun area (right) Upper Warwick street flats.

Salisbury Street flats and Carver Street off Canterbury Street which face onto Islington.

Burlington Street, Smith Place and Smith Street, now demolished.

Landseer Road, Everton. LRO, Rollo Street and Lambeth Walk,part of the Easby Estate, pictured in 1990. These have now gone, see the dereliction section of the 'streets ahead' page for more on this estate.

Flats on Lower Breck Road, Cabbage Hall, Belmont Road/Avon Street.

Chelsea Lea off Orrell Lane L9 and Moss Lane, Orrell Park.

Two sets of flats on Storrington Avenue. North side and South side (right) These front onto Netherton Way facing the Giro.

Rocky Lane on the North side of Newsham Park, (right) Shadwell st, Vauxhall in 1990.

An aerial view showing 1930s and 1950s flats within the Vauxhall boundary from Silvester st to Boundary st and Scotland rd to Vauxhall rd.

Gleave Square

Birchfield Street 1992, Langsdale st North side and Looking down Langy.

Four shots looking up Langy and bottom (right) Flats off William Henry Street.

Sixteen shots of Prince Edwin Walk being demolished in 1993, taken from a number of different angles. These were situated just off Prince Edwin Street facing S.t Gregory's School. All apart from 2 were taken by Joe Devine, the others being Mike Murphy and Myself (No.1 in 1990)

Lace St flats, Netherton and Grosvenor St with mobile shop in the 80s.

The Comus Street area with it's car showroom.

1) Flats at Lee Park Avenue, Gateacre/Netherley. 2) Flats at Knotty Ash on East Prescot Road. 3) Ancroft Road, Huyton - Pilch Lane area.

Dave Duff kindly furnished me with this set of 6 photographs he took in April 1995 around the time of the demolition of the maisonettes in the Seaforth District. Alexander, Churchill and Montgomery House heights can be seen in the shots.

Cantril farm in 1967. The only shop available for these residents is a mobile, a number of which were around the city in the 1960s and 70s. In 1983 Canny Farm (which had been tagged with the unwanted title of Canibal Farm) was renamed with the posh title 'Stockbridge Village'.

Flats off Beechwood Road, Grassendale L19 and Highfield off Edge Lane drive in 1960 and how they look nearly half a century on, below.

The Green - Liverpool 13. Situated at the north end of the rocket flyover on Queens Drive behind the Gardeners Arms pub, these 50s style flats surround a pleasant green just yards from the busy thoroughfare which can be negotiated via an adjacent subway.

Boundary Street flats with shops below as captured by Harry Ainscough on 23rd January 1967.

Flats situated on an angle off Brunswick Road taken in 1979. Arkwright Street as seen   from Great Homer Street in July 1967. Maisonettes of this type were prevalent in this area around Arkwright Street, Lower Arkwright Street, Anderson Street and Buckingham Street. A football match is in full swing on the pitch off Canterbury Street as captured by Ron Formby in 1980. Maisonettes off Langsdale Street are caught in view.

The new flats on Hughes Street L6 in 1956 and Woodfarm Heys, Cantril Farm circa 1973/74 was emailed to me by Brian Halford who features in the 3 stars jumper along with his friend Vin Devine.

Little barn Hey maisonettes on the Buckley Hill housing estate, Netherton which has recently bitten the dust.
With thanks to Dave Duff.

The new flats off Park Road in 1961. One pictures shows the remains of some derelict but still trading shops. Another view shows a safe pedestrianised area with traffic bollards. A shot from Tupman Street and local kids using the facing wasteland as a makeshift playground.

Hughson Street, Toxteth as captured by Marky in 2004. These have since been demolished. A horse and cart passes along Portland Place at the foot of Sackville Street, Everton. This photograph from the Shrewsbury House archives was kindly supplied by member, Samp.

Storm clouds gather over Grosvenor Street in June 1992. This was taken from our front garden at No.16, Chaucer Street runs down between the two blocks to Scottie Road. (Right) Upper Park Street flats off Park Road. There are so many single blocks of just 6 flats like this still around in Liverpool.

