Sandfield Tower is one of the most impressive lost buildings of Liverpool, despite its present sorry state. It is perhaps one of the most recognisable historical houses, seen from Queens Drive in the Stoneycroft area, and just opposite Moscow Drive. A mixture of Gothic architecture with hints of Baroque, and with an undeniable almost quirky local Liverpool style. Built with local sandstone, the derelict house dominates the landscape with its silent presence.
It was built in 1851, one of the first residents was Joseph Edwards, a South American merchant. The house then had a number of residents; from 1880-1881 a certain Miss Alice Houghton lived there, from 1882-1890 a William Kinsman resided there, and from 1891-1900 a Mr Ralph Lyon Broadbent lived in the house. The building then became converted for the Church of Christ the Scientist, though a fire in the building in the 1980s saw a rapid decline and dereliction. The house is now an empty shell.
Around the time Sandfield Tower was built, a number of similar villas were constructed in a similar style in the outskirts of Liverpool, one such house being Allerton Tower, built in 1849, designed by Harvey Lonsdale Elmes who had also designed St. George's Hall in Liverpool.
The area around Sandfield Tower is full of historic gems; Victorian houses with grand names tucked away from view, the art-deco shops on Queens Drive and the Russian named 'streets', not to mention the lost local industries such as the sandstone quarries, a reminder of which being Quarry Road.
St. Ives - the gateway to a house on South Drive
A Victorian house now made into apartments in the Sandfield Park area off Queens Drive
Victorian post box set in the sandstone wall on the corner of Kremlin Drive and Queens Drive
All photos by Dr David Harrison
© Dr David Harrison 2018