Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Some date stones, house names and historical architectural features from Liverpool

I love just wandering around Liverpool with a camera, you can guarantee you'll stumble onto some historical building tucked away down a back alley or the corner of a street. As I say to my students, when you're walking around the city - always take time to look up at the buildings as you'll find all kinds of architectural treasures. One day last week I was all over the place, from the south end to the north end, so here are a few photos of hidden historical delights and archaic architectural features from Liverpool.

An old Dairy on the corner of Walton Breck and Valley Road. The Sheep and the cow still look down on pedestrians hinting at the old purpose of the building.

Turkey - from the corner of the Sandon, Anfield. The Sandon has had much alterations over the years and it's hard to determine the date of these decorative segments on the outside walls. They correspond to the decoration around the doorway.

Fish - from the corner of the Sandon, Anfield.

Houlding's Bar established 1888, the Sandon, Anfield - The connection with Everton football club and John Houlding is still celebrated here.

Granby Street Board school, a rather imposing Victorian building built in 1880, probably partly designed to put the fear of God into the local kids and still used for educational purposes, being part of the Liverpool Adult Learning Service. The date stone proudly sits underneath a Liver Bird.

Built in 1875, this entrance to the tramways and omnibus depot on Beaumont Street still survives as the entrance to a car repairs.

Close-up of the date stone.

'Torrisholme' - In the later Victorian period, in the wake of the opening of Sefton Park in 1872, land around the park was sold for development to fund the layout of the park. The mansions that appeared facing the park became the height of architectural Victorian home aesthetic, housing Liverpool's professional classes. The gothic splendour of these mansions can still be seen, the elegant sandstone gateposts of the houses featuring typically English names that conjure up images of Victorian quaintness.

'Lynewood' Aigburth Drive, Sefton Park.

'Villa Maria' Alexandra Drive.

Villa Maria itself in all its Gothic splendour. By the 1960s some of the houses were rented out and fell into disrepair. One of my favourite stories about one of the mansions off Sefton Park was that in the early 1980s, one was used for parties and during one particular party, The Las turned up and did a gig in the house.

A gatepost showing elaborate 'leaf' decoration in an entrance way to a house on Alexander Drive.

All photos by Dr David Harrison

© Dr David Harrison 2018

1 comment:

  1. The quirkiness of the images is intruiging. By the way, fid you once work in Liverpool Planning Dept?