Freehold Street and Holland Street run between Prescot Road and Edge Grove in Fairfield. These blocks have had a revamp including security doors where there once was an square entrance hall.

This housing on Malta Walk off Park Road, Liverpool 8 will sadly not enjoy any modernisation and is currently empty and surrounded by tins which can mean only one thing. (Right) Dingle flats from Mill View showing Laxey Street. Toxteth Tabernacle and Colemans fireproof depository are in the background. This was taken by Kevin Willcott who died tragically young aged just 21. It was given to his friend John Burns and it's with thanks to his sister Jo Perry for restoring the photo and supplying it here. A larger picture showing St. Georges school is on the sum skools page.

Another two views of Laxey Street as captured by Stepehen Burns in 1979 and supplied to me by his sister Jo Perry. First we are looking East towards Park Road as an Atlantean bus passes along the top. 

Next, we are looking in the opposite direction towards the Mosley Arms on Mill Street.

Dingle girls in the 1950s with bomb sites gradually being used for new flats like the ones across the way. Coleman's fireproof depository can be seen across Park Road. (Right) Marie Farrington has kindly sent me this pic of her son, then aged 3, taken in 1981 in Sherborne Avenue, Halewood. These maisonettes have since been demolished.

Canterbury Street flats in the Everton area of L3 and Maisonettes in the Arkwright Street area of Everton, looking South from the high rise on Conway Street. Pic courtesy of Dave Duff.

Some more of the Buckley Hill/Sefton Estate that was demolished in 2008. These photographs were kindly supplied to me by an ex resident, Colin McKeown.

Brittage Brow flats undergoing demolition in Netherley in 1982.

A little bit of everything here as we look down Chaucer Street from Grosvenor Street. For a few years this was practically the view from my front door though much diluted by the early 1990s. The shops on Scotland Road had fallen to the Kingsway tunnel development, Chaucer House tenements long since gone. Arden House in the distance a recent casualty back then, only the 1950s flats, one of which was our home were the only survivors but now even those are coming down (July 09) Back in the 60s, i'd gone to Bishop Goss school and the oblong playground which ran along the gable of St. Joseph's church acted perfectly as our footy pitch. One of the goal ends alas backed directly onto Chaucer Street and many a time the ball would go over and roll down towards Scottie, no good when you were needing to claw back a goal or two.

Park St in 1969. (Right) Sefton View flats off Moss Lane, Litherland.

Wood Road and Marsden Road maisonettes, Halewood. Another find by Dave Duff.

As seen earlier on this page, the land between Scotland Road and Cazneau Street and Juvenal Street and Richmond Row contained a number of blocks of flats built in the 1950s. These have now been razed to the ground (11/10/09), this area now looking desolate and flat like this for the first time since when these flats were first getting built.

Looking Easterly from Comus Street up Rose Place towards Bishop Goss School and St. Joseph's presbytery. The main door of St. Josephs church  can be seen as can the original length of its wall.

Looking North towards Chaucer Street, the white building is the rear of the Denbigh Castle pub which is now a solicitors. This is the first time in about half a century that you would be able to view it from here as the flats on Grosvenor Street would have obscured the view. The presbytery is also seen here from Chaucer Street.

A closer view of the rear of the Denbigh Castle and Bishop Goss old seniors school. The 'oller' here once contained my old block which was 16 Grosvenor Street and pictured earlier on this page. The 2nd picture is looking South towards the city centre from Chaucer Street. Rose Hill, Comus Street and Peover Street blocks once existed here.

Wastelands now awaiting new housing whilst grassy wilderness has already taken over where the grey breeze block pensioners flats once existed on the corner of Juvenal Street and Grosvenor Street. This is a side on view of the gable end of St. Joseph's church wall which was left remaining and the school.

The grey breeze block structure was once part of the pensioners flats and was home to the sweet/groceries shop before becoming Kingfisher upholsterers. The blocks seen here have only one tenant remaining and are the rears of the only two blocks left which front onto Cazneau Street. Again, this is pretty much the only time these could have been viewed like this since they were built in the mid 1950s.

Out with the old and in with the new. Sackville Street and Back Roscommon Street housing is demolished to reveal recently built flats and maisonettes on Dorrington Street in Everton.

Top left are Horricks Avenue Estate in Garston. Top Right is Mace Road on the Croxteth Estate and bottom left are Moss Lawn Road Maisonettes in Southdene, Kirkby. All photos taken to record new achievements in housing by Liverpool Corporation.

Boundary Street East and Skirving Street 1950s flats when pictured they were due for demolition as part of the Great Homer Street regeneration project Jennifer. This was taken from the top of Marwood Tower in May 2010.

A: Almond Street, Albert Street, Ashwell Street, Albion Street, Abingdon Grove, Avon Street, Ancroft Road, Athol Street, Arkwright Street.

B: Burroughs Gardens, Boundary Street, Brunswick Road, Bevington Hill, Boundary Street East, Blenheim Street, Boundary Lane, Burlington Street, Belmont Road, Birchfield Street, Beechwood Road, Buckley Hill Estate, Brittage Brow.

C: Cazneau Street, Clare Terrace, Chaucer Street, Cathedral Walk, Carver Street, Canterbury Street, Chelsea Lea, Comus Street, Cantril Farm Estate.

D: Dingle Aerial, Devonshire Place, Dorrington Street.

E: Elm Grove, Everton Brow, Essex Street, Ember Crescent, East Prescot Road, Everton aerial.

F: Fern Lodge, Falkner Street, Freehold Street.

G: Grosvenor Street, Grinfield Street, Great Crosshall Street, Green Street, Gerard Close, Great George Street, Grenville Street South, Greenheys Gardens, Gleave Square, Green (the)

H: Hardy Street, High Park Street, Highfield, Hughes Street, Hughson Street, Holland Street, Horricks Avenue Estate, 

I: Islington.

J: Jason Walk, Juvenal Street, John Bagot Close.

K: Kingslake Street, Kensington, Kingsley Road, Kirk Street, Kilshaw Street.

L: Leeds Street, Lemon Street, Lower Arkwright Street, Lamport Street, Langsdale Street, Lodge Lane, Landseer Road, Lambeth Walk, Lower Breck Road, Latimer Street, Lace Street, Lee Park Avenue, Little Barn Hey, Laxey Street.

M: Mill Street, Maynard Street, Marybone, Mark Street, Moss Lane, Malta Walk, Marsden Road, Mace Road, Moss Lawn Road,

N: Netherfield Road North & South. Northumberland Terrace, Northumberland Street, Netherley Estate, New Red Rock View, Netherton Way.

O: Over the Bridge.

P: Petton Street, Parliament Street, Park Road, Prince Edwin Walk, Portland Place, Park Street.

Q: Queens Drive L13.

R: Russell Street, Rose Hill, Richmond Row, Rumney Road, Rumney Place, Rollo Street, Rocky Lane.

S: Swindon Street, Smithdown Lane, Soho Street, Silvester Street, St. Augustine Street, Skirving Street, Scotland Road, Stanley Road, Stanhope Street, St. Domingo Road, Shallcross Street, Stonebridge Lane, Salisbury Street, Smith Place, Smith Street, Storrington Avenue, Shadwell Street, Seaforth area, Sherborne Avenue, Sefton Estate, Sefton View.

T: Trinity Walk, Tupman Street.

U: Upper Pitt Street, Upchurch Road, Upper Warwick Street, Upper Park Street.

V: Virgil Street, Vescock Street, Vauxhall Aerial.

W: Worfield Street, Woodside Street, Westminster Road, Windsor Street, Wellington Road, Westminster Close, Wye Street, William Henry Street, Woodfarm Heys, Wood Road.

Y: York Terrace